Canon M5 vs Sony A6000: A Detailed Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A6000: Two Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras. The Canon Eos M5 and the Sony Alpha A6000 cameras have 24.0MP APS-C sensors. But which camera is best suited for you? Here's a quick overview of the main specs before we go into more detail.

Canon M5 vs Sony A6000 Specs

Canon M5 vs Sony A6000 – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A6000 – Comparison

Specifications

Canon M5

Sony A6000

Megapixels24.224.3
Sensor TypeCMOSCMOS
Sensor FormatAPS-CAPS-C
Crop Factor1.6x1.5x
AA FilterYesYes
Image Resolution6000 x 40006000 x 4000
Body Image StabilizationYes (Movie only)No
Lens MountCanon EF-MSony E
ISO100 - 25,600100 -25,600
Expanded ISONone51,200
AF Points49 Hybrid179
Cross-type AF PointsDual Pixel AF179 phase
Continuous Mode7fps11fps
LCD3.2" - Articulating3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,620,000 dots921,600 dots
TouchscreenYesNo
Focus PeakingYesYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeEVF (2.36M)EVF (1.44M)
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification1.07x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p1920x1080 (60/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone JackYesNo
Headphone JackNoNo
Memory Card TypeSDSD or MS Pro
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
SD UHS SupportUHS-IUHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size2747
RAW Buffer Size1822
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesYes
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/160
Startup Time1.2s2.2s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCYesYes
BluetoothYesNo
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)295 shots360 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E17)Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight15.0 oz (427g)12.1 oz (344g)
Size4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4"4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8"
PriceAmazonAmazon
Release Date20162014

Canon M5 vs Sony A6000 Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes vs Yes
Built-in FlashYes vs Yes
External Flash ShoeYes vs Yes
ViewfinderYes (Electronic) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW SupportYes vs Yes
Face Detection FocusYes vs Yes
Max Resolution24 MP vs 24 MP
AE BracketingYes vs Yes
NFC ConnectionYes vs Yes

Canon M5 vs Sony A6000 Common Weaknesses

Image StabilizationNo vs No
Environmental SealingNo vs No

Sony A6000 vs Canon M5 Size Comparison

The Sony Alpha A6000 is 22mm shorter and 16mm thinner than the Canon EOS M5. However, it is also 4mm wider. It is also 83g lighter than the EOS M5.

Canon M5 vs Sony A6000 – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A6000 – Comparison

Sony A6000 vs Canon M5 Sensor Comparison

Both have APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors. Hence, resolution and sensor size is not different here. However, the Sony A6000 has a 1.1x Larger sensor area than the Canon M5. Larger sensors give you more control over the depth of field and blurry background compared to the smaller sensor when shot in same focal length and aperture.

Why You Should Choose The Canon M5

Touch ScreenYes vs No
LCD Screen Size3.2" vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution1.620k dots vs 922k dots
Microphone PortYes vs No
Timelapse RecordingYes vs With optional app
Viewfinder Resolution2360k dot vs 1440k dot
Selfie Friendly LCDYes vs No
BluetoothYes vs No
Smartphone_remote controlYes vs No
Digital video stabilizationYes vs No

Advantages of the Canon M5 Over Sony A6000

  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Microphone Jack – If you’re going to record videos where audio quality is important, a microphone jack is super helpful.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs /160.
  • Bluetooth Support

Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Sony A6000

Number of Focus Points179 vs 49
Continuous Shooting11.0fps vs 9.0fps
Battery Life360 shots vs 295 shots
Weight344 g vs 427 g
Flash Coverage6.0m vs 5.0m
Sensor Pixel Area15.28µmvs 13.84µm2
Price$548 vs $880
AE Bracketing Range±5 EV vs ±3 EV

Advantages of the Sony A6000 Over the Canon M5

  • ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 179 vs 49.
  • Continuous mode – 11fps vs 7fps. It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 47 vs 27. Useful for long bursts.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 22 vs 18. 
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Sony A6000 is much more protected for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
  • Battery Life – 360 shots vs 295 shots.
  • Weight – The Sony A6000 weighs 83g less.
  • Size – The Sony A6000 is noticeably smaller.

Video: Sony A6000 Hands-on Review