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

Megapixels 24.2 24.3
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format APS-C APS-C
Crop Factor 1.6x 1.5x
AA Filter Yes Yes
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Body Image Stabilization Yes (Movie only) No
Lens Mount Canon EF-M Sony E
ISO 100 - 25,600 100 -25,600
Expanded ISO None 51,200
AF Points 49 Hybrid 179
Cross-type AF Points Dual Pixel AF 179 phase
Continuous Mode 7fps 11fps
LCD 3.2" - Articulating 3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution 1,620,000 dots 921,600 dots
Touchscreen Yes No
Focus Peaking Yes Yes
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type EVF (2.36M) EVF (1.44M)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.07x
Video Resolution 1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p 1920x1080 (60/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes No
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD or MS Pro
Dual Card Slots No No
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-I
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30" 30"
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 27 47
RAW Buffer Size 18 22
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/160
Startup Time 1.2s 2.2s
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No No
Built-in NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed No Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 295 shots 360 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E17) Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight 15.0 oz (427g) 12.1 oz (344g)
Size 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4" 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8"
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2014

Canon M5 vs Sony A6000 Common Features

Wireless Connection Yes vs Yes
Articulating Screen Yes vs Yes
Built-in Flash Yes vs Yes
External Flash Shoe Yes vs Yes
Viewfinder Yes (Electronic) vs Yes (Electronic)
RAW Support Yes vs Yes
Face Detection Focus Yes vs Yes
Max Resolution 24 MP vs 24 MP
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
NFC Connection Yes vs Yes

Canon M5 vs Sony A6000 Common Weaknesses

Image Stabilization No vs No
Environmental Sealing No 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 Screen Yes vs No
LCD Screen Size 3.2" vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution 1.620k dots vs 922k dots
Microphone Port Yes vs No
Timelapse Recording Yes vs With optional app
Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dot vs 1440k dot
Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs No
Bluetooth Yes vs No
Smartphone_remote control Yes vs No
Digital video stabilization Yes 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 Points 179 vs 49
Continuous Shooting 11.0fps vs 9.0fps
Battery Life 360 shots vs 295 shots
Weight 344 g vs 427 g
Flash Coverage 6.0m vs 5.0m
Sensor Pixel Area 15.28µmvs 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