Canon M5 vs Sony A6300: A Detailed Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A6300: Two Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras. Both with 24.0MP APS-C sensors. So, who comes out on top? The Sony Alpha A6300 or the Canon EOS M5? Here’s a brief overview of the main specifications and features before we go into more details.

Canon M5 vs Sony A6300 Specs

Canon M5 vs Sony A6300 – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A6300 – Comparison


Canon M5

Sony A6300

Megapixels 24.2 24.2
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 425
Cross-type AF Points Dual Pixel AF 425 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 (2.3M)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.07x
Video Resolution 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p 3840×2160 (30/25/24p)
1280×720 (60/50p) 1920×1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD or MS Pro
Dual Card Slots No No
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/4000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 30″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 27 44
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 1.4s
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 400 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E17) Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight 15.0 oz (427g) 14.3 oz (404g)
Size 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4″ 4.7 x 2.6 x 1.9″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2016

Canon M5 vs Sony A6300 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
LCD Screen Size 3″ vs 3.2″
LCD Screen Resolution 922k dots vs 1.620k dots
Continuous Shooting 11.0fps vs 9.0fps
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
NFC Connection Yes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs Yes

Canon M5 vs Sony A6300 Common Weaknesses

Image Stabilization No vs No

Sony A6300 vs Canon M5 Size Comparison

The Sony Alpha A6300 is 22mm shorter and 12mm thinner than the Canon EOS M5. However, it is also 4mm wider. And, the Alpha A6300 is 23g lighter than the EOS M5. However, this weight difference should not be noticeable during everyday use.

Canon M5 vs Sony A6300 – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A6300 – Comparison

Furthermore, given that both the Sony A6300 and the Canon M5 feature the same APS-C sized sensor, their lenses for a similar focal length and aperture are similar in size and weight.

Sony A6300 vs Canon M5 Sensor Comparison

The Sony A6300 and the Canon M5 have an APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensor. Hence, sensor size and resolution between the two cameras is not different.

However, the Sony A6300 has a 1.1x Larger sensor area than the Canon M5. Larger sensors provide 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
Timelapse Recording Yes vs With optional app
Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dot vs 2359k dot
Price $880 vs $898
Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs No
Bluetooth Yes vs No
Digital video stabilization Yes vs No

Advantages of the Canon M5 Over Sony A6300

  • Body Image Stabilization – It has body image stabilization but it only works in video.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/200 vs /160.
  • Bluetooth Support

Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Sony A6300

Number of Focus Points 425 vs 49
Continuous Shooting 11.0fps vs 9.0fps
Battery Life 400 shots vs 295 shots
Weight 404 g vs 427 g
Environmental Sealing Yes vs No
Flash Coverage 6.0m vs 5.0m
Sensor Pixel Area 15.28µmvs 13.84µm2
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV vs ±3 EV

Advantages of the Sony A6300 Over the Canon M5

  • ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 425 vs 49.
  • Continuous mode – 11fps vs 7fps. It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
  • Video Resolution – 4K video available.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 44 vs 27. Useful for long bursts.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 22 vs 18. 
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Sony A6300 is much more protected for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
  • Battery Life – 400 shots vs 295 shots.
  • Size – The Sony A6300 is noticeably smaller.

Video: Sony A6300 Hands-on Review


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