Canon M5 vs Sony A7 II: A Detailed Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A7 II: We compare two semi-professional mirrorless cameras. The Sony Alpha A7 II with a  24.0MP Full Frame sensor and the Canon EOS M5 with its  24.0MP APS-C sized. How do these cameras compare to each other? Here's a quick look at the main specifications before we go into more detail.

Canon M5 vs Sony A7 II Specs

Canon M5 vs Sony A7 II – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A7 II – Comparison


Canon M5

Sony A7 II

Sensor FormatAPS-CFull Frame
Crop Factor1.6xNone
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 ISONone50 - 51,200
AF Points49 Hybrid117
Cross-type AF PointsDual Pixel AF117 phase
Continuous Mode7fps5fps
LCD3.2" - Articulating3.0" - Articulating
LCD Resolution1,620,000 dots1,228,800 dots
Focus PeakingYesYes
Top LCD DisplayNoNo
Viewfinder TypeEVF (2.36M)EVF
Viewfinder Coverage100%100%
Viewfinder Magnification0.71x
Video Resolution1920x1080 (60/50/30/25/24p1920x1080 (60/30/24p)
1280x720 (60/50p)1920x1080 (120/100/60/50p)
Microphone JackYesYes
Headphone JackNoYes
Memory Card TypeSDSD or MS Pro
Dual Card SlotsNoNo
Fastest Shutter Speed1/40001/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed30"30"
Bulb ModeYesYes
JPEG Buffer Size2752
RAW Buffer Size1828
Time LapseYesYes
Built-in FlashYesNo
Max Flash Sync Speed1/2001/250
Startup Time1.2s1.7s
Built-in Wi-FiYesYes
Built-in GPSNoNo
Built-in NFCYesYes
USB TypeUSB 2.0USB 2.0
Environmentally SealedNoYes
Battery Life (CIPA)295 shots350 shots
Battery IncludedYes (LP-E17)Yes (NP-FW50)
Weight15.0 oz (427g)21.13 oz (600g)
Size4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4"5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4"
Release Date20162014

Canon M5 vs Sony A7 II Common Features

Wireless ConnectionYes vs Yes
Articulating ScreenYes 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
Microphone PortYes vs Yes
AE BracketingYes vs Yes
NFC ConnectionYes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote ControlYes vs Yes

Sony A7 II vs Canon M5 Size Comparison

With regard to size, the Canon EOS M5 is 11mm narrower and 7mm shorter than the Sony Alpha A7 II. However, it is also 1mm thicker. Furthermore, the EOS M5 is 172g lighter than the Alpha A7 II.

Canon M5 vs Sony A7 II – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A7 II – Comparison

And, since Canon uses an APS-C sensor, the Canon M5's lenses for a similar focal length and aperture are lighter and smaller than the Sony A7 II lenses.

Sony A7 II vs Canon M5 Sensor Comparison

They both feature a 24.0 MP resolution sensor. However, as noted, the Canon M5 features an APS-C sensor (22.3 x 14.9 mm ) while the Sony Alpha A7 II has a full frame sensor (35.8 x 23.9 mm ). The A7  II offers a larger sensor area with the same resolution and it also has a larger pixel area.

These features combined allow the A7 II to collect more light hence offering clearer, larger images than the Canon EOS M5. The Sony A7 II has a 2.6x 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

Built-in FlashYes vs No
Touch ScreenYes vs No
LCD Screen Size3.2" vs 3″
LCD Screen Resolution1.620k dots vs 1.230k dots
Continuous Shooting9.0fps vs 5.0fps
Weight427 g vs 599 g
Timelapse RecordingYes vs With optional app
Viewfinder Resolution2360k dot vs 2359k dot
Price$880 vs $1,498
BluetoothYes vs No

Advantages of the Canon M5 Over Sony A7 II

  • Body Image Stabilization – It has body image stabilization but it only works in video.
  • Continuous mode – 7fps vs 5fps. It’s an advantage, but not something you will really notice that often.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Built-in Flash 
  • Bluetooth Support
  • Weight – The Canon M5 weighs 175g less.

Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Sony A7 II

Built-in Image StabilizationSensor-shift vs None
Number of Focus Points117 vs 49
Max Shutter Speed1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Battery Life350 shots vs 295 shots
Headphone PortYes vs No
Environmental SealingYes vs No
Sensor Pixel Area35.65µmvs 13.84µm2
AE Bracketing Range±5 EV vs ±3 EV

Advantages of the Sony A7 II Over the Canon M5

  • Sensor Format – Full Frame is bigger than APS-C, which results in slightly less noise at higher ISO levels.
  • ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 117 vs 49.
  • Headphone Jack – Useful for previewing your audio quality straight out the camera.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 52 vs 27. Useful for long bursts.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 28 vs 18. 
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /200.
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Sony A7 II is much more protected for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
  • Battery Life – 350 shots vs 295 shots.

Video: Sony A7 II Hands-on Review