Canon M5 vs Sony A77 II: A Detailed Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A77 II: Let’s compare the Canon EOS M5, a semi-pro mirrorless camera, and the Sony Alpha A77 II, a semi-pro DLSR. Both these cameras feature a 24.0MP APS-C sensor. However, which one is better for your needs? Here’s a quick look at the main specifications before we go into more details.

Canon M5 vs Sony A77 II Specs

Canon M5 vs Sony A77 II – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A77 II – Comparison


Canon M5

Alpha A77 II

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) Yes – 5-Axis
Lens Mount Canon EF-M Sony A
ISO 100 – 25,600 100 – 25,600
Expanded ISO None 50 – 51,200
AF Points 49 Hybrid 79
Cross-type AF Points Dual Pixel AF 15 cross-type
Continuous Mode 7fps 12fps
LCD 3.2″ – Articulating 3.0″ – Articulating
LCD Resolution 1,620,000 dots 1,229,760 dots
Touchscreen Yes No
Focus Peaking Yes Yes
Top LCD Display No Yes
Viewfinder Type EVF (2.36M) EVF
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.09x
Video Resolution 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p 1920×1080 (60/24p)
1280×720 (60/50p) 1440×1080 (30p)
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 1/8000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 30″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 27 26
RAW Buffer Size 18 28
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/250
Startup Time 1.2s 0.8s
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 480 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E17) Yes (NP-FM500H)
Weight 15.0 oz (427g) 22.8 oz (647g)
Size 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4″ 5.6 x 4.1 x 3.2″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2014

Canon M5 vs Sony A77 II 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
Microphone Port Yes vs Yes
AE Bracketing Yes vs Yes
Selfie Friendly LCD Yes vs Yes
NFC Connection Yes vs Yes
Smartphone Remote Control Yes vs Yes

Sony A77 II vs Canon M5 Size Comparison

As far as size goes,  the Canon EOS M5 is the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 27mm narrower, 15mm shorter and 20mm thinner than Sony A77 II. Also, it is noticeably lighter. 220g lighter than the A77 II.

Canon M5 vs Sony A77 II – Comparison

Canon M5 vs Sony A77 II – Comparison

Sony A77 II vs Canon M5 Sensor Comparison

Both the Canon EOS M5 and the Sony A77 II have APS-C sized 24.0 MP resolution sensors. Hence, sensor size and resolution between these two cameras is not different.

However, the Sony A77 II 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 1.229k dots
Weight 427 g vs 647 g
Timelapse Recording Yes vs No
Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dot vs 2359k dot
Price $880 vs $1,198
Bluetooth Yes vs No

Advantages of the Canon M5 Over Sony A77 II

  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • Touchscreen Support
  • Bluetooth Support
  • Weight – The Canon M5 weighs 220g less.
  • Size – The Canon M5 is noticeably smaller.

Video: Canon M5 Hands-on Review

Why You Should Choose The Sony A77 II

Built-in Image Stabilization Sensor-shift vs None
Number of Focus Points 79 vs 49
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
Continuous Shooting 12.0fps vs 9.0fps
Battery Life 480 shots vs 295 shots
Environmental Sealing Yes vs No
Flash Coverage 12.0m vs 5.0m
Sensor Pixel Area 15.28µmvs 13.84µm2
Top LCD Yes vs No
Flash Sync Port Yes vs No

Advantages of the Sony A77 II Over the Canon M5

  • Body Image Stabilization – The Sony A77 II has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • ISO – 51,200 vs 25,600. Higher maximum ISO sensitivity.
  • AF Points – 79 vs 49.
  • Continuous mode – 12fps vs 7fps. More is better for sports and wildlife since you have more chances of getting a tack sharp shot.
  • Top LCD Display – When shooting in semi-auto/manual modes, you can quickly preview all of your settings.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 vs 1/4000.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 28 vs 18. 
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /200.
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Sony A77 II is suited for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
  • Battery Life – 480 shots vs 295 shots.

Video: Sony A77 II Hands-on Review


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