Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M5 II – Comparison

Looking for a Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M5 II comparison? Find out about the important specifications of each camera to decide which is best for your photography needs.

Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M5 IIWe compare two Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras. The Canon M5 which has a 24.0MP APS-C sensor and the Olympus E-M5 II which has a 16.0MP Four Thirds sensor.

Our comparison table below covers all the important specifications of each camera. Below that, we specifically talk about the new improvements and which model is better suited for your needs.

Canon M5 E-M5 II
Megapixels 24.2 16.1
Sensor Type CMOS Live MOS
Sensor Format APS-C Micro Four Thirds
Crop Factor 1.6x 2.0x
AA Filter Yes None
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 4608 x 3456
Body Image Stabilization Yes (Movie only) Yes
Lens Mount Canon EF-M Micro Four Thirds
ISO 100 – 25,600 200 – 25,600
Expanded ISO None None
AF Points 49 Hybrid 81 Contrast
Cross-type AF Points Dual Pixel AF 0 phase
Continuous Mode 7fps 5fps/10fps
LCD 3.2″ – Articulating 3.0″ – Fully Articulated
LCD Resolution 1,620,000 dots 1,037,000 dots
Touchscreen Yes Yes
Focus Peaking Yes Yes
Top LCD Display No No
Viewfinder Type EVF (2.36M) EVF (2.36M)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 1.48x
Video Resolution 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p 1920×1080 (60/50/30/25/24p)
1280×720 (60/50p) 1280×720 (60/50/30/25/24p)
Microphone Jack Yes Yes
Headphone Jack No No
Memory Card Type SD SD
Dual Card Slots No No
SD UHS Support UHS-I UHS-II
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 1/16000
Slowest Shutter Speed 30″ 60″
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size 27 18
RAW Buffer Size 18 13
Time Lapse Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes No
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 No
Bluetooth Yes No
USB Type USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Environmentally Sealed No Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 295 shots 310 shots
Battery Included Yes (LP-E17) Yes (BLN-1)
Weight 15.0 oz (427g) 16.5 oz (469g)
Size 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4″ 4.9 x 3.3 x 1.8″
Price Amazon Amazon
Release Date 2016 2015


Canon M5 Advantages:

  • Megapixels –  8.1 more megapixels. For printing big and cropping, the Canon M5 is a much better choice.
  • Sensor Format – APS-C is bigger than MFT, which results in slightly less noise at higher ISO levels.
  • Continuous mode – 7fps vs 5fps/10fps.
  • LCD – 3.2″ vs 3.0″.
  • LCD Resolution – Higher resolution.
  • JPEG Buffer Size – 27 vs 18. Useful for long bursts.
  • RAW Buffer Size – 18 vs 13. 
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in NFC
  • Bluetooth Support

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Olympus E-M5 II Advantages:

  • AA Filter – The Olympus E-M5 II has no AA filter.
  • Body Image Stabilization – The Olympus E-M5 II has built-in body stabilization for photos and videos, which is an excellent feature for traveling and shooting in low light.
  • AF Points – 81 vs 49.
  • LCD – It’s fully articulated.
  • UHS-II – Faster writing speeds than UHS-I, but you need a memory card that can handle such speeds.
  • Faster Max Shutter Speed – 1/16000 vs 1/4000.
  • Slower Max Shutter Speed – 60” vs 30”.
  • Max Flash Sync Speed – 1/250 vs /200.
  • Environmentally Sealed – The Olympus E-M5 II is much more protected for shooting outdoors in difficult terrain and bad weather conditions.
  • Size – The Olympus E-M5 II is noticeably smaller.

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Canon M5 vs Olympus E-M5 II Size Comparison

The Olympus E-M5 II is 4mm shorter and 16mm thinner than the Canon M5 however it is 8mm wider. Furthermore, the Canon M5 is 42g lighter than the Olympus E-M5 II. The weight difference here is not enough to be considered a deterrent.

And, since the Canon M5 has an APS-C sized sensor and the Olympus E-M5 II has a smaller Four Thirds sensor, the Olympus E-M5 II’s lenses for a similar focal length and aperture are generally lighter and smaller than the Canon M5 lenses.

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