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Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T20: Specs and Features Comparison

Fujifilm is one of the camera manufacturers that has plenty of mirrorless camera models. One of which is Fujifilm X-T20. On the market, this camera is involving in competition with some mirrorless models from other manufacturers, including Canon M5, a mirrorless camera from Canon. Comparing Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T10 is make sense since they are available in a not much different price range. How about the specs and features?

Before stepping further, let us tell you a brief about Fujifilm X-T20.

Fujifilm X-T20 is the successor of X-T10. This camera was announced in January 2017 by bringing some improvements compared to its predecessor, one of which is improved autofocus performance to make your job in photographing objects be easier. This camera uses X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro as the image processor (we are going to discuss about the detail specs later below).

Meanwhile, Canon M5 is one of the best mirrorless cameras from Canon so far. Canon announced M5 in September 2016. This camera uses the same sensor as Canon 80D. The image processor used on this camera is DIGIC 7. Both Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T20 offer an electronic viewfinder. One key difference between these two cameras is that Fujifilm X-T20 has the capability of recording 4K videos while Canon M5 doesn’t.

Take a look at the table below to compare the specs between Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T20.

Specs comparison: Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T20

 Canon M5Fujifilm X-T20
AnnouncedSeptember 2016January 2017
Sensor25.5-Mpix APS-C CMOS24-Mpix APS-C CMOS
DxOMark score77-
Color filter arrayRGBRGB
Resolution6288 x 4056 6000 x 4000
ISO100 - 25600100 - 51200
Fastest - Slowest speed (s)1/4000 - 30.01/32000 - 30.0
Frame rate (fps)9.08.0
Mount typeCanon EF-MFujifilm X
Weight427 g383 g
Battery typeLi-ion, LP-E17, 7.2V, 1040mAhLi-Ion, NP-W126S, 7.2V, 1260mAh, 8.7Wh
Number of autofocus points49325
Autofocus modesOne-Shot AF, Servo AFAF-S + Single Point, AF-S + Zone, AF-S + Wide / Tracking, AF-C + Single Point, AF-C + Zone, AF-C + Wide / Tracking
StorageSD, SDHC, SDXCSD, SDHC, SDXC
Image formatJPEG, RAW (CR2)JPEG, RAW (RAF)
Other featuresLive view, dust cleaning, electronic viewfinder, articulated screen, touch screen, USB, sound recording, external micro, histogram, live autofocusLive view, dust cleaning, electronic viewfinder, articulated screen, touch screen, exposure bracketing, WB bracketing, USB, sound recording, external micro, histogram, GPS
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At a glance, according to what’s on the table above, the specs of Fujifilm X-T20 look more promising than Canon M5. Especially to handle the need of photographing moving objects. Fujifilm X-T20 gives you more discretion to set the exposure triangle when capturing moving objects. Fujifilm X-T20 offers higher ISO range as well as longer shutter speed range. Not to mention the autofocus points in which Fujifilm X-T20 also offers more than Canon M5. Let’s discuss them one by one. Starting from ISO range.

Both Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T20 use a crop sensor so higher ISO range will be very helpful. As just mentioned, Fujifilm X-T20 offers higher ISO range than Canon M5. 100 – 51200 is the ISO range offered by Fujifilm X-T20 while Canon M5 offers only 100 – 25600 of ISO range. You will find how a camera with a higher ISO range makes everything easier when doing a night photography, say taking pictures of Milky Way or similar objects. Higher ISO range will also help you when you have to use a higher shutter speed to keep your photos not going to be underexposure. Speaking of shutter speed, Fujifilm has the shutter speed range of 1/32000 – 30.0 while Canon M5 has only 1/4000 – 30.0. Another section where Fujifilm X-T20 is better than Canon M5 is the autofocus points. Fujifilm X-T20 has the autofocus points of 325 while Canon M5 has only 49.

Canon M5

 

Fujifilm X-T20

 

 

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Both Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T20 offer an articulated, touch screen. They also offer an electronic viewfinder so you don’t have to always rely on the screen to aiming at the target. On the screen section, Canon M5 is a bit better than Fujifilm X-T20. You will get a sharper image when previewing the photos you have taken on Canon M5 thanks to its 3.2-inch screen that contains 1620000 dots. The screen of Fujifilm X-T20, meanwhile, has only 1040000 dots. Also smaller.

Both Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T20 don’t offer any wireless connectivity. Neither Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The only way to transfer photos from camera to smartphone/computer is via USB cable or by releasing the memory card.

As mentioned above, one of the key differences between these two cameras is regarding the capability of recording videos. Fujijfilm X-T20 has the capability of recording 4K videos while Canon M5 doesn’t. However, Fujifilm X-T20 offers the smaller frame rates than Canon M5. While Canon M5 offers the frame rates of 60, Fujifilm X-T20 offers only 30 frame rates.

What about the battery life?

Battery is one the biggest downside of mirrorless cameras compared to DSLR cameras. Due to the more electronic components need to be fired up when operate, the vast majority of mirrorless cameras have shorter battery life than DSLRs. Fujifilm X-T20 can be used to take about 350 photos per charging while Canon M5 can only be used to take about 295 per charging.

Sensor comparison: Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T20

Since sensor is the most component of a camera, it should be the first aspect you consider when you want to buy a new camera. We have mentioned that Canon M5 uses the same sensor as 80D while Fujifilm X-T20 uses the newer version of processor than the one used on Fujifilm X-T10. The matter of size, the sensor of Fujifilm X-T20 is larger than Canon M5’s. The sensor of Fujifilm X-T20 is about 11 percent bigger than the sensor of Canon M5. Conversely, the sensor of Canon M5 has a higher resolution than Fujifilm X-T20 sensor. Take a look at the image we have created below to compare the sensor size of Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T20.

Body comparison: Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm retains its identity on mirrorless camera by using a retro design on X-T20. Both Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T20 come with a compact body just like other mirrorless cameras. Overall, the body dimension of Canon M5 is slightly larger than Fujifilm, about 5 percent. So is the weight. As usual, we have created the images below to makes it easy for you to compare the body size of Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T20.

Photo results comparison: Canon M5 vs Fujifilm X-T20

The use of camera is nothing but to take pictures. Both Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T20 are capable of generating good photos. We have selected some examples of the best photos taken using both Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T20 so you don’t need to conduct an online research yourself. All of the photos below were taken from Pixabay. To allow you identifying the lens type used on each photo we have also added the EXIF data.

  • Canon M5

  • Fujifilm X-T20

Conclusion

Both Canon M5 and Fujifilm X-T20 are mirrorless cameras with a good quality. Especially Fujifilm X-T20, it is a suited camera if you are a sort of person who love something retro. It’s not an easy job to make a judgement which is the better between these two cameras, but based on the specs these camera have, Fujifilm X-T20 looks more promising. It offers higher ISO range, longer shutter speed range, more autofocus points and larger sensor. One more thing where Fujifilm X-T20 is better than Canon M5 is the video recording capability. Fujifilm X-T20 is capable of recording 4K videos despite its fewer frame rates.

One section where Canon M5 is better than Fujifilm X-T20 is the display. Canon M5 delivers a sharper image preview thanks to its tighter pixel density. Overall, be it Canon M5 or Fujifilm X-T20 is a great mirrorless camera. Unfortunately, we are unable to check the Fujifilm X-T20 score on DxOMark since it is not tested yet. But, by taking a look at the examples of the photos above, you can see how good the quality of this camera is.

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