Canon M5 and Sony A6500 are two mid-range mirrorless cameras. In the market, these two cameras have a comparable prices so it reasonable enough to compare them. Sony A6500 has a bit more expensive price compared to Canon M5.
What about the specs and features? That’s what we are going to cover here.
Canon M5 and Sony A6500 were announced in the same year of 2016. Canon M5 was announced earlier in September while Sony A6500 was announced in October. The highlight feature of Sony A6500 which also becomes the key difference between these two cameras is the 4K video recording capability. Canon M5 is only capable of recording videos with the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 (full HD).
Take a look at the table we have created below to compare the specs offered by Canon M5 and Sony A6500.
Specs comparison: Canon M5 vs Sony A6500
|Canon EOS M5||Sony A6500|
|Announced||September 2016||October 2016|
|Sensor||24.2-Mpix APS-C CMOS||24.24-Mpix APS-C CMOS|
|Color filter array||RGB||RGB|
|Resolution||6288 x 4056||6024 x 4024|
|ISO||100 - 25600||100 - 51200|
|Fastest - Slowest speed (s)||1/4000 - 30.0||1/4000 - 30.0|
|Frame rate (fps)||9.0||11.0|
|Mount type||Canon EF-M||Sony E|
|Weight||427 g||453 g|
|Battery type||Li-ion, LP-E17, 7.2V, 1040mAh||Li-ion, NP-FW50, 7.4V, 1020mAh|
|Number of autofocus points||49||425|
|Autofocus modes||One-Shot AF, Servo AF||AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF)|
|Storage||SD, SDHC, SDXC||Memory Stick Duo, SD|
|Image format||JPEG, RAW (CR2)||JPEG, RAW (ARW)|
|Other features||Live view, dust cleaning, electronic viewfinder, articulated screen, touch screen, USB, sound recording, external micro, histogram, live autofocus||Live view, stabilization, dust cleaning, electronic viewfinder, articulated screen, touch screen, WB bracketing, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sound recording, external micro, histogram, live autofocus, video stabilisation, 4K video|
|Price comparison||View price||View price|
Canon M5 is a 24.2 MP mirrorless camera that uses DIGIC 7 as the image processor. The sensor used on this camera is the same as the one used on Canon 80D. Sony A6500 also has a 24 MP sensor with BIONZ X as its image processor. Although both cameras have the same sensor resolution, the different story goes to size in which the sensor size of Sony A6500 is larger than Canon M5’s. Regarding the sensor, we are going to cover it later on the next section below.
Exposure is the basic photography concept you have to master at. Regarding the exposure, there are three camera settings affecting how much light caught by the camera sensor. They are ISO, aperture and shutter speed. The combination of these three settings is often called exposure triangle. Due to the importance of these three settings, they should be your major concern when taking some look at camera specs. While aperture is determined by the lens, you just need to see the ISO range as well as the shutter speed range of the camera you are interested to.
Both Canon M5 and Sony A6500 offer the same shutter speed range, 1/4000 – 30.0 while on the ISO range section Sony A6500 is slightly better than M5. As you can see on the table above, Sony A6500 offers the ISO range of 100 – 51200 while Canon M5 offers only 100 – 25600.
Other aspect you have to notice when you want to buy a new camera is the number of autofocus point as well as frame rate. Especially if you plan to use your camera to mainly taking the pictures of moving objects. The more autofocus points a camera has, the better it is to be used to take the pictures of moving objects. Canon M5 offers massive enough autofocus point number, bu still fewer compared to Sony A6500.
Canon M5 comes with the autofocus points of 49 while Sony A6500 has 425 autofocus points. In addition, Sony A6500 also has a higher frame rates (11.0 compared to 9.0). Meaning that when you use your camera on the continuous shooting mode, Sony A6500 captures more images per shutter press than Canon M5. These two elements are not too crucial if you want to use your camera for photography needs like product photography, landscape photography or portrait photography since you have the static objects for such photography needs.
You will find how more autofocus points and higher frame useful when you use your camera to take the pictures of wild animal or sport events in which you will deal with moving objects.
As mentioned on the beginning of this article, one of the advantages of Sony A6500 over Canon M5 is regarding the video recording capability. Sony A6500 has the capability of recording 4K videos (3840 x 2160) while Canon M5 has no same capability. The maximum video resolution can be recorded by Canon M5 is 1920 x 1080. Furthermore, Sony A6500 also offers a video stabilisation to help preventing your videos from being shacked.
Both Canon M5 and Sony A6500 come with a touch screen display that can be bent, but the screen of Canon M5 is capable of previewing photos with a sharper quality thanks to its tighter pixel density. The screen of Canon M5 has a pixel density of 1620000 dots while the screen of Sony A6500 has a pixel density of only 921600 dots.
Regarding the battery life, Sony A6500 is also one step ahead Canon M5. One a single charge, the battery of Sony A6500 can fire up the camera to take about 350 images compared to 295 belong to Canon M5.
Sensor comparison: Canon M5 vs Sony A6500
The sensor of Canon M5 and Sony A6500 has the same resolution of 24 MP, but there is a difference in terms of size. The sensor of Sony A6500 is about 11 percent larger than Canon M5. You can compare the sensor size of these two cameras on the image we have created below.
Body comparison: Canon M5 vs Sony A6500
Canon M5 is a mirrorless camera that adopts a DLSR style. It has a comfortable handle just like DSLR cameras, with an electronic viewfinder lies on the center area of its body. Meanwhile, Sony A6500 has a more compact design, bust slightly wider. Sony A6500 also features and electronic viewfinder which lies on the right side of its body (or left side from the photographer point of view).
Although the overall body dimension of Sony A6500 is smaller than Canon M5, it is about 6 percent heavier. Take a look at the images we have created below to compare the body dimension between Sony 6500 and Canon M5.
Photo results comparison: Canon M5 vs Sony A6500
One of the best ways to compare the quality of two cameras is by taking a look at the examples of the photos taken using the associated cameras. In the internet era like today, you can take advantage of free online resources to find the examples of photos taken using certain camera models. As usual, we have taken examples of the photos taken using both Canon M5 and Sony A6500 from Pixabay.
In photography, there are several factors affecting the end results of the photos taken using certain camera model. On the non technical aspect, object plays a huge role. While on the technical aspects there are at least two aspects affecting the end results of the photos taken using a camera: lens and settings. To allow you figuring out the lens type as well as the applied settings, we have also added the EXIF data of each photo below.
- Canon M5
- Sony A6500
Canon M5 and Sony A6500 are two mid-range mirrorless cameras. These two cameras offer plenty enough of autofocus points as well as high frame rate, making them a great gear to take the picture of moving objects. Sony A6500, however, has some advantages over Canon M5. One of which is that Sony A6500 has the capability of recording 4K videos while Canon M5 is only capable of recording videos with the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080.
Overall, the specs of Sony A6500 is better than Canon M5. Sony A6500 has a larger sensor size, more autofocus points, higher frame rates to capture more images on a continuous shooting mode. One more thing, Sony A6500 also has a higher score on DxOMark.