Being a Canon shooter, I was getting very concerned that they would go the way of Kodak by not embracing new technologies that make cameras better. Fortunately they have released the new Canon EOS M5, a mirrorless camera that has a lot to like: its small, lightweight, has great image quality for stills and video, has in body digital stabilisation, face tracking, focus peaking, an adjustable touch screen and a rapid auto focusing system. Best of all I can use all my expensive lenses that work without a hitch with an EF to EF-M adapter. So I took this bad boy out for a stills test with my favourite model, Pinky who was very obliging as usual.
I can do a lot with this camera that I can’t with my much bigger dslr and heavy lenses. I can travel with it, pull it out at a moments notice and start snapping without people noticing. With the tilting screen, I can get angles I couldn’t before. I can track animals without having to manually focus. With the stabilisation, I can get sharp shots at 1/10th of sec! With its touch screen focusing, I can pull focus like a pro. With its wifi and bluetooth, I can upload content directly to FB or my smart phone.
However this camera does have shortcomings: no 4k video. This is its biggest flaw as even smart phones an shoot 4k – shooting 4k big plus when downscaling the final video edit to 1080, as the end result is much clearer. The stabilisation is adequate but its a digital stabilisation, not optical. It certainly helps but for ultra smooth shots, a gimbal is still needed. The screen flips down, not to the side, meaning if you mount the camera on a tripod, the screen is obscured. However because is down, when taking selfies it doesn’t look like you are looking to the side, so thats a plus. With such a sexy touch screen, this camera sucks up battery – a few hours battery life at best. I’m going to need at least 2 spares on hand.
Will I use this camera for professional shooting? Absolutely! Whist the image quality is not quite what my 5Ds does, it can take a far greater range of shots in a quicker time frame – shots I couldn’t otherwise get. And the EF-M lenses? I would describe them as plastic fantastic. They do a decent job and are so small and light, and most have stabilisation in them. I hope Canon or 3rd party manufacturers will release premium EF-M lenses in the future.
This is a fun, easy to use camera that gives professional results. My dslr, whilst giving better results, is heavy and cumbersome and no fun to use whatsoever. So welcome to the mirrorless party Canon, glad you could make it and hope you can stick around.
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