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“Digital SLRs still dominate among professional photographers and amateur enthusiasts of a certain age, but those who grew up with Thundercats instead of Thunderbirds are more likely to own a compact system camera (CSC). Also known as mirrorless cameras, theyu2019re smaller and lighter than SLRs, tend to be better for video, can match SLRs for image quality and increasingly beat them for performance.
Canon dipped a late and rather apprehensive toe into the CSC market with the EOS M back in 2012. It was essentially an EOS 650D SLR squeezed into a point-and-shoot body and stuck permanently in live view mode, which meant dire performance.
Five years later, Canonu2019s SLRs are much faster in live view mode, thanks to its Dual Pixel technology, which incorporates phase-detect autofocus directly on the image sensor. Itu2019s a good omen for the firm’s latest CSC, the Canon EOS M5.
It isn’t cheap, though. At u00a31,050 for the body only, u00a31,150 with a 15-54mm kit lens or u00a31,400 with the 18-150mm lens we were sent for review, it goes head to head with some highly capable CSCs including the Panasonic GH4, Sony a6300 and Fujifilm X-T20 (review coming soon). In such distinguished company, Canon canu2019t afford to slip up.
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Canon EOS M5 review: Ergonomics and controls
The M5 looks like an ultraslim SLR rather than a bloated compact camera, and itu2019s all the better for it. The electronic viewfinder is mounted centrally, just above the lens, which feels comfortable and familiar. The outer shell is made from plastic rather than magnesium alloy but it feels reassuringly solid. Iu2019d have preferred a slightly chunkier handgrip and at this price a bit of weather sealing doesnu2019t seem unreasonable. Otherwise, it looks and feels like a proper enthusiast’s camera.
The electronic viewfinder is a high quality 2.4-million dot OLED unit but itu2019s smaller than rival CSCu2019s viewfinders. Canon doesnu2019t publish a magnification value but Iu2019d estimate that itu2019s around 0.6x. The LCD touchscreen is bigger and sharper than usual, at 3.2in and 1.6 million dots. It tilts up by 90 degrees and down by 180 for self-portraits, although thatu2019s not so useful if youu2019re using a tripod. When tilted upwards, the eye-level sensor often mistook my finger for an eye and automatically switched the screen off and enabled the viewfinder.
Touch & Drag AF is Canonu2019s new name for a great feature that seemed to have appeared by accident on the EOS 750D. When using the viewfinder, the screen is off but it can still be used as a touchscreen to move the autofocus point. This is much quicker than nudging it around with buttons or a mini joystick. The M5 takes this feature to its logical conclusion, with options to make the changes absolute or relative; the latter behaves more like a laptop touchpad than a touchscreen, with adjustments made by swiping the screen. Itu2019s also possible to enable only half or quarter of the screen, thereby eliminating accidental adjustments when your nose touches the surface of the display.”

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