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    Canon M5 Mirrorless - Short Term Review

    After lugging the Canon 80D around on my company bike trips last year, I was determined to find a mirrorless solution that would reduce the size and weight of my camera setup. I went back and forth quite a bit, and even purchased a few different mirrorless systems (Sony A6000, Olympus E-M10ii, Fuji X-T20) that I ended up selling pretty quickly. All of the systems seem to have their flaws, and all have their selling points.

    I'm a Canon guy, which is the #1 reason I ended up with the M5... familiarity. Reason #2 was total cost of the camera and lenses. And reason #3 was the feature set, IQ, etc. A few thoughts after using it for a month:

    - It's tiny. The camera plus the lens (I have both the 18-150 and the 11-22) is smaller than the 80D by itself. I can't even tell it's in my backpack, to be 100% honest. That was the main goal when I switched over, since I'll be using this for 4-5 days straight and 20+ mile rides regularly.

    - The IQ is as good as the 80D, from what I can tell. Check out the pictures below for some examples.

    - The AF system isn't as good as the 80D, but it's a compromise and it's damn close. AI Servo locks on pretty easily and focuses quickly- in my unprofessional opinion, I'd say it's 80% as good as the 80D, which is one of the best systems out there in an APS-C body.

    - The lenses are very light, and are a fraction of the cost of competitors. As mentioned, I have the 18-150 and the 11-22. I paid about $600 (refurbished) total for both. The comparable Sony lenses would be double that, at least. Same with Fuji, if not more expensive.

    - I absolutely love the touch-screen AF point selector. It's as seamless as using a small joystick, if not better since it works with bike gloves. The customizable buttons are nice as well- I've got one each set up for AF mode and burst rate. And then there are two easy-to-use dials to control Aperture and ISO.

    - 9 FPS is a nice little feature to have too.


    Some example photos from a recent MTB trip to Spain:


























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    Great pics of beautiful scenery. The riding looks awesome as well.

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    Nice write up man and pics. I'm a working pro who shoots Canon for a living. My only previous experience with mirrorless camera was with a Fuji XT-1 which ended up with a disappointment. I've been eying the M5 for travel and MB photography mainly for the size, dual pixel, and IQ. Man I love Canon's color.

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    Yeah, I'm pretty sold on mirrorless for my second camera (the ones I take on my MTB trips). I would love to invest in a Sony- or Canon! - full-frame mirrorless setup, but their FF lenses cost way too much and an adapter slows down the AF beyond acceptance. Right now my "main" camera for portraits and vacation photos is a 6D with an arsenal of L-lenses, and it's tough to give up. I love the pictures that come out of the 6D too much to give it up for the 6DII or the 5D4.

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