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Canon 700D vs Canon M

The Canon EOS 700D (called Canon T5i in some regions) and the Canon EOS M are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in March 2013 and July 2012. The 700D is a DSLR, while the Canon M is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 17.9 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 700D
versus
Canon M
Canon 700D Canon M
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-12,800 (100 - 25,600) ISO 100-12,800 (100 - 25,600)
Optical viewfinder No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreen Fixed touchscreen
5 shutter flaps per second 4.3 shutter flaps per second
440 shots per battery charge230 shots per battery charge
133 x 100 x 79 mm, 580 g 109 x 66 x 32 mm, 298 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 700D and the Canon EOS M? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon 700D and the Canon M is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The Canon M can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the 700D is only available in black.

Size Canon 700D vs Canon M
Compare 700D versus Canon M top
Comparison 700D or Canon M rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon M is considerably smaller (46 percent) than the Canon 700D. Moreover, the Canon M is substantially lighter (49 percent) than the 700D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 700D nor the Canon M are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

Concerning battery life, the 700D gets 440 shots out of its LP-E8 battery, while the Canon M can take 230 images on a single charge of its LP-E12 power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 700D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649 i
2.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599 i
3.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499 i
4.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749 i
5.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649 i
6.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499 i
7.
 
Canon 1200D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449 i
8.
 
Canon G7 X 103 mm 60 mm 40 mm 304 g 210 n Sep 2014 699 i
9.
 
Canon 100D 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
11.
 
Canon 650D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849 i
12.
 
Canon 600D 133 mm 100 mm 80 mm 570 g 440 n Feb 2011 599 i
13.
 
Canon 550D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 530 g 440 n Feb 2010 699 i
14.
 
Canon 500D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 520 g 400 n Mar 2009 799 i
15.
 
Panasonic G3 115 mm 84 mm 47 mm 336 g 270 n May 2011 599 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The Canon M was somewhat cheaper (by 8 percent) than the 700D at launch, but both cameras fall into the same price category. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Canon 700D and Canon M sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 17.9 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the 700D and the Canon M have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the 700D is a somewhat more recent model (by 7 months) than the Canon M, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

The Canon EOS 700D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 100-25600. The Canon EOS M offers exactly the same ISO settings.

700D versus Canon M MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon M has a markedly higher DXO score than the 700D (overall score 4 points higher), which will translate into better image quality. The advantage is based on 0.4 bits higher color depth, and 0.3 stops in additional low light sensitivity. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 700D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2681 61
2.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.2827 65
3.
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.91272 78
4.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.0919 71
5.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.0915 70
6.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.4753 65
7.
 
Canon 1200D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.3724 63
8.
 
Canon G7 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.7556 71
9.
 
Canon 100D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.3843 63
10.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.7230 54
11.
 
Canon 650D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2722 62
12.
 
Canon 600D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.5793 65
13.
 
Canon 550D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.5784 66
14.
 
Canon 500D APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.5663 63
15.
 
Panasonic G3 Four Thirds 15.8 4592 34481080/60i21.010.6667 56

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the 700D has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the Canon M relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon 700D, the Canon M, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 700Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon Mnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
3.
 
Canon M100none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
4.
 
Canon 750Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon M10none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6 Y n
7.
 
Canon 1200Doptical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon G7 Xnone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 6.5 Y Y
9.
 
Canon 100Doptical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
10.
 
Canon G16optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
11.
 
Canon 650Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon 600Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
13.
 
Canon 550Doptical n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
14.
 
Canon 500Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.4 Y n
15.
 
Panasonic G31440 n 3.0 460 swivel Y 1/4000s 4.0 Y n

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The 700D has one, while the Canon M does not. While the built-in flash of the 700D is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

The 700D has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the Canon M does not have a selfie-screen.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 700D and the Canon M write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 700D and Canon EOS M and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 700DYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
2.
 
Canon MYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon M100-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon 750DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon 760DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon M10-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon 1200DYmonomono--mini2.0---
8.
 
Canon G7 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon 100DYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon G16Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
11.
 
Canon 650DYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon 600DYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon 550DYstereo-Y-mini2.0---
14.
 
Canon 500DYmonomono--mini2.0---
15.
 
Panasonic G3Ystereomono--mini2.0---

Both the 700D and the Canon M have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The Canon M was replaced by the Canon EOS M3, while the 700D was followed by the Canon 750D. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Which of the two cameras – the Canon 700D or the Canon M – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS 700D:

  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5 vs 4.3 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (440 versus 230) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 7 months after the Canon M).


Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS M:

  • Better image quality: Scores markedly higher (4 points) in the DXO overall evaluation.
  • More compact: Is smaller (109x66mm vs 133x100mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 282g or 49 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in July 2012).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the 700D emerges as the winner of the contest (7 : 5 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

700D 07:05 Canon M

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 700D and the Canon M place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the 700D or the Canon M perform in practice. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 700D....76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649 i
2.
 
Canon M3/5+..4/54/5 Jul 2012 599 i
3.
 
Canon M1003/5+..4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499 i
4.
 
Canon 750D5/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749 i
5.
 
Canon 760D5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649 i
6.
 
Canon M10........4/5 Oct 2015 499 i
7.
 
Canon 1200D3/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449 i
8.
 
Canon G7 X4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699 i
9.
 
Canon 100D4/5+78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon G164/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
11.
 
Canon 650D4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849 i
12.
 
Canon 600D3/5o77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599 i
13.
 
Canon 550D..+ +77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2010 699 i
14.
 
Canon 500D..+ +74/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799 i
15.
 
Panasonic G33/5+ +75/1004.5/55/5 May 2011 599 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Canon 700D vs Canon M

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 700D Canon M
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
    Launch Date March 2013 July 2012
    Launch Price USD 649 USD 599
    Sensor Specs Canon 700D Canon M
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 17.9 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.31 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 5.39 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 5 DIGIC V
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 61 65
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.7 22.1
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.2 11.2
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 681 827
    Screen Specs Canon 700D Canon M
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.53x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 700D Canon M
    Focus System Phase-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s 4.3 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon 700D Canon M
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Body Specs Canon 700D Canon M
    Battery Type LP-E8 LP-E12
    Battery Life (CIPA)440 shots per charge230 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 133 x 100 x 79 mm
    (5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
    109 x 66 x 32 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 580 g (20.5 oz) 298 g (10.5 oz)

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