ad stars
ad Bestseller
A potelyt.com – Photography & Imaging Resources
PW

Canon 850D vs M5

The Canon EOS 850D (called Canon T8i in some regions) and the Canon EOS M5 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in February 2020 and September 2016. The 850D is a DSLR, while the M5 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 24 megapixels.

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

Headline Specifications
Canon 850D
versus
Canon M5
Canon 850D   Canon M5
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 24 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/24p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200) ISO 100-25,600
Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder (2360k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.2 LCD, 1620k dots
Swivel touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
7.5 shutter flaps per second 9 shutter flaps per second
800 shots per battery charge295 shots per battery charge
131 x 103 x 76 mm, 515 g 116 x 89 x 61 mm, 427 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 850D and the Canon EOS M5? 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

The physical size and weight of the Canon 850D and the Canon M5 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon 850D vs Canon M5
Compare 850D versus M5 top
Comparison 850D or M5 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon M5 is notably smaller (23 percent) than the Canon 850D. Moreover, the M5 is markedly lighter (17 percent) than the 850D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 850D nor the M5 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.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. 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.

scroll hint
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 850D 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 749 i
2.
 
Canon M5 116 mm 89 mm 61 mm 427 g 295 n Sep 2016 979 i
3.
 
Canon RP 133 mm 85 mm 70 mm 485 g 250 n Feb 2019 1,299 i
4.
 
Canon 250D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 111 mm 61 mm 46 mm 340 g 230 n Jul 2019 899 i
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 105 mm 61 mm 41 mm 304 g 235 n Jul 2019 749 i
7.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
8.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
9.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549i
10.
 
Canon 800D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 749i
11.
 
Canon M6 112 mm 68 mm 45 mm 390 g 295 n Feb 2017 779i
12.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499i
13.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749i
14.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
15.
 
Canon M3 111 mm 68 mm 44 mm 366 g 250 n Feb 2015 679i
16.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499i
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 manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The 850D was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 23 percent) than the M5, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. 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. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better 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.

In terms of chip-set technology, the 850D uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 8) than the M5 (DIGIC 7), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 850D and Canon M5 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 24 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the 850D and the M5 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the 850D is much more recent (by 3 years and 4 months) than the M5, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

The Canon EOS 850D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 100-51200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS M5 are ISO 100 to ISO 25600 (no boost).

850D versus M5 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. 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"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

scroll hint
Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 850D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
2.
 
Canon M5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.412.4126277
3.
 
Canon RP Full Frame 26.0 6240 41604K/30p24.311.9297785
4.
 
Canon 250D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p........
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
7.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971
8.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
9.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
10.
 
Canon 800D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
11.
 
Canon M6 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
12.
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278
13.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
14.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
15.
 
Canon M3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.811.8116972
16.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.475365

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the 850D provides a higher video resolution than the M5. It can shoot video footage at 4K/24p, while the M5 is limited to 1080/60p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the M5 has an electronic viewfinder (2360k dots), while the 850D has an optical one. Both systems have their advantages, with the electronic viewfinder making it possible to project supplementary shooting information into the framing view, whereas the optical viewfinder offers lag-free viewing and a very clear framing image. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon 850D, the Canon M5, and comparable cameras.

scroll hint
Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/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 850Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5 Y n
2.
 
Canon M52360 n3.2 / 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon RP2360 n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n
4.
 
Canon 250Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II2360 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark IIInone n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y
7.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon 200Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon 800Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon M6optional n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon M100none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
13.
 
Canon 750Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon M3optional n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.2 Y n
16.
 
Canon M10none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6 Y n
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

The Canon 850D has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 850D and the M5 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.

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 850D and Canon EOS M5 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

scroll hint
Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 850DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Canon M5Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
3.
 
Canon RPYstereo / monoYYmicro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon 250DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II-stereo / mono--micro3.1Y-Y
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III-stereo / monoY-micro3.1Y-Y
7.
 
Canon 2000DYmono / mono--mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon 77DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
9.
 
Canon 200DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
10.
 
Canon 800DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
11.
 
Canon M6Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
12.
 
Canon M100-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
13.
 
Canon 750DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
14.
 
Canon 760DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
15.
 
Canon M3Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
16.
 
Canon M10-stereo / mono--mini2.0YY-

Both the 850D and the M5 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The 850D replaced the earlier Canon 800D, while the M5 does not have a direct predecessor. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is the Canon 850D better than the Canon M5 or vice versa? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS 850D:

  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 8 vs DIGIC 7).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/24p vs 1080/60p).
  • Brighter framing: Features an optical viewfinder for clear, lag-free composition.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (800 versus 295) on a single battery charge.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced segment (23 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 3 years and 4 months of technical progress since the M5 launch.


Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS M5:

  • More framing info: Has an electronic viewfinder that displays shooting data.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.2" vs 3.0") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1620k vs 1040k dots).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (9 vs 7.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (116x89mm vs 131x103mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 88g or 17 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in September 2016).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the M5 comes out slightly ahead of the 850D (9 : 8 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 wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

850D 08:09 M5

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 850D and the Canon M5 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 says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the 850D and the M5 in practical situations. 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 hands-on reviews by experts 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], digitalcameraworld [DCW], 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.

scroll hint
Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 850D4/5+3/580/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 749 i
2.
 
Canon M54/5+4/582/1004/54/5 Sep 2016 979 i
3.
 
Canon RP4/5+4/5..4.5/54/5 Feb 2019 1,299 i
4.
 
Canon 250D..o4.5/579/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II4/5+4/582/100..4/5 Jul 2019 899 i
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III..+ +4/581/1004/5.. Jul 2019 749 i
7.
 
Canon 2000D..o....3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
8.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..4/582/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
9.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +4/578/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549i
10.
 
Canon 800D4.5/5..3.5/580/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 749i
11.
 
Canon M6......80/1004/54/5 Feb 2017 779i
12.
 
Canon M1003/5+....4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499i
13.
 
Canon 750D5/5....75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749i
14.
 
Canon 760D5/5+..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
15.
 
Canon M34/5o..75/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2015 679i
16.
 
Canon M10..........4/5 Oct 2015 499i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

Canon 850D:
Check Amazon price
Canon M5:
Check Amazon price

Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? In case you are interested in seeing how other cameras pair up, just make your choice using the following search menu. Alternatively, you can follow any of the listed hyperlinks for comparisons that others found interesting.

~
    loader

    Specifications: Canon 850D vs Canon M5

    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 850D Canon M5
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2020 September 2016
    Launch Price USD 749 USD 979
    Sensor Specs Canon 850D Canon M5
    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 24 Megapixels 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 3.72 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 7.22 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/24p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 51,200 ISO no Enhancement
    Image Processor DIGIC 8 DIGIC 7
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 77
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 23.4
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 12.4
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 1262
    Screen Specs Canon 850D Canon M5
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.51x .. x
    Viewfinder Resolution 2360k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.2inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1620k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 850D Canon M5
    Focus System Phase-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 7.5 shutter flaps/s 9 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in 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 850D Canon M5
    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 Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Canon 850D Canon M5
    Battery Type LP-E17 LP-E17
    Battery Life (CIPA)800 shots per charge295 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 131 x 103 x 76 mm
    (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in)
    116 x 89 x 61 mm
    (4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4 in)
    Camera Weight 515 g (18.2 oz) 427 g (15.1 oz)

    Did you notice an error on this page? If so, please get in touch, so that we can correct the information.

    You are here Home  »  CAM-parator  »  Canon 850D vs Canon M5

    Thanks for your vote!

    You rated this page 4 out of 5.


    Rating

    Any additional comment or suggestion for improvement would be welcome.


    If you like it, make sure you share it:

    • Mention this page to your Facebook friends and Twitter followers.
    • Bookmark it in your browser for future reference.
    • Create a hyperlink by copying the text below into your web-project or discussion forum entry.

    Once again, thanks for taking the time to provide feedback. I appreciate it.