As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Canon EOS M is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams, pro DSLRs, travel zooms and super zooms. The Canon EOS M's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the Rebel SL1) and Sony (such as the Alpha A5100 and the Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS M compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 921k dots), has a touch screen, records movies in 24p, can focus continuously while recording movies and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.3 fps vs 60 fps) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10
3 years newer
$599 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M10 (vs the EOS M)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M10 (vs the EOS M)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the EOS M10 and EOS M

  • Fairly small: Mid size (108×67×35 mm) vs Compact (109×66×32 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 301 g vs 298 g

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
2 years newer
$363 - $448 (body only)
$450 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the EOS M)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly more lenses available: 62 lenses vs 13 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the EOS M)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5100 and EOS M

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Compact (109×66×32 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.3"

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6
9 months newer
$295 (body only)
$837 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL6 (vs the EOS M)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Much more lenses available: 108 lenses vs 13 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL6 (vs the EOS M)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • No 24p support
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the E-PL6 and EOS M

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×38 mm) vs Compact (109×66×32 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 298 g

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
2 years older
$593 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the EOS M)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Significantly more lenses available: 62 lenses vs 13 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the EOS M)

  • No touch screen
  • No 24p support
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the NEX-5 and EOS M

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (109×66×32 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 298 g

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5
2 years newer
$443 10-30mm lens

Significant advantages of the 1 J5 (vs the EOS M)

  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 4.3 fps
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the 1 J5 (vs the EOS M)

  • No 24p support
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the 1 J5 and EOS M

  • Fairly small: Compact (98×60×32 mm) vs Compact (109×66×32 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 231 g vs 298 g

Sony A7

Sony A7
1 year newer
$798 (body only)
$965 - $998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the EOS M)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 92 lenses vs 13 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the EOS M)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A7 and EOS M

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Thin: 1.9" vs 1.3"

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3i and EOS M

  • None found

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
8 months newer
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the SL1 and EOS M

  • None found

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5
1 year older
$331 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-5 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-5 and EOS M

  • None found

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
1 year older
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5100 and EOS M

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

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7 years older
$400 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel XT (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XT (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel XT and EOS M

  • None found

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
3 months newer
$600 (body only)
$567 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5200 and EOS M

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS M compared to pro digicam competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (17.9 MP vs 12 MP), has a touch screen, has an external mic jack, has interchangeable lenses and is slightly less expensive ($449.96 vs $974.15).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.3 fps vs 10 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a much shorter battery life (230 shots vs 350 shots).

Fujifilm X30

Fujifilm X30
2 years newer
$974

Significant advantages of the X30 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the X30 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the X30 and EOS M

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
1 year newer
$600

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the G16 and EOS M

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
2 years newer
$534

Significant advantages of the G7 X (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G7 X (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the G7 X and EOS M

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15
similar age

Significant advantages of the G15 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G15 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the G15 and EOS M

  • None found

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
similar age
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and EOS M

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D and EOS M

  • None found

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
5 months older
$2,300 (body only)
$2,844 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the EOS M)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and EOS M

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS M compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 461k dots), takes slightly higher resolution photos (17.9 MP vs 9.7 MP), has a touch screen, has an external mic jack and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.3 fps vs 50 fps), is older (july 2012 vs january 2016) and is slightly more expensive ($449.96 vs $237.88).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the EOS M)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 50 fps vs 4.3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the EOS M)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) and EOS M

  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 17.9 MP
  • Have touch screens

Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

Canon ELPH 520 HS
6 months older
$238

Significant advantages of the ELPH 520 HS (vs the EOS M)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 520 HS (vs the EOS M)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the ELPH 520 HS and EOS M

  • Inexpensive: $237.88 vs $449.96
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon EOS M compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 921k dots), is significantly smaller (compact (109×66×32 mm) vs professional size (130×93×103 mm)), takes significantly higher resolution photos (17.9 MP vs 9.9 MP), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.3 fps vs 10 fps), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a significantly shorter battery life (230 shots vs 310 shots).

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
7 months newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the EOS M)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the EOS M)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Compact (109×66×32 mm)
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and EOS M

  • Fairly small: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Compact (109×66×32 mm)
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.3"
  • Light weight: 650 g vs 298 g