Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS M vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs Canon EOS M

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Canon EOS M

47

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
206 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Size
Really small
Compact 109x66x32 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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Explore 12 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS M and 94 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

differences

Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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Size
Much smaller
109x66x32 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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5.6x smaller
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weight
Much lighter
298 g vs 850 g
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2.9x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3"
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2.3x thinner
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$239.00 vs $2,175.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,936 cheaper (9.1x less)
Focus points
More focus points
31 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The EOS M's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
206 ms vs 742 ms
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3.6x less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2700 ms
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6.8x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Better image quality
79.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life
Much longer battery life
850 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 3.5x more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
156 lenses vs 4 lenses
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39x more lenses available
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO vs 827 ISO
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The 5D Mark II has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the EOS M
Color depth
Better color depth
23.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
True resolution
Higher true resolution
21 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              EOS M1,040k dots
              5D Mark II920k dots
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              EOS M17.9 MP
              5D Mark II21 MP
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $891 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $815 - $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $679 body only

              $800 - $900 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $569 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS M3

              Canon EOS M3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $891 - $893 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $399 - $460 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              GPS Has a GPS
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,249 with 24-70mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Weight Heavier
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,891 body only

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Focus points More focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

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