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

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Canon EOS M

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

True resolution
High true resolution
21 MP
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,815 ISO
 

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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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
Lowest price Much cheaper $299.59 vs $2,759.95
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The best price we've seen is $2,460 cheaper (9.2x less)
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.3" vs 3"
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2.3x thinner
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
Focus points More focus points 31 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 79.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
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
Low light performance Significantly 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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.9 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Higher true resolution 21 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              EOS M:1,040k dots
              5D Mark II:920k dots
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              EOS M:17.9 MP
              5D Mark II:21 MP
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              EOS M:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              5D Mark II:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $484 - $774 body only

              $200 - $595 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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $1,148 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 - $656 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $609 body only

              $200 - $699 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 M Competitors

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              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $285 - $299 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Focus points Slightly fewer focus points
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Weight Heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $930 - $1,299 body only

              $1,099 - $1,399 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $870 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor

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