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Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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Size
Significantly smaller
109×66×32 mm vs 127×97×79 mm
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4.2x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.3" vs 3.1"
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2.5x thinner
Screen resolution
Slightly higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Weight
Lighter
298 g vs 560 g
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Around 50% lighter
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 13 lenses
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More than 17.5x more lenses available
Battery life
Much longer battery life
660 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Interchangeable lenses Interchangeable lenses Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              EOS M$449.96
              D5100$372.11
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              EOS M4.3 fps
              D51004 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              EOS M12,800 ISO
              D51006,400 ISO

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              Canon EOS M
              EOS M
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