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Fujifilm X-E1 vs Canon EOS M5

We compare the Fujifilm X-E1 to the Canon EOS M5: Which digital camera has the better sensor? Which has the better viewfinder or monitor? Which is faster?

Both cameras belong to the Mirrorless category.

Here are both models side by side. The Fujifilm X-E1 is on the left, the Canon EOS M5 on the right:

X-E1 vs EOS M5 - Side by side

For a more detailed size comparison, see the section further down below.

Fujifilm X-E1 vs Canon EOS M5: Specifications at a glance

X-E1

  • Introduced in September 2012
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 16 megapixel
  • 6 frames/second
  • 200 - 6400 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 71.00mm (2.8") Monitor
  • Lens mount X-Bajonett
  • No WiFi
  • 129 x 74.9 x 38.3mm³ (5.1" x 2.9" x 1.5")
  • 300g (9.7 oz.)

All specs: Main page for X-E1

EOS M5

  • Introduced in September 2016
  • Mirrorless
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • 24 megapixel
  • 9 frames/second
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 1920 x 1080 Video
  • Viewfinder: Elektronic
  • 80.00mm (3.1") Monitor, articulated
  • Lens mount EF-M
  • WiFi built-in
  • 115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6mm³ (4.6" x 3.5" x 2.4")
  • 427g (13.8 oz.)

All specs: Main page for EOS M5

Our advice: From our own experience, we recommend SanDisk memory cards. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is fast enough for high-speed image sequences and 4K video:

Memory card for X-E1 and EOS M5

The 64 GB Extreme will take up to 90 minutes of super high-res 4K video. For Full HD video we recommend the SanDisk Ultra.

X-E1 vs EOS M5: The sensors

Both cameras use the same sensor format: APS-C. This infographic highlights the sensor areas of both models compared to other common sensor formats:

Info graphic: X-E1 an EOS M5 sensor comparison

Note: 1-Euro coin for scale; the coin at 23.25mm diameter is slightly smaller than a US quarter.

The APS-C sensor built into both cameras has a total area of about 368mm² (14.5 sq.in.).

X-E1 vs EOS M5: The viewfinders

The X-E1 uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel. The magnifcation is c. 0.62x.

The EOS M5 features an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2.36 megapixel and a magnification of around 0.60x.

This infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnifications of both cameras. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size; indicated in red is a magnification of 0.85x, the highest value in a any camera on the market today.

X-E1 (0.62x)

EOS M5 (0.60x)

Simulated viewfinder of the X-E1Simulated viewfinder of the EOS M5

Advantage: Fujifilm X-E1

Comparing features and further specs of both cameras, data for the Fujifilm X-E1 on the left, the Canon EOS M5 in the right column:

Advantage Fujifilm X-E1...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

X-E1

EOS M5

Larger lens selection (3)257
Longer battery life (3, photos)350295
Weighs less (2)300g
(9.7 oz.)
427g
(13.8 oz.)
More portable (2)370cm³
(23 cu.in.)
625cm³
(39 cu.in.)

Conclusion: Advantages of the X-E1 are the larger selection of lenses, that the battery has more stamina and the lower weight than the EOS M5. Another advantage over the EOS M5: the more compact size.

The X-E1 scores 10 points.

...and here's where the Canon EOS M5 has an edge...

(Point weight and unit, if applicable, in parentheses)

X-E1

EOS M5

Sensor cleaning (3)
Higher resolution (5, megapixel)16.3024.40
Faster (4, frames/second)69
Sensitivity (4)200 - 6400 ISO100 - 25600 ISO
Better monitor (2, Megapixel)0.461.62
Articulated monitor (2)
Touch screen (2)
WiFi (2)

Conclusion: Advantages of the EOS M5 are built-in automatic sensor cleaning, the higher resolution and that the camera is faster. Additional pros for the Canon are the larger sensitivity, that the display has a higher resolution and the articulated display. A recommendation of the EOS M5 is made easy by the rather comfortable touch screen and the built-in wifi that permits remote shooting and image transfer without the need for a cable connection.

Yields 24 points for the EOS M5.

...and here's what both have in common

X-E1

EOS M5

Sensor formatAPS-CAPS-C
Built-in flash
Video resolution1920 x 10801920 x 1080
External microphone

Comparing the dimensions of both cameras; Fujifilm X-E1 again on the left, Canon EOS M5 on the right:

Front view of the X-E1 and the EOS M5...

X-E1 und EOS M5, front viewX-E1 und EOS M5, front view

...and here we see the Fujifilm and the Canon from above:

X-E1 und EOS M5, view from aboveX-E1 und EOS M5, view from above

Our recommendation

Comparing features and specifications of both cameras yields the following score:

Fujifilm X-E1

Canon EOS M5

10
24

CameraCreativ recommends the Canon EOS M5.

Our rating of the Fujifilm X-E1

No rating available.

Our rating of the Canon EOS M5

A powerful mirrorless camera with a good feature set (Wifi, stabilizer, Bluetooth) but no support for 4K video. The high-res viewfinder is a plus. Like other cameras from Canon's M series handicapped by the very small selection of native M lenses. Worth a consideration if you already have Canon glass and are willing to use an adapter.

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