Canon EOS 550D vs Canon EOS M5

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 550D and Canon EOS M5. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Canon.

Canon EOS 550D were released 2010 and Canon EOS M5 was released 2016. That is a 6 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 550D 2010
Canon EOS M5 2016

Type of camera

Canon EOS 550D is a DSLR camera while Canon EOS M5 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Canon APS-C") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 550D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Canon EOS M5 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 550D has a 18,7 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS M5 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 550D 18,7 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Canon EOS M5 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Canon EOS M5 has a 34 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 550D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS M5 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 550D. Canon EOS M5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Canon EOS 550D has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 550D 100-12800
Canon EOS M5 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS M5 belongs to the Canon EOS M-system and needs an adapter to work with Canons EF, EF-S, MP-E, and TS-E lenses. You can read more about this adapter here:
Canon Lens Mount Adapter EF-EOS M

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 550D
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS M5

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 550D can shoot up to 3,7 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS M5 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 550D 3,7
Canon EOS M5 9

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 550D and Canon EOS M5 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 550D weighs 510 gr (equal to 1.12 lb) which is 19% heavier than Canon EOS M5 and its 427 gr (or 0.94 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 550D 510 gr
1.12 lb
Canon EOS M5 427 gr
0.94 lb

Canon EOS 550D vs Canon EOS M5 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 550D and Canon EOS M5, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
Name Canon EOS 550D Canon EOS M5
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
Release Year 2010 2016
Release Date 2010-02-08 2016-09-15
MSRP 899 USD 979 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 18,7 MP 24 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 DIGIC 7
Image
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
ISO Range 100 - 12800 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
(5-axis for video only)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 9 49
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF-M

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 3 3.2
Screen dots 1040000 1620000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type TFT color liquid-crystal LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.87 (0.54 35mm equiv.) 0.62x
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 2360000
Photography features
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
Frames per second 3,7 fps 9 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 13 meters 5 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Yes
Built-in (802.11/b/g/n with Bluetooth and NFC)
Remote Control Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed) Yes (Wired, wireless, or smartphone)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS M5
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 295 shots
Width 129 mm 116 mm
Height 98 mm 89 mm
Depth 62 mm 61 mm
Weight 510 gram 427 gram