Canon EOS M vs Nikon D5200

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS M and Nikon D5200. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS M
Nikon D5200


Canon EOS M is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D5200 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

These two camera models were both released 2012.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS M Canon 2012
Nikon D5200 Nikon 2012

Type of camera

Canon EOS M is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D5200 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS M has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon D5200 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS M 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Nikon D5200 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

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


Canon EOS M has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D5200 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS M 18 MP 17915904 5184 3456
Nikon D5200 24 MP 24000000 6000 4000

Nikon D5200 has a 34 % larger resolution than Canon EOS M. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS M has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5200. Canon EOS M has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D5200 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS M 100-12800
Nikon D5200 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Canon EOS M has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5200 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5200 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

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

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS M
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5200

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS M can shoot up to 4,3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D5200 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS M 4,3
Nikon D5200 5

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS M and Nikon D5200 can shoot movies.


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

Nikon D5200 weighs 555 gr (equal to 1,22 lb) which is 86% heavier than Canon EOS M and its 298 gr (or 0,66 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS M 298 gr 0,66 lb
Nikon D5200 555 gr 1,22 lb