Canon EOS M5 vs Canon EOS Rebel XS

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

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Canon.

Canon EOS M5 were released 2016 and Canon EOS Rebel XS was released 2008. That is a 8 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS M5 2016
Canon EOS Rebel XS 2008

Type of camera

Canon EOS M5 is a Mirrorless camera while Canon EOS Rebel XS is a DSLR 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 M5 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Canon EOS Rebel XS 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 M5 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Rebel XS has 10,1 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS M5 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Canon EOS Rebel XS 10,1 MP
10077696 pixels
3888 x 2592

Canon EOS M5 has a 138 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel XS. 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 Rebel XS. Canon EOS M5 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Canon EOS Rebel XS has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS M5 100-25600
Canon EOS Rebel XS 100-1600

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 M5
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel XS

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS M5 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel XS can shoot up to 1,5-3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS M5 9
Canon EOS Rebel XS 1,5-3

Ability to record movies

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

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS M5. Unfortunately Canon EOS Rebel XS does not support recording movies and movie clips.

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 Rebel XS weighs 502 gr (equal to 1,11 lb) which is 18% heavier than Canon EOS M5 and its 427 gr (or 0,94 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS M5 427 gr
0,94 lb
Canon EOS Rebel XS 502 gr
1,11 lb

Canon EOS M5 vs Canon EOS Rebel XS Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS M5 and Canon EOS Rebel XS, 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 M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
Name Canon EOS M5 Canon EOS Rebel XS
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
Release Year 2016 2008
Release Date 2016-09-15 2008-06-10
MSRP 979 USD 599 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
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 6000 x 4000 pixels 3888 x 2592 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 10,1 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 7 DIGIC 3
Image
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 1600
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No
(5-axis for video only)
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Focus Points 49 7
Lens Mount Canon EF-M

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

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 M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
Articulated LCD Tilting Fixed
Screen size 3.2 2.5
Screen dots 1620000 230000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.62x 0.81 (0.51 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 2360000 N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
Frames per second 9 fps 1,5-3 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 5 meters 13 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Partial
Exposure Compensation 3 (at 1/3 EV steps) 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
Video recording Yes No
Video format MPEG4
H.264
N/A
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
N/A
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11/b/g/n with Bluetooth and NFC)
No
Remote Control Yes (Wired, wireless, or smartphone) Yes (E3 connector)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS M5
Canon EOS Rebel XS
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Lithium-Ion LP-E5 battery pack
Battery Life (CIPA) 295 shots N/A
Width 116 mm 126 mm
Height 89 mm 98 mm
Depth 61 mm 65 mm
Weight 427 gram 502 gram