Canon EOS M5 vs Nikon D7500

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS M5 and Nikon D7500. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS M5 is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D7500 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS M5 were released 2016 and Nikon D7500 was released 2017. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS M5 2016
Nikon D7500 2017

Type of camera

Canon EOS M5 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D7500 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS M5 has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D7500 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS M5 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D7500 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** 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)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Canon EOS M5 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D7500 has 21 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
Nikon D7500 21 MP
20668416 pixels
5568 x 3712

Canon EOS M5 has a 16 % larger resolution than Nikon D7500. 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

Nikon D7500 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS M5. Nikon D7500 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Canon EOS M5 has 100 to 25600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS M5 100-25600
Nikon D7500 100-51200

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 Nikon D7500

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 Nikon D7500 can shoot up to 8 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS M5 9
Nikon D7500 8

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Canon EOS M5 and Nikon D7500 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.

Nikon D7500 weighs 640 gr (equal to 1,41 lb) which is 50% heavier than Canon EOS M5 and its 427 gr (or 0,94 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS M5 427 gr
0,94 lb
Nikon D7500 640 gr
1,41 lb

Canon EOS M5 vs Nikon D7500 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS M5 and Nikon D7500, 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
Nikon D7500
Name Canon EOS M5 Nikon D7500
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D7500
Release Year 2016 2017
Release Date 2016-09-15 2017-04-12
MSRP 979 USD 1299 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D7500
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D7500
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 5568 x 3712 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 21 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 7 EXPEED 5
Image
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D7500
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 51200
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No
(5-axis for video only)
Yes
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D7500
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 49 51
Lens Mount Canon EF-M

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

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
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D7500
Articulated LCD Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3.2 3,2
Screen dots 1620000 922000
Touch screen Yes Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.62x 0.94 (0.63 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 2360000 0
Photography features
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D7500
Frames per second 9 fps 8 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 5 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Highlight Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation 3 (at 1/3 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D7500
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D7500
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D7500
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11/b/g/n with Bluetooth and NFC)
Yes
Built-in, Wi-Fi with low energy Bluetooth
Remote Control Yes (Wired, wireless, or smartphone) Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
GPS No Yes
Optional with GP-1A
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS M5
Nikon D7500
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
EN-EL15a lithium-ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 295 shots 950 shots
Width 116 mm 136 mm
Height 89 mm 104 mm
Depth 61 mm 73 mm
Weight 427 gram 640 gram