Compact Cameras for Travel Photography – Part 1: The Canon EOS M5

Compact Cameras for Travel Photography – Part 1: The Canon EOS M5 2

Camera Compromises
It’s true to say that with any camera where its size (or rather the lack of size) has been prioritised over other considerations, compromises will come into play. If you already have a Canon DSLR, you can use its lenses on the M5 with the aforementioned EF-EOS M adapter. But then you are simply adding bulk back on again, which rather defeats the point of the reduction in size. However, in terms of actually shooting images and video, the compromises are not dramatic as you get a full suite of full-sized camera snapping features.


To keep the outfit small then, use the EF-M lenses designed for the M5. The smaller EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens will do for general snaps, but personally, I’d grab the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. You’ll have an optic fit for almost any eventually in terms of travel subjects be it wide open vistas to getting close in at the longest end of the zoom.

Canon EOS M6
Canon recently unveiled a new variant of the M5, the M6. Essentially this is the same camera, but it lacks the inbuilt electronic viewfinder the M5 boasts. An accessory viewfinder that sits on the M6’s hot shoe can be bought as an option, but if you buy that you may as well get the M5.

EOS M5 Pros:

  • Portable body
  • Fast startup and responsive handling
  • Great movie capture capability
  • Allows use of EOS ‘normal’ lenses with EF-EOS M adapter
  • Great sharing options with Wifi, NFC and Bluetooth.
  • Image quality

EOS M5 Cons:

  • Use of ‘normal’ Canon EF lenses adds bulk Small electronic viewfinder
  • Small electronic viewfinder

EF-M 18-150MM f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens:

  • Very versatile
  • Perfect for travel

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Doug Harman is the best selling author of the UK No1 selling The Digital Photography Handbook, owns and runs Capture and Create: Luxury Photographic Learning offering luxury photographic holidays and cruises and photographic workshops with business partner Sue Chapman ARPS CPAGB.

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