I picked up a body only M5 at Best Buy. I was so excited for this camera! I use my Canon eos M2 w/ 22mm daily, it is always in my purse or bag. My hope for the M5 was to get the shots that I sometimes miss with my M2, mainly my young son. I read reviews (limited at the time) and watched the promo videos. The face tracking and improved AF is really what caught my attention and a little better ISO performance couldn't hurt. Immediately out of the box I didn't like the overly rubbery feel of the grip. I also have a 6D but this grip felt different. I popped the battery into it, got a sd card, and went out to play with it. Menus are intuitive if you are already a canon user so I set things up the way I like them and started shooting. Coloring was a little cool, but I shoot raw so that is easily adjusted in post or with minor corrections in the camera settings. One thing I started irritating me was my thumb kept bumping the record button and it would start recording video even if I was in Av mode. That button could be mapped to something else, but my thumb would still hit it. I don't have big hands, I can't palm a basketball so who knows maybe my thumb isn't long enough :) I thought the record button might be a learning curve thing so I dismissed it and started taking pictures of my 2.5 y/o playing. I set to shutter priority, face tracking, continuous AF, shutter at 1/100. The face tracking tracked an emblem on his shirt as much as it did his face and the shutter was slow to respond when I pressed it all the way down. But the main problem is that a lot of the time it couldn't find focus and would lock up for a second with a orangish box. It was so frustrating because with how Canon and other reviewers built up the AF as comparable to an 80D and its the same chip as the new 5D mk IV, I expected it to blow my M2 out of the water. My M2 performed better, it may have missed a couple shots but it fired the shot. The M2 would fire and capture an out of focus shot and then recover for another in less time that the M5 would recover after locking out because it couldn't find focus. Some people say "why would you want out of focus shots" 1. recovered faster 2. sometimes there is something usable, I would rather have an out of focus than nothing at all so I can decide if its trash. The EVF has a sensor to detect when you bring the camera to eye level and will auto switch from the back screen. Great idea but only one will work at a time so if it picked up my hand while I was going through the menus the screen would black out. I switched it to manual and shut off the EVF. I could have mapped that to a function button, but at this point the M5 was feeling like a burden... and a $1000 burden. For me photography is just as much the machine in my hand as capturing the image. It has to be enjoyable and freeing. Unfortunately the M5 felt like a burden in a way no other camera ever has. And I was shocked, there aren't really any critical reviews of the M5 except for a few youtubers that won't like anything Canon does. For others my issues might not be a big deal and they will love the camera. I will stick with my M2 that I picked up for under $400 w/ 22mm. If you want to check out the AF problems I had search for MadnessMobile on youtube and he has a video.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
After reading numerous reviews of the Canon M5 over the past year I was still somewhat hesitant to purchase it due to the higher price and sparse M lens line-up. However, with the Canon EF-M adapter I have been utterly delighted by the responsiveness of the M5 with all of my EF & EF-S lenses from Canon, Tamron & Sigma that I use on my Canon 80D. The image quality is identical to a larger DSLR but the M5 is extremely light & portable, almost a true high-end compact. I would recommend the smaller & lighter lenses in general although the M5 performed well with my Canon 70-300 USM ii & Tamron 35 SP. So far it is best with the Canon 24 mm EF-S 2.8 pancake lens- quick to focus, responsive and reliable so much that I almost prefer it to my 80D for general use when chasing my children around the house or walking my dog:)
I would recommend this to a friend