The Canon M5 is the first of their mirrorless cameras that finally checks off enough boxes that we may get one for our everyday kit.
On any video shoot, sometimes you need high quality photos. Whether it's for your own promotional behind-the-scenes shots, or for your client, you already have the photography lenses, so why not have a quality camera around?
The Canon C100 and C300 are amazing video cameras and we love using them for both documentary and promotional video production, but neither are designed to take photos (you can do screen grabs though).
In addition to having a camera around, we can also imagine using the Canon M5 as a lightweight gimbal camera. Something we can leave on the gimbal, ready to shoot whenever we want a steady moving shot. But it has to be able to match our other cameras.
Until now, we've used the Canon XC10 as our lightweight gimbal camera. But the fixed lens means we could only shoot at 24mm, which isn't quite wide enough. Our favorite gimbal lens is the Canon 10-18mm, which we can use with the M5 on an official Canon adapter.
Apart from the lens compatibility, the Canon M5 also has the Dual Pixel Auto Focus which is absolutely perfect for use on a gimbal. The only thing we're not sure is whether the picture styles can match the C-Log coming out of the C100 and C300.
And finally, we're very interested in the low light ability of the M5. We use an old Canon 60D and a Fuji X100S for our gear review product photos, neither of which can shoot at particularly high ISOs. So maybe the M5 will become the de-facto camera of Gear Dads gear pics?