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5 Reasons Why The Canon EOS M5 Should Be Your Travel Buddy


Whether you’re a budding photographer looking to enter the world of photography or a professional weary of lugging heavy DSLRs around on leisure trips, consider the EOS M5 the next time you’re going on vacation. Follow this writer’s journey around Europe and find out why.  

EOS M5, EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, f/5.6, 1/640sec, ISO100
A Ferris wheel specially set up just for the festive seasons looms over Lille’s city center.

Ability to shoot in RAW format

Sometimes a scene begs to be shot in black and white, and other times, in all its coloured glory. But then there are those times when you simply can’t decide, which is where the EOS M5’s RAW format option comes in. This image was originally shot in black and white in RAW format, but when I returned home, I realized I wanted to show my friends how the beautiful old building came alive with the light from the lamps. Good thing I shot in RAW, because I was easily able to convert it back to colour! 

EOS M5, EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, f/5, 1/50sec, ISO400
The Grand Place of the northern French city of Lille.

Never miss a detail 

With its 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor, you’ll never miss a moment or lose a detail, even when you’re shooting from far away. These images were shot with the EOS M range’s telephoto lens, and boasts stunning detail even when zoomed in. I found this particularly handy for skittish wildlife! 

Learn more about shooting unpredictable subjects like pets here: Shooting Unpredictable Subjects - Pets

EOS M5, EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, f/6.3, 1/20sec, ISO200
A wild cat peers warily through the shrubs.

EOS M5, EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, f/5.6, 1/640sec, ISO100
In the distance, a church tower hovers over the rooftops of Lille.

Touchscreen is a clear winner

I sneakily snapped this shot utilizing the EOS M5’s touchscreen focus function, and despite shooting through a wire frame, managed to get exactly the shot I wanted. I find that the touchscreen works especially well with the camera’s flip screen when shooting from awkward positions (this was shot with the camera held at hip height).

Also, I found the touchscreen especially handy coupled with touchscreen-friendly gloves. The temperature often fell below zero and I loved that I didn’t have to sacrifice my fingers to the biting winds to adjust settings or shoot. 

EOS M5, EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, f/5.6, 1/15sec, ISO400
Chocolates crafted from 100-year-old recipes entice through the shopfront window.

Night shooting is a breeze 

With an ISO range that goes up to 25,600, it doesn’t matter whether you’re out exploring day or night. The camera performs superbly even in low light conditions, with minimal noise and compromise of image quality due to its sensor and high-performing image processor.

Never worry about shooting at night with these tips: Essential tips for shooting landscapes at night

EOS M5, EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, f/3.5, 1sec, ISO800
Lille at night.

Small, but powerful  

For the avid traveler, the thing you’ll appreciate most about the EOS M5 is its size; it packs a punch despite its small body, making it appropriate for everything from café food snaps to street photography. Even with the longer telephoto lens attached to it, it fit in even my smaller handbag and weighs a fraction of a regular DSLR.  

From left to right:
EOS M5, EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, f/3.5, 1/13sec, ISO200
A teabreak in an authentic Belgian chocolatier.

EOS M5, EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, f/4, 1/2500sec, ISO200
Soft winter light gently illuminates the streets of France

EOS M5, EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO400
Christmas vibes in Lille’s city center.



EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

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EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM

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Mona Teo

Mona Teo is a writer based in Singapore who believes that there is nothing more powerful than the written word (not counting coffee). An avid scuba diver and traveler, she relies on her Kindle to get her through flights and seeks inspiration from the world around her.