Canon have finally launched a serious CSC (Compact System Camera) in the form of the EOS M5, but with announcement of the follow up to the highly successful Olympus OM-D E-M1 at Photokina 2016 it looks like the battle is on.

Early indication’s here at Camerajabber.com show that although the Canon EOS M5 certainly peaked photographers interest, check out the what I expect from the M5 post, Olympus’s system is now so ingrained that Canon may find it difficult if not impossible to catch-up, at least not without some serious exposure and backing.

Weighing up the pro’s and cons of both cameras on what we know so far and you do have to start comparing the specifications and abilities advertised by the manufacturers for both cameras. But as we know from previous tech battles it’s not always about which camera is better but rather which system is more visible to the buying public.

Olympus use the Micro Four Thirds format of lens mount, this not only gives owners access to a now extensive and rapidly expanding range of lenses and accessories from Olympus but also Panasonic and a host of other manufacturers.

Canon’s range of EF-M lenses is at the moment limited and the majority sit at the entry or mid range enthusiast level at best. Canon have tried to address this by adding a EF adapter into the mix (Early orders of the EOS M5 will feature a free adapter in the box) but then using an adapter kind of defeats the whole CSC philosophy. Olympus also offer an adapter to an equally impressive range of lenses from their Four Thirds range and some of these lenses are huge!

Pitting the sensors in a battle against each other the APS-C  sensor of the Canon would have in the past, at 24.2 million pixels, have been the firm and larger favourite, but now the 20 million MFT sensor has a proven track record for image quality.

Image processors seem to show that the Olympus is streets ahead with RAW shooting at 60 frames per second (fps) in the S-AF mode (Single Auto Focus) the Canon reaches just 7fps.

From an initial look it would seem that the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is by far the better camera; faster, tougher and with better support when it comes to lenses and accessories, but the Canon EOS M5 could still prove to be a formidable CSC. We’ll let you know as soon as they both arrive!