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Canon EOS M: Review



A couple of days back I got my hands on the new EOS M, Canon’s first entry into the digital mirrorless scene: so welcome to the review! For a review of the EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens, click here! I only have this camera for a couple of days, but I’ll be giving it a real test over this period, and try to give you a complete look into the entire experience of using one. Alright

As you probably know already, mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras are similar to low-to-mid end DSLRs, in terms of image quality – with most of the new crop sporting APS-C sized sensors – and (obviously) in that they have the ability to switch lenses. They also have a ton of features and manual controls. No surprise. However, the mirrorless part is what makes ‘em special. A DSLR has a rather complex mechanism involving mirrors and prisms and stuff in its body – that’s just how they’re designed to work – which causes the camera body to be rather bulky. A mirrorless camera does away with this stuff, using electronics instead of mirrors, and thereby reduces a lot of the bulk, resulting in a body far more compact than what you’d expect from a DSLR, while still retaining the high-image-quality-producing innards and the ability to switch lenses. That’s the essence of mirrorless cameras, really!

While Epson and Leica first brought mirrorless cameras to the world, it was Panasonic, along with Olympus, who delivered this technology to the consumer market, with the Micro Four Thirds system, around 4 years ago. Since then, pretty much all the other big boys have joined the party, with Nikon, Sony, and Fujifilm adding their mirrorless offerings to the market not long after, meaning they’ve been in the business for years now too – which is why it has been surprising to everyone that Canon has taken this long to release its own mirrorless system. Unfortunately, when Canon did finally lift the veil on the EOS M a couple of weeks back, it didn’t impress many. Much like its main rival brand’s system, the Nikon 1, the EOS M seems to be a bit of a half-baked product on first inspection – and seems to clearly cut down on features for no other reason but to make sure it doesn’t compete with its own consumer-end DSLRs. It’s got a decent spec, with an APS-C sensor, 18MP, Digic 5, all that – but it’s also a pretty basic camera when you look deeper (read on) and at $799 for the kit, it’s not cheap. Anyway, I’m not going to judge until I’ve tried it out myself, so let’s see what I think after a couple of days with it

Canon EOS M + EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM

The Canon EOS M body was announced recently, along with two brand new lenses for its new EF-M mount: the 22mm f2.0 STM, and the 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM. A lens adapter is also available for this mount, which allows you to use all other Canon EF and EF-S lenses with this camera. Nice. I was not able to get one of these adapters, but for this review, I chose what I predict will be the more popular EF-M lens, the 18-55mm standard zoom. Why? This camera just feels to be made for the average consumer, somebody upgrading from a basic point-and-shoot – and I really don’t see this type of person giving up the ability to zoom. If it was me, I’d definitely go for that very nice 22mm pancake, a super slim lens…but for the sake of the review, I picked what I think most people will want to read about (wasn’t able to get both!)

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Anyway, let’s get on with the rest of this camera now – really dig into the details!

NOTE: This is a pixelogist-style review! I have included a few crops to show noise/detail in images, since this is a primarily a review of the camera body, but in general this post is all about my general experience with this camera, with sample images, at normal size – how people normally view photos! If you want to pixel-peep, this isn’t really the review for you!

Specifications You Want To Know

  • Body: Compact mirrorless
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF-M mount
  • Resolution: 18.0 mega pixels
  • Sensor Size: APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm)
  • Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Shutter Speed: Max 1/4000 sec, Min 60 sec
  • ISO Range: 100-12800 (Expandable to 25600)
  • White Balance: 6 presets, 1 custom
  • Video: 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 60fps (and lower resolutions)
  • Video Format: MOV
  • Metering Modes: Evaluative, partial, spot, center-weighted
  • Exposure Modes: P, A, S, M, Auto, Scene
  • Built-In Flash: No
  • Hot-shoe: Yes
  • Autofocus: Contrast Detection/Phase Detection Hybrid
  • AF modes: Single zone, multi zone, continuous, face detection,
  • Number of focus points: 31
  • Manual Focus: Yes
  • Screen: 3.0” LCD (1,040,000 dots) touchscreen, non-articulated
  • Optical/Electronic VF: No
  • Max Drive Speed: 4.3fps
  • File Formats: JPEG, RAW
  • Connections: USB 2.0, HDMI (Mini)
  • Memory Card Type: SD/SDHC/SDXC
  • Dimensions: 109 x 66 x 32mm
  • Weight: 298g (with battery)

First Thoughts

I’m writing this part literally after opening the box, so these are truly my first thoughts – and even though the pictures and size comparisons I have seen should have prepared me, I was still rather surprised with how compact this camera is. Really small body. Just a little bit bigger than the Sony RX100 compact. And just a bit slimmer if you’d believe it. Big plus points for keeping this thing so compact. As with all mirrorless cameras, a zoom lens is what adds bulk – but with the 22mm pancake, I’d definitely say this is one of the most compact system cameras you could lay your hands on. I’ve used other systems like the Lumix G and the NEX, which are pretty nice and small too – but the EOS M somehow feels more compact the moment I touched it. And when the whole idea of these systems is to keep it small, this is a very good thing

The next thing that struck me: the build. Very solidly constructed, and feels like a quality product. I do like that. Even the 18-55mm kit lens feels solid, with really nice and smooth zoom/focus rings – no shaky bits – and a solid mount. More on this lens in its own review, but yeah – the entire product just feels good to the hand. Excellent

However, after you look at it for a few minutes, you realize it’s not the best looking camera out there. You can tell by the pictures, can’t you? It looks very plain – a black box with a lens mount and an LCD, to be honest. It’s not a problem for me – I like things that look simple – but I know this will be an issue for a lot of people, people who’d much rather spend a bit more and get something that looks classic like the Fuji X-E1, or something super sleek and stylish like the NEX stuff. Taking all these years to design this, I think Canon could’ve been a bit more inspired when creating this body

You also notice how basic it appears – it’s all about the touchscreen, with something like just 3 buttons on the back, in addition to the four-way controller, and no proper mode dialon the top. Dead basic. Good or bad? I’m not sure yet

So plus and minus so far – what’s next? The interface! From the moment you turn this thing on, the touchscreen interface is what it’s all about…and what an interface it is! An absolute pleasure to use. I’m not the biggest fan of touchscreens on cameras – I dislike them, in fact – but this large, high-resolution capacitive touchscreen is amazing! It’s just so responsive – that’s all it is, really. That, and the nice, comfortable icons that are hard to miss. It’s just easy to use! After a few minutes, I was as comfortable accessing any setting on the EOS M as I would be on the Fuji X-Pro1 with all its physical controls. And considering I was extremely wary of this camera after seeing the lack of physical buttons and its complete touchscreen interface, I think it’s very impressive that it allowed me to get so comfortable with it this fast

Ok, moving on – as with any new camera, I always fire the first few test shots in my favorite Aperture Priority mode before trying anything else. Getting to this mode requires the touchscreen again, as there doesn’t seem to be a mode dial on this body – and I’m still not complaining (amazing) – however, the moment I half-pressed the shutter to get my first shot, I hit the biggest disappointment of this camera: the slow, slow, SLOW autofocus! In my fairly well-lit living room, at night, with the AF assist beam turned on, it took approximately 3-4 seconds to lock focus. That’s right. 3-4 seconds. Sometimes, it took more! I’ll talk more about AF performance later on, but seriously – my RX100 takes a full second to focus in a worst-case scenario, usually much less – I cannot believe that this fancy hybrid phase/contrast detect AF system performs this bad, really. Any other mirrorless camera with a plain old contrast detect AF system will focus 5 times faster! This is a potentially huge deal-breaker. Big disappointment, Canon

And well, that’s all I noticed after using the camera for about 15 minutes – a couple of good points, a couple of bad points, one of which is seriously frustrating. There’s also a few things missing from this camera that should have been there – the mode dial, for one…maybe an electronic viewfinder…and a few more physical controls – but then it’d be a cheaper, more compact Canon 650D, and wouldn’t that be a disaster?

Anyway, on this rather disheartening note, let’s move on with the rest of the review and get back to a more detailed discussion on performance in a bit

Controls & Handling

Being so compact, it handles pretty well – better than expected. I have large hands, but I had no problem using this compact body. The zoom lens helped – as did the grip on the front of the camera. I can’t say how it’d be using the pancake lens but I doubt it’d be much different – everything feels nicely balanced overall

Controls are extremely minimal. That’s due to the touchscreen interface – and that, to be honest, is fine. The screen is that good. I do wish, however, that they included a second control wheel to adjust stuff. As you will see, this camera has just the one control dial, even though, having few other buttons around, there is sufficient room for another dial in there – I mean, why not make things even easier to use? I would have liked to have seen a control dial in front of the shutter, where my shutter finger naturally rests – much like on Canon’s G15 (or like the Nikon P7100!) – it would’ve made operations and handling of the camera even more balanced. But no such luck

Anyway, let’s go through the few controls of this camera, starting from the top:

The top panel has the On/Off button, the shutter button, and a three-way mode switch that lets you set the camera mode (Still Images, Video, and Scene Intelligent Auto). I would’ve preferred a traditional mode dial, but I think I’m ok with this – setting the mode through the screen is fairly easy – even though this control tends to feel a bit low-end Powershot-type, that’s all. The top also includes stereo mics, a speaker, and the hot-shoe

The front has the lens release button, the AF-assist lamp, and the remote control sensor. The bottom simply has the battery compartment/memory card slot door – and a normal tripod screw

The back is dominated by the large touchscreen. On the right of it, you find the Menu button, the Playback button, a dedicated Movie button, a (Display) Info button, and the four-way directional controller, which doubles as the only control wheel. The four directions are used for: Drive/Timer mode, exposure compensation, AE/AF Lock and Delete. And in the middle of the four-way is the Select button, which doubles as a very useful Q Menu (Quick Control menu)

If you’re wondering how these minimal buttons control everything, even with the touchscreen being a major part of it…well, exposure compensation and ISO sensitivity are pretty much always visible on the screen (unless you turn off all display info…so just tap each to adjust…and for the rest of the important features, the Q menu is the way to go: just press the Q button and it loads up on-screen, allowing you to change a bunch of settings with a couple of taps. As far as I can tell, it’s not customizable, but it’s pretty comprehensive, allowing you to set AF mode, metering mode, white balance, creative filters, and a few others very easily

By using the Info button, you can cycle through a few display options: No Info>Basic Info>More Info>Info Menu. I recommend keeping it on the Basic Info display, as you get to adjust the info that is displayed – More Info doesn’t really do much except show you a few extra things (that can’t be tapped) – and the Basic Info display doesn’t complicate the viewfinder when composing your shot. The Info menu is another cool menu option, which lets you access a bit more than the Q menu – however, you might have to cycle through all these display options to get to this menu – you’re supposed to be able to press and hold the Info button to access this menu, but that didn’t work for me

The rest of the menus are straight from Canon’s DSLR system, so if you’re a Canon user you’d feel right at home. This also means you have the My Menu option as well, which allows you to build a customized menu that opens by default when you press Menu. This, along with the Q and Info menus, means anything you could possibly want to adjust is just one or two presses/touches away. Nice. Very nice

And that’s it for the controls and menus of this camera. Simple and sufficient, or underwhelming and deficient? That’s for you to decide, I guess. For me, with the very responsive touchscreen, great interface and the bunch of very useful menus, I don’t find myself wanting anything more in terms of controls. Yes, it seems unnecessarily basic – a few more physical buttons and that second control wheel would’ve been nice, but as it is, with the user-friendly interface, I‘m not complaining. I would’ve taken a real mode dial instead of this rather ridiculous three-way switch though

Performance

General operational performance of this camera is good. It turns on in about 2-3 seconds, which is not lightning fast, but it isn’t sluggish either. This isn’t what will cause you to miss a quick shot with this camera, trust me – cough…AF…cough

As I already said, the touchscreen is VERY responsive, and leads to an extremely nice user experience in general. Some cameras…cheaper cameras, yes…feel a bit sluggish even when using a non-touch interface – so getting such a responsive performance from a touchscreen camera is something that I personally liked. Everything feels zippy and ready to go. Always a good thing

Then we come to AF performance. Having used the camera much more now, in all sorts of lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to dimly-lit living rooms, I have a better idea of how this thing performs. And does it still disappoint? Most definitely

In bright sunlight, where no good camera would ever struggle, the EOS M with its new hybrid AF system, takes nearly a second to focus – which is what it feels like when I use the Sony RX100 in really low light. It might not sound like much, but in bright daylight? That’s slow! At night, it takes anywhere between 2-4 seconds to focus in reasonably well lit environments. In darker conditions, it is even slower. And the AF assist beam doesn’t seem to assist at all. Even worse, on occasion, this camera randomly decides to take MUCH longer to lock focus! That makes it even more frustrating – now not only is it slow, but it’s unpredictable. And sometimes it takes this long, only to give me that annoying red signal to apologetically tell me it couldn’t lock focus. You just lose confidence when using this camera – the performance in general is so good, but when it comes to AF, when you half-press you’re not sure what’s going to happen or how long it’s going to take. As a photographer, that’s not something you want. Ever. I was using this at a party (which wasn’t as dark as you’d think) the other night, and I just realized how many shots I’d miss due to the slow AF. Terrible

It depends on you and what you plan on shooting with this, of course – if you’re doing daylight landscapes where you don’t need a quick AF system, this might not be a problem for you – but shooting anything from quick family/children shots to street photography, or anything where timing is important, I wouldn’t touch this camera. Seriously. And with such good competition at the same price, cameras having far superior AF systems, why bother with this one?

UPDATE: Canon has updated the firmware for the EOS M, and from early reports from reviewers, it seems that AF performance has been significantly improved. This would definitely make this a better camera to use. I don’t have this system any more so I cannot confirm this, but you can take it from many other people out there who have tested it – at least they have attempted to fix it

Burst shooting was a good experience – the Canon website states it’ll shoot at 4.3fps and shoot up to 17 JPEGs and 6 RAW in a single buffer. I found the 4.3fps speed to be very adequate for most circumstances, and I shot well past 50 JPEGs in a single burst and I didn’t really notice the speed lowering. I used a high performance SD card, maybe that helped. After 6 RAW shots, though, things definitely slowed down as the camera started to write to the card. Anyway, if you’re shooting fast-moving sports scenes or something, the drive shooting performance is certainly not going to be your biggest concern

Shot to shot speed is alright – takes around 2 seconds between JPEGs, which is good…and around the same with RAW too

Overall, the performance of this camera is very good, I’d say – with the major exception being the AF performance, which is severely sub-par. You just can’t compete with the likes of the NEX and X-series with an AF system like this – even the Nikon 1 has a hybrid AF system that actually works fast! I just can’t recommend this camera with this issue. Maybe a firmware fix will help?


Features

The Touchscreen: this high resolution capacitive touchscreen is fantastic. It’s multi-touch – you can swipe, pinch to zoom, all that stuff – and it’s really responsive. Probably the best touchscreen I’ve used on a camera, and it’s got me believing that touchscreens on cameras are not that bad an idea. Apart from using it to set different features on the camera and using the menus, the best part of touchscreen cameras is the ability to touch the viewfinder to select the AF point. You can set it so that you touch and it selects the point, meaning you have to half press to focus and then full press to capture – or you can set it so that as you touch the point, it focuses and takes the shot without you having to press the shutter. Very nice. Overall, the touchscreen is one of the best parts of using this camera

Movie Mode: although I haven’t fully tested this movie mode, as I’m not much of a video guy, this camera has fantastic movie capabilities. Silent AF and zoom, thanks to the lens, along with very good continuous AF (not too slow for video!) and excellent sound options, with the ability to connect an external mic – oh yes, full HD quality too – makes this camera a very good option for videographers

Hybrid AF System: supposedly a feature of this camera – I shall say no more

HDR Backlit Mode: a built-in HDR mode that fires three shots as you click. And takes around 5-8 seconds to process. Doesn’t really impress. On most of my backlit test shots, it simply brightened the subject, the way exposure compensation would, and washed out the background. After a few attempts, I managed to get it to bring out some background detail as well – but it’s nothing fantastic. I’ve used other compacts that do a better in-camera HDR

Multi-shot Noise Reduction: if you’re stuck at night without a tripod, this mode will do a pretty good job of getting a steady high ISO shot with low noise. Turn on this NR mode, and the camera captures four images in a burst and blends ‘em together, to reduce noise while retaining more detail. I’m not sure how it works, but it does a pretty good job, have a look for yourself:

Handheld Night Mode: this mode simply bumps up ISO and uses the above mentioned multi-shot NR – I can’t think of any other magical way to ‘get a night shot without a tripod’ as claimed – that’s pretty much what it does. It’s alright for a quick snapshot, but as this is an auto mode, you have no control. I’d much rather use the Av mode, set aperture and ISO to my liking, and use the multi-shot NR if I really wanted to. This mode is just a gimmick. Same results as above, I guess:

Note that the above three modes are all multi-shot modes, so you need to be pretty steady when shooting. Also note that it takes around 5-8 seconds to process the shots. Once, while testing, I accidentally shot with one of these modes, and missed the next shot I wanted to get, because it was processing so long. Can’t blame it for taking a while to merge the shots, but just be aware when using them

Creative Filters: these are pretty good – nothing special but useful. I guess the creative part is that you get to customize a particular setting on each one to get the effect just like you want to. For example, in the soft focus mode, you get to control the amount of ‘blur’ or softness. The grainy black and white mode looks very good, as does the toy camera mode – and the miniature mode is very cool. The rest are average, and I wouldn’t use them much. Here are a couple of samples:

Full Compatibility with EF/EF-S Lenses: yeah, very useful for those with a large collection of Canon lenses. You need an adapter to use these lenses, which costs a hefty $199 – but if you have a selection of EF/EF-S glass, this will actually be a saving. These lenses will work on the EOS M like they’d work on any Canon body, with AF and metering etc.

Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Before I get to the EOS M’s image quality, I’ll just share my first thoughts on the kit lens, the 18-55mm standard zoom – I’ve reviewed it separately, click here  – but here’s a quick look to give you the basic idea:

First of all – build quality is very nice. Much better than the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens, which is cheaply built, plasticky and wobbly, the EF-M version feels very solid and firm, with very smooth and comfortable rings, and no wobbliness whatsoever. Not too heavy, at 210g, it feels more than it is due to its compact size – and it adds up with the camera body to weigh a total of 508g. The front thread accepts 52mm sized filters

Focusing is internal – nothing moves when it focuses – and the AF motor is very, very quiet. Wonderful. Manual focus is ‘focus-by-wire’ – meaning the ring doesn’t work mechanically, but instead is an electronic control that focuses the lens for you using the AF motor – and you have fulltime manual control. Excellent, really. The lens barrel extends when zooming – by a couple of centimeters, nothing too much – and is perfectly acceptable for what is really a kit lens. I think it’s very impressive overall

It focuses to 25cm, at either end of the zoom range, and at 55mm you can get some pretty nice close-up shots – so that’s nice too

What else? Image quality, well – you’re only going to be using this lens with the EOS M for the moment, as it won’t mount on other Canon bodies, so let’s see how it performs optically with the EOS M

Image Quality

Well, the EOS M has got Canon’s Digic 5 processor, along with a very high quality 18MP CMOS sensor – but how does it perform in real life? With the 18-55mm lens stuck in front, I can assure you it does a very good job indeed. There are many complaints about this camera, but image quality cannot be one of them

Pictures taken using the EOS M are sharp, with plenty of detail (thanks to the Digic 5 processor, says Canon), very accurate color reproduction, spot-on exposure, and pretty good dynamic range. The 18MP CMOS did well in both daylight and at nighttime, and in all sorts of lighting conditions I set it up for, with excellent ISO performance overall

At high ISO settings, noise is very well controlled in JPEGs, without losing much detail – producing usable images even at ISO 3200 – while images shot from ISO 100 to 1600 were very clean indeed. You have the option of three NR settings, along with the Multi-shot NR feature I talked about – the standard/medium NR setting worked fine for me – and of course, you can shoot RAW and do the NR yourself

Sharpness is thanks to the good quality EF-M lens too. Maybe a tad soft wide open (which lens isn’t?), things really sharpen up as you stop down to f5.6-8. Flare and distortion is also controlled pretty well. Distortion will be noticed at the wide-angle end (see more in the full review of this lens) but reduces after you hit around 25mm – at 55mm there’s hardly any visible distortion to be seen. Flare is controlled very well, and color fringing doesn’t seem to be an issue

One thing I noticed was the bokeh – the quality of the background blur – that this lens produces. For a rather cheap kit lens, it really is quite nice and smooth. The seven aperture blades also allows for nice sunstars when shooting points of light – see the sample image gallery for examples of both of these – very nice indeed

Metering is one of those things that you just expect to work right when you buy any camera – you don’t even think about it – and I can tell you right now there are no surprises here: the metering on the EOS M is excellent. It produced very accurate exposures 99% of the time, with the 1% probably being my fault for using the wrong metering mode in tough situations. Excellent

Image Quality: Sharpness/Detail/Noise

Overall – image quality is excellent. The EOS M, with its 18MP CMOS and Digic 5 processor, along with the nice kit lens, performs very well in this regard, producing sharp, colorful images, with good high ISO performance and plenty of detail – even in lowlight – with no flare and little distortion. This is the best part of the EOS M system, if you ask me. I’m going to say it’ll compete with the best of them

Product Gallery

Sample Image Gallery

What I liked/what I didn’t like

Positives:

  • Very good image quality
  • Responsive capacitive multi-touch touchscreen – reminds me of using a new smartphone
  • Great interface designed around the touchscreen, with useful Quick menu options
  • Very compact body
  • Good quality construction of both body and lens
  • Not really a positive for the EOS M but instead for the system: high quality kit lens

Negatives:

  • Extremely poor AF speed – well below par compared to much cheaper MILCs
  • Very few physical controls – you get used to the touchscreen, but a couple more controls, like another dial and a few more buttons would have been very nice
  • Lack of a mode dial – that three-way Powershot-type dial is ridiculous
  • Overly basic design – this seems to be the case purely so it doesn’t compete with Canon’s APS-C DSLRs
  • Pricey for what it is – the NEX-F3 can be got for much less, and seems to be a higher-grade camera than the EOS M
  • SLOW AUTOFOCUS!

Canon EOS M: Conclusion

Well, what do you think of the EOS M, after all that? For me, it’s a good camera that could’ve been much better if Canon decided to fix a few things before releasing it. If it focused better, I would’ve recommended it. If it focused better and added a mode dial, I would’ve highly recommended it. If it focused better, added a mode dial and a few other buttons, and if it was simply what it should’ve been, I would’ve said this is one of the best mirrorless options on the market today. But as it is, I can’t even recommend it. I don’t think anyone wants a slow AF performer like this – even if you don’t need it, why get something sub-standard? Get the NEX-F3 and save yourself a couple of hundred bucks – while getting a better product overall


There’s not much else to say in conclusion. The EOS M works well for the most part – the basic controls and operational interface can be considered a plus point for budding photographers and the like, while the performance of the lens and the image sensor cannot be faulted. The size and design is a personal thing – I like the size, and I don’t mind the design, but I can’t speak for everyone – but I’m sure most people will at least love the compact-ness of the EOS M. But then there’s the single biggest flaw: do I need to say it again? If not for this issue, the Canon EOS M would have been a very good first entry into the market. And like I said, maybe there’s still hope for it via a firmware fix – the Fuji X-Pro1 had a similar AF problem that was fixed via firmware – but until such time, the EOS M will remain a below-standard product

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Alright, that’s that. The Canon EOS M + 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM! I hope you enjoyed the review. Please leave a comment if you have any thoughts or questions or suggestions – or contact me directly. Please use my affiliate links if you plan on buying this camera – although I can’t really recommend you do so after using it – but buying from these links really help keep my blog online. A more detailed review on the EF-M kit lens is up already. Until next time

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Discussion

29 Responses to “Canon EOS M: Review”

  1. Thanx for the review

    Posted by Avitus | November 7, 2012, 03:55
  2. Even the Sigma DP1/2 is stylish in comparison to this one, Canon! Sack your mirrorless (& clueless) product designers!

    Posted by rogerml | November 7, 2012, 06:04
  3. Excellent review. Love the sample images. Looks like a solid little performer, except for the AF issue, huh?

    Posted by adam | November 21, 2012, 08:09
    • Thanks Adam, appreciate the comment! Yes, image quality of this system is very good. the only issues i found with it is the AF, yes – the rather ugly body didnt help either, but that’s not much of an issue, haha! but yes, if it had faster AF, i would’ve recommended it

      Posted by pixelogist | November 21, 2012, 08:54
      • what about making an update on this review with the new firmware? I’m very keen to get this camera and the new FW looks promising in terms of AF speed. thanks!

        Posted by Vladimir Vanek | August 12, 2013, 05:09
      • Sorry, I only had this camera for a week while writing this reviewing. I don’t have it any more. But the market is full of far superior mirrorless cameras, you can do much better than this one :) Even Canon seems to have given up on this line for now, moving on to the 100D and so on. Haha

        Posted by pixelogist | August 12, 2013, 07:18
  4. Oh boy was this a disappointment! Ugly, featureless, slow, argh! The images saved it a bit. Can’t deny the lens is a typically solid Canon piece of glass. And it would be fantastic on a better camera…the M2, maybe? But this M is a disaster

    Posted by G.H.B | May 8, 2013, 15:38
    • Indeed, quite a disappointment. The M2 – well, looking by their new EOS 100D DSLR, it appears they’ve already given up on the M system. I can’t say that for sure – and it seems unlikely that they’d give up on all their mirrorless research after just one attempt – but it could be, seeing the 100D is like a mirrorless system too, being so small. Besides, they don’t seem to have done a lot of research on mirrorless cameras, looking at the EOS M, which indeed was an absolute disaster

      Posted by pixelogist | May 8, 2013, 18:17
  5. I can’t say I was a fan of this camera from the moment I saw it either. The only attractive part about it is the brand name, and the quality that that brand name generally produce, like you noticed. I’m sure it does the job fairly well, but nothing extra, nothing worth the money, and nothing to make you pick it over competition

    Posted by Retz | June 24, 2013, 06:59
    • That’s just about right :) Image quality of the EOS M kit, as expected from Canon, is excellent. That’s about it. It’s slow, it’s ugly, and yes…nothing special

      Posted by pixelogist | June 24, 2013, 09:16
      • Hi. I enjoyed your Review very much. Question: the EOS M is available in Germany for 370 EUR now. Do you have a recommendation for another mirrorles or DSLR below 450 EUR that would make a better Job? I heard about the Firmware update and that the AF was improved. Price seems attractive now too. Looking Forward to your answer.

        Posted by sebastian | November 19, 2013, 03:22
      • Thanks :) I heard the EOS M has been updated with better firmware, and is supposed to be faster now, but I still don’t really like the design and handling of it. You can get the Sony NEX 3N, which is a really nice mirrorless camera, for $399 on Amazon. The Canon 100D is a great little DSLR, nearly as small as a mirrorless camera, for around $699. Those are two great options for you, I think :) Good luck!

        Oh, one more thing – I’ve reviewed both these cameras, with shopping links included. So if you’re buying online, please use these links, as they will help my site keep running :) Cheers!

        Posted by pixelogist | November 19, 2013, 07:41

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