Canon EOS M
The Canon EOS M is a camera suffering from an identity
Release Date: October 2012
$800 USD With Lens
It's like a DSLR because it has the exact same 18 megapixel sensor and Full High
Definition video mode that you'll find in the Canon Rebel 650D T4i SLR.
However, the EOS M also acts like a compact, and fits easily into the palm of your hand.
It's able to keep its size and weight to a minimum since it
doesn't have a viewfinder. You have to compose all your pictures using the
rear-facing touch-sensitive LCD screen.
You can use this LCD the way you use a smartphone: tap to
focus and take pictures, swipe to view pictures you've taken and pinch to zoom
out or in on a single image to view more detail.
Because it bears the Canon label – and perhaps because of
that touch-screen – the Canon EOS M is one expensive mirrorless camera. It's
definitely on the high end when compared to other competing models from Sony, Olympus and Panasonic.
So here's the question you need to answer: is it worth it?
- Compatible With Canon Lenses –
with an optional adapter, you can attach any Canon EOS lens to this
camera: there are a LOT to choose from.
Of course, doing this reduces the camera's portability.
- APS-C Sensor – since the Canon EOS M has
the same sensor you'll find in Canon digital SLRs, your ability to blur
backgrounds and shoot hand-held in low light will be the same as if you
had a DSLR.
- Touch-Sensitive LCD – if you've
gotten used to touching the screen on every device you own, then doing the
same on your camera will feel quite natural.
The Not So Good
- Dedicated Video Switch – if you
want to shoot video, you must first switch to video mode, even though
there is a "record" button on the back of the camera. To return
to shooting stills, you have to go back to stills mode.
- No Mode Dial – there is no easy
way to select the manual shooting modes on the EOS M. Yes, it works fine
in point-and-shoot mode but if that is what you want then save yourself a
lot of money and get a point-and-shoot. All modes must be selected using
the touch-screen LCD.
- No Viewfinder – there is no
optional electronic viewfinder for this camera. Be aware that it's very
hard to see an LCD screen in direct sunlight and there are times when
being able to look through a viewfinder makes a huge difference.
- Slow Autofocus – the reason that I
dislike all compact cameras is because of how slow they focus: I always
miss important shots. Mirrorless cameras – like DSLRs – are supposed to
have fast autofocus, but the one on the EOS M isn't that great.
- First Generation - the EOS M is the first mirrorless camera created by Canon. When a tech gadget is the "first" some bugs and flaws still need to be figured out, and first-gen cameras are often soon replaced with improved models.
- Expensive – for less than the
price of this mirrorless camera, you can get a full-fledged Canon digital
SLR. While a DSLR is not as portable as this camera, its response time
will be better.
Canon EOS M Features
|Image Stabilization||In Lens|
|Memory Card||SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|Max. Shutter Speed||1/4000|
|Max. Photo Capture||4.3 per second|
|LCD||3 inch touch screen (1.04 million dots)|
|Autofocus||Hybrid CMOS AF|
|Face Detect AF||Yes|
|Aspect Ratios||3:2, 16:9 and 1:1|
|Sensor Dimensions||22.3 x 14.9mm (APS-C)|
|ISO Range||100 to 25600|
|Movie Modes||H.264: 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)|
|Compatible Lenses||Canon M Mount|
|Dimensions||4.29 x 2.6 x 1.26in (109 x 66 x 32mm)|