Summary: Undeniably an exciting announcement from Canon, the popular camera manufacturer has finally announced the company's first mirror-less interchangeable lens camera called the EOS M. Arguably designed for more novice users looking to upgrade the quality of their photos while keeping the smaller form factor of a point & shoot, the Canon EOS M has been modeled around a new "EF-M" lens mount.
Pros: Auto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations, Camera is ready to capture still images in video recording mode, Overall image quality is outstanding, Video quality is excellent, Continuous AF keeps your videos in focus, 3.0-inch Touch LCD is easy ot use and very high resolution, Burst shooting at almost 5fps, Very Good Battery Life, External mic input for increased audio quality, HDMI output, Competitively priced
Cons: No built-in flash unit, Only two lenses available for the EF-M mount, AF is very slow, Dedicated video recording button doesn't work in still shooting modes, Lacks features of other ILC cameras, IS is only available on lenses, not built into camera, Very few controls, makes using the manual features more difficult
Conclusion: Late to the mirrorless camera game, the Canon EOS M wasn't a big hit at launch -- primarily due to reports of its glacial autofocus speeds. (Something we discovered here at IR immediately.) Due to what was considered a fatal flaw, the camera was mostly ignored until recently when Canon finally addressed the AF issue with a much-anticipated firmware update.
Pros: Solid, compact build and attractive, sleek design that borrows from Canon's PowerShot compacts, 18-megapixel, APS-C sensor delivers great, DSLR-like image quality (similar to the Rebel T4i, T5i and SL1), 3-inch LCD touchscreen monitor is bright and high-resolution, Robust video capabilities, including Full HD (1080p) recording at up to 30fps with stereo audio, Manual Movie mode allows for setting and changing aperture, shutter speed, ISO and more, External mic jack, G...
Cons: Solid, compact build and attractive, sleek design that borrows from Canon's PowerShot compacts, 18-megapixel, APS-C sensor delivers great, DSLR-like image quality (similar to the Rebel T4i, T5i and SL1), 3-inch LCD touchscreen monitor is bright and high-resolution, Robust video capabilities, including Full HD (1080p) recording at up to 30fps with stereo audio, Manual Movie mode allows for setting and changing aperture, shutter speed, ISO and more, External mic jack, G...
Summary: This is as close as you're going to get to a dSLR without actually buying one. The real highlight is the touch interface which makes it easy to fix the settings you need. Performance was good overall, although a little muted on an overcast day, and although the choice of native lenses remains fairly small right now, the option to add on existing EF and EF-S kit makes it seriously tempting. It's well-priced, too.
Pros: Large sensor; Great touch-driven interface; Excellent build quality; Price.
Cons: Narrow selection of native lenses so far; Muted tones on overcast day.
Excerpt: The EOS M is Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless camera market that is currently dominated by Micro Four Thirds models from Olympus and Panasonic, along with Sony’s NEX lineup. The EOS M was welcomed with a collective “It’s about time…” from most of the digital imaging press, who have wondered when Canon would get around to participating in this exploding market segment.
Summary: After using this camera, I had very mixed feelings about what to conclude and what to recommend. Obviously, this is through the prism of my personal usage and experience, but if I had to sum it up, I would say that you should hold off buying this camera until Canon has significantly improved the auto-focus. The Canon EOS M can capture excellent pictures but, if you want to “capture the moment”, the slow auto-focus does get in the way.
Conclusion: In technology, we expect first-of-its-kind products to encounter teething issues. But in the case of the EOS M, Canon should not have had to reinvent the wheel. Perhaps the company is still unsure and testing the waters with this first try, or, as some have theorized, Canon doesn’t want a mirrorless model to cannibalize its market share of compact EOS DSLRs, a sector it’s strong in.
Pros: Solid construction, The use of Canon’s full line of lenses (via optional adapter), DSLR sensor, Great image and video quality
Cons: Slow autofocusing system, Time-consuming settings adjustments, No viewfinder
Summary: Even before the Canon EOS M was announced in July it was the subject of intense speculation and interest. And as samples have become available we’ve been just as keen as all of you to test this new Canon compact system camera to see how it compares to others in its class. Our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, puts the M through its paces in her Canon EOS M review. Watch the video review below to hear her verdict!