Conclusion: But Canon has been late to enter the increasingly popular mirrorless camera market, much to everyone’s wonder. However, with the EOS M, one can term their entrance as ‘fashionably late’. The EOS M is a very impressive mirrorless camera that rivals entry level DSLRs in terms of image and video quality, with a slow autofocus being its only major weakness.
Summary: The EOS M is Canon's long-awaited entry into the mirror-less compact system camera market. For its debut, Canon has chosen to target the compact upgrader and those looking for a DSLR replacement that favours ease of use over comprehensive control. With a touch-screen providing the main user interface, few physical controls and a design in tune more with the ELPH and IXUS ranges, rather than the EOS brand, the enthusiast response to the EOS M has been lukewarm.
Pros: Small lightweight simple body., 3 inch 1040k bright 3:2 touch-screen., 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor., Compatible with EF & EFS lenses using adapter., 1080p movies at 24, 25 or 30p., External microphone socket.
Cons: Only 2 native EF-M lenses at launch., Sluggish AF performance., No electronic viewfinder option., Record button dead in non-movie modes., No built-in stabilisation.
Canon EOS M review - 'safe' starter option for anyone wanting a compact system camera
16 September 2013
Excerpt: Canon joined the mirrorless camera party very late in 2012 with its first and so far only compact system camera, the EOS M. But at least it got things right from the start by incorporating an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, providing Raw and JPEG capture, plus a steel-framed magnesium alloy body just like a ‘proper’ DSLR, although design is closer to a PowerShot compact.
Large image sensor, excellent build quallity, access to a plethora of own brand lenses, superb image quality that packs a punch even with 18-55mm kit zoom
No built in flash or Wi-Fi, narrow ‘grip’ to front, lacks eye-level viewfinder, LCD screen is non tilting
Excerpt: The EOS M is Canon's first mirrorless camera, introduced in 2012. Canon are one of the last big camera companies to enter the mirrorless camera market, a market that has been seeing an increased growth in popularity since first introduced in 2008. With it, Canon has introduced a new lens mount called EOS EF-M which allows the lens to be much closer to the APS-C sized sensor, and therefore gives a much more compact camera, particularly with the 22mm f/2 pancake lens.
Pros: Excellent noise performance up to ISO3200+, Excellent image quality, Excellent colour reproduction, Excellent touch screen, Solid body with good handling, despite size, Mic socket
Cons: Little warning that the battery is going flat, Struggles to focus in low light, No built in Panoramic mode, Limited number of lenses, Short battery life
Excerpt: Compact system cameras (CSC) have been around since at least 2009. That's when Panasonic brought out the Lumix DMC-G1 using the new Micro Four Thirds format it developed with Olympus. Canon has now just released its own contribution to this popular new interchangeable lens camera category. In fact, it's the last major manufacturer to do so. Was the Canon EOS M worth the wait?
Excerpt: Canon is one of the last major camera manufacturers to release a compact system camera despite its long history. So was it worth the wait? Well, if you're familiar with Canon S-series compacts, you'll certainly find the EOS M looks reassuringly familiar. Except of course for the interchangeable lens attached to the front of the body, which is available in red, white and black, so you can choose the colour you prefer.
Excerpt: The Canon EOS M heralds the biggest-selling camera manufacturer's entrance into the world of compact system cameras (CSC). With a large sensor just like a DSLR - in the case of the EOS M it's identical to that in the EOS 650D DSLR - but without the mirrorbox for a more trim design, the CSC formula has been tried, tested and adapted over the years by other manufacturers.
Pros: Image quality is DSLR-matching, EF-S lens adapter accessory available, flash included, fully manual movie mode with great results
Cons: Too pricey, autofocus system slower than the competition, battery life limitations, touchscreen has to be used to find certain settings/modes, no electronic viewfinder possible, limited EF-M lens options, flash not built-in