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: 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.
Summary: As its first compact system camera, Canon has done a reasonable job with the EOS M. It is a good size for those who are looking for a pocketable DSLR alternative. Similarly, the initial lenses are quite small given the APS-C-sized sensor, and they are of a good quality. More importantly, the image quality of the EOS M matches that of Canon's EOS DSLR cameras.
Those who are wary of touchscreens shouldn't worry too much about the unit fitted to the EOS M.
Pros: 18MP APS-C sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, Small size, High-build quality, Excellent touchscreen, The M's touchscreen is very responsive and the control layout has been well thought through so the camera is easy to use. There's also plenty of control for more experienced photographers, and well as fully automated and hand-holding modes for less-experienced photographers. Canon hasn't stinted on the build quality of the M, and with its 18-55mm kit lens this combination is c...
Cons: AF system a bit slow, No optional EVF, No built-in flash, High price, With the 18-55mm lens mounted the M feels unbalanced in your hand and the slim grip on front doesn't provide enough purchase. Canon's Hybrid AF system isn't as fast as Panasonic or Olympus's contrast detection systems - or Sony's Hybrid AF system - and the M isn't suited to shooting anything other than stationary subjects. We'd also like a less reflective screen to provide a better view in bright su...
Conclusion: Though it isn’t immediately obvious that this is a touch screen model until you discover that a flick of finger and thumb will enlarge a portion of an image as on your phone, the sense here is that Canon, rather than deliver a breakthrough product has competently delivered enough to get it in the game, with real innovation to follow.
Pros: Smaller more portable body than many competing CSCs; compatible with a wide range of accessories; combination of sensor and Canon’s optical excellence delivers sharp images
Cons: Have to buy and use adapter for access to wider range of Canon EF lenses; so-so battery performance; lacks a decent handgrip for a steady hold with longer optics; no on-board Wi-Fi; no optical or electronic viewfinder built-in
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: 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.