Summary: The long awaited update to this camera will be out right after Christmas per most of the camera information sources. This is why the price is dropping like a rock for this model, as all merchants are dumping inventory right now. You would be wise to hold up and wait, as the nagging slow focus issue should finally be resolved and other updates / improvements will no doubt be added. As for this version, well it takes incredibly good images thanks to the large sensor.
Excerpt: Shooting full format otherwise, I was looking for the highest quality compact cam for travel. Now with the new firmware update the EF-M 18-55 is actually very ok AF speed wise, and the 22mm is still very usable. Will never be a sports cam, but perfect for street/landscape/macro/portraits while on the run. Truly awesome usability/interface considering the real estate available. Excellent image quality, and IMHO best pancake on the market.
Summary: I am really an amature that likes the ease of point and shoot. I have had it about a week and have gradually learned to be comfortable with the controls. I got this to "move up" to a better image. the most noticible difference from this camera and my Fuji exr 505 is the low light capability. It is not a pocket camera and is very heavy compared to my Fuji. I have never had a DSLR and I was amazed at what this camera can do in the dark.
Summary: Pros: Super compact. Great IQ from the kit lens. Excellent build quality and feel. Cons: No OVF or EVF! This was the ultimate problem in the end that led me to sell it. However, this doesn't warrant a bad review. Slow AF but manageable.
Excerpt: After upgrading the firmware and reducing the price for 490 for zoom kit (18-55) this camera is the best choice for those who wants to have in camera all options of big SLR and same time small size and low weight. Cameras of 4/3 format with same IQ twice more expensive. Focus speed still not impressive, but absolutely acceptable (majority of entry-level DSLR have the same). IQ is same like middle-level DSLR.
Summary: Like many others I suspect, I was put off both by the lukewarm to negative reviews of this camera on initial launch plus the high price. The price has dropped and a firmware update has been released to address the speed of autofocus, the slowness of which was a main negative in those early reviews. So I bought the camera, in my case with the 22mm f/2 lens. My main purpose was to have a very small carry-around camera that I could keep in a pocket.
Conclusion: Have owned this camera for less than 2 weeks. I shot more than 300 photos with it and LOVED the IQ and was not bothered by the slow auto focus. HOWEVER, the camera freezes up -- I get a white screen, the shutter won't fire, the menu button doesn't work. This has happened 3 times in less than two weeks; the first 2 times I removed the battery and waited a bit, reinserted the battery and all was OK. 4 hours ago this happened again and the 'normal' fix is no longer working.
Pros: quiet, excellent image quality, Superior build quality, easy to use
Summary: Love this camera!!!!!! I had a T4i... I'm completely happy with my new rebel eos m camera. It's as good as my old T4i camera and incredibly lighter and comfortable to carry! Specs are almost the same as T4i, excellent quality pictures!