Summary: Length:: 1:04 Mins I do video and sometimes stills. I know my way around a DSLR. -Focus is undecided. I mean a 5D is slow, but the M just wonders around and 70% of the time gets it in an ok lit room. -No view finder sucks for stills cause it makes focus harder. -Touch screen is great. -Photo quality is pretty good. Between a t2i and 7d. -HD video is fantastic, though getting focus and keeeping it there is tough.
Conclusion: After the firmware upgrade AF is somewhat faster but still very slow. Battery life is not so good. Has anyone tried to use the firmware upgrade from the Canon 7d/t4i on this? Obviously the Digic 5 processor is fast enough, so what is the problem with slow AF? Still not happy with this camera...
Pros: excellent image quality, Solid Operation, Lightweight/Portable, easy to use
Cons: Missing features/settings, noisy, Difficult to use, Short battery life, Complicated controls/menu
Summary: The M is a very nice little camera; no frills in some ways, quite sophisticated in others. If price is no object there are better, slicker cameras from Sony, Fuji, etc. If you care about price, the M is currently so much less than the others, there's no comparison. If you're moving up from a Powershot, Coolpix or whatever, welcome to the big time. If you're looking for a second SLR, only smaller, I suppose it fits that description but not really.
Conclusion: Great idea, but it is not fully developed. It needs: 1) Better user interface. It is WAY to easy to accidentally touch the screen and move the focus point, change menu settings, etc. It is hard to hold this small camera without touching the screen. 2) The autofocus is very poor. Slow, 'searches' and often misses the selected point. 3) Only TWO available lenses?! Obviously released early to get it to the market before the NEX locks the market share.
Conclusion: Love the fact that I can use my other canon L series lens with this compact camera. I also like the touchscreen and the image quality of photos and video. The only downside is it's poor autofocus capability. I hope this issue can be resolved with a firmware update.
Conclusion: I'm MOSTLY impressed with this camera. It's a good start. I bought it as a carry around, and because I can attach all my EF lenses, making it a great quiet theater or concert camera with no mirror flip to disturb the audience. BUT there are two problems, one major, one minor. The major problem that earns the EOS M two stars for performance is the autofocus. Most of the time it's ok on the second or third shot when the focus is already somewhere close from the first shot.
Pros: quiet, excellent image quality, Superior build quality, Bright LCD, Solid Operation, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, easy to use
Cons: Missing features/settings, Slow Start-up time, Short battery life, terrible autofocus
Conclusion: My camera requirements: after pulling the camera out of my jacket pocket, quick camera operation resulting in crisp, detailed images. Using an auto focus setting (I do not wish to waste my time becoming/being a camera setting expert; let digital technology perform the settings), I use the camera for taking stationary long and short distant landscape photos and images shot (safely) from a moving vehicle. The EOS M with an 18mm-55mm lens does not meet my requirements.
Pros: quiet, Quick Start-up time, Superior build quality, Bright LCD, Lightweight/Portable, Simple controls/menu, good stationary image quality, excellent size
Cons: excessive focus time, poor moving image quality
Conclusion: I have many Canon cameras from point and shoots to a 1D-X (which I love). Getting the EOS-M for my wife was a no-brainer when it came out. The quality of construction and features are every bit as good as I would expect from Canon, but the fatal flaw is focusing - of fast moving objects, or stationary objects in low light. I took the EOS-M to a party and the focusing in low light was so poor I had to give up in the end.
Pros: excellent image quality, Superior build quality, Bright LCD
Cons: Difficult to use, poor focusing in low light, poor focusing of fast moving objects