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.
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: I find myself in a bit of a quandary with this camera. I like the touchscreen to set the focus point and trigger the shutter. BUT, the screen is so sensitive that it keeps changing settings as the camera brushes against my shirt. I find that I have to keep turning the camera off to prevent unanticipated settings changes as I walk. I have a Panasonic GX1 that has a similar touchscreen shutter, but have not experienced this problem on walkabouts.
Summary: PROS: Fast focus with the firmware upgrade, and the touchscreen focus is by far its best feature. Cons: the biggest drawback with this camera is the fact that they crippled it. You can't control this camera through the computer or use a remote pin for shutter control. What were you thinking Canon? My G-12 has a wired remote and I consider that camera to be in the same class as this EOS M.
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.
Summary: Got this with the 22mm lens for the current sale price. However, I'm not sure it is working properly. Of course cannot just ask for a replacement as they are constantly out of stock. But I have another one on order from somewhere else. So far I cannot get a very sharp picture with the 22 mm lens wide open. If I let the camera choose the shutter speed (usually 1/40s - 1/60s indoors) I end up with either soft or blurry photos.