Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera

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Key Features

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 4.3 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Hybrid phase and contrast detect AF system
  • ISO 100-12,800 expandable up to 25,600
  • 1080 HD video
  • 3.0 inch touchscreen LCD with 1,040,000 dots
  • GPS with optional GPE2 accessory
  • Raw shooting
  • Flash hotshoe
  • Creative Filters in-camera processing modes
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot

Product Description

The EOS M is Canon's long-awaited mirrorless system camera, introduced in June 2012. With an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a multi-touch 3.0 inch LCD screen, the EOS M offers full HD video recording at 1080 30p, 25p and 24p, with a built-in stereo microphone. With tracking AF enabled, continuous shooting tops out at 3 frames per second, and with a single AF point burst speed is bumped up to 4.3 fps. The EOS M introduces a new mount, and two lenses were announce alongside the camera - the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and 22mm f/2.0 pancake. The camera itself adheres to a clean and modern design aesthetic, providing touch screen shooting mode selection rather than making space for a physical mode dial. A rubberized thumb rest and finger grip on the front panel provide a secure hand-hold, and the EOS M offers quick access to its Intelligent Auto shooting mode via a three-position switch surrounding the shutter.


Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5184 x 3456
Other resolutions 3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
Effective pixels 18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 19 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 31
Lens mount Canon EF-M
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via Hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Continuous drive 4.3 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E12 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 230
Weight (inc. batteries) 298 g (0.66 lb / 10.51 oz)
Dimensions 109 x 66 x 32 mm (4.29 x 2.6 x 1.26)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes via GPE2


User Reviews

4.01113 out of 5 stars
  • sierramike, Feb 24, 2013 GMT:
    A little Canon in my Canon system

    The quality feel of this little canon is great. (Compared to the plastic NEX-5). The M-lenses are optically great too. I'm using the M with the 22mm as a pocketable alternative to my 5D mkIII . It's always with me, even at work. The other Canon alternative was the powershot G1x, but I do prefer the 18mp 2/3 sensor. Autofocus is sloooowww (but very accurate, even with 22mm at /f2.0). Autofocus point selection by touch works great. The touch screen is fantastic! The EF-M lens adapter works ad ...

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  • RawDogg, Feb 19, 2013 GMT:
    Holding on to it

    My first impression of the Canon EOS M when I picked it up was wonderful, well built little camera, solid, strong, tight. then I started shooting with it and got a little frustrated with the focusing problems. The image quality is excellent...I love it. The video is very good. I know my expectation were really high after coming from a EOS Mark II. I knew it would have the and quality as the Mark II but it almost did. The video can't touch the Mark II but the image quality is close. All in ...

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  • nycgeo, Jan 8, 2013 GMT:
    Lots of power in a small package - slow AF

    The EOS M is an extremely powerful camera capable of SLR level results, paired with the excellent EF-M 22mm lens (all I have a this point). Don't expect anything less than stellar results, with clean, noise free images up to ISO 1600, and even usable images at 6400. Certainly more usable than my 7D. However, you can only expect these results when you have TIME to focus. Chasing a small running child (as I do now daily) is a struggle in futility. What makes it harder still is the weird ...

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  • Nilo_Quinio, Dec 27, 2012 GMT:
    Perfect Replacement for Compacts

    I'm a hobbyist. I used Nikon during the film-era and shifted to Canon when I went digital. I started with 10D, 40D, 7D, 5DM2, and now 5DM3 and using all the most popular L zoom lenses and a select range of fixed prime lenses (35mm, 85mm, 100mm Macro II, 135mm, etc.). On days when I travel (and I travel a lot) when I cannot bring a DSLR (which is most of the time), I always have my Canon Powershot S100 in my briefcase. I have taken thousands of shots on my compacts (I also have an S95 prior to ...

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Questions & Answers


Best camera for a beginner?

Hi there! I was thinking of buying a camera recently for things such as just general family trips, landscape pictures, recreational use, etc. But I've come conflicted with exactly what the best camera to get is. Lately my choices have been: 1) Canon Eos M 2) Canon Eos M2 3) Sony A6000 4) Samsung NX1000 After doing a bit of research, I know the Eos' have a problem with AF and battery, but that's about it. As you can see, I don't know much about cameras or what features are exactly important. I've been leaning towards the EOS M2 but after seeing positive reviews on the A6000, I though it's best to get an opinion from professionals. As you can see, I'm not really looking for anything specific. I wish I could give more information on what I'm searching for, but I don't have much knowledge of cameras to say anything. Thank you!

lnlee asked
27 days ago


Inlee, I don't mean to pick on him, but JBCohen is brand new with about the same level of experience and knowledge you have, possibly less. I would not rely on his information too closely. Canon's EOS lines generally refer to Canon's SLRs and are as easy to use as mirrorless cameras from some other company if both have the same feature set. Some are quite inexpensive. The Canon EOS M is their mirrorless camera. EOS means Electro-Optical System and I believe just refers to autofocus. I think it has become somewhat of a marketing term though. Again, I don't mean to disparage JBCohen, but he does tend to spread a good amount of misinformation around. You could use it to fertilize your tomato garden. ;-) This one I just had to correct. By his advice, were you to ignore all Canon EOS models, you'd be primarily left with their point and shoots. :-) Continue Reading

Guidenet answered
25 days ago

The A6000 is one of Sony's best cameras. It has a vast range of features, but you can start on Auto and gradually learn the possibilities. I leave it to others to comment on the other models. Any camera in that kind of price range can take very good photos. Continue Reading

D Cox answered
27 days ago

Alright, I'll do a bit more research then. Thank you!! Continue Reading

lnlee answered
26 days ago


Planning to buy a M2, need some help deciding

Hello people, I'm planning to buy a M2, a friend of mine will bring it from Japan. I always had point and shot cams and decided to enter the "real photography world" by the mirrorless door. Size did count a lot to this. Selecting which can I will buy, stumbled accross this M2, which seems to always bring mixed feelings to it's owners. I really liked the size, lenses quality and the possibility to use other canon lens via adapter (which I have none, but its always cheaper than equivalent sony E lens). But sony mirrorless seems to have greater quality and have a lot of momentum now. I have two amateur questions. Which one should I buy: M2 or some sony like a6000? And, if I buy the M2, which kit would be better to an amateur like me? I already understood that the 22mm is a must have, but should I skip the 18-55mm entirely in favor of the 55-200mm? I have around 90k yenes to use and can't buy all the lenses =/ If you have other thoughts on the subjects or other models to suggest, it ...

AxelHawk asked
1 month ago


It's acceptable but not good either for 2014 standards. I'd say it's about the same as NEXes prior to the A6000 like the NEX 6 or NEX 5R, T. If you can test those two models in a local store, you can get an approximate idea. The point about lenses is very important. If you want the largest range for the money, there isn't anything better than the EOS M2 triple lens kit. Buying an ultra wide angle zoom (10-18) for the A6000 costs almost as much as the whole M2 triple lens kit (about 65k JPY I think). Another important thing is how comfortable you feel with the camera body. The M handles probably the worst for an average person. My hands are really tiny but I still prefer the chunky grip of my NEXes to the slipperiness of my M (if I fully wrap my hand around the "grip", parts of my palm end up on the touch LCD...). Even with tiny lenses like the 22mm I feel I need to always grab the camera with two hands because I'm afraid I might drop it. If you can, try in a store (the original M ... Continue Reading

johnsmith404 answered
1 month ago

First of all, do you know what focal length is? Sorry if you find this question rude but your comment about skipping the 18-55 for the 55-200 seems a little odd. Frankly, an A6000 is a much easier camera to use than the M because it has a tilting screen and a view finder, as well as much faster AF. If you're just starting I'd recommend something that covers the standard range (around 18-50) + prime lens because that gives you a lot of room to play around. In the case of the M2, this would be the double lens kit with the 18-55mm and the 22mm. 55k JPY. An even better deal is the 85k JPY triple lens kit, which also includes the 11-22mm lens (if this deal had been available when i was in Japan...). In the case of the A6000 this would be the 16-50mm + 50 1.8a bout 90k JPY. OR A6000 body only and Sigma 19,30,60mm, about 90k JPY (I'd actually recommend this setover the first one). Keep in mind that depending on where you live, your friend might have to pay import taxes upon returning, so ... Continue Reading

johnsmith404 answered
1 month ago

this is where of course you look like someone that doesn't do anything but spread bullshi.. sharp across the frame eh? wait maybe these.. well damn.. you know? you don't even look at what you are talking about - you just spout off BS that you have no knowledge of. Continue Reading

rrccad answered
25 days ago


Is EOS M suitable as a second Camera ?!!

Hi. photography is my Hobby. I have an EOS 60D with several lenses. i like to have my Camera with me anywhere but it's not possible & i know this is a problem fot many of us !! i want to ask; is EOS M suitable as a second & more available & accessible camera for me ?!! the most important question is autofocus speed. you think, it will be acceptable for me (in compered with EOS 60D) ?!! tanQ.

1 year ago


I just purchased it as a second camera to my 5D II - it is exactly what I was looking for - simple, easy to use and great IQ.  I stayed away from this camera due to so many people stating how slowly it focused.  I must say that is nonsense.  It focuses as quickly (if not faster) than my Canon G-12 and is about what I would expect from a camera this size.  At the current prices, I can't see how a person could go wrong with this camera. Continue Reading

Robin Empson answered
1 year ago

Check out YouTube videos. There's a video of a pro photographer comparing the focus speed/accuracy of the EOS M to his Canon DSLR. In one segment, he uses the adapter with one of his DSLR lenses. In the time it took for him to focus on his daughter with the EOS M, she grew up, started a career, got married, had kids, and died:). Continue Reading

dual12 answered
1 year ago

This is absolute nonsense, as anyone who has actually used the M (with updated firmware) can tell you. The focus speed is not as fast as a DSLR, such as the 60D, when used with optical viewfinder, but considerably faster than live view AF on the 60D. The M's AF is also considerably faster than a compact point and shoot, such as the Canon S100. It is perfectly fast enough for anything except fast action. Anyone who thinks otherwise either hasn't used it, is an idiot, or both. The AF is also very accurate. More so than a DSLR. I use my M as a second camera to my 7D. More accurately, the 7D is now the second camera to my M. This is because I have the M with me all the time. The 7D, even more so than the 60D, is too big to carry with me everywhere I go. Continue Reading

1 year ago


  • EOS M Digital Camera Body
  • EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens OR EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Neck Strap EM-100DB
  • Battery Pack LP-E12
  • Battery Charger LC-E12
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk
  • Camera Instruction Manual
  • Software Instruction Manual CD
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