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

4.00481 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


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.

10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months 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

10 months ago


Help! I do not have spot metering in my menu

Hi, bought an EOS M a few months ago for filming a web series, love the camera. I've got the 18-55mm lens. Haven't found many forums on it, none regarding filming with it, but this seems to be the most populated one. I am missing the metering menu and I really want to be able to have more control over the exposure. The manual says metering is automatic when in any of the 'basic zones' which I understand to be non-auto modes. I am shooting manual so I believe I am not in a 'basic zone'. Does anyone know about these settings on the EOS M and what could be wrong or what I might be doing wrong? I am getting desperate. I read elsewhere about checking the firmware version on the camera but that menu seems to be missing too. Have uploaded the page from the manual about metering and a pic of the back of the EOS M that is missing the metering option for the menu, apologies for the pic quality, the menu items read: Exposure comp ISO Speed 800 Auto Lighting Optimizer Metering timer 16sec. Ther ...

2 months ago


You show the menu from the stills functionality of the EOS M, yet you are using the video mode. The video mode does not offer the different metering modes. The sense and nonsense of spot metering during video can be debated, but I am just pointing out that the manual is talking about stills photography there. Tragic/Magic lantern will offer functionality probably of interest to you. Continue Reading

brightcolours answered
2 months ago

Is he even aware that the mode switch on the camera is set to shoot video? I guess that he must know, since the only mode options (including the manual option) in the INFO menu clearly shows that the modes relate to video. Yet the post makes no mention of video shooting intent. Confusing indeed. Continue Reading

Mirfak answered
2 months ago

Eos m only has evaluative metering in video mode. Continue Reading

calterg answered
2 months ago


Can anyone recommend a case for EOS M like the Megagear "Eveready" protective leather case?

But one that fits the EOS M when the 55-200mm lens is attached. I am in the Uk. The case I have will only fit the 18-55mm. any Suggestions? I Love this camera! Thanks.

Mattius asked
2 months ago


I think a 'hard' case is maybe tough on a dropped cam if there is nothing inside it to spread/absorb all that force across the surface of cam - whereas a neoprene or some other cushioning inside the case will help prevent actual damage to cam vs just protecting its surface like a hard case will but allowing all that force to reach the cam. You could look for a NEX case that is large enuf for the lens/cam, good luck ! Continue Reading

JJ Rodin answered
2 months ago

Thanks for that! I went for this one..... Hope it fits???? Continue Reading

Mattius answered
2 months 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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