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.
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera
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- 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
|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)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||31|
|Lens mount||Canon EF-M mount|
|Focal length multiplier||1.6×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||Clear View II TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|External flash||Yes (via Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye|
|Continuous drive||4 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|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)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (HDMI mini)|
|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″)|
|GPS notes||via GPE2|
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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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Can find RAW selection on menu/quality
Hi, I am interested in getting a EOS M but was a little surprised when I could not see the RAW mode when I view the selections available through the menu/quality selection. All I saw was the jpeg modes (L,M,S and 2 more S if I remembered correctly). Did I missed something? Even the sale man was unable to help when I questioned to confirm whether I can shoot RAW with the EOS M. I saw that it has RAW mode in the instruction manual, but I just want to be sure and if possible know how I can select that on the camera. Secondly, which is a better buy, the Kit 1 or Kit 2 (I already have a EOS 5D II with some L lens). Thank you, and I look forward to an early clarification as there is a sale for the item now.
I only shoot raw with my m, be assured the option is there. I bought the kit with 1855 zoom and 22mm prime plus 90ex flash. The 22mm prime is incredible. The 1855 zoom is the sharpest kitlens I have encountered on apsc and mfourthirds Continue Reading
How to disable the turn-on function when the review button is pressed ?
Hi, I've one little problem : when I take my EOS-M from my bag, sometimes I press the review photos button making the EOS to be ON. Any idea to disable this ? Thanks Stef (Brussels)
None that I could find in the manual. I just learned to take out my m in a certain way. There is no perfdction, sighhh... Continue Reading
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.
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
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
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
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- 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