Canon EOS M

Released September, 2012
  • 17.9 MP
  • APS-C 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Comparing unprocessed Raw files to their processed JPEG counterparts reveals that JPEGs have a touch more contrast and slightly punchier.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)
8.3 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS M

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS M
8.6
NEX 5N
9.3
EOS 60D
8.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS M
5.8
NEX 5N
7.5
EOS 60D
7.3
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS M
7.7
NEX 5N
8.6
EOS 60D
9.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS M
8.8
NEX 5N
9.1
EOS 60D
9.2
Reviews from canonwatch.com, mirrorlessrumors.com, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com and 4 more

8.3

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS M
8.3
NEX 5N
9.0
EOS 60D
8.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS M

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS M
827 ISO
Nikon 1 J3
420 ISO
NEX F3
1,114 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS M
2,400 LPH
NEX 5N
2,800 LPH
EOS 60D
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS M
742 ms
NEX 5N
235 ms
EOS 60D
253 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS M
51 ms
NEX 5N
115 ms
Kiss X5
87 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS M
2,700 ms
EOS 60D
400 ms
EOS 100D
600 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS M
4.3 fps
NEX 5N
10 fps
NX210
8 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS M


8.0
Choose any Raw option though and you miss out on the ability to automatically apply digital filter effects in camera; those options are simply de-selected on the EOS M’s on-screen tool bar.

8.0
Overall build quality is very good too, with much of the body constructed from magnesium alloy.

6.9
JPEGs look clean up through ISO 800 and reasonably good through ISO 1600, though raw delivers better quality even at low ISO sensitivities - better color and reduced edge artifacts.

7.0
We'd also like a less reflective screen to provide a better view in bright sunlight.

Overall

7.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

And given the paucity of native lenses, poor performance, and unexceptional feature set, it's hard to declare this more than an average interchangeable-lens camera.
by c|net (Jun, 2013)
This high-build quality is complemented well by the new EF-M 18-55mm kit lens which has a metal barrel and feels superbly built, with smoothly rotating zoom and focusing rings that have just the right tension.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
That said, we fully expect to see Canon expand the EF-M range in the near future and for an extra £130 you can always buy an EF-M adaptor that will enable you to use regular EF and EF-S lenses.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)

Focus

That's nice, but autofocus performance in ILCs has become extremely good of late, even in contrast AF-only models.
by c|net (Jun, 2013)
There's a tell-tale 'Shoot without lens' option in the menu that will need to be enabled to allow their use, and onscreen interface allows easy magnification of the live view display for critical focusing.
by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
The STM refers to the stepper motor used to drive the autofocus, which is designed to be quieter during video capture.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)

Sensor

They have plenty of detail and noise is controlled well from ISO 100-3200.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
Above ISO 800 and image noise does become progressively more noticeable.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)
At these sensitivities it makes more sense to shoot in Raw if possible, and then process the image yourself.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)

Autofocus

Press the ‘Q Set’ button at the centre of this backplate pad and via the on-screen options you can choose the AF method – either face recognition/subject tracking, multi zone or single point AF – and select image quality and compression level.
by Photography Blog (Dec, 2012)
However, the M is let down by its AF system and its unbalanced feel that stems from it not having a decent grip.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
Canon has given the EOS M many of the features that the EOS 650D has for use in live view mode and in addition to the 18MP APS-C format (22.3x14.9mm) CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 processor, there's the 31-point Hybrid AF system that was debuted by the 650D.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)

Screen

Fast processing and a capacitative touchscreen mean the interface immediately feels responsive.
by DPReview (Jul, 2012)
The on-screen menu icons are generally large enough to press first time too, without the need for pinpoint accuracy or a stylus!
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)
The Evaluative metering has responded as we would expect to the very bright sky and underexposed the foreground as little.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 25,600 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,400 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,400 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection
Focus points 31
Supports continuous Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 109 x 66 x 32 mm
Thickness 32 mm
Weight 298 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (330 Mbps)
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 4.3 fps
Battery life 230 photos
Continuous shooting 4.3 fps
Focus lag 742 ms
Shutter lag 51 ms
Startup delay 2,700 ms
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