Canon EOS M3

Did you know Canon has a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera? Well, they do, but not in the U.S. The Canon EOS M3 follows the original “M” launched in 2012 and updated to the M2 a year ago. The new EOS M3 sports a number of substantial improvements including a new 24MP sensor, hybrid autofocus (ie, contrast plus phase-detection) and a 3″ tilting and touch-sensitive LCD.

Gordon says it’s a reasonable camera, but at £599.00 (US$1,019) with an 18-55mm kit lens, it doesn’t really compete with cameras like the less-expensive and more capable Sony a6000. The controls are improved over the M2, the autofocus is certainly better — Canon claims a 6.1x speed improvement — but there’s a dearth of native lenses available.

Who’s the EOS M3 for? Perhaps for current Canon users who want to use their existing lenses on a smaller mirrorless body, but check out Gordon’s review to hear how that might work out for you.

Read Gordon’s in-depth review at CameraLabs.com.

Buy the EOS M3 from Amazon UK or Digital REV (with deliveries to the U.S.)

4 Comments

  1. Another excellent show. Even though I have no intention of buying into this particular system, it is still interesting to listen to the opinions and comparisons discussed.

  2. Great show, thank you for the in-depth review of this camera. I purchased it on eBay so I may be little biased, even fanboy-esque if you will. I do want to add to this review, though.

    I agree with most of what was said. I guess the digital Rev price represents a “legit” vendor, however the eBay vendors are very reputable. The speed, especially compared to the sony and fuji is a legitimate issue. I feel that Sony fuji and the others built their mirrorless from he ground up, Canon, by contrast, dipped into the corporate part bin and produced an albatross that didn’t meet the speed of the pro user, nor did it meet the needs the consumer, i.e. lens options, features (built-in flash, eve, etc) and now: even availability in half the worlds market (north & south america) is not available, nor is warranty support.

    That being said, to the photographer, its a “bit of kit” as the brits like to say, that offers itself as an imaging platform for not only some of their existing camera accessories, but also as a “hackable” camera with converters for other lens vendors, and experimentation.

    Being one of those that got the M1 at the steal price, I admit that it doesn’t allow one a proportional opinion had I bought it at the actual price with was more than double. That being said I jumped on the M3 because the focus peaking, evf, tilting screen, increased resolution and yes, price, represented both a value and an upgrade for me. I purchased it (body only) on eBay for $649 WITH the evf because it was one of the 25,000 that was selling in JAPAN with an evf for just I thing $25 extra. Today you an get it from the same vendor for $599.

    While in the marketplace of mirrorless cameras, a slower camera, with a second rate AF system (its literally the secondary focusing system derived from its DSLR siblings) and limited native lens support, again, its a bad consumer recommendation, but perhaps not bad for a photographer. I think that point was missed in the review.

    The one bit that I overwhelmingly disagreed with was the dismissal of the bounce flash as a gimmick.. I just shot in a bar and wifi transferred over 200 photos, with “bounce” flash on a single battery I might add. It was all candids for a friends birthday that normally would have meant me schlepping my 5D, maybe a pancake 40mm and the flash, looking like an even photographer, and not a guest. Instead I had an “EOS-in-powershot” clothing with the M3. I shot RAW monochrome the whole night, 1600-6400 iso, tilting that flash toward in most cases a black ceiling, giving me this soft beautiful toplight that brought oohs and ahhhs from people. Folks asked me if I wanted a picture? I just tilted the screen up, pointed the camera toward us with the kit 22mm I got 3 years ago, again, tilting that flash to the ceiling and again… oohs and aaahhhs.. People asked what kind of camera it was.. I told them its only available in japan… they wondered why. They thought the camera was great… truth is it was a combination of photographer and camera.

    As a consumer product, the M3 may hit or miss. What the guests at the party didn’t know, was I spent hours reading the manual, practicing with the AF, weighing weakness and failures, and strengths. They didn’t know that I walked into the bar knowing EXACTLY how I was going to shoot the event. Not take snapshots but photograph the event.. in a little camera that looks like a point and shoot. They would think that just buying the camera would allow them to take those photos. It won’t. An iPhone or android camera does that and it does it really well. I shot some iPhone photos that night and it was faster than the M3. That experience is what people as consumers respond to. Now if you can invent a camera that fast but that gets results like I did with the EOS, then you have yourself a winner. The Sony’s and fuji’s come close to that. iPhone’s duo color flash replaces the gelling one would do for tungsten interiors. Again, very close but not the same as a photographers eye. In that scenario, the EOS-m platform gives me a bounce-able flash, interchangeable lens, autofocusing, High MP/IQ, modern WIFI/connectivity, tillable screen, EVF capable, experimental lens friendly camera in a small package that allows me to stealthy shoot, albeit slower, almost just like I shoot with a DSLR. It allows me to be a photographer with a small, portable, stealthy camera, and I think that has yet to be said.

  3. How soon they forget. I think you are too weighted on lens availability. Newer systems need some time to build a catalog. Sony still doesn’t have any “interesting” lenses for the A7 series. Fuji is just barely there. Samsung hasn’t filled out their S line.

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