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Canon EOS M 18.0 MP Compact Systems Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-M 22mm STM Lens

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  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, ISO 100-12800; expandable to 25600 (H)
  • Hybrid CMOS AF and Multi Shot Noise Reduction
  • EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S lenses (Optional EF Lens Adapter is required)
  • Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 10.9 x 6.7 cm ; 259 g
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Item model number: 6609B033
  • ASIN: B008NENG1A
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Feb. 7 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,615 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Inspired by EOS technology, Canon developed the new EOS M Digital Camera. Canon introduced the market to Full HD video capture with smooth, quiet continuous autofocus made possible by Movie Servo AF and STM lenses, advanced CMOS sensor technology, and the processing power of DIGIC 5. The EOS M Digital Camera leverages these key technologies to deliver high-quality moving and still images with creativity provided by Canon's extensive family of interchangeable lenses.Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 22.3 x 14.9 mm.

From the Manufacturer

True HD Performance | EOS Full HD Movie Mode with Movie Servo AF
For those looking to capture superb quality Full HD video, the EOS M Digital Camera offers a number of advantages. Offering a large APS-C sized sensor, the camera is able to deliver shallow depth-of-field for achieving impressive cine-style results and the ability to capture clean, high-quality video, even under very low-light conditions.  
Canon EOS M Digital Camera on Amazon.comWith the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M, the camera is also compatible with Canon's extensive family of EF lenses for boundless creativity.
 
Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS M Digital Camera continues Canon's tradition of performance, quality and simplicity.  The EOS M Digital Camera enables easy manual control of focus and exposure. It also automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording without interruption.
 
Movie Servo AF allows continuous autofocus tracking of moving subjects while recording video.  When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF.

Resolution & Recording Sizes
Frame Rates
Recording Time Based on 8 GB Memory Card  
Full HD
1920 x 1080
16:9 format
30 fps (29.97)
Maximum Recording Time 29 min. 59 sec.
25 fps – PAL standard
Total Recording Time (approximately)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 22 min.
24 fps (23.976)
1280 x 720 (HD) 22 min.
HD
1280 x 720
16:9 format
60 fps (59.94)
640 x 480 (SD) 1 hr. 32 min.
50 fps – PAL standard
Recording Time Based on 16 GB Memory Card
Standard Definition (SD)
640 x 480
30 fps (29.97)
Maximum Recording Time 29 min. 59 sec.
25 fps – PAL standard
Total Recording Time (approximately) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 44 min.
Canon EOS M Digital Camera with Lens at Amazon.com 1280 x 720 (HD) 44 min.
640 x 480 (SD) 3 hr. 4 min.


Built-in stereo microphone, manual audio level adjustment
Canon EOS M Digital Camera Microphones at Amazon.comThe EOS M Digital Camera has an internal stereo microphone for high-quality audio capture and a wind filter feature to reduce wind noise when shooting outdoors. Sound recording levels can be manually (up to 64 different levels) or automatically controlled. A built-in attenuator is also provided to reduce audio clipping. For more advanced audio recording, the EOS M Digital Camera is compatible with many third-party electret condenser microphones with a 3.5mm diameter plug.

Video Snapshot
With the Video Snapshot feature, the EOS M Digital Camera can capture short video clips (of 2, 4 or 8 seconds) then combine them automatically into one video file as a snapshot or highlights “album.” With no editing required after shooting, the compiled video is perfect for sharing online or displaying directly on an HDTV via the camera's HDMI port. Additionally, stills can be recorded during video shooting simply by pressing the camera’s shutter button. During playback, video clips in an album can now be reordered or deleted. 


Extraordinary Image Quality and Processing Power
 
18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
The EOS M Digital Camera features Canon’s amazing 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor. Canon EOS M ASPCS Sensor at Amazon.comPerfect for enlargements or for cropping detailed portions of the composition, the EOS M Digital Camera’s sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range. This first-class sensor features many of the same new technologies used by professional Canon cameras to maximize each pixel's light-gathering efficiency and has center pixels that aid in the EOS M Digital Camera’s accurate AF performance. This APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format).
Canon EOS M Versatile ISO at Amazon.comVersatile ISO Range for shooting in a wide variety of lighting conditions
Thanks to its DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the EOS M Digital Camera features a versatile ISO range of ISO 100–6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video recording and ISO100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for still image shooting. The EOS M Digital Camera, with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor's remarkable noise-reduction technology, delivers outstanding performance in low light for incredible video and photos.

DIGIC 5 Image Processor

The EOS M Digital Camera features Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor works with the camera’s CMOS sensor to deliver images with incredible detail in more situations, without the need for artificial light sources. With the power of the DIGIC 5 Image Processor the EOS M Digital Camera can achieve higher ISO sensitivity and even perform advanced functions like HDR Backlight Control, art filters, lens correction and much more. The brilliant “brain” of the camera, this engine supercharges every facet of image capture.

Hybrid CMOS AF delivers fast autofocus speed for video and photos.
The EOS M Digital Camera uses a hybrid AF system to deliver incredibly speedy and accurate focus. Its CMOS sensor has center-mounted pixels that are used for phase-difference AF. Phase difference AF is incredibly fast for general distance determination, while contrast AF is incredibly accurate, no matter the location of the focus point. By capitalizing on the strengths of phase-difference and contrast AF systems, the EOS M Digital Camera achieves precise AF, fast.

Sharp and Clear, with Tactile Controls
 
Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II with multi-touch operation and Touch AF
The EOS M Digital Camera comes with a newly engineered, Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II. Canon EOS M Touch LCD at Amazon.comUsing the same capacitive technology as today’s popular mobile devices, this new screen is touch-sensitive and delivers intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) can be used for zooming or changing images, menu and quick control settings can be accessed, and focus point and shutter release can be activated with the touch of a fingertip. The additional benefit of Touch AF makes it fast and easy to focus on any subject, by simply touching it on the screen. Displaying fine detail (at approximately 1.04 million pixels), this screen is perfect for composing and reviewing images. Thanks to a new, solid construction between the monitor’s resin-coated cover and the liquid crystal display, reflections are minimized, and the display can be viewed, without glare, from any number of angles. The LCD’s surface is treated with a smudge-resistant coating to minimize fingerprints and maintain a bright, clear image display.

A Comprehensive System Of EOS Optics
 
Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses (optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M is required)
The EOS M Digital Camera features a new style lens mount, called EF-M. Besides the dedicated EF-M lenses, the camera is compatible with the entire family of Canon EF and EF-S lenses by attaching the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. When the adapter is used, the image quality of the lens is preserved, with no light loss or change to image stabilization.  Canon EOS M Lens Compatibility at Amazon.com

From fisheye to telephoto and everywhere in between, Canon offers the most comprehensive lens collection on the planet, with the finest optics and most advanced technologies for whatever application is at hand.
 
When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, the camera’s Movie Servo AF feature takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF.
 
Effects for Dramatic and Gorgeous Results

Handheld Night Scene modeCanon EOS M Hand Held Mode at Amazon.com
Accessible right on the EOS M Digital Camera’s Mode Dial, Handheld Night Scene mode captures nightscapes with bright highlights and detailed dark areas, delivering results previously impossible without the use of a tripod. By shooting and combining four consecutive shots at a shutter speed fast enough to avoid camera shake, the EOS M Digital Camera’s Handheld Night Scene mode makes dramatic nighttime photography simple.

Canon EOS M HDR at Amazon.comHDR Backlight Control mode
The EOS M Digital Camera’s HDR Backlight Control mode ensures that backlit subjects are not recorded too dark. By shooting three consecutive shots at different exposures (underexposed, correctly exposed and overexposed) and then combining the images, the final result maintains detail in both the shadow and highlight areas, ensuring the backlit subject is properly exposed.

Seven Creative Filters, plus new Art Bold Effect and Water Painting Effect

Adding to the fun and creative possibilities available with the EOS M Digital Camera are seven different creative filters that can dramatically alter the mood and visual effect of any particular scene. Creative Filters include Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect and new filters: Art Bold Effect (makes the photos look like an oil painting, with subjects appearing three-dimensional), and Water Painting Effect (photos are altered to look like a water-colored painting). Since the filters can be applied to the image after shooting, it’s easy to try several effects on the same shot. These creative effects can also be applied to video, for additional imaginative fun.

Multi Shot Noise Reduction
To enhance its already admirable high ISO shooting capabilities, the EOS M Digital Camera features an intelligent Multi Shot Noise Reduction tool that Canon EOS M Noise Reduction at Amazon.comreduces noise even further than the camera’s sensor and the DIGIC 5 Image Processor alone. With Multi Shot Noise Reduction activated, the camera takes four consecutive shots, merges and aligns them. This eliminates more noise than the traditional Noise Reduction filter, with little or no apparent resolution loss. Moving subjects are even optimized to minimize subject blur! Thanks to this clever new feature, high ISO shooting has never looked better.
 
Canon EOS M Box Contents at Amazon.com
EOS M Digital Camera Body
EF-M 22mm f/2 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 and Software Instruction Manual CD




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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobo on April 27 2014
If you're looking for a complete DSLR replacement in a more compact package, then this is not quite it. But close.

I was looking for a more compact camera while keeping the same image quality as my DSLR and this does the job. Initially I did not consider this for various reasons:
* Reputedly slow auto-focus
* Mediocre battery life
* No optical viewfinder (even a crappy one is really useful to extend batter life by turning off the display)
* Many controls are via the touchscreen only
* No built in flash

However, at the reduced price, it looked like it was worth a chance. At the price point, it beats any of the super compacts for image quality hands down. And when comparing to its peers, it is significantly cheaper. I'm glad I took the chance.

+ Image quality is fantastic when paired with the EF-M lenses. I mostly use the EF-M 22 because it is so compact (fits in a coat pocket if not quite pants pocket). Feels like a solidly built lens and by all accounts, optically is very good as well.
+ Battery life turns out ok. I can head out for the day and not worry about running out of batteries. I might have to charge it after a heavy, heavy day, but I'm not a pro-photographer. It is definitely not as good as my DSLR, but I'm not complaining as it isn't holding me back.
+ The auto-focus is NOT as fast as DSLR so if you are doing sports or kids, this is not the camera for you. But with the firmware update, it is now average amongst the mirrorless peers, so complaints are not valid here I think. I believe Olympus handily beats it, but Leica, Fuji, etc. seem to be on par.
+ Touch screen is fantastic quality, great responsiveness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Black on Nov. 14 2013
There are many reviews on this camera, most from the initial introduction. The 2013 firmware update addressed the slow autofocus that was a complaint in the early reviews. The recent price cuts have addressed the other complaint from the early reviews.

I have owned a range of Canon equipment from the point-and-shoot models to the professional 5D and 1D models. The Canon M has become my favourite camera for everyday family photography.

A few quick observations:

The camera uses an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor (equivalent to the 18 megapixel APS-C sensor in Canon DSLR models such as the T4i, 60D, and 7D). This sensor is about 30 times larger than the sensor in the Canon point-and-shoot models.

The sensor has good resolution and ISO range (not surprising for a modern APS-C sensor). I've taken some nice photos and video during hockey games and music performances. Both situations are notorious for difficult lighting.

The camera has a touch sensitive screen used for control. In automatic mode, the camera is a very high quality point-and-shoot. In non-automatic mode, the traditional P (program), Tv (Time value), Av (Aperture value), and M (manual) modes are available. The info button enables icons around the edge of the screen and touching an icon brings up choices to change the value. The interface is very tablet-like and easy to use. Reviewing pictures is also tablet-like. After pressing the traditional 'review' button with the triangle symbol, pinching and unpinching the image will zoom and swiping left and right will move to the previous or next image.

The EF-M 22mm f/2 lens has a reputation as a very sharp, fast lens on web photo forums. My own experience confirms this.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By guillaume on July 25 2013
Way to expensive here... it's 399 at lozeau with the flash and you can find it for the same price pretty much everywhere else...
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Malson on July 17 2013
crazy price, the same camera with 18-55 lens plus ex90 flash in futureshop is 499 only.
and on amazon.com it is 349 without the flash
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279 of 293 people found the following review helpful
**UPDATE** 5 Star for Hobbyist and/or current Canon owners. 3 Star for accessory cost. Nov. 5 2012
By techtw - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I've been weighing the mirrorless option heavy and finally made the plunge to keep it in the Canon family. I Received this camera and have been playing with it and enjoying it for it's purpose. Let me state this, I own a Canon 5D Mark III as well, so I can only speak on my intentions and reasoning for wanting the Eos-M. I had no intentions of buying this camera as a back up body, nor would this be the camera I would recommend for others who are in the market for one. However, image quality wise, it could be. If you've made the Canon investment in gear, and could use something a little more light weight, sort of pocket friendly, and portable that has the capability to be used with your other canon gear.. It's a no brainer. This camera to me is the Hobbyist/enthusiast Canon gear owners good, to best friend.

The Good: I love the image quality, size, and build quality of the camera and even the 22mm itself is a much better build then expected. It doesn't feel cheap. The touchscreen is pretty good and responsive, if you don't mind a few prints on the screen trying to assist the focusing. Also I love the relief of not carrying my battery gripped 5D around with me for all of the smallest things, and missing something worth capturing because of it. This camera has been a blast, and I've worn it around my neck on several occasions and even the people with me haven't noticed.

The Bad: Slow maneuvering around the menus, as there are limited physical buttons and no turn dial (But this may get faster as you get use to the touchscreen). No built in flash (When this camera is said to target those coming from point and shoot cameras), No view finder (But after a couple of shots.. I wasn't missing it), And no direct lens mount Ef-s or EF (and mainly this is because of the outrageous price for the adapter). But all of this is tolerable... Sort of. I wont complain about the auto focus speed as to me, it's really not that bad. I have seen faster, and even faster focus speeds on this camera alone. But then again, I use a 85mm 1.2L quite a bit on my Mark III and that lens can almost make any focus speed seem fast.

I did purchased the 16GB Eye-Fi card and use it to transfer images straight to my cellphone for quick editing if needed, and uploading to any social network services I use. I have no idea why it did not cross someones mind at Canon, to include wifi and/or Gps, when I've have heard time and time again about one of the excuses for not having a built in EVF was that this camera should attract those who are familiar with taking cellphone images.

In the end, a built in Viewfinder, wifi, gps, flash and a cheaper if not free lens adapter would have been nice. But even so, I am happy with my purchase, and I've read enough to understand its purpose or my reasoning for wanting one, and have actually been more impressed then what I've originally expected. I do not think anyone would be in their right mind to purchase this camera for sports photography, and if you've taking pictures with almost any modern smart phone today, the focus speed may never be a issue to you. If you already own or are familiar with a Canon DSLR, this camera will feel right at home with the options and setup. And if this is a new world to you, you might want to read the manual, or watch a video to get yourself familiar first. Great buy for me!!!

**UPDATE** 7-3-13

I Still love this camera just as much as the day I got it, and has been a very solid performer overall. The biggest gripe about the camera from others was the auto focus speed in which has recently been corrected via v2.0.. And for me was the sun glare on the screen was a slight disadvantage while using the camera outside, (which could be fixed if the camera had a view finder), but I just added a non glare screen protector, and raised my LCD brightness to fix and works great for me.

From my personal experiences that I've had since owning this camera, the slight auto focus problem has not made me feel any less different about it, as it was not that bad.The consistent color contrast, color balance and image quality has never been better, and have shocked me on many occasions. This camera is a very capable and solid performer for what my intentions were, and quite a few people have purchased it after seeing a few uses, and images i've taken with it. Now with the update, there is no denying how good and fun this little camera is, and have definitely increased my personal uses and longevity with this camera.

Thanks Canon, the overall build, and image quality is nothing short of awesome. I can't wait to see how they will out do themselves with the next Eos-M camera.
429 of 509 people found the following review helpful
HUH?? Nov. 1 2012
By BabyGiant - Published on Amazon.com
I really really really really really wanted to love this camera.

**UPDATE TWO**
Lots of new comments on this review, please consider it was posted when the camera was released, years ago. The review stands.

**UPDATE**

I am a professional. When I saw the EOS M and I was excited that it's a small portable multi-use camera that I could use as a carry-around as well as for work as a back-up camera using the lens coupler. The perfect addition to a mobile rig, the EOS M would be great as a second camera for shooting interviews when attached to my lenses.

When I bought it and held it, I was even more excited. It's built EXTREMELY well, feels solid, great finish. It's a camera I really like to touch.

Once I turned it on, this was the first Canon that didn't quite feel like a Canon. The interface felt rough. Just finding how to set it in manual focus mode required reading the user's manual (and multiple menu pages as mentioned by other reviewers). The LCD touch-screen interface and lack of physical dials (especially for AF/M focusing) makes it more difficult to add an LCD loupe to the camera which would be amazing.

Snapped a couple of photos and they looked beautiful (Hey, the 3-year old 7D sensor is still magnificent) and the lens looked sharp with beautiful bokeh. Color was well rendered.

But what's this... Brrrrzzzzzzzz..... YUP. I can clearly and loudly hear the autofocus motor while shooting a movie, especially during quiet scenes. Yeah ok, you're supposed to use manual focus for movies. Agreed. But not when the camera specs claim it has continuos focus for movies. The motor is LOUD. This is a strange first entry by canon. I REALLY WANT TO LIKE IT.... Not happy face. Not sad face. More a perplexed face. After flipping through the manual I saw a mention about this. Canon suggests using an external mic rather than the built-in stereo mics.

I loved seeing photos of a 70-200mm lens attached to this thing. Then I thought... wait, I can't press this camera against my face to balance its weight. Holding that big lens 6 inches away from my face to shoot would set my whole center of gravity off. I really do miss having a viewfinder so I can stabilize the camera.

Main disappointment was at night, casually shooting in a restaurant, where the focusing speed was beyond unacceptable. A full 3-4 seconds of focus hunting, WITH focus assist on, before it would fire the shutter. On my second night of ownership, I left the camera at home and that's a pretty bad sign as I love really diving into new gear. The terrible low light focus of the Fuji X100 seemed acceptable compared to the EOS M. Back when I got the X100, I loved using it so much I practically went to bed with it. As much as I hate to admit it, the EOS M felt like it fired more slowly than my S100, even during the day. That shouldn't be so. Not at $800.

Then... $70 for a tiny battery? $200 for the coupler? These are Pro prices... without Pro performance. Me: perplexed face.

I ended up returning the camera. Some of these issues may be fixed with a firmware update, others will need Canon to really study their competition.

A bit bummed- my first real disappointment in a Canon product.
65 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Best Compact Camera, Period! July 23 2013
By R. Sonmez - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been on the market for a while to buy a mirrorless compact DSLR with APS-C sensor. I bought a Sony NEX 5 camera (before this little Canon released.) I loved the compactness and snappy performance of NEX. I was able take some good photos with that. Yet my photos always lacked this magical look that my semi-professional photographer friends' photos have. I tried to play with the camera settings extensively on my NEX to get what other cameras are producing but I rarely get something that is even remotely close to that. Of course they were using these really expensive cameras with absolutely amazing prime lenses but I still thought that my $700 NEX should have been able to at least be satisfying. Well, it wasn't. At least with the lenses it came with. I didn't want to start investing in NEX prime lenses (which I tried and loved btw) as I thought it was an expensive proposition to be stuck at NEX format. Then I started searching to find a better yet more affordable camera.....

I have tried a number of cameras; All Sony NEX Cameras (good performance if you have good lenses), Olympus four third cameras(small sensor), Fuji X series(super crazy expensive camera and lenses but regardless great cameras), Nikon (small sensor-lack of lenses), Panasonic four thirds (small sensor) and some more. That's when I wanted to give the Canon EOS-M a try despite all those really bad professional reviews that bashed the camera mostly due to the autofocus problems. Ohh boy, thank god I gave this camera a chance. In an instant, right out of the package I was able to start taking photos almost like my friends' photos... Vibrant, gorgeous colors with satisfyingly beautiful bookeh. Super zippy performance with amazing lens. Really though, the lens that the camera came with (22mm f2.0) is the superhero. It instantly gives you the "professional photo look" with its bright aperture at f2. This what gives you those beautiful blurry backgrounds. No other compact camera comes with a lens this bright and wide angle. Nothing even close. Trust me when I say this but the difference between this lens and the other lenses that the other cameras come with is just night and day. You would have to pay another $300 to thousands to get some prime lenses with an f2 aperture at least.

I bought a new lens adapter which is $99 on ebayCanon EOS M Mount Adapter and a 50mm f1.8 prime lens (an all time classic) which is just $121 Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens.With the adapter now I can tap into the extensive Canon lens portfolio as well.

Touch screen is not a novelty at all, it really is the best thing ever. It is just a bliss to be able to touch the screen and focus something in the background or foreground without moving the camera. You don't have to center the object to focus at all. Wherever the object is, just click on and there it is. This is particularly helpful when you are shooting video with camera fixed where you focus foreground and background as you wish. Super artistic, almost movie quality video is possible.

Autofocus is not a huge problem at all with the new firmware. In general, autofocus always becomes somewhat slower when you have a bright large aperture like this lens, unless your camera and your lens are both no less than $1,500. That being said, I really never had an instance where I thought I was having a problem with autofocus. The camera is able to focus pretty fast. (see the update below)

You can never complain when you get all this for $299. I am not sure if this is still available for that price but even at $500 it would be a steal.

UPDATE: Ok, after using the camera for a couple of months, I have become a little less enthused about it. Yes it still is a great camera but after my baby is born I realized that autofocus can become quite a pain, sometimes.... Autofocus is generally acceptable with the 22mm stm lens but with the other lenses (read, non-stm) it is a quite bit of a challange especially under low lighr or contrast light conditions. So it is 4 star review now...
59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
A great camera, particularly for existing Canon DSLR owners March 20 2013
By Leilehua Maly - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Here are my two cents on the EOS M + 22mm f/2 STM kit lens. I'll point out that I'm a semi-pro, and I bought this camera as a more casual/portable alternative to my 5D Mark III and heavier L glass.

The main thing I will say about the EOS M is that it's just plain fun. It's portable, it takes great pictures, and has all the pro features I need to give me the confidence that, in a bind, I could leave my big camera at home and come back with perfectly usable shots. Plus, there's just something liberating about using a more casual camera...I love my 5D III, but I seem to set higher expectations for myself when using that camera and it's nice to be able to just get out and have fun.

Anyway, here are some thoughts on the EOS M:

1. Auto-focus - If any one thing could be blamed for the less-than-stellar reviews of the EOS-M, this is it. When I first heard about how slow the AF was, I immediately decided that this camera wasn't for me. It made me think of my crummy old cellphone camera, which would hunt for a few seconds in low light then finally take a blurry shot. I'll say that while the AF can be slow, when it *does* lock -- unlike the cell camera -- you WILL get a great shot. Furthermore, you can maximize AF performance by using the "FlexiZone - Single" mode, setting the AF Operation to "ONE SHOT AF", and disabling Continuous AF. I'd also suggest leaving the "Touch Shutter" option disabled, but that may just be a personal preference. [Note: Supposedly the MagicLantern folks are working on homebrew firmware that will fix some of the AF issues, but I would not recommend buying any camera based on the vague promise of some future update.]

2. Image Quality - Image quality is great, but it's no 5D Mark III. If you're expecting 5D3 level images from this then you're in the wrong place, but with some care it can produce shots a pro would be proud of. What I noticed most when compared against the higher end cameras would be contrast range and saturation. Some of this could just be the lens, but I haven't yet had a chance to put on something like my 24-70 f/2.8L or 50mm f/1.2L. I plan to do that soon and will update the review with my results. If you shoot in RAW you'll be able to overcome a good portion of the contrast/saturation problems with Photoshop and CameraRaw, but even so I've had to be more careful with blown highlights (particularly specular highlights) on the EOS M.

3. Video Quality - I'm generally impressed with the video performance. That said, expect to use manual focus if you want anything near professional-level video. I haven't tried this with a focus peaking monitor yet, but I'm not even sure the camera would be fully functional after losing the touchscreen.

4. ISO Performance - The ISO performance is pretty good. Again, it's no 5D Mark III but up to at least ISO 1600 it's not something you can't fix in Photoshop. My biggest complaint with ISO is the fact that you can't seem to use anything finer than full stop increments. Am I missing something?

5. Touch screen - I had mixed feelings about losing the majority of my physical buttons and switches in favor of a touch screen, but it is growing on me. The settings I use the most are all easily available via the screen (shooting mode, aperture/shutter speed/ISO, exposure compensation) or through physical buttons (menu, quick menu, exposure lock, drive mode, etc.). One thing that took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out was how to zoom on the image preview screen...using my fingers to pinch and zoom seemed completely foreign coming from the 5D3, but it works well.

6. No view finder - This doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would, but I do embarrass myself by occasionally lifting the M to my eye.

7. Features - I love the fact that, feature wise, this is very similar to Canon's high-end DSLRs. I had this little camera attached to a wireless strobe system in my home studio, and it just worked. The user interface was familiar, the settings and options were similar, and the results were fantastic. It's also got all the shooting modes (M/Av/Tv/P) that a pro would expect, plus the full auto and "scene intelligent auto" settings that allow you to hand the camera off to a random passerby to get a family shot for you while on vacation.

8. Ergonomics - The camera is small and light, and I can stick it in my jacket pocket and "almost" forget that it's there. That said, the small size makes me wonder how easy it will be to hold with heavier glass attached via the EF/EF-S adapter. I'll provide info on that when I get around to it as well.

In short, as long as you don't come into the game expecting pro-level performance and quality, you will not be disappointed. It does exactly what I got it for: it gives me a way to leave my 25 lbs. camera bag at home on occasion, while still delivering great shots that I'm not embarrassed to share online. Plus, for someone who's already invested a great deal of money on Canon glass this makes even more sense. Sure the AF is slow, there aren't many dedicated lenses for the M mount (yet), and it's not a replacement for a high-end camera...but I didn't go in expecting any of that, and so I came out happy.

UPDATE
I've had a chance to use some of my EF lenses on this camera, and here are my results:

1. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L - Good focal length range for a cropped sensor, AF speed comparable to the 22mm f/2 STM.
2. Canon 50mm f/1.2 - AF speed comparable to the 22mm f/2 STM, aperture opens all the way to f/1.2 if you were wondering.
3. Tamron 18-270 Di II VC PZD - AF is unusably slow, don't bother.
4. Canon 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM - A great pairing with the EOS M, this is on my camera 90% of the time.
5. Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro - The EOS M is great for macro. The cropped sensor gives you that extra bit of reach, and the small size and light weight make it easier to maneuver into tight spaces. I'm having a bunch of fun walking around outside my house with this setup.
159 of 193 people found the following review helpful
Camera takes fantastic picture - if you can get it to focus in time. Canon doesn't even believe in this system. Oct. 18 2012
By W. Kulhanek - Published on Amazon.com
I picked this camera up on my last trip to Japan 3 days after it came out there. In Japan they only sold a kitchen sink bundle for the first few weeks which included the body, 22m lens, 18-55m lens, EF Lens adapter and the Speedlite 90EX flash.

This camera takes fantastic pictures! But there are two shortcomings that are incredibly annoying. First of all the camera takes a good second (or more) to focus - for a camera this expensive this is almost unacceptable. My Canon G11 was focusing faster... Second there is a (beautiful) touch screen on the back of the camera. This touchscreen can also be used as a shutter - as in: touch the touchscreen to take a picture. Now the product manager/developer who decided it was a good idea to put the control to enable/disable the touch shutter onto the touchscreen needs to be fired. When I walked around various Japanese cities with the camera around my neck it happened with regularity that the camera would bump up against my body, turn the touch shutter on and then continue to take pictures every time it bumped against my body. SERIOUSLY ANNOYING with no way to disable. I really hope there will be a firmware update to fix this (there is a menu setting to enable/disable the touch screen shutter - I have no idea why the additional control on the screen itself).

When doing post processing of my photos I did notice that I had quite a few of them with the focus slightly off. Guess the automatic metering didn't always pick the right spot to focus on - but then again I could have easily fixed that by using spot metering.

Now various other reviews (e.g. on Engadget) mentioned the missing mode dial compared to DSLRs or even G-series cameras. To be honest I haven't missed it that much during two weeks of intense shooting.

Also I haven't scratched the surface on what this camera can actually do - but I did find that for taking HDR pictures the built-in mode only really works for static scenes. With moving objects the camera can't really build a great HDR - so if there are people in a scene it's definitely better to process manually on the computer.

There really isn't much to say about the two lenses or the flash that came with the camera - they do the trick. And I have no EF lenses to try the converter with.

Added 2013/05/08:
I just returned from another trip to Asia and after this trip I would no longer recommend this camera. It simply doesn't focus fast enough to capture things quickly - e.g. when driving in a car and trying to take photos of the outside. Also I can't tell you how often my wife (or anyone else) ended up in my frame because it took more than 1 second to focus and take the shot. I know that's more "snapshot" photography but nevertheless I'd like to have that option.

Added 2013/06/27
Canon just released a firmware update 2.02 that claims to increase focusing times 2x - 3x in OneShot AF mode. I just applied it and within the room I'm in it seems to do what it says. Now I'll have to test the new firmware in the wild to see if it makes this camera more suited to my style of photography.

Added 2014/06/19
Well I finally sold it on eBay along with everything else Canon. After yet another trip with underwhelming photos - mostly due to the STILL slow focusing and lack of decent tele lens (I know I could have bought an expensive DSLR lens and used with the adapter - but what's the point of having a small mirror less if I have to haul along a big zoom lens). Interestingly Canon just announced a tele (55-200mm) lens for the EOS M - but just like the wide angle and the M2 it is not available in the US. And to top it off it's not even that great in terms of optical properties).

So being a bit annoyed with Canon I sold everything and went all in on a Sony a6000 - WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! Great camera, super fast focus and a range of GREAT lenses (got a Zeiss lens with it). I'm afraid Canon lost me as a customer - guess what brand our next compact for my wife will be....