Canon EOS M Hands On Field Test

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Chris Niccolls from The Camera Store takes the new Canon EOS M out into the field to put it through it’s paces. This new offering from Canon has been a hot seller, but is it actually up to snuff with the competition? Watch and see…

Here’s what the Camera Store says: [For this field test,], Chris and I headed to Princess Island Park. Chris brought everything we have for the EOS M, the 18-55 F3.5-5.6, 22mm F2 and the included flash. Unfortunately, we were not expecting to shoot outside, so we neglected to bring an ND filter for shooting video. This means all the video clips are shot at smaller apertures, so we could maintain a proper shutter speed.

Chris and I both have mixed feelings about the the EOS M. While it truly does deliver the image quality of an EOS SLR in a very small package, its features seem a bit dated, especially for the price point. I’m really hoping Canon brings out an advanced version with an EVF, flip screen, and new sensor in the near future. For now though, if you have a bunch of EF and EF-S lenses, the Canon EOS M gives you nice compact body to mount them on, with full autofocus and stabilization. (Read Review on the Camera Store Blog)

Our take: Canon have produced a good camera in the EOS M, but when you stack it up against the competition, especially in the $900 USD price range, Canon are a day late and several hundred dollars over. It seems that all Canon have accomplished is to ditch the mirror and squeeze the guts of a T4i into a smaller body, but what they have failed to do is to incorporate the features and advances that have given today’s mirrorless cameras a distinct advantage over their DSLR counterparts – like blazing fast autofocus (especially in video). On the plus side, it does have a nice touch screen, but most of it’s rivals in this price range also have built in EVFs. Like we said, this has been a hot seller, but in our opinion, this camera is way overpriced. Instead, we would recommend investing your hard earned cashola in a Panasonic Lumix G5 or Panasonic GX1 (only $450 USD, half the price of the EOS M and a real bargain at the time of this posting), a  Sony NEX 5R or Sony NEX 6 or an Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 or Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5.

If your heart is set on it, you can Check out the Canon EOS M Here. Otherwise, grab one of our recommended cameras >>  Panasonic Lumix G5 (which is still small, but has a more DSLR-like form factor),  Panasonic GX1,   Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5,   PEN Mini E-PM2,   the Sony NEX 5RSony NEX 6.

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