Canon EOS M – Is It Any Good?

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DigitalRevTV’s Kai Wong is takin’ it to the streets with the new Canon EOS M – Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless camera market. Canon is an undisputed DSLR Giant, but will they be able to translate that power into the mirrorless realm?

Here’s DRTVs take:
Canon has finally released a mirrorless camera! But is it any good? Should you buy one? There’s a lot of competition in the mirrorless market, so the EOS M has a lot to prove. Kai takes it out on the streets with the 22mm f/2.0 STM and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, along with the Speedlite 90EX and give EF-EOS M adaptor to try out a couple of L lenses.

– 18.0 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
– DIGIC 5 Image Processor
– EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF
– Hybrid CMOS AF System
– 3.0 inch (1040k) Clear View LCD with Multi-touch
– Scene Intelligent Auto mode
– ISO 100–12800, Expandable to 25600 (H)
– Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
– ‘Creative Filters’

Editor’s Note: We think that Kai sums up the EOS M quite nicely with one quote from his video review… “It’s not keeping up…”

It seems to us that Canon (and Nikon) are only dipping their toes into the mirrorless pool so far, being quite content to be the big fish in the sea of DSLRs, and you can almost understand where they’re coming from as they have so much invested in that market. But each year, new and more exciting mirrorless cameras continue to be released with new and innovative technology jam packed into their small bodies. There are some MAJOR PLAYERS making mirrorless cameras, including Sony, Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji, and Panasonic fired a clear warning shot across the bow of the DSLR big boys with the release of the Lumix GH3 last month – this is a serious pro level machine that’s going to make a lot of photo / video pros look twice at their huge DSLR systems. Yet the EOS M can hardly be taken seriously as a counter punch. Sure, a lot of people will pick one up just because it has the name Canon slapped on it’s face, but at $799 USD, there are a lot of better mirrorless alternatives that can eat the EOS M for lunch (and save you some money as well).

Here are a few of our recommendations for mirrorless systems that we feel are better options than the EOS M
Sony NEX 5R

Panasonic Lumix G5

Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5


davidjewels says:

I checked one out at B&H Photo and I too was disappointed. I was really really slow. I too wanted it to work.

Hi David,

I completely agree with your assessment that the EOS M is disappointing to say the least. I can’t say that I’m surprised though. Companies like Canon and Nikon are quite used to being the Kings of the DSLR Mountain and have a lot invested in their DSLR lineups. I haven’t seen a mirrorless system of consequence from either of them.

If I had to guess, I would say that all Canon have done with the EOS M is to jam the components of a T4i into a smaller frame. It would be interesting to see what they could do if they decided to actually build a mirrorless system from the ground up, but until Canon (and Nikon) get the notion that everything’s heading towards mirrorless, I don’t think we’ll see an honest effort.

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