Canon EOS M – The One Glaring Weakness

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PetaPixel posted their review of the new Canon EOS M – Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless camera realm.  Canon’s new mirrorless camera has some impressive specs – it’s basically a Canon T4i (650-D) wrapped in a smaller package.  On the upside is Canon’s 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a wonderful capacitive touch screen (a-la Smart Phone) that’s one of the best around, and the ability to use your existing Canon Lenses (by using a $199 USD lens adapter).  The one glaring weakness however…  and it’s a biggie – abysmal autofocus performance (see video above).

Here’s PetaPixel’s Verdict:   The Canon EOS M is a camera that falls one big step short of being a fantastic mirrorless camera. If only it had an autofocus system as solid as its other specs and attributes, it’d be a camera that we’d recommend in a heartbeat to both serious photographers and casual consumers.

Unfortunately, its major flaw lies in a feature that’s absolutely critical for most photographers, so unless you know for a fact that you can live with a sluggish AF system, you’ll be better off waiting to see whether Canon’s next mirrorless camera — which is reportedly coming soon — has addressed this issue.

It’s a shame, really, since it’s extremely fun to use such a small and powerful camera on an existing set of Canon lenses.  (Read full review on PetaPixel)


Our Take:  The Canon EOS M is a hot seller right now.  Let’s face it, Canon is one of the most popular and recognizable names in photography, and that only adds to the appeal of this little camera.  It produces great quality still images and HD video, but so do a lot of other mirrorless camera systems – and at $799 USD, we feel that the EOS M is a bit over priced.  Unless you’re OK with manual focus and have a huge collection of Canon Lenses, we would recommend passing on the EOS M and either waiting for Canon’s next offering or going for other mirrorless systems in the same or lower price range.


If your heart is set on it, you can Check out the Canon EOS M and Lens Adapter Here.  Otherwise, we would recommend the new Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, PEN Mini E-PM2, the Sony XEX 5R or the Panasonic Lumix G5 (which is still small, but has a more DSLR-like form factor).


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