From MikeTheMentor: The Canon Mirrorless M is touted as a baby T4i. It has the same 18MP sensor, the same processor, the same awesome touch screen monitor and it even costs about the same price as a Canon Rebel T4i. So what is different about the two? Which one is better for what kind of shooter? What are the M’s strengths and weaknesses? Are the focusing systems really that bad? All these questions are answer by Michael, who has been shooting with both cameras for a while now.
Our take: The T4i, just like the T3i and T2i before it, is a fine entry level DSLR system. Of course, our view here on MirrorlessCentral is that the future is in mirrorless camera systems, which are smaller but just as powerful (if not more) in most respects. Mirrorless Cameras have closed the gap in terms of image quality on their DSLR cousins, and have surpassed them in many cases where autofocus and other features are concerned. They’re generally easier to use and in our opinion are better Hybrid Photography Machines (in other words, better for shooting stills AND video vs one or the other).
Canon have produced a good camera in the EOS M, but when you stack it up against the competition, especially in the $800 to $900 USD price range, Canon are a day late and several hundred dollars over. After watching the Michael’s Video above, it seems our original assessment that all Canon have accomplished is to ditch the mirror and squeeze the guts of a T4i into a smaller body is correct. 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 nice touch screens too, as well as built in EVFs. And while the EOS M does produce nice video files, it’s lackluster autofocus performance nullifies that as a plus as well.
The EOS M has been a hot seller, but in our opinion, this camera is way overpriced. Especially when considering the extras and add-ons Michael mentions in the video above, which added up to about $1,500 USD. Instead, we would recommend investing your hard earned money 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 5R, Sony NEX 6.