Two More Reviews of the Canon EOS M

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(Video above is a field test of the Canon EOS M, courtesy of CNET Asia)

More reviews of the new Canon EOS M are pouring in, the latest two from CNET Asia and LensRentals, and the first mirrorless offering from Canon is selling like hotcakes in Japan (assuming they even eat hotcakes over there ~_^), but is this a good option for the first-time mirrorless buyer (or is it worth moving over from another mirrorless system)?

Here’s what CNET and LensRentals have to say…

CNET Asia Concludes:

The EOS M should appeal to beginners looking for dSLR-like quality minus the bulk, as well as Canon users who require a secondary body–especially when they already own an existing stable of Canon dSLR lenses.

Overall, the EOS M is a downsized version of the EOS 650D and shares similarities such as its touch-sensitive display and image sensor. We were impressed by the EOS M’s excellent low-light performance and fluid touchscreen interface, but were let down by its slow autofocus performance–a factor which prevented us from awarding it with our Editors’ Choice. (Read Full Review at CNET Asia)

LensRentals Concludes:

I’m all about image quality above all other things. This camera gives me great, great image quality in an amazingly small package. It had me at 870 line pairs / image height.

Will it replace an OM-D or SLR for my everyday shooting? Absolutely not; its AF is too slow and there aren’t many native lenses yet. But will I tuck it in my wife’s purse when we go to holiday parties, and  take it on trips for snapshots? Sure. Sometimes those kind of shots are great and with this image quality I could easily make a large print if I wanted to.

If they fix the AF speed with a firmware update I would probably use it a lot more, though, because of all the Canon lenses it gives me access to. I love the adapter. I could see having an EOS-M, 22mm, and the adapter as my backup camera a lot of times.

When I reviewed the Fuji X-Pro 1 I said it was a firmware update and a price drop away from being a great camera. I think the summary applies perfectly for this camera, too. (Read Full Review on LensRentals.com)

Our Take:  The EOS M is essentially a T4i (650 D) wrapped up in a smaller package, providing great image quality and good video functionality (complete with mic input), but with no (electronic) viewfinder, no articulating screen (although the touch screen does function very well) and sub-par autofocus speed (a deal breaker for a LOT of people).  It looks like a good camera…  and in some regards, a very good camera.  But in our opinion, there are better options available at this point in the same, or even a lower, price range (see our alternative picks below).  It’ll be interesting to see where Canon goes from here…

Check out the Canon EOS M Here

You might also want to check out the Panasonic G5, Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5 or the Sony NEX 5R

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