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Overview of the EOS M
Mirrorless cameras are becoming increasingly popular among photography enthusiasts, thanks to their compact size, advanced features, and image quality that rivals DSLR cameras. The Canon EOS M is a prime example of such a camera - it's a versatile and compact mirrorless camera that delivers excellent image quality and performance, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned photographer. In this review, we'll explore the key features of the Canon EOS M, its strengths and weaknesses, and help you decide if it's the right camera for you. Let's dive in!
Canon EOS M Pros and Cons
Now, we will look more closely at our review of the Canon EOS M camera. We will see what it can do and compare it to other cameras like it. We will tell you what's good about it and what's not so good. This way, you'll know if it's the camera for you!
Build and Construction
Body and dimensions
Canon EOS M
|Dimensions||109 x 66 x 32mm|
The Canon EOS M is not sealed against water and dust, so it's important to be careful when using it in such conditions. If you often shoot in environments with water or dust, it's recommended to check out another camera with weather sealing.
Design and Handling
Main design features
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots|
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
This camera has a fixed type 3.00" screen, with a display resolution of 1,040k dots. This makes the Canon EOS M not as suitable for those looking for a vlogging camera as you cannot view yourself while shooting selfies easily. The camera also features a touch screen, which adds to its ease of use.
Canon EOS M does not include a viewfinder. The lack of a viewfinder on the EOS M camera may make it less suitable for outdoor photography in bright conditions.
Canon EOS M has a 18MP sized CMOS sensor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 18 pixels. Canon EOS M has a native ISO range of 100 - 12800 which can be boosted to null - 25600. It can also save files in RAW format which gives you a wider room for post processing.
Jul 23 2012
100 - 12800
|Extended ISO||null - 25600|
|Max resolution||5184 x 3456 pixels|
DXO Sensor Scores
65 / 102
22.1 / 26.5
11.2 / 14.8
Low Light ISO
827 / 4505
DXO mark sensor scores
The DXOmark rankings indicate that the Canon EOS M camera has above average color depth performance, which refers to the number of colors the sensor can distinguish. Additionally, its dynamic range is also average, allowing it to retain low amounts of details in both bright and dark areas of a scene. The camera's low light ISO performance is poor, which is an important factor to consider if you plan to use it in dimly lit indoor environments or at night. Overall the image quality of the EOS M is below average
Camera crop factor (or focal length multiplier) refers to how a camera's sensor size affects the apparent field of view of a lens. Crop factor is determined by comparing the size of a camera's sensor to that of a full-frame sensor, which is a standard reference size for camera sensors.
Crop factor calculator
Full frame equivalent
This camera: APS-C
Connectivity, storage, battery
|Battery Life||230 shots|
The Canon EOS M supports SD/SDHC/SDXC with 1 slots for storage. This may suffice for everyday use. However, for professional applications such as wedding photography, it is not recommended as a memory card malfunction could lead to the loss of all footage.
The Canon EOS M uses the LP-E12 model of battery pack. This is rated for 230 shots shots which is high. If you intend to take photos or record videos for an extended period, it might be a good idea to bring along additional batteries.
The Canon EOS M does not have a built-in flash, but it does offer a flash shoe that allows you to attach external flashes. This provides more versatility in your lighting choices.
The Canon EOS M boasts a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/4000s, which is ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects in bright environments, such as in sports photography. Faster shutter speeds enable you to freeze the action and capture every detail, making it easier to get the perfect shot.
With a continuous mechanical shutter speed of n/a or an electronic shutter speed of n/a, this camera is not capable of capturing the perfect moment more easily, making it not as suited for wedding, sports, and wildlife photography. Higher shutter speeds make it easier to capture fast-paced action, ensuring that you never miss the perfect shot.
The Canon EOS M includes two autofocus (AF) systems: contrast detection and phase detection, with 31 number of focus points.
While contrast detection is generally more accurate and precise, phase detection autofocus is faster and more effective in most situations, particularly when photographing moving subjects.
Phase detection autofocus works by dividing the incoming light into pairs and then analyzing how they intersect on the camera's sensor. This method allows the camera to determine not only if a subject is in focus but also the direction and distance needed to adjust the focus to achieve perfect sharpness.
On the other hand, contrast detection autofocus works by analyzing the contrast of an image and adjusting the focus until the highest contrast is detected. While this method is very accurate, it can be slow, especially in low light conditions or when photographing moving subjects.
The Canon EOS M features a CMOS sensor
No the EOS M does not have weather sealing.
The Canon EOS M was announced on Jul 23 2012
No the EOS M does not have in-body image stabilization that can compensate for camera shake, making it easier to shoot handheld in low light conditions.
The EOS M has a native ISO range of 100-12800, which can be expanded to ISO null-25600 for even greater sensitivity in low light conditions.
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