Canon EOS M review by Joshua Waller at EPZ: "The Canon EOS M is capable of taking pleasing photos with an extremely compact body, although there are some issues worth noting."

Canon EOS M review by Joshua Waller at EPZ: "The Canon EOS M is capable of taking pleasing photos with an extremely compact body, although there are some issues worth noting."
Canon EOS M review by Joshua Waller at EPZ: "The Canon EOS M is capable of taking pleasing photos with an extremely compact body, although there are some issues worth noting."
Canon EOS M review by Joshua Waller at EPZ: "The Canon EOS M is capable of taking pleasing photos with an extremely compact body, although there are some issues worth noting."
Canon EOS M review by Joshua Waller at EPZ: "The Canon EOS M is capable of taking pleasing photos with an extremely compact body, although there are some issues worth noting."

Joshua takes kind of a pity of the EOS M, a camera that-in my personal opinion, can take excellent images (of not too fast moving, but preferably totally inanimate objects) but sucks at pretty much everything else. But no need to worry my dear Canonistas, before this year ends we'll be blessed with at least a new, more capable mirrorless body + a couple of matching from Canon. Plenty of high-res jpegs and raw files accompany this review:

"There are cheaper competitors available than the Canon EOS M, with quicker focus, a larger choice of lenses, as well as features including Wi-Fi. In addition, the other systems available either feature a built in pop-up flash or smaller external flashes.

The Canon EOS M has a small well designed body with an easy to use 3 inch touch screen, however the limited number of lenses, as well as the extremely slow focus and short battery life are rather frustrating limitations holding the camera system back. It would be nice to see some of these issues resolved

either with a firmware update or a following model and releases, however, until then, other mirrorless cameras offer a much better range of lenses, focus speeds, as well as generally better battery life. However, if you can bear with some of these weaknesses, then the camera has good noise performance, and is cable of taking excellent photos."

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Company Canon Sony Pentax
Model EOS M α NEX-5R K-01
Release Date 07/2012 08/2012 02/2012
Initial Price $800 $650 $900
DXO Color Depth 22.1bits 23.7bits 23.7bits
DXO Dynamic Range 11.2Ev 13.1Ev 12.9Ev
DXO Low Light Performance 827 ISO 910 ISO 1135 ISO
Lens Mount Canon M mount Sony E mount Pentax Kaf Mount
Type APS-C
Effective Pixels 18.0 Megapixels 16.1 Megapixels 16.3 Megapixels
Sensor Dust Removal EOS integrated cleaning system Charge protection coating on Optical Filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism SP coating w ultrasonic vibration to low pass filter
Stabilization details No No Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
ISO Sensitivity AUTO(100-6400), 100-12800 in 1-stop increments
ISO can be expandable to H: 25600)
Still images:
Auto (ISO 100-3200),
Selectable (ISO 100-25600)

Movies:
Auto (ISO 100-3200),
Selectable (ISO 100-6400)

Image Processor Type DIGIC 5 BIONZ® image processor PRIME M
Memory Card Type SDXC
Metering Mode Real-time metering from the image sensor
(1) Evaluative metering
(2) Partial metering at center
(3) Spot metering
(4) Center weighted average metering
"Exmor" APS HD CMOS sensor
1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes :
Multi-segment,
Center-weighted,
Spot
Multi,
Center-weighted,
Spot
Metering range -1.0 - 21.0 EV
Shooting Modes Scene Intelligent Auto mode
Still mode (Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up,
Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene,
HDR Backlight Control, Program AE , Shutter
priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual)Movie mode
(Auto exposure mode, Manual exposure mode)
iAUTO, Superior Auto,
Programmed AE (P),
Aperture priority (A),
Shutter-speed priority (S),
Manual (M),
Sweep Panorama,
Scene Selection (Portrait,
Landscape, Macro, Sports Action,
Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View,
Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur)
Program,
Aperture Priority,
Shutter Priority,
Manual
Exposure Compensation Braketing 3 shots +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments 3 frames, 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, 3EV increments, 3 frames at 1/2 EV steps
Shutter Type Electronic first curtain and mechanical second curtain shutter Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
Shutter Speed 30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode) Still images: 1/4000 to 30s (Bulb).Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter)
Drive Modes Single,
Continuous,
Self timer
Single Mode Continuous mode: max. 3 fps; Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 10 fps Sweep Panorama : Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard) Video: Single,
Continuous (Hi, Lo),
Self Timer (12s, 2s),
Infrared Remote (0s, 3s),
Auto Bracketing (3 frames, up to +/- 3 EV in 1/2 steps)
Continuous Shooting Details Max. Approx. 4.3fps for approx. 17 JPEG images¹, 6 images RAW Fine: 15 frames, Standard: 16 frames, RAW:11 frames, RAW&JPG: 10 frames 6 FPS (JPG, Continuous Hi),
Approx 3 FPS (JPG, Continuous Lo)
Multi-exposure (2-9 shots, auto exposure adjustment selectable)
Interval (1s to 24h, up to 999 shots, delayed start available)
HDR Auto, HDR1, HDR2, HDR3, (HDR blended images saved as JPG only)
Self Timer 2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10 Yes (3 sec delay/Off selectable) 2 or 12 sec
Focusing Type Contrast detect
AF Modes One-Shot AF and Servo AF AF-S: Single-shot AF,
AF-C: Continuous AF
AF Single (w focus lock, focus/release priority selectable),
Face Detection AF,
Tracking AF,
Manual
AF Autozoom (2X, 4X, 6X),
Focus Peaking
AF Working Range 1.0 - 18.0 EV
AF System Points 31 points 81 points
AF Assist Beam Yes LED Built-in, LED type (with a range of approx. 0.3-3.0m (with E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached)) LED dedicated AF assist lamp
AE Lock Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
AE is locked when the shutter button is half pressed (ON/OFF is available in MENU) Yes (via AF/AE-L button)
AF Fine Adjustment Yes, with FDA-EV1S and LA-EA2 (sold separately)
Closest Focusing Distance
Depth of Field Preview
Flash Hotshoe Yes No Yes
Built in Flash Yes No Yes
Guide Number 12 m (at ISO 100)
Flash Modes E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support Pre-flash TTL ,Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Rear Sync., Flash Off Auto,
On,
Off,
Red-eye,
Slow-speed Sync,
Trailing Curtain Sync

High speed sync w PENTAX dedicated flash

Flash Xsync 1/200sec 1/160 s 1/180 sec
External Flash Wireless Sync
Viewfinder Type
Viewfinder Coverage
Viewfinder Eyepoint
Viewfinder Magnification
Rear Screen Details Touch screen 7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View LCD II with Anti smudge Coating 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT with Touch Panel (Touch Shutter) 3" Touch screen TFT LCD monitor
Resolution
Live View Autofocus Yes
Live View Frame Rate
Live View Metering
Liveview Details Yes,
(1) Liveview image no information (2) Liveview image full info (3) Liveview image basic info
Full time Yes
Image Sizes RAW:
(RAW) 5184x3456

JPEG 3:2:
(L) 5184x3456,
(M) 3456x2304,
(S1) 2592x1728,
(S2) 1920x1280,
(S3) 720x480

JPEG 4:3:
(L) 4608x3456,
(M) 3072x2304,
(S1) 2304x1728,
(S2) 1696x1280,
(S3) 640x480

JPEG 16:9:
(L) 5184x2912,
(M) 3456x1944,
(S1) 2592x1456
(S2) 1920x1080,
(S3) 720x400
JPEG 1:1:

(L) 3456x3456,
(M) 2304x2304,
(S1) 1728x1728,
(S2) 1280x1280,
(S3) 480x480

Still Image Size 16:9 :
L: 4912 x 2760 (14M),
M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M),
S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)

Still Image Size 3:2 :
L: 4912 x 3264 (16M),
M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M),
S: 2448 x 1624 (4M)

Panorama Still Image Size :
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M),
Vertical : 5,536 x 2,160 (12M),
Horizontal Std: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M),
Vertical Std: 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)

4352 x 3264,
4224 x 2816,
4928 x 2776,
4224 x 2376,
3840 x 2880,
3456 x 2304,
3456x1944,
3264 x 3264,
3072 x 2304,
2880 x 2880,
2688 x 1792,
2688 x 1512,
2304 x 2304,
2304 x 1728,
1728 x 1728
Still Image Format JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.30 compliant) / Design rule for Camera
File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording
JPEG (Standard, Fine),
RAW,
RAW+JPEG

JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant),
RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)

Raw, Jpeg
Movie 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
AVCHD:
PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps

MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30fps@12Mbps
VGA - 640 x 480/ 30fps@3Mbps

1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps),
1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps),
640 x 480 (30, 25, 24 fps)
Movie Length Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB aprox. 29min 25 min (max record time for a single file)
Movie Format MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM, recording level can be manually adjusted by user) AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive),
AVCHD,
MP4
MPEG-4, H.264
Power Source 1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E12 InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V) Lithium-Ion D-LI109 rechargeable battery & charger or optional AA with adapter
Battery Life Approx. 230 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 200 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 330 images (CIPA standard)

Power Consumption (in Operation) : Still images:approx. 2.7W(w/ E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached),
Movies:approx4.0W(w/ E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached))

Aprox: 540 (CIPA)
Width 108mm 111mm 122mm
Height 66mm 59mm 79mm
Depth 32mm 39mm 58mm
Weight Approx. 298g (CIPA testing standard, including battery and memory card) 218g , 276g (w/battery & media)
Weather Sealing Details No No No
Body Materials Stainless Steel, magnesium alloy, polycarbonate resin with glass fiber Metal top/front plate, Polycarbonate Machined aluminum frame with rubber accents Weather resistant: n/a
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