Canon EOS M review by Richard Sibley at Amateur Photographer: Canon really needs to improve the AF via a firmware update, if possible, as this takes the shine off of what is otherwise a very good camera.

Canon EOS M. The camera everybody loves until they check out the AF speed

Canon EOS M. The camera everybody loves until they check out the AF speed:

"As its first compact system camera, Canon has done a reasonable job with the EOS M. It is a good size for those who are looking for a pocketable DSLR alternative. Similarly, the initial lenses are quite small given the APS-C-sized sensor, and they are of a good quality. More importantly, the image quality of the EOS M matches that of Canon's EOS DSLR cameras. Those who are wary of touchscreens shouldn't worry too much about the unit fitted to the EOS M. It works well and the only time it is regularly needed is for changing the AF point, and then it is quick and easy to use.


The EOS M isn't perfect, though. The AF is slow, particularly in low light, and when used with the EF-to-M-mount adapter, expect EF lenses to take almost 1sec to focus. This is quite surprising given that this camera uses a hybrid contrast/phase-detection sensor. Canon really needs to improve the AF via a firmware update, if possible, as this takes the shine off of what is otherwise a very good camera.

Canon EOS M - Key features

Hotshoe
This is a standard hotshoe that can be used with compatible Canon Speedlite flashguns.

Connections
Under the side panel on the left of the camera are sockets allowing an HDMI cable or an external microphone to be connected, as well as a USB connection.

Direct record
Just to the right of the thumb rest is the direct record button that allows video recording to be quickly started or stopped.

Info
This button scrolls through the various on-screen display options.

Wi-Fi
Unlike the Canon EOS 6D and PowerShot S110, the EOS M does not have built-in Wi-Fi. However, it is compatible with Eye-Fi SD cards, which will give the camera Wi-Fi functionality.

Lens correction
Built into the EOS M's menu is a function to turn on the automatic correction of lens distortion and chromatic aberration. Data can be read from each EF-M lens so that specific corrections can be applied to JPEG files for that lens.

Battery
The LP-E12 Lithium-Ion battery of the EOS M is quoted as having a battery life of around 230 shots, although it provided fewer shots for me. However, this is understandable given that I spend a lot of time with the camera's screen switched on while testing focusing. I would suggest 180-210 shots is more reasonable.

Touch shutter
As well as using the touchscreen to select a focus point, you can also set it to focus and fire the camera's shutter. I find this somewhat unnatural when shooting handheld, but as only a very light touch is needed it can be useful when using a tripod for landscape or macro shots."

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