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Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
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  • Interchangeable-lens compact system camera
  • APS-C sized 18-megapixel sensor
  • ISO 100-12800 expandable to 25600
  • 31 AF points
  • 4.3fps Continuous Shooting 
  • Easy-to-use touch-screen
  • Full-HD video 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)  with Video Snapshot Mode
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS M


Description by Canon:

An 18-megapixel interchangeable-lens compact system camera small enough to take anywhere. Enjoy simple creative controls and superb low-light performance for stunning images.


  • The quality of a digital SLR in a compact body
  • Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Be versatile with interchangeable lenses
  • Create out-of-focus backgrounds for high impact
  • Easy-to-use touch-screen
  • Atmospheric photos in low light
  • Full-HD video with Video Snapshot Mode

Compact design. Superb image quality
Capture images that are packed with clarity and colour and can be printed at sizes up to A2 in amazing detail. An APS-C sized 18-megapixel sensor is of the same dimensions as those used in EOS DSLRs, and offers the same superb image quality.

The right settings every time
As you compose a photograph with the EOS M, the camera’s Scene Intelligent Auto technology analyses the subject too, evaluating colour, brightness, movement and even detecting the presence of people. This information is used to pick the most appropriate camera settings, giving you the best possible results.


The freedom to express yourselfAn EOS that delivers the quality of a DSLR in the compact body of a camera you can take everywhere. Change your EF-M lens and change your point of view, and enjoy the support of the EF and EF-S lens range too with an optional mount adaptor EF-EOS M.


Creativity the easy way
Create beautiful images, using smooth out-of-focus backgrounds for a professional look with impact. Achieve advanced creative effects quickly and simply with easy-to-use controls.


Easy to use. Great resultsStraightforward controls are quick and easy to use, so you’ll always be ready to express yourself. A touch-sensitive 7.7cm (3”) Clear View II LCD screen offers intuitive control over menu functions, and the ability to focus and shoot with a single tap.


Atmospheric photos in low light
The EOS M keeps performing at its best, even when light levels get low. Hybrid autofocus ensures pin-sharp photographs and evaluative exposure metering picks the most appropriate shutter speed and aperture. Shoot hand-held pictures in low-light conditions without using flash or a tripod, thanks to a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12,800 (expandable to ISO 25,600).


Moving picturesShoot Full-HD video using the same camera you use for still photography.  Enjoy superb image quality, even in low light, and explore new creative approaches, such as shallow focus. Enhance your movie footage with Video Snapshot. Shoot a series of short clips of 2, 4, or 8 sec in length, edit them, and play them together as a video slideshow in a single movie file.



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

Post date: 04/02/2013 - 21:33

Straddling the border between sober reporting and being the Fox News of photography is a hard thing to do, and this time Ken leans towards the latter:

"The Canon EOS M is the world's first serious mirrorless camera that actually gives good images, and by good images, I mean images with fantastic color as shot. Other brands like Sony, Fuji and LEICA don't give me the colors I demand unless I fiddle with them afterwards, and doing this for a living, I can't afford to fix something afterwards that shouldn't have been broken in the first place. I love the colors I get from Canon right out of the camera as JPGs.

Post date: 19/01/2013 - 01:22

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.

Post date: 06/01/2013 - 00:00

"With the fancy “hybrid autofocus” name, I expected the Canon EOS M to focus very quickly before I received the camera. I thought it would be as fast as the Nikon 1 system, which is still among the fastest in terms of autofocus, especially continuous AF. Unfortunately, the EOS M is a huge disappointment in terms of AF speed, so the fancy name is just a marketing gimmick. It certainly did not live up to my expectations and this was the deal breaker for me. Autofocus speed was poor in both daylight and low light conditions, especially with the 22mm pancake lens. The camera often makes the lens

Post date: 05/01/2013 - 12:27

Not only that, the EOS M barely matches much smaller older micro 4/3 sensors and gets beaten by the latest crop, like the Olympus E-M5 (65 points vs 71).

"Canon was late to introduce a hybrid or mirrorless camera, but it was probably inevitable the firm would chose to revamp its three-year old APS-C sensor design to keep the body size to reasonably compact dimensions while at the same time offering good image quality. It doesn’t match the best sensors used by the Sony NEX hybrids by quite a margin in some

Post date: 04/01/2013 - 12:55

Interesting quality to weight/volume ratio reference. This excellent review offers a lot in the way of EOS M vs all Canon cameras size and bulk comparisions, pictured with, or without lenses. Also, Bryan seems to have a soft spot for Lowe Pro, since he managed to squeeze 11 links to various L-P cases and bags within the review. But the most important question is if he liked the EOS M, and hes he did, very much so, maybe because its no bigger that a pocket Jeebers book:

"The on-sensor phase-detection AF quickly brings the subject into near-accurate focus and contrast detection more slowly

Post date: 27/12/2012 - 11:07

"Canon’s debut take on a compact system camera in the EOS M was always going to generate big interest, even if its own manufacturer’s introduction of it has seemed oddly muted and lacking in fanfare to date. Is the reason obvious because Canon simply wants to avoid cannibalising sales of its own DSLRs and the likes of the PowerShot G15 with the EOS M, or will a bigger promotional push come early in the New Year?

Whatever the backroom thought processes, we are left with a reasonably successful if slightly quirky blending of a Canon

Post date: 17/12/2012 - 00:00

"Essentially, the EOS M is just the beginning to what we hope will develop into a fully-fledged system that offers at least one body for serious photographers. In the interim, anyone considering the EOS M as a DSLR replacement will be less than satisfied with the lack of a viewfinder and the camera's relatively sluggish response times, even though they will have no complaints about the quality of either still pictures or video clips.

If you're considering the EOS M as a compact back-up body for an EOS DSLR user, it's certainly a contender – provided

Post date: 30/11/2012 - 00:00

"Chris and I were discussing how the EOS M seemed ‘really late to the mirrorless party’ when he realized we could convey that idea in a little more interesting way. So we decided to shoot our first stop motion film.  The script came together very quickly, and we grabbed a bunch of mirrorless cameras to stage our little skit.  The setup was simple, we had extra tile for a floor and some dollhouse props.  We lit the scene with a single Lumahawk 3K daylight balanced LED, which let us keep from moving lights around as much as possible."

Post date: 26/11/2012 - 11:04

"Okay, maybe the Canon marketers can help me out. This is straight from the main copy on their site: "Canon introduced the market to Full HD video capture with smooth, quiet continuous autofocus made possible by Movie Servo AF and STM lenses, advanced CMOS sensor technology, and the processing power of DIGIC 5. The EOS M Digital Camera leverages these key technologies to deliver high-quality moving and still images with creativity provided by Canon's extensive family of interchangeable lenses." Wait, what, it's a video camera that takes stills? Sure enough, in the feature list, the first

Post date: 25/11/2012 - 11:52

"From the point of view of a compact upgrader, the Canon EOS M and Olympus E-PL5 offer two very different propositions. Despite the different sensor size - the 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor in the EOS M is a little larger than the PEN E-PL5's 16 Megapixel Four Thirds sensor - in quality terms there's actually little to choose between them.

In terms of native lenses, the PEN E-PL5 is an easy winner, with access to over 30 options from the mature Micro Four

Post date: 21/11/2012 - 00:00

"The Canon EOS M is a camera that falls one big step short of being a fantastic mirrorless camera. If only it had an autofocus system as solid as its other specs and attributes, it’d be a camera that we’d recommend in a heartbeat to both serious photographers and casual consumers.

Unfortunately, its major flaw lies in a feature that’s absolutely critical for most photographers, so unless you know for a 

Post date: 20/11/2012 - 00:00

"Canon's Hybrid AF system isn't as fast as Panasonic or Olympus's contrast detection systems - or Sony's Hybrid AF system - and the M isn't suited to shooting anything other than stationary subjects. We'd also like a less reflective screen to provide a better view in bright sunlight. As yet Canon only has one CSC and two compatible lenses (plus and adapter),

Post date: 17/11/2012 - 00:00

wellity wellity wellity, the elusive and much delayed EOS M is finally put to the test:

"We like the Canon EOS M -- far more than we might have expected, given its mediocre performance during our hands-on -- but the company's first mirrorless ILC falls short on several fronts. Professional photographers can affix their pricey L lenses,

Post date: 04/10/2012 - 00:00


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Release Date: 
DXO Mark
DXO Color Depth: 
DXO Dynamic Range: 
DXO Low Light Performance: 
827 ISO
Image Sensor
Image Sensor Type : 
22.3 x 14.9mm APS-C sized CMOS
Effective Pixels: 
18.0 Megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 
Intelligent Orientation Sensor: 
Filter Array: 
primary colour filter
Sensor has dust removal: 
Sensor Dust Removal: 
EOS integrated cleaning system
Sensor Stabilization
Stabilization details: 
Image Processor
Image Processor Type : 
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent): 
1.6x the focal length of the lens
Lens Mount: 
Canon M mount
Focal Length details: 
Memory Card Type Details: 
SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I)card
Exposure Control
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
Metering Range Details: 
EV 1-20 (at 23°C with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM ISO100)
Exposure Compensation Details: 
+/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
Exposure Compensation Braketing: 
3 shots +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
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.
Shutter Type : 
Electronic first curtain and mechanical second curtain 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)
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)
Drive Modes: 
Self timer
Continuous Shooting Details: 
Max. Approx. 4.3fps for approx. 17 JPEG images¹, 6 images RAW
Self Timer : 
2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10
ISO Sensitivity: 
AUTO(100-6400), 100-12800 in 1-stop increments
ISO can be expandable to H: 25600)
White Balance
White Balance Settings: 
Auto white balance with the imaging sensor

AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.

White Balance Personal: 
Yes, 1 setting can be registered
White Balance Bracketing: 
+/-3 levels in single level increments 3 bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.
Focusing Type Details: 
Hybrid CMOS AF System. Phase detection pixels built onto imaging sensor
AF System Points: 
31 points
AF System Points Details: 
31 AF points (Maximum)
AF Point Selection: 
Automatic selection (Face detection and Tracking AF, FlexiZone-Multi, FlexiZone-Single), Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display: 
Indicated on LCD monitor
AF Working Range Details: 
EV 1-18 (at 23°C & ISO 100)
AF Modes: 
One-Shot AF and Servo AF
Predictive AF: 
AF lock : 
Locked when shutter button is pressed half way
Manual Focus : 
Select on camera menu AF (Auto), MF (Manual), or AF+MF (Manual focus after One-Shot)
AF Assist Beam : 
Viewfinder Type Details: 
Live View
Liveview Details: 
(1) Liveview image no information (2) Liveview image full info (3) Liveview image basic info
Rear Screen Details: 
Touch screen 7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View LCD II with Anti smudge Coating
Resolution Details: 
approx. 1040K dots
Tiltable Monitor: 
Tiltable Monitor Details: 
Approx. 100%
Adjustable to one of seven levels
Viewing Angle: 
Approx 170°
Flash Hotshoe: 
Built in Flash: 
Built in Flash Details: 
Flash Modes: 
E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
Flash Xsync: 
Flash compensation: 
+/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash bracketing: 
Yes, with compatible External Flash
Media Types / Sizes
Image Sizes: 
(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 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
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Movie Format: 
MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM, recording level can be manually adjusted by user)
Movie Length: 
Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB
Other Features
Firmware Update: 
Update possible by the user.
Brightness and RGB histogram
Playback Zoom: 
1.5x - 10x enabled in 15 steps
Menu Languages: 
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish,
Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish,
Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian,
Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai,
Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean
and Japanese
ImageBrowser EX, Digital Photo Professional, PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture), Picture Style Editor
EF-M lenses
(EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M)
Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Computer Interface: 
Hi-Speed USB
Other Conection Interface: 
Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal),
HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), External
microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack)
Direct Print Support
Direct Print: 
Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge,
Power Source
Power Source: 
1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E12
Battery Life: 
Approx. 230 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Approx. 200 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
AC Power: 
AC Adapter Kit ACK-E12, Battery charger LC-E12
Physical Specifications
Body Materials: 
Stainless Steel, magnesium alloy, polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
Weather Sealing Details: 
Approx. 298g (CIPA testing standard, including battery and memory card)
0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity

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