Canon EOS M3 Review

Review posted 12/29/2015 by Josh Fate

Quick Take
  • Excellent image quality in all shooting modes at lower ISO settings
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • Camera is compact and easy to wield
  • Good performance
  • Hybrid AF system is very fast
  • Large 3.0-inch high res LCD screen
  • Touch screen is easy to use for menus and touch-to-shoot features
  • Great video quality
  • Audio input allows for increased audio qualtiy
  • HDMI output allows you to view images and movies on any HDTV
  • Competitively priced
  • No electronic viewfinder to shoot like a dLSR included (optional accessory)
  • No built-in image stabilization system, requires IS built into lenses
  • Lots of image noise in medium and high ISO images
  • Rather small selection of M-Mount lenses (with adapter can use all EF lenses)
  • Below average battery life when compared to other ILCs
Bottom Line
The Canon EOS M3 is a big step forward from the original "M" series camera. The 24.2-Megapixel imaging sensor and DIGIC 6 processor produce excellent images at lower ISO settings. Add a great collection of features and shooting modes, and you have a nice, affordable ILC. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Canon's EOS M3 is a very compact interchangeable lens camera that adds a great deal of versatility to the EOS lineup. Great for anyone looking for a more compact camera than the standard dSLR or someone looking for a secondary or travel camera with more features, control and quality than a point-n-shoot. A small collection of EF-M lenses are available along with an adapter that adds the use of all of the EF/EF-S lenses as well. A new Hybrid AF system has gone a long way since the original "M" series camera to give you the autofocus on a level with Canon's other EOS cameras.

Making the camera so user friendly is a combination of EOS controls and automatic shooting modes that make all other Canon cameras such a pleasure to use. Sporting a 24.2-Megapixel CMOS imaging sensor, powerful DIGIC 6 image processor, 3.0-inch LCD screen, built-in WiFi, and Full 1080p HD video capture, this camera has all the features that you could possibly want.

EOS M3 Features:
  • 24.2-Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 image processor
  • EOS M-mount
  • 3.0-inch, 1.04-million dot Tilting LCD screen
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Creative Shooting modes with Creative Assist
  • Full Manual Control
  • Pop-up Flash unit
  • Full 1080p HD Video Capture with full control
  • 4.2fps still image capture
  • EF to EOS M adapter to use all EF and EF-S lenses
  • Hot shoe for external speedlite, optional EVF or external microphone
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible

In the Box:
  • EOS M3 Camera Body
  • EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • Battery Pack LP-E17
  • Battery Charger LC-E17
  • Neck Strap EM-200DB
  • USB Cable IFC-400PCU
  • (HDMI Cable, SD Card and Solutions Disk Not Included)

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