The mirrorless DSLR market has virtually been untouched for a couple of years. The company that dominated the sector of DSLR cameras, a sector not technically known as DSLR due to the lack of a mirror optical viewfinder but it defacto apart of the sector due to the interchangeable lens, has been forgotten but much of the digital camera consumer market for two reasons.
First, those who want to spend less also want less advanced features, something mirrorless cameras are packed with. Those who want to pay more expect the top of the line DSLR features, something mirrorless cameras obviously lacks. Canon hopes to bridge these faults and strengths of mirrorless cameras with the Canon EOS M. Does it do so successfully? Let’s look and find out.
A Pretty Face
The size of the EOS M ($799.99) is a bit smaller than what I come to expect from mirrorless cameras. It sort of verges on the line of a bit of a chunkier point and shoot. However, The lack of a valid dial makes manual shooting a drag that some advanced shooters may not want to uptake. This doesn’t mean a dial isn’t available, it’s just not dedicated but apart of the mode switches (sort of like what you’d expect on a point and shoot rather than a camera you hope to see compete with DSLRs).
This is sort of made up by the touchscreen, a feature not really seen but very much needed on serious advanced cameras. In the design, we also see a hotshoe and auto, photo, and movie modes at the top, a textured grip on the front with both sides of the camera including areas to attach straps. The back looks quintessentially Canon, with many of the options being a spitting image of what we see on point-and-shoots from the company. However, the EOS M is more than a pretty face, let’s look inside to see EOS M’s true value.
What’s in the Box?
When you pick up the EOS M and open the box for the first time, you will be presented with a couple of things in the box. Aside from the star of the show, the EOS M, you will also be presented with a EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens if this camera isn’t being marketed as the camera only, you will also receive a battery pack and charger, a USB camera, plus a couple of CDs and literature that we all diligently read, right? However, if this is your first rodeo with anything aside from a point-and-shoot or long lens camera, you may want to at least keep the documentation on the side for emergency situations. Your sanity and family photos will thank you.
Working on the Field
In use, you will find one complaint that will spring up from time to time, the focusing isn’t lightning fast to be honest. This may not be something you’ll encounter on a regular basis, but if you take a lot of up-close shots, put this as a consideration to remember.
Due to the consumer market Canon may be focusing on, those in the middle road of point and shoots and DSLRs will find the battery life to be acceptable, others will find it a bit of a nuisance. A spare battery may be a great holiday or birthday gift if you need to have one for those long shoots. However, the battery life and focusing issues is made up with some amazing image results, some of the best I’ve seen with any mirrorless camera.
When in auto-mode, the camera seems to know how to set exposures at a good rate, making your photos pop well without looking saturated (ISO options between 100 – 25600; up to 12800 for video). When looking at video, the 1080p camera with 30, 25, and 24 fps modes seem to perform well also. There were points when you could hear the focus adjustments and zooming in, however aside from those issues, the camera performed well in both low light and sunny conditions. The audio also camera without any pitfalls or arguments on my end.