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Canon EOS M

alaTest has collected and analyzed 365 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and usability. The performance and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the storage and optics. There are mixed reviews on the contrast and shutter.

responsiveness, portability, performance, usability, design

features, viewfinder, optics, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Canon EOS M is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon EOS M Review


This Canon EOS M Review goes over the features and properties of Canon's first product in the Compact Camera System category. It shows what most users can do in a real-world situation.

I hope that this review gave you a good idea of how it is to use the Canon EOS M in the real-world. Instead of trying to review *everything* I tried to narrow things to the most useful/popular aspects of the camera. If you would like to ask a question,...

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Canon EOS M Review


As the last of the major manufacturers to unveil a mirrorless camera, one would assume Canon has had enough time to study the competition and wow us with something that is missing in this growing camera sector. Unfortunately, with the $800 EOS M, we...

Solid construction ; The use of Canon’s full line of lenses (via optional adapter) ; DSLR sensor ; Great image and video quality

Slow autofocusing system ; Time-consuming settings adjustments ; No viewfinder

If you really want a compact shooter that will work with your existing Canon lenses, the EOS M delivers with caveats. For everyone else, wait if you can.

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Canon EOS M


The Canon EOS M delivers arguably the best image quality per cubic inch (mm) - or per ounce (gram) of any Canon digital camera produced as of review time.When small and light are important specifications, and when image quality cannot be sacrificed,...


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Canon EOS M


More Info Leaked EOS M photo looks like Canon's long-awaited mirrorless camera Canon unveils EOS M mirrorless: 18 MP APS-C, EF compatibility, $800 in October with 22mm lens Canon EOS M mirrorless camera hands-on It's here. Finally. Well, that is, if...

Excellent image quality ; Attractive, sturdy build ; EF and EF-S lens compatibility

Sluggish focusing performance ; No mode dial and sub-par UI ; Below-average battery life

Canon's first mirrorless camera offers top-notch image quality, but it fails to meet our expectations in terms of focusing and usability.

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Canon LP-E12 Battery


The tiny Canon LP-E12 Battery is the power source for the also-tiny Canon EOS Mand Canon EOS Rebel SL1.

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Canon EOS M


The EOS M is Canon's first foray into the mirrorless camera market that is currently dominated by Micro Four Thirds models from Olympus and Panasonic, along with Sony's NEX lineup. The EOS M was welcomed with a collective “It's about time…” from most...


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Canon EOS M Review


Canon's very late entry into the mirrorless segment is an impressive DSLR-matching camera, but disappointing autofocus holds it down.

Rich image quality that rivals Canon's own entry level DSLRs; Excellent video quality and controls; Sturdy body balances portability with quality; Ability to use EF lenses with an adaptor; Simplified features for a casual audience as well; Could...

Disappointingly slow autofocus in both photos and video; Noisy autofocus motor; Low light grain on extremely high ISO looks ugly

But Canon has been late to enter the increasingly popular mirrorless camera market, much to everyone’s wonder. However, with the EOS M, one can term their entrance as ‘fashionably late’. The EOS M is a very impressive mirrorless camera that rivals...

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Canon EOS M review


Even before the Canon EOS M was announced in July it was the subject of intense speculation and interest. And as samples have become available we've been just as keen as all of you to test this new Canon compact system camera to see how it compares to...


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Canon EOS M


Much of the EOS M's technology has already been seen before in the EOS T4i / 650D. Both cameras share the same 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor with hybrid AF which dedicates pixels on the main sensor to perform phase-detect AF during video and live view,...

Small lightweight simple body ; 3 inch 1040k bright 3:2 touch-screen ; 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor ; Compatible with EF & EFS lenses using adapter ; 1080p movies at 24, 25 or 30p ; External microphone socket

Only 2 native EF-M lenses at launch ; Sluggish AF performance ; No electronic viewfinder option ; Record button dead in non-movie modes ; No built-in stabilisation

The EOS M is a debut model competing in a market full of mature products. For first time CSC buyers, there are better options, with superior handling and versatility, greater customisation, a wider choice of lenses and accessories, and many are also...

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Canon EOS M


Canon's long-awaited entry to the mirrorless market has arrived, and we aren't entirely sure it was worth the wait (if you were waiting at all). Essentially a slimmed-down version of the new T4i, the M's claim to fame is the multi-touch screen from...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser / No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:No / WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Chemical System:Lithium-Ion
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:22.3 x 14.9 mm
Usage:Digital Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:CAN LP-E12
Battery Type:CAN LP-E12


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes