Canon EOS M3 Review (Camera Labs)

Camera Labs posted an exhaustive review of Canon’s EOS M3 mirrorless camera. Lots of sample videos and pics included.

From the conclusion:

At a time when many new cameras represent very minor updates over their predecessors, it’s refreshing to discover just how much Canon has improved on the EOS M3. Pick it up and you’ll notice the chunkier and more comfortable grip straightaway. Start setting-up the camera and you’ll appreciate the presence of dedicated mode and exposure compensation dials, along with three customizable buttons. During composition you’ll appreciate the convenience of a screen that now tilts 45 degrees down or up by 180 degrees to face you for selfies or filming pieces to camera. Prefer to compose with a viewfinder? You can now slot one onto the hotshoe. Need more light? There’s now a popup flash. Half-press the shutter release and you’ll notice the focusing is faster than before. Fancy sharing an image? Wifi with NFC makes it a doddle and once you get your photos on a bigger screen you’ll also notice they’re packed with detail and low noise.

Read the review at Camera Labs –>

Canon EOS M3 now shipping!

The EOS M3 is not on sale in the US, and is available in Europe only as kit with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens (Amazon ItalyAmazon GermanyAmazon UK). You can order the M3 also at DigitalRev (ships internationally)DigitalRev’s price at checkout is inclusive of all taxes and customs for customers from Asia and the EU (and possibly a better price than Amazon), for customers from the US, taxes depend by the state. Detailed M3 specification can be read here.


  • 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Powerful DIGIC 6 processing
  • 3.0 inch (1040k) ClearView II Tilt Touchscreen
  • 49 Point AF & 4.2 fps continuous shooting
  • Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Stunning 1080p movies at 24, 25 and 30 fps
  • Creative Assist
  • Wi-Fi, Dynamic NFC, remote control and sharing

A round-up of hands-on and previews after the break.

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More about Canon Rebel T6i and T6s sensor issue

Weird dots on the sensor – image courtesy of

More tests and information about the sensor issue observed on some Rebel T6i and T6s samples. If you still didn’t hear it: the sensors of some Rebel T6 models have a visible pattern of dots on the sensor. The issue was first observed by Roger Cicala of Lensrentals.

Imaging Resource got an affected camera and did some tests to see where the dots are on the optical plane, how much the issue affects photos (not much it seems), and why the dots are where they are.

The good news is, the issue doesn’t appear to affect photos that much.

Probably the first question to answer is how much these flecks will affect your photos. The answer seems to be not a whole lot, and if you’re shooting at f/8 or f/11 and below, you probably won’t see them at all.

It is not clear where exactly the dots are located. IR found…

[…] that the white flecks were in fact somewhere inside the optical stack; the shifts in focal distance mentioned above showed the flecks to be about 1.7mm behind the front surface of the stack, and about 2.5mm above the surface of the sensor itself.

While this is obviously a miss in quality control, everything concerning how it happened is unknown. We have to wait for Canon to discover what happened.

Should you be worried? Not really. The percentage of affected Rebel T6 may be around 30%, and it doesn’t appear to affect pictures too much. You can easily see if your Rebel T6 sensor has the problem. Shine a bright lights into the mirror box, on your sensor (see pic on top). Turn around the light to try different angles. If the dots are there you’ll see them easily. If you do not see them, your T6 is not affected. Should you have one of the Rebel T6 with the sensor issue return it to Canon for replacement. Canon is actually investigating the issue.

Head over to Imaging Resource for more details and test shots. Do you have a Rebel T6? Do you have the issue?

(CW3) More Canon EOS-1D X Mark II talk (DIGIC 7, massively improved dynamic range)


The Canon EOS-1D X


Some new bits about the replacement for the EOS-1D X surfaced on the web.

Canon Rumors suggests the EOS-1D X Mark II may come with dynamic range figures never seen before on a DSLR:

Beyond the increased ISO capabilities of the EOS-1D X Mark II, we’re told that dynamic range is going to see a massive improvement, and possibly have the most stops of any DSLR currently on the market. It’s always possible that Sony will do something in the meantime with their new sensors to increase their lead in stops of DR.

The introduction of the DIGIC 7 processor is also suggested. Hopefully this is not just wishful thinking but Canon is really working on improving the dynamic range of their sensors.

Canon Patent for 35mm f/1.4 lens (EF 35mm f/1.4 Mark II?)


Egami (translated) spotted a patent filed by Canon, for a 35mm f/1.4 lens.

The EF 35mm f/1.4 is rumoured to get replaced soon. The patent may well refer to the upcoming 35mm lens.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-72370
    • Published 2015.4.16
    • Filing date 2013.10.3
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 35.47mm
    • Fno. 1.45
    • Half angle of view ω = 31.38 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • Lens length 141.37mm
    • BF 39.37mm
    • Positive, positive ShiboTadashi

Some Canon Rebel T6i and Rebel T6s sensors have a serious issue

Weird dots on the sensor – image courtesy of

Lensrentals’ Roger Cicala noticed a serious issue with the sensors of some of the Rebel T6i and Rebel T6s they in store for rental. See the dots on the sensor in the picture above? Read on.

Some of the sensors show a clear pattern of dots all over the sensor surface. Using a 10x microscope, the lab guys at Lensrentals found out that those dots are “within the stack and under the top layer of glass“. They speculate it may due to a “defect in the adhesives used to put the layers of glass together” (maybe some dust that made on the glass before the adhesive was applied?). These are just speculation. For the time being it is not clear what causes the defect in the sensor stack.

Lensrentals writes that the issue affects 4 T6s sensors out of 10, and 2 T6i sensors out of 10. These cameras all have early serial numbers, though Lensrentals states that there is no direct correlation with the serial numbers.  Canon was already contacted, and answered they will “aggressively looking into” the issue.

Well, this appears to be a problem due to a quality control miss. Is there a bad batch of sensors? Hopefully Canon will soon identify the affected cameras and recall them.

The whole story has to be read, so head over to Lensrentals for more details, information, and test shots that show how the issue affects photos. A bigger image of the sensor with the dots is also provided.