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A Canon EOS M3 review from the point of view of the photographer


Canada based photographer Dustin Abbott posted his Canon EOS M3 review. One of the few educated and balanced EOS M3 reviews I’ve seen so far. In other words: a review written by someone who is actively using the EOS M3.

Usability, ergonomics, performance, all is analysed from the point of view of the photographer, trying out the EOS M3 in the field. Dustin Abbott points out some facts we also noticed in our EOS M3 review, for instance that the image quality of the M3 outperforms the EOS 70D, or the somewhat simplified menu (Powershot-like in my opinion). Auto-focus performance is tested in real world settings and with different EF-M and EF-S lenses. The EOS M3 is compared to the EOS M “Classic”. In the conclusion:

The Canon EOS M3 remains a bit of a paradox.  In many ways it is a far superior camera to where Canon began with the M series […].  But then there are areas where it takes some puzzling steps back.  In some ways it feels like a more unfinished camera then the original M despite brilliant strides forwards in some areas.  There have always been two distinct advantages for the M series when compared to many other mirrorless cameras:  1) Fabulous image quality and 2) the ability to use more than 70 EF lenses via adapter.  Canon has advanced the former advantage […] but seems to have watered down the latter, at least with the current adapter.  Much like the first M, however, the M3 ends up being more than the sum of its parts.  It has a really excellent build, ergonomics, and logical design.  […] Being able to carry such a small camera without feeling like you are compromising your ability to get stunning images remains a very heady experience.

One thing I would like to correct from my EOS M3 review is battery performance. I wrote it is not so good but after months of use I confirm what Dustin Abbott writes in his review. It’s 2-3 times what’s stated by Canon: with some fine-tuning and proper use, getting 700-800 shots with a single charge is possible. That’s way more than the 250 shots rated by Canon.

Canon EOS M3: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25/30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Hybrid CMOS AF System with 49 AF Points
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Hot Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic Input
  • Full Manual Control

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[via Dustin Abbott]
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