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Roger Cicala’s First Impressions Of The Canon EOS M

Lenrentals owner Roger Cicala got a batch of Canon EOS M cameras and immediately tried out what this cute little mirrorless camera has to offer. Very few spoilers here since I think Roger's hands-on is worth to be read. Just some excerpts…

For those who don’t want to read this but do want to tell everyone what I said later, here’s the summary: it is the best of mirrorless, it is the worst of mirrorless, it is the camera of wise choices, it is the camera of foolishness, it is the epoch of accurate autofocus, and it is the epoch of slow autofocus. In other words, I’ve got mixed emotions.

Unfortunately, the auto-focus sluggishness is confirmed, but also its high accuracy. The Canon EOS M features an auto-focus system that isn't best suited for fast paced street photography, but works perfectly fine for portraits and landscape. The AF works best with the EF-M 18-55mm lens. Indeed, it looks as if the AF is acceptably fast when used with the EF-M 18-55mm lens (at least au pair with other mirrorless cams).

The EF adpater gets an appraisal:

No one has done adapters better. No one. We shot a variety of Canon EF lenses on it and they all were flawless. Autofocus like a dream, at least as fast as the native EOS-M lenses […], automatic vignetting control works perfectly, it was wonderful. Even some third-party lenses adapt rather nicely.

That's good to know, I ordered the EOS M with the adapter and I am happy to learn that Canon did it right. Another thing that positively impressed is the very small size of the EOS M, it may be the smallest mirrorless camera around.

DigitalRev has the Canon EOS M in stock and ready to ship. Various kits are offered, click here to see all their EOS M related bundles and items. Prices look good, also if shipped to Europe. I contacted DigitalRev and they confirmed me that the price you see in check-out is actually the price you have to pay, taxes and customs included. That sounds good.

Canon EOS M price and availability check: Amazon USA, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

Canon EOS M Shipping News And Video Review

[via PetaPixel/Roger Cicala]


  • Jonno

    In the comparison picture don’t all the comparison cameras chosen have built in EVF’s. It would be fairer to show a size comparison of like for like cameras. ie. Panasonic GX1, Olympus EPL5, Nikon J1.

    • Gunnar

      exactly my thoughts.. almost all EOS-M competitors without evf would be smaller and a LOT cheaper.. i just totally fail see where this is the best of mirrorless! also considering the AF speed you could mount ANY lens onto the Nex and focus manually faster..

  • Mike

    Actually, I’ve been using the EOS M and it’s as small as any of the MILC bodies out there, with the exception of the Pentax Q. About the same size as the GF3/5/ Nex5-N or E-PM2/2.

  • Bob B.

    Slow autofocus…no viewfinder…for this photographer…it makes it the joke of the mirrorless. I own a 5d III and lots of L glass, Zeiss etc…I was REALLY hoping since Canon signed in last that they would level the playing field…but the whole point of mirrorless is “small”…so give me my IS’ed OMD with small fast quality glass and I have a lightweight, small, pro kit that can move mountains. …to me the M is a consumers toy…so a LOT of them will probably sell.

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