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

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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]

Canon EOS M3 firmware 1.0.1 update available (since July)

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Apologies for having missed this. As a true EOS M3 fan I shouldn’t have. Canon released EOS M3 firmware 1.0.1 back in July 2015. The firmware solves AF issues with the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Firmware Version 1.0.1 (Windows | Mac OS X) incorporates the following enhancement:

1. Improves the autofocus speed of an EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM attached to the EOS M3 (to mount the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM to the EOS M3, the mount adapter EF-EOS M is required. The enhancement in the autofocus speed only applies when the lens is used with the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM)

Firmware Version 1.0.1 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.0.0. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

When updating the firmware of the camera, please review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.

Identification procedure:
If the 6th digit in the serial number of your camera is either 0, 1, or 2, then it is equipped with firmware Version 1.0.0 e.g.

xxxxx0xxxxxx, xxxxx1xxxxxx, xxxxx2xxxxxx

Cameras with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with firmware Version 1.0.1 or later.

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

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Canon EOS M3 video-review

TheCameraStoreTV on YouTube posted their review about the Canon EOS M3, Canon’s enthusiast-oriented mirrorless offering which was announced to the USA a few months ago. TCSTV usually isn’t very Canon-friendly, but this time they “are impressed” by the EOS M3 (for a good reason, it’s a great camera). They really appear to like the EOS M3 (our M3 review).

Canon really made everything right with the EOS M3. From the button layout over the touch-interface to the image quality: nothing to complain on the EOS M3. I love mine, it’s always in my bag. Have something to say about the EOS M3? Go to our We Shoot EOS M forum.

Canon EOS M3 price check: 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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Leica SL vs Canon EOS 5Ds R size comparison

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Image © Photography Blog, used with permission

Photography Blog posted a gallery of pictures with the new Leica SL full-frame mirrorless system camera side by side with the Canon EOS 5Ds R full-frame DSLR. Well, the Leica SL is a huge piece of gear for a mirrorless camera.

The Leica SL is also big on the price, selling at $7,450 (BHphoto | Adorama). Is the Leica SL the high-tech dream-gadget of the moment? I am somehow missing scope and purpose of a mirrorless camera that’s almost the same size as a full-frame DSLR, and puts you back by $12,500 when coupled with the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 lens.

Why not get the excellent Canon EOS M3 instead?

Leica SL

Leica SL specs:

  • 24MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Leica Maestro II Image Processor
  • Internal DCI 4K Video & V-Log L Gamma
  • 0.66″ 4.4MP 0.8x Electronic Viewfinder
  • 2.95″ 1.04M-Dot LED-Backlit Touchscreen
  • Contrast AF System with 49 Fields
  • Up to 11 fps Shooting and ISO 50000
  • Two SD Card Slots; 1.3″ Top LCD Screen
  • Weather-Resistant Milled Aluminum Body
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity and GPS

 

[via Photography Blog]

A new, entry-level EOS M body coming in October? [CW2]

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This comes pretty as a surprise. Latest murmurings have it that Canon may announce a new EOS M body in October, an entry-level camera positioned below the EOS M3 (our review) and selling for $200 less.

While this is not entirely implausible, it’s a somewhat odd rumor. The EOS M3 was introduced to the European and Asian market in Spring 2015, and was just announced to the US market a few months ago. It would be an unusual move by Canon to announce another EOS M mirrorless camera in such a short time. However, anything is possible. So far there are no specs, and honestly I do not know what to think about this rumor.

[via Canon Rumors]

Canon EOS M3 Underwater Housing announced (Nauticam NA-EOSM3)

Nauticam announced their underwater housing for the Canon EOS M3, the Nauticam NA-EOSM3. Details and Specifications:

  • Depth Rating: 100m
  • Dimensions: 195mm W x 127 mm H x 104 mm D
  • Weight: 1.09kg
  • Model Number: 17322
  • USA Retail Price: $1450

Press release [via Dive Photo Guide]

Announcing Nauticam Support for Canon EOS M3
A full-featured, ergonomic housing for the Canon MIL flagship.

Nauticam is pleased to announce the release of the NA-EOSM3, the newest offering in the largest lineup of precision aluminum underwater camera housings available today.

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