Canon EOS M3: Has Canon Finally got it right this time?

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Canon’s late entry into the mirrorless interchangeable lens market has already been a blunder for the company (Considering the rate at which the ILC market is growing). They entered the market in 2012 with their EOS M, which had major issues in its auto-focus and hence, turning away many customers. It was later fixed with a firmware update but the damage had been done. The second of the series, EOS M2 was only released in some parts of Asia, mainly Japan and China. Now the entire weight of carrying the company forward in this new market lies on the next camera in this series, EOS M3. But, has Canon got it right this time? Let’s see –

Image Quality

Having a 24.4 megapixel sensor along with a Digi 6 image processor, M3 is comparable to Canon’s Mid-Segment dSLR’s equipped with APS-C sensors. Its image quality is almost identical to Canon’s 750D, which sports same sensor and image processor. You’ll notice good clarity and crisp sharpness through ISO 800, over which you might see some smoothing in out of focus areas. By the time you reach ISO 3200, some conspicuous degradation is quality would creep in due to noise. The colors show good amount of saturation but the white balance tends to shift more towards purple. If you use video feature frequently, then you’ll notice that video is not really a thing for M3. Even though it manages to do a good job at auto-focusing and tracking moving subjects, the kit lens struggles to perform. To get most out of the auto-focus feature, you might want to resort to one of those stepper motor lenses.

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Functionality and Design

The build quality of M3 is solid and the vulcanized rubber reminds me of Canon’s dSLRs. The magnesium alloy body does not make any cracking sound or compresses like plastic cameras when griped firmly. The button placement is also ergonomic. The ISO sensitivity pad is located at the thumb and the camera have dedicated dials for shutter speeds and aperture. Its touchscreen is sharp and responsive to input. The tilt and rotate feature allows you to tilt the screen to various angles which are a boon for street photographers, especially for taking those tricky photos from above or simply taking a selfie by rotating the screen by 180 degrees. Those who are familiar with Canon’s menu and interface would find it extremely easy to navigate through the options. A quick access button at the top right corner allows easy access to frequently used features such as AF, aspect ratio, self-timer, image size, etc. and comes in handy.

You can also remote shoot using Canon’s EOS Remote app. It is available on Android and iOS, but there is no news regarding any Windows phone version yet. Pairing M3 with your android phone is pretty straightforward and you just have to use NFC spot of your phone to pair the two. However, things get a little tricky on iOS and you would have to go to your phone’s Wi-Fi settings. But the functionality of both the versions is same and you can preview your images, set auto-focus point or control exposure using the app.

Conclusion

Overall, M3 is a good camera and competent enough to keep Canon in the market but it’s not really outstanding enough to make me recommend it over any other camera in its segment. Build and image quality is nice but it lags in terms of performance and features. There are many contenders which provide better performance and more features at similar price point. The scenario could have been different if it was a little cheaper, the lack of lens selection with M3 does not help either. However, I must say that if you are out to buy a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, Canon’s EOS M3 is worth considering.

 

7.5 Total Score
Good

The Cannon EOS M3 is incredibly well-designed mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera and offers dSLR high-quality photos, but the function is average, performance is actually slow and it is pretty high price tag.

Design
8
Features
7
Performance
7
Image Quality
8
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  1. Reply
    Latonia January 26, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Incredible camera for its price.

  2. Reply
    Myrle January 26, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    The handling of the camera is greatly improved and the sensor is better.

  3. Reply
    Alishia January 27, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Good battery life. Just shot just over 600 pics one day and the battery was still going strong.

  4. Reply
    Stephnie January 27, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Ergonomics and image quality are improved

  5. Reply
    len January 28, 2016 at 2:03 am

    It is faster and sharper really happy with the M3.

  6. Reply
    Sol January 28, 2016 at 2:17 am

    The camera is OK, the processor is not the fastest thing in the world and focusing are a bit laggy.

  7. Reply
    shaunte January 29, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Light weight and small while still retaining good image quality and features.

  8. Reply
    thurman January 29, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    The M3 body is very solid and kind of heavy, to be honest.

  9. Reply
    brooke January 30, 2016 at 2:00 am

    The only think that I don’t like is the autofocus speed.

  10. Reply
    dane January 30, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Love this camera — it’s the perfect complement to my 5DM3.

  11. Reply
    Ismael January 31, 2016 at 12:33 am

    For me it lacks of native lens.

  12. Reply
    shani January 31, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I do wish the EVF was built in the body and not an add on that connects to the hot shoe.

  13. Reply
    roxana February 1, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I love the small form factor, picture quality, canon lenses, and ease of use.

  14. Reply
    Nikole February 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

    The dials have a nice feel and solid body.

  15. Reply
    frankie February 2, 2016 at 4:54 am

    This is a big improvement over the original EOS M.

  16. Reply
    ike February 2, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I am loving this small compact mirrorless camera, it complements my canon 70D well, and I can swap the lenses.

  17. Reply
    fonda February 3, 2016 at 12:38 am

    I’m very impressed with this camera so far.

  18. Reply
    virgina February 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Great image quality, however no view finder.

  19. Reply
    Yee February 4, 2016 at 1:14 am

    Great camera. Nice successor to the original M camera.

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