Canon EOS M Review

By on January 8, 2013
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Canon’s very late entry into the mirrorless segment is an impressive DSLR-matching camera, but disappointing autofocus holds it down.

Good: Rich image quality that rivals Canon's own entry level DSLRs; Excellent video quality and controls; Sturdy body balances portability with quality; Ability to use EF lenses with an adaptor; Simplified features for a casual audience as well; Could replace an entry level DSLR for most.
Bad: Disappointingly slow autofocus in both photos and video; Noisy autofocus motor; Low light grain on extremely high ISO looks ugly.
Price: AED 3,599Dhs
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Design & Features

With a solid body that doesn’t cut any corners in terms of build quality, Canon has taken the best of both DSLR designs and point and shoot designs to come up with a pleasing yet sturdy body that just feels right. It’s not light and plastic as most point and shoots are, but instead feels like a little DSLR in your hand.

The buttons and dials are inspired by their DSLR range, but the options have been simplified for non professionals which is what the camera is aimed at. Instead of the dozens of shooting modes at the top, we now only have three simple modes. There’s Scene Intelligent Auto, Manual and Video mode and that’s pretty much it.

The buttons below are still very much like their DSLRs, but they’ve been made less necessary by the fact that the camera rocks a pretty functional and impressive touch screen interface that is reminiscent of the newly released 650D. Even the menu buttons look exactly the same as their DSLRs, which leads me to believe that Canon really wanted people who’ve used their products before to feel right at home with this one. And it definitely works in that regard.

In terms of specifications, the EOS M truly blurs the line between an entry level DSLR and a mirrorless camera. It boasts an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, Digic 5 processor, 31-area AF and 3-inch touchscreen with extra bells and whistles like USB/HDMI out and an external microphone jack. In order to cater to the casual user, there are a lot of creative filters that one can apply to their images that will seem familiar to a lot of Instagram users and hence makes the camera more accessible.

But it’s disappointing to see a lack of Wi-Fi in the camera, which is strange since almost all other mirrorless cameras of 2012 and even Canon’s own 650D has the feature. Not a deal breaker, but definitely something that could have helped.

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