Canon EOS M review

Canon's smaller alternative to an SLR

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Appearance and size wise, the EOS M is like one of Canon's mid-range Powershot compact cameras with a bigger-than-usual lens.

Its stainless steel, magnesium alloy, polycarbonate and glass fibre construction also gives its body a solid, high-quality feel.

This high-build quality is complemented well by the new EF-M 18-55mm kit lens which has a metal barrel and feels superbly built, with smoothly rotating zoom and focusing rings that have just the right tension. Interestingly, although this lens is smaller than the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II sold in the EOS 650D kit, at 210g it is 10g heavier.

Canon EOS M review

Unfortunately, the EOS M only has a shallow ridge of plastic to serve as a finger-grip and this doesn't give much purchase - especially with the 18-55mm kit lens mounted.

The strap is needed unless you are happy to carry the camera by the lens or by holding the top and bottom of the camera.

Although it doesn't have the same number of button and dial controls as the top-end G1X and G12, all the key features are within quick and easy reach via the touch screen.

Canon EOS M review

Thankfully, Canon has opted for a capacitive screen (like an iPhone's) so it doesn't rely on pressure and instead responds to a touch of a finger. It is one of the most responsive screens we have seen on a camera and it makes quick work of changing settings via the main menu and Quick menu.

There are still navigation buttons and a wheel on the back of the camera, so they can be used to scroll through settings options and make changes, but using the touchscreen is quicker and more intuitive.

A switch around the shutter release allows the user to choose between Scene Intelligent Auto (green square), Camera and Video mode.

Canon EOS M review

In Camera mode a touch of an icon on the screen brings up the various options, including manual, aperture and shutter priority, as well as Creative Auto and a selection of scene modes. It's very quick and easy to do.

The touch controls are also useful when reviewing images, as a swipe moves from one to another while the pinch-zoom movement can be used to zoom in and out to inspect details.

In most situations the screen provides a very clear view of the scene, but it suffers from reflections in bad lighting, making composing images a bit trickier.

With SLRs like the 650D you would usually employ the viewfinder in such conditions, but this option isn't available with the EOS M.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18 Megapixel
Product FamilyEOS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Eye-Fi Card
Image StabilizationNo
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Weight (Approximate)298 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityErP, REACH, RoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size22.30 mm x 14.90 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height66.5 mm
Width108.6 mm
Depth32.3 mm
Focal Length22 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelM
Product NameEOS M Mirrorless Camera
Product LineEOS
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part Number6609B065
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

An 18-megapixel interchangeable-lens compact system camera small enough to take anywhere. Enjoy simple creative controls and superb low-light performance for stunning images.

Package Contents
  • EOS M Mirrorless Camera
  • EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
Limited Warranty1 Year