Canon EOS M review

Canon's smaller alternative to an SLR

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Signal-to-noise ratio

Not surprisingly, the Canon M put in a very similar performance to the Canon 650D in our lab tests.

JPEG Files

Canon EOS M review

The JPEGs from the M don't quite match those from the Olympus E-PL5 and the Nikon J2 from ISO 800 upwards, indicating the benefit of shooting raw images (see below) that you process yourself using Canon's excellent Digital Photo Professional software which is supplied or a third-party raw converter.

Raw files (after conversion to TIFF)

Canon EOS M review

The M's raw files (after conversion to TIFF) compare well for signal-to-noise ratio with those from the Olympus E-PL5, Panasonic GF5 and Nikon J2.

Canon EOS M review

JPEG Dynamic range

Canon EOS M review

None of the cameras compared here can quite match the Olympus E-PL5 for dynamic range, though the Nikon J2's JPEGs come closest at around ISO 1600-3200.

Raw file (after conversion to TIFF) dynamic range

Canon EOS M review

Raw files (after conversion to TIFF) with a dynamic range of around 12EV at ISO 100, dropping to about 9.5EV at ISO 3200 means the Canon M can certainly hold its own and images have a good tonal range.

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