Canon EOS M vs Canon EOS 650D: the same sensor, but which body is best?

Canon EOS M vs Canon EOS 650D comparison: conclusion

Our testing team has had the privilege now of using both the Canon EOS 650D and Canon EOS M. As both new Canon cameras use the same sensor, our team ran an in-depth comparison of the two over on our sister site TechRadar. They compared all the key features and specs to help those looking for a new camera to decide which body is most suitable for their needs. Here’s what they found…

Canon EOS 650D: sample photos and first impressions

Canon is that latest manufacturer to join the compact system camera market after what feels like years of speculation.

For the Canon EOS M, the company elected to use the same 18 million pixel APS-C size CMOS sensor as found in its recently announced DSLR, the Canon EOS 650D.

With RRPs currently being around the same, making the choice between the two cameras can be a tricky one, especially if you are buying your first interchangeable lens camera.

We’ve had a look at the key similarities and differences to help make things a bit clearer.

Canon EOS 650D viewfinder

Canon M vs Canon 650D lens mount and range

As the Canon M is not as deep as a DSLR, a new mount had to be created for the lenses. This EF-M mount is currently only directly compatible with two EF-M lenses, an 18-55mm zoom lens and a 22mm f/2.0 pancake lens.

If you own any Canon EF or EF-S lenses, and you want to use them with the M, you will need to purchase the mount adapter, which comes with a not-inconsiderable £123 ($203) additional price tag. Bear in mind that Canon will be selling the M with the 22mm f/2.0 pancake lens and mount adapter as a kit package.

On the other hand, the 650D of course has the standard EF mount, meaning all Canon EF and EF-S lenses are compatible with the camera.

Canon EOS M vs Canon EOS 650D handling

There’s quite a significant difference between how these two cameras will be handled, especially as the M strives to keep size to a minimum.
For those wanting quick access to certain functions and modes, the 650D may make more sense as it includes the traditional mode dial favoured by other Canon DSLRs.

Canon EOS M top dial

Canon has stripped this dial right back to the bare minimum for the EOS M, with most of the controls needing to be accessed through the menu system or touch screen navigation.

With its larger size, the 650D also comes with a bigger grip, which some may feel more comfortable using.

You can read the full Canon EOS M vs Canon EOS 650D comparison over on TechRadar.

Alternatively, click here if you just want our testing team’s conclusion on the Canon M vs Canon 650D.

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