Canon EOS M review: the verdict
Despite being very late to the CSC market, Canon has managed to produce a camera that isn’t too far off the pace in many respects, and it should give the Nikon J2 (the upgrade from the top-selling J1) a serious run for its money.
Thanks to the combination of the 18Mp APS-C format CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor and the high-quality EF-M 18-55mm kits lens, the M is capable of producing superb quality images that even outperform those taken on the Canon EOS 650D with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II mounted.
The touchscreen controls are also very good, and it doesn’t take long to get to know the camera. There’s plenty of control for experienced photographers as well as fully automated and ‘hand-holding’ modes for less experienced photographers.
However, there are a few problems with the M. Most significantly its Hybrid AF system isn’t as fast as Panasonic’s or Olympus’s contrast-detection systems – or Sony’s Hybrid AF system. This means that the M isn’t suited to shooting anything other than stationary subjects.
The camera feels a little unbalanced, as it doesn’t have much of a grip and the 18-55mm kit lens is quite heavy. Plus, as it doesn’t have a viewfinder, the reflections on the LCD in bright sunlight can be a pain.
Although there is a mount adaptor, sold in the UK in the M and 22mm lens kit (£792), which allows Canon’s huge range of EF and EF-S lenses to be mounted on the M, there are only two directly compatible lenses for the M.
Canon is staying very tight-lipped about its plans for the EOS M system and some users may be biding their time and waiting for the announcement of additional bodies and more accessories and lenses before they make the decision to invest.
It’s a chicken and egg situation though, because Canon is actually far more likely to expand the system if it proves popular.