Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM review

The retractable Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is a truly tiny standard zoom for EOS M system cameras

Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Ideal as a walkabout or travel lens, this standard zoom retracts to just 46mm in length for easy stowage and weighs a mere 130g. It has a high-quality, precision feel and delivers a useful effective zoom range of 24-72mm in full-frame terms. Sharpness is generally ‘acceptable’ rather than inspiring but overall image quality and performance are satisfying, making it a no-brainer for Canon EOS M system cameras.


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    Compact retractable design

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    Very lightweight

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    Generous maximum viewing angle


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    Sharpness could be better

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    Lens hood sold separately

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Available in graphite or silver color options, the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is often sold as a kit lens with EOS M system APS-C format mirrorless system cameras. It’s naturally also available to buy separately as well, and its compact, retractable and featherweight design make it perfect as a go-anywhere lens.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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