Canon EOS M After using it..

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I Bought a Canon EOS M couple of months back for my trip to the states. Now after using it for the 22 days trip shooting more than 2000 photos there some likes and some dislike about the camera. Let me share the Specs of the camera first as some of my photographers friends heard about the this model but don't really know anything else about it at all. The specs is pretty impressive for the price Canon is asking for the camera but that's it after Canon reducing the pricing.

Imaging

Camera Format APS-C (1.6x Crop Factor)

Pixels 18.0 Megapixel

Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 22.3 x 14.9 mm 1

File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW

Movies: MOV

Audio: Linear PCM 2

Bit Depth 14-bit

Dust Reduction System Yes

Noise Reduction Yes

Memory Card Type SD

SDHC

SDXC 3

AV Recording

Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL

Resolution 1920 x 1080: 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps

Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9

Video Clip Length Up to 44 Minutes 4

Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo,

Focus Control

Focus Type Auto & Manual

Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M) , Focus Lock AF Area Mode

Autofocus Points 31 5

Viewfinder/Display

Viewfinder Type LCD Display

Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Live Preview LCD (1,040,000) 6

Screen Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer 7

Live View Yes

Exposure Control

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-6400 (Extended Mode: 12800-25600) 8

Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical

Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec 9

Metering Method Average metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering 10

Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority

Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps) 11

White Balance Modes Auto, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (White), Shade, Tungsten 12

Burst Rate Up to 4.3 fps at 18 MP for up to 15 frames 13

Flash

Flash Modes None

Built-in Flash No

Dedicated Flash System eTTL

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe 14

Performance

In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance, Edit Movie, Filter Effects, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, Monochrome

Start-up Time 1.6 Seconds 15

Shutter Lag 0.05 Seconds 16

Self Timer 10 sec, 2 sec

Connectivity AV Output (out)

HDMI C (Mini)

Mini-USB

USB 2.0

Wi-Fi Capable No

Software Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer

Power

Battery 1x LP-E12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

AC Power Adapter ACK-E12 (Optional)

Operating/Storage Temperature Operating

32 to 104

Humidity: 0 - 85%

Physical

Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.3" / 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3 mm

Weight 9.24 oz / 262 g body only

Kit Lens

Focal Length 22 mm

Comparable Focal Length: 35 mm

Aperture Maximum: f/2

Angle of View 63

Minimum Focus Distance .49' (.15 m)

Magnification Not Specified By Manufacturer

Maximum Reproduction Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer

Groups/Elements 6/7 17

Diaphragm Blades 7

Autofocus Yes

Image Stabilization No

Filter Thread Front: 43 mm

Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.40 x 0.93" (60.9 x 23.7 mm)

Weight 3.70 oz (105 g)

Now lets go back to how well the camera works or don't work....hahahahhaa...... I am not a professional photographer so I wont go in depth with my comments. Photo on top of the page is a sample Photo i took with the camera.

What I like about the camera is that its a system camera ( that's what everybody calls it when selling it to me) that you can change the lens and the sensor is an APS-C size that's why I bought the camera in the first place. After 2000+ photos, well i like the results the Photos came out pretty nice. Well its a Canon how bad can it be right? I think the result in terms of color contrast is pretty good. The Auto functions are good, it will sense what photos that you intend to shoot and give good portrait with DOF or good landscape photos without any adjustment need to be done. Anybody can shoot like a pro with the Auto Function.

There are a few areas that is a big let down, well even Canon cant be perfect right. First of all the Flash! most system camera have built in flash but not this baby. The package I bought does come with an external flash that's quite compact and I thought i can live with that. Think again! I was wrong its quite troublesome to carry around an external flash. The camera is easy to carry around without the flash but once you put in the flash its a bit bulky and not so nice to carry around. The second most irritating problem with the camera is the battery life, You will have only about slightly more than 200 shoots every full charges. 200 a lot? trust me its not enough! I was on tour and everyday we leave the hotel at about 7am and back only at 9pm earliest. Most days during my trip the camera is already dead by 7pm Darn!. Remember the battery its only 875 mAH, not sure how to judge? well let me tell you most smart phones battery nowadays are mostly 2000 mAH! get it now? The final draw back about the camera is the the focus speed. Canon did update the firmware to make it faster, so when I bought mine the update was release not long and instantly updated it. It felt good when you are just testing the camera but when you are using it for real it just a bit too slow for my liking. You might just miss some good photos moments because of the focusing speed.

Well that's about it, even with some flaws the camera did a decent job for me and I like it. So if any of you guys thinking of getting one, I think its not a bad choice. Cheers!!!

Photo credits: Gear76.

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November 17, 2013

Gear76

Thanx for the comment cheese365... Cheers!!!

November 17, 2013

Cheese365

Thanks for such an in depth report, very helpful. I am thinking about buying my first DSLR but I don't know much about them, so this is extremely helpful to me :) Keep shooting and uploading :)

November 16, 2013

Gear76

Hi Sunny you are welcome. I am chinese not Thai...Cheers!!

November 15, 2013

Sunnyphillipsphotography

Sawasdee Ka Khun Gere76 My name is Sunny I am Thai-American I think you are Thai (?) Thanks for sharing ka

November 14, 2013

Gear76

Thanx for the comment Lenutaidi.
Cheers!!!

November 14, 2013

Lenutaidi

Right choice! Canon is the best! Don't worry! Be happy! Keep shooting! And uploading! Good luck!

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