Canon EOS M

The Canon EOS M is the first mirrorless system camera from Canon, it has since October 2012 in the trade. It is available in a black, white, silver and red case.

Technical Features

The image sensor has the APS -C format. From the technical features, the EOS 650D M EOS is similar, but has no viewfinder and only works in Live View mode. Technologically it is comparable, for example, with the NEX models, the Sony α - family. The dimensions of the housing are 109 x 67 x 32 mm. The total weight is approximately 300 grams. The image information is captured by a 18 megapixel large CMOS sensor and displayed on the 3- inch touch screen. Videos can be recorded with the EOS M in Full HD resolution at 25 frames per second. The Video Snapshot feature allows short films of two, four or eight seconds length record.

Currently, three Canon lenses are available:

  • EF -M 22mm f / 2 STM ( equivalent to 35 mm for the small format )
  • EF- M 18 -55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (equivalent to 29-88 mm on the small picture format )
  • EF- M 11 -22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM (equivalent to 18-35 mm on the small picture format )

Lenses with EF and EF- S lens mount can be used, including auto focus with an adapter, which is offered by both Canon and third-party.

In conjunction with STM lenses, the camera can set the lens to autofocus speed. This results mainly in video recordings to a quieter tracking of the range- setting.

The camera does not have a built-in flash. Instead, a hot shoe is available that supports all EX -series Speedlites. Some kit offers the Master enabled Speedlite 90EX already included.

Critique and further development

After the introduction stood at almost all the testers very slow hybrid autofocus in the criticism. This is seen by many as a major reason for the moderate success of the camera, as a result, the price of the kit with a standard zoom and flash has fallen from a list price of 849 € within half a year to below 400 €. With firmware version 2.0.2 Canon was able to increase the autofocus speed significantly on June 27, 2013.

In December 2013, Canon has introduced the EOS M2 a successor. It was technically changed little, has the same 18 megapixel sensor and also about the DIGIC 5 image processor. The new M2 is 24 g (8 %) lighter and now has Wi-Fi function. So far it is only available in the Asian market.


3 -inch touchscreen

EF- M- bayonet

Canon EOS M with 22 mm pancake lens and 18-55 mm standard zoom lens