Over the last few days, I got to play with the Canon EOS M, Canon’s first foray into the mirrorless market, and I totally dug it, so much so that I hesitate in writing this post since it means I’ll have to give it back.
First off, the EOS M is the size of a point-and-shoot, but it’s got a legit 18.0 MP CMOS sensor, ISO 100-12800, and a full Manual shooting mode, plus Aperture and Shutter Priority modes, Program AE mode, and Scene Intelligent Auto mode. It’s basically a Rebel T4i in a convenient portable size.
The touchscreen is exactly like that of the Canon Rebel T4i. It was really easy (and fun!) to use, and the interface was completely manageable. Not only can you set your exposure and select different Creative Filter modes (e.g. miniature effect, grainy black and white, fish-eye), but you can also touch focus and shutter release on screen. I put together a quick video to show off the touchscreen and its DSLR-ish Info screen. (Don’t mind the wonky quality; I’m not a videographer!)
The EOS M uses Hybrid CMOS Auto Focus, and while it’s honestly not the fastest focus, for a small camera it’s not too shabby. I didn’t find myself missing any shots, especially since the touch focus cursor has an uncanny ability of keeping track of moving subjects (as long as you’re fast enough to press that shutter-release). In those cases where the subjects were a little more lively, I found the shutter-release on the touchscreen to be a valuable ally in capturing the moment.
The EOS Full HD Movie mode has an impressive Movie Servo AF. The continuous focus tracking worked impressively well. Plus, you can take Video Snapshots.
The EOS M Kit currently comes with an EF-M 22mm F/2 STM lens. I can’t say enough good things about this lens: it’s faster that Speed Racer and has an impressively minimal focal range.
Canon has also released the Speedlite 90EX, which has a standard Canon EOS hot shoe mount, making it compatible with all Canon EOS SLRs. It’s a cool little flash and, especially combined with some of the Creative Filters, helped me make some really neat images.
But enough talk. Take a look at some of these photos below. Keep in mind that the Canon EOS M allowed even me, a total amateur, to capture some cool photos.
My overall impression is that the Canon EOS M makes great images and is totally fun to use. I seriously can’t recommend it enough.