Reviews of Canon EOS M3 – Excellent quality compact camera review

Canon has been trying to take over the compact mirrorless camera market for several years, but so far has not succeeded in this. The first EOS M camera was received so poorly that the updated version of the M2 appeared only in the Asian market. Now we have Canon EOS M3, let’s test it.

Canon EOS M3 - Review

Canon EOS M3 Camera Reviews

The Canon EOS M3 is a new attempt to break the competition, and this time, Canon has been partially successful, although there are significant drawbacks, especially with auto focus.

Due to its compact size, the EOS M3 is great for travel, vacations and other situations where taking a large DSLR with you would be inconvenient. What’s more, with the EF-EOS M mount adapter, you can use a variety of Canon DSLR lenses. We used the 22mm model and found that the camera is not only light and comfortable, but also takes good pictures.

Canon EOS M3 Camera Reviews

However, there are plenty of excellent competitor mirrorless cameras out there. Can the Canon EOS M3 outperform or even match them?

Canon EOS M3 specs and design

The EOS M3 appears to be a stripped-down version of the large EOS RebeI T6i and T6s SLRs, as it has more in common with them than with previous EOS M mirrorless cameras. The camera uses a Digic 6 processor and a 24.2-megapixel APS sensor -C CMOS, although earlier the EOS M series had an 18-megapixel sensor. The Hybrid CMOS AF III system has 49 AF points – not perfect, but a clear improvement over previous models.

The Canon EOS M3’s continuous shooting speed is only 4.2 frames per second (fps), falling behind the T6i and T6s at 5 fps. With continuous autofocus enabled, the speed drops to 1.5 fps.

Canon EOS M3 specifications

The EOS M3 can shoot at 1080p/30fps, but many competitive cameras offer the ability to shoot video at 1080p/60fps, so Canon is falling behind once again. Although even with average specs, the M3 is one of the most compact APS-C format cameras out there, with good build quality. And in this it is similar to the PowerShot G-series. The body (except for the lens) is slightly smaller than the PowerShot G3X, but the button layout will be familiar to PowerShot G owners. This control is more convenient than the first EOS M model with its minimalist approach.

There is a 1040k-dot sRGB LCD on the back of the camera. It doesn’t have a high refresh rate, but overall the screen isn’t bad and can even be rotated up 180 degrees for selfie mode. It is touch sensitive, so the focus point can be moved easily and conveniently. For $300 (18,000 rubles), you can separately purchase an optional electronic viewfinder EVF-DC1, which can take clear pictures in bright sunlight. Naturally, with a viewfinder, flash, and other accessories, you won’t be able to rotate the screen completely.

Canon EOS M3 menu