EOS M Unboxing

On my first trip to Yosemite, I hiked the Mist trail which was quite wet with the wind spraying water along the path near the waterfall. I had taken some photos and it seems that some of the mist managed to get inside the camera. The camera had water damage and my attempts to repair the canon IXY 30s were not successful. I needed a replacement camera and wanted something that had better image quality but also in a fairly compact size. I decided on the EOS M after weighing up the cons and benefits as well as the competitors.

Pros 

  • Competitive price of $699 Twin Lens Lit with Flash and Adapter. (Can be purchased on Ebay for 680 USD landed) When launched this kit was well over 1,000 USD so the price has come down quite a bit.
  • Sticking with Canon meant I could use my existing EF and EFS lens as well as the flash.
  • Canon software meant I could continue using DPP to process images. (This is not really a pro as I can use Adobe Lightroom to process RAW images from different brands).
  • The size was not bigger bigger than my old compact camera but a lot smaller than my Canon 40D. With a lens the camera is not pocketable but it can fit easily in a jacket pocket or a small fanny bag.
  • Image quality is equal to other canon APS-C DSLRs

Cons

  • Slow autofocus – It is slow for moving targets but for the photography I anticipate on doing which is mainly “documenting”, it is sufficient.
  • No viewfinder – I prefer to use the LCD screen for a camera this size anyway.
  • Lack of dedicated buttons – If you are familiar with using a DSLR then you will be looking for a mode dial and direct access buttons to camera functions.
  • 1st gen – a lot of photographers don’t like to buy the first generation of equipment as it can be seen as not having been thoroughly tested in real life situations and that the second generation normally addresses all of those problems.

The package arrived today and I noticed that the kit I purchased was a complete kit. I was expecting a single lens kit with the addition of the second lens and adapter separately. I don’t believe they have this kit in the US.

Canon EOS M Kit Box

Canon EOS M Kit Box

I am quite pleasantly surprised with this little camera; especially with the quality of the kit lens and the files the combination produces. The camera is bigger than my previous compact but much smaller than the 40D. Sample images will be uploaded once I have a chance to take it on the streets.

EOS M vs IXY 30s vs Quarter

EOS M vs IXY 30s vs Quarter

Attaching the lens to the M camera body showed a tight coupling mount, much tighter than the 40D. The supplied kit lenses are made in Taiwan and there were not any noticeable quality issues.

Canon 18-55 STM IS

Canon 18-55 STM IS

There is a considerable difference in the size difference between the EFM 18-55 IS STM versus EFS 17-85 IS USM.

EFS vs EFM

EFS vs EFM

The Canon EX90 was surprisingly small and had an on and off and lock switch. The functions are managed on-board the camera in the menu and it also came with a little pouch. Canon should have supplied a pouch for the actual camera as well!

Canon 90EX Flash

Canon 90EX Flash

The EOS M comes with a touchscreen. The touchscreen is responsive and allows you to access the menu items of the camera. I like the feature of setting the focus area. It is much easier to use than the joystick on the 40D. The time I lose in autofocus I make up in setting the focus point with the EOS M. The touchscreen can also be used as the shutter release but can be nuance if you hit the wrong area in the screen. From the limited use, I would prefer to use the screen to set focus point and the shutter button to take the photo.

The video mode allows me to take 1080p 30fps videos. I tried testing this, but my 16 GB class 4 SanDisk card could not handle the bandwidth and would only take about 30 seconds of video before the buffer filled up.

The EOS M battery charger is similar to other canon compact chargers with 2 LEDs showing charging or full capacity state.

lp-e12

Canon LP-E12

The EF-EFM mount supplied was made of similar materials to canon’s mid range lens. It comes with a tripod attachment so you balance the weight if you are using a large heavy lens. I briefly tested the mount with the 17-85mm EFS lens and noticed that the autofocus would move erratically. It would achieve focus but the focus action from the lens was very erratic. Canon is releasing a firmware update so hopefully it makes the focusing much smoother on the M.

EF to EFM adapter

EF to EFM adapter

After a quick test of the camera and making sure everything worked, I am quite satisfied with the purchase. The size is very compact compared with my 40D and the images are much better with a newer sensor. The kit lenses are also much sharper and smaller than any other canon lenses I have handled in the past. The M is not a DLSR replacement, but can handle most situations that don’t require a fast focus. For me that is 90% of the photos I take.

 

 

 

 

 

By Trung Tran