Further to my Canon EOS M3 First Thoughts piece, I thought I’d do a mini review showing some details of the Canon EOS M3. Pictured below is the standard kit, which comprises of the Canon EOS M3 and EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens and is available from Amazon.co.uk here: Canon EOS M3 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 STM Lens
The Canon EOS M3, unlike the previous iterations, now includes a built in Pop-up flash as seen in the picture below. The flash is activated by a mechanical button release placed on the left hand side of the main body and can be held in an upward position with a finger of the left hand, offering an emergency ‘bounce’ lighting source should it be needed. The flash isn’t the most powerful, due to its compact size, but is surprisingly effective given its size.
The EOS M3, now features an articulated rear touchscreen, which can be folded upwards in @180 degrees and downwards @45 degrees. While some may mock, the upward ‘selfie’ mode is handy for Video Bloggers or for ‘selfies’ or group shots. With the added WiFi and NFC capabilities of the EOS M3, the group shoot becomes easier when linked to either an iOS or Android device (Canon Camera Connect app available from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store) where Remote Shooting can be performed from your Smartphone Screen. I use an iPhone, so couldn’t use the NFC functionality, but the WiFi Remote Shooting worked without issue. I was also able to upload the shots straight to the Canon Image Gateway Service (Account Required for use of service).
Beneath the flash release switch is a small flap which allows access to Mic Input and USB port. There is another flap on the right hand side of the body which allows access to a HDMI port (not pictured).
Selfie mode (a quick snap from an iPhone in low light. The display on the EOS M3 isn’t that washed out or bright).
Unlike the previous two generations (EOS M & M2), the EOS M3 now features Top Plate control dials, offering direct access to several different modes and one custom mode. As well as the standard Mode Dial, Canon have also integrated an Exposure Compensation Dial, offering 6 Stops of adjustment in total (+3 & -3 in 1/3rd increments).
The ring around the shutter release is now a ring dial for Aperture / Shutter Speed adjustments (depending on Mode selected) .
The main On/Off button is bigger than the previous models and is conveniently places next to the Mode Dial on the Top Plate. There is also a customisable M-Fn button next to the shutter release. Canon has also allowed customisation of several other buttons on the rear of the EOS M3, so the M3 can be pretty much set up as each individual prefers.
Canon also included a Standard Hot Shoe, which has been adapted with special pins for compatibility with the optional Canon EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder (not pictured).
The rear of the EOS M3 is pretty straight forward, with all the buttons where you’d expect them to be. Canon has added a more pronounced Thumb Grip compared to the previous generations, which adds to the better handling the EOS M3 offers. The Movie record button and Image Playback button are recessed slightly into the Thumb Grip, which helps avoid accidental button presses.
The Rear LCD Touch Screen is crisp and clear. The Touch Screen is responsive with little lag and offers several different ‘views’, one very helpful screen is Canon’s ‘Q’ Screen (Quick Mode Screen) which allows instant adjustments of settings using the touch screen. Touch to focus and shoot is just as it was on previous generations, only quicker. the AF is very good on the EOS M3 for most subjects, but like most cameras, can struggle a bit in lower light or for really fast moving subjects.
Overall, the Canon EOS M3 is a vast improvement on previous models and is in the limited time I’ve had it, an absolute pleasure to use.
The new front grip and the more pronounced thumb grip gives the hand a solid and stable grip for assured shooting. The addition of the built in flash, keeps the over all package small and light weight, combined with the Magnesium Alloy / Steel / Polycarbonate components, the EOS M3 feels really solid in the hand. This helps build confidence in the photographer, when they know they have something in their hands that was built to last.
I’m hoping to add a Canon EVF-DC1 to my EOS M3 kit soon (the EVF-DC1 is compatible with a few other Canon cameras) so I can see how they work together. You can read more about or buy the Canon EVF-DC1 by following this link Canon EVF-DC1 Electronic Viewfinder for G1X II Camera
Disclaimer: I am not employed by Canon nor Amazon.co.uk. My only connection with Canon is I purchase their products and I usually buy my gear from Amazon.co.uk. I have included a direct link for the Canon EOS M3 & EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Kit and the Canon EVF-DC1 at Amazon as an additional information sources buts if you decide to purchase after clicking the link above, I receive a small commission from Amazon.
All images quickly snapped with my iPhone, its the first time I’ve added media to a Blog post and just wanted to use something with smaller file jpegs.