The Canon EOS M3 ISO Test

Further to my EOS M3 First Thoughts and EOS M3 Mini Review, I decided to offer some very non-scientific examples of the ISO capabilities of this little camera from Canon.

All the images were taken in AV (Aperture Priority) Mode set to f5.6, Single Centre Focus Point, AWB (only natural light was used) with the Canon EOS M3 mounted on a Tripod. The lens used was the EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM Kit lens included with the EOS M3, set to 55mm. The images have been scaled downward in size, due to web site constraints, but are not post processed in any way. The images are Out Of Camera JPEG with picture style set as Standard with the following Tweaks to settings. Sharpness was set to 6 (+3 from default), Contrast 1 (+1 from default), Saturation 1 (+1 from default).

The subject was an opened tin of Quality Street Chocolates, so if any one is familiar with these, they can compare the colours for accuracy.

EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 100

Canon EOS M3 f5,6 ISO 100

EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 200

Canon EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 200

EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 400

Canon EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 400

EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 800

Canon EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 800

EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 1600

Canon EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 1600

EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 3200

Canon EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 3200

EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 6400

Canon EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 6400

EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 12800

Canon EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 12800

EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 25600

Canon EOS M3 f5.6 ISO 25600

As can be seen from the images above, the EOS M3 does an incredibly good job with noise, especially at the higher IOS values. While some noise is present and does increase from ISO 6400 upwards, once scaled down, images even at ISO 25600 show good colour and enough detail for smaller prints or ideally, for web use.

High ISO Noise Reduction was set to the default Standard setting, and the EOS M3 does do a pretty good job of maintaining a balance of detail/ noise/ colour. I would have liked to post the full resolution images for you to see, but my internet connection is sluggish at best, especially the upload speed, so I had to downsize the images accordingly. Hopefully, they will give a fair representation of the EOS M3 image quality. Between ISO 100 and 6400, with a little careful post processing noise reduction added, especially to RAW files, the images are good to use at full resolution. ISO 12800 and 25600 can be used but do need to be scaled down to minimise degradation and allow for a useable image (within limits).

The higher ISO images, when viewed at 100%, do show some degradation of detail, but as stated, when scaled down for more ‘every day’ uses, the images I feel are more than usable.

The images presented here as I said at the start, are not scientific in any way, they’re just a representation of what the EOS M3 can achieve in a non studio, typically lit environment. With more thought and planning, or the addition of some strobes or flashes, the results would be even better.

It’s still early days with my Canon EOS M3, but so far I am happy with my choice.

For more information or if you’ve chosen to buy the Canon EOS M3, use the link below, which will take you to the Canon EOS M3 product page, where Amazon will pay me a small commission which helps support this blog. Many thanks.

Canon EOS M3 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 STM Lens



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