The EOS M3 was previously available in Europe and Asia. Now it’s headed for the USA.
The EOS-M I tried back in July 2013 felt unbalanced and uncomfortable in my hands. I can’t say if the same holds true for this new model, but having to mount an EVF in the hot shoe has some pluses, but mainly makes it bulkier.
The EVF-DC1 Electronic Viewfinder works on the EOS M3, so there is an EVF option.
Not using an EVF is a guarantee for increased blur caused by holding the camera at arm’s length. And for me, I cannot see the rear LCD in dim light (unable to focus closely enough). So the camera is really about $920 with EVF in practical terms—still very reasonable but I’m thinking more along the lines of the Sony RX100 Mark IV with built-in EVF and flash, which I consider ideal for portraits in the like in less than optimal lighting (fill flash). And how would one use an EVF and a flash without making things even more complicated (if it is even possible). System cameras are nice, but so it all-in-one convenience.
What I hope is that this continuing effort at mirrorless by Canon (albeit APS-C and way behind the 'curve') sets the stage for a full frame solution, preferably one that takes EF lenses to start, then another that takes a new lens line. But with an EVF, built-in.
No 4K video, no in-body image stabilization, APS-C sensor—well the price is very reasonable, but how does it handle in the hands? TBD.
- 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- DIGIC 6 Image Processor
- 3.0" 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD
- Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25/30 fps
- Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
- Hybrid CMOS AF System with 49 AF Points
- ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
- Hot Shoe and Built-In Flash
- 3.5mm Stereo Mic Input
- Full Manual Control
- Canon EOS M3 body
- Canon - EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)
- Canon - EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (White)
- Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
- Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens (Silver)
- Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens
CANON U.S.A. WELCOMES THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE EOS FAMILY – THE EOS M3 DIGITAL camera
The Power and Versatility of an EOS Camera in a New Light
Melville, NY, August 27, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M3, a compact and stylish interchangeable lens digital camera created for enthusiast photographers who demand premium performance. Fusing Canon’s outstanding image quality and DSLR-levels of control in a small and lightweight camera body, the EOS M3 camera offers the ability to capture important moments in outstanding detail.
At the heart of the EOS M3 camera is Canon’s latest and most advanced digital imaging technologies, including the company’s high-resolution 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor and its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, delivering premium quality stills and Full HD videos. Combined with super-fast AF performance, thanks to a new 49-point Hybrid CMOS AF III Autofocus System, this digital camera gives photographers the freedom to capture the beauty of movement.
Advanced photographers will find everything they need at their fingertips, with intuitive DSLR-like dials and control, as well as access to the entire lineup of more than 80 Canon EF, EF-S and EF-M interchangeable lenses*, all shrunk down into a compact, mirrorless body to take with them wherever they go. Advanced EOS camera technologies built into the EOS M3 camera include:
- 24.2 Megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS Sensor, with a sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 12,800 (expandable to 25,600 in H mode) paired with Canon’s proprietary DIGIC 6 Image Processor to capture high-resolution photos and Full HD videos with brilliant color and stunning detail.
- 49-Point Hybrid CMOS AF III Autofocus System for fast and accurate autofocusing of stills and videos, up to 6.1x faster than the original EOS M.
- Front and Rear control dials for full manual operation and customizable functions as well as improved ease of use.
- Intuitive Touch Screen 3.0-inch tilt-type (180 degrees up/45 degrees down) ClearView II LCD screen (approximately 1,040,000 dots), perfect for quick focusing and shooting, easy menu navigation, and simple viewing of images and videos.
- Built-in Wi-Fi®** and NFC*** for streamlined photo sharing and wireless remote control.
“Canon U.S.A. is bringing to market a new member of the EOS family - the EOS M3 - to help satisfy the market’s demand for high-quality compact cameras with large image sensors and interchangeable lenses,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “It is the ideal camera for advanced amateurs and enthusiasts looking for a compact interchangeable lens camera option with genuine EOS camera system support, performance and compatibility, as well as professional photographers looking for a full-featured compact secondary camera.”
Photographers familiar with other Canon EOS cameras will note the EOS M3’s interface is similar to Canon’s current EOS DSLR cameras, making operation easier for existing users. The LCD panel’s tilting capability makes it easy to shoot from various angles while the capacitive touch screen allows intuitive image capture and playback with easy-to-understand information and real-time controls.
The EOS M3 camera offers photographers the flexibility to unleash their creativity through its compatibility with Canon EF-M lenses as well as a wide variety of Canon EF and EF-S lenses when used with the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. Other compatible Canon accessories include EX-series Speedlite flash units, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, and Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1. Users will also have the ability to remotely capture and share images with Canon’s Camera Connect smartphone application**, using the EOS M3’s integrated Wi-Fi® and NFC connectivity.
Pricing and Availability
Canon’s EOS M3 Digital Camera is scheduled to be available in early October 2015 for an estimated retail price of $679.99. An EOS M3 EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens kit will be available in the customer’s choice of black or white for an estimated retail price of $799.99. Additionally, a two lens kit featuring the EOS M3 digital camera with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens and the EF-M 55-200mm IS STM lens will be available for an estimated retail price of $1,049.00.
The following Canon lenses will also be available in early October:
- EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM wide-angle zoom lens for an estimated retail price of $399.99
- EF-M 22mm f/2 STM compact prime lens in silver for an estimated retail price of $249.99
- EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM telephoto zoom lens for an estimated retail price of $349.99
For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit: https://www.usa.canon.com/eosm3