Reviewed: The Canon EOS M3

The Canon EOS M3 is Canon’s second attempt to gain a foothold in the market for mirrorless system cameras. After only mild success of the first EOS M this proves certainly to be no easy task. EOS M customers had to get used to the housing, it was too complicated to operate, too slow was the autofocus. But the Japanese have obviously listened closely: The Canon EOS M3 is a thoroughly successful CSC that comes close to the quality of the DSLR squad.


  • 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Powerful DIGIC 6 processing
  • 3.0 inch (1040k) ClearView II Tilt Touchscreen
  • 49 Point AF & 4.2 fps continuous shooting
  • Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Stunning 1080p movies at 24, 25 and 30 fps
  • Creative Assist
  • Wi-Fi, Dynamic NFC, remote control and sharing

Canon EOS M3:  Sharp

The most important thing directly in the beginning: With the Canon EOS M3 the new 24-megapixel APS-C Sensor celebrates his debut and has technically a lot to offer. For example the light sensitivity ISO 100-12800 that can even be boosted up to 25,600. Good results are achieved by the Canon EOS M3 but only for a maximum of ISO 3,200. After that the noise increases greatly and details are getting blurred away. But in total this is still a pretty decent result.

Touch and Selfies

As a motive catcher on the M3 serves mainly the high-resolution 3-inch screen.. Narcissistic inspired photographers will probably be very happy that the display can be turned forwards 180 degrees for Selfies. Filmmakers will also like the touch function, this is allowing you to set the focus point by touching the screen during the recording of Full HD video at 30 frames per second as you require. A decent stereo mic can be found on board while an external recording device can, via 3,5mm jack, be connected on the side. A mini HDMI output as well as contact points for the flash hot shoe enabling the use if the electronic viewfinder EVF-DC1 are also integrated.

For creative image design there are two thumb wheels for adjusting aperture and shutter speed available. Alternatively there are seven useful scene programs like HDR, portrait and landscape available. If you prefer to shoot pictures with the automatic mode you probably  welcome the other rotary wheel for exposure compensation in plus-minus three stops. I found this very helpful to use.  But the most important feature of the Canon EOS M3, that could move EOS photographers to replace or additionally purchase the MR is the transparent settings menu which is based on the DSLR models. Whoever has already worked with the EOS 7D, 70D, 700D or whatever they all are called will have it very likely easy to navigate through the menus. In addition it is super practical that you can, by using a suitable adapter, make use of all EF and EF-S lenses of the Canon range with full support. This compensates a little on that there are just four EF-M lenses available as of now.

Fast, but not fast enough

Aside from the offered EF-M lenses the Canon EOS M3 offers a great total performance package. So what does it look like with the speed? Good, but not perfect: The continuous shooting reaches , regardless of the format, approximately four frames per second. While JPEG images land in unlimited numbers on the SD card, the recording will stop in RAW shooting mode after four photos. The hybrid auto focus also convinces only half way: The 49 focus points do respond in daylight snapshots fast enough. In low light however, the auto-focus takes more than 0.8 seconds. In short, for the EOS M4 there remains still a little room for improvement. Apart from that, the Canon EOS M3 is a camera that enables EOS photographers easy into a introduction to the class of mirror-less photography.


With the Canon EOS M3 a solid mirror-less camera with APS-C sensor puts itself to the test. The manufacturer has obviously learned from the criticism of his first mirror-less and delivers a lot of power in a handy size. Above all the image quality and sharpness and detail is very convincing . Modern extras such as the foldable touchscreen and WiFi is as well taking in points.. Only the autofocus weakens it a bit and shows not always good results. I have the EOSM and the change from the M to the M3 is massive. For me it is a very useful camera specially on occasions the bid DSLR is not handy enough or catches too much attention like in Restaurants.

Canon EOS M3


Value for Money


Picture Quality







  • Good Picture Quality
  • Plenty Picture effects
  • foldable Touchscreen
  • WiFi and NFC
  • DSLR Quality


  • no build in EVF
  • only 4 EF-M lenses available
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