The EOS M3 is Canon’s first CSC to be aimed squarely at enthusiast photographers. Andy Westlake finds out whether it hits the mark

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Canon EOS M3

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Build/Handling:
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LCD viewfinder:

Pros:

  • - Compact, portable design
  • - Excellent controls and user interface
  • - Impressive image quality

Cons:

  • - Relatively slow continuous shooting and focusing
  • - No built-in viewfinder
  • - Limited native lens range

Product:

Canon EOS M3 review

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Price as reviewed:

£599.00 (with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens)

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Canon EOS M3 – Dynamic range

At ISO 100 the EOS M3 gives a dynamic range of 11.9EV in our Applied Imaging tests. This is a little way off the best of its peers, and means that it allows less shadow detail to be recovered from raw files in comparison. Dynamic range falls only a little on increasing the sensitivity to ISO 200, but after that it drops monotonously, to around 8EV at ISO 3200. The higher ISO sensitivities give very low readings, indicating that most shadow detail will be swamped by noise.

Canon EOS M3 DR

Noise

With its new 24MP sensor, the EOS M3 delivers really nice results at low ISOs, with plenty of detail and little visible noise. At ISO 400 noise starts to become visible at the pixel level, but it’s unlikely to have much impact even on a large print (A3 or 12 x 18in). At ISO 800 shadow detail begins to block up in the camera’s JPEGs, and the raw files indicate that noise is now becoming very visible. Even so, JPEG files remain very usable to ISO 3200 at least, although beyond this low-frequency chroma noise becomes a problem. The top ISOs are very noisy, and ideally need careful processing from raw.

Below are 100% crops from raw files processed using Adobe Camera Raw 8.0 at default noise reduction settings.

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO100

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO100

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO200

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO200

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO400

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO400

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO800

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO800

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO1600

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO1600

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO3200

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO3200

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO6400

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO6400

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO12800

Canon EOS M3 noise ISO12800

  1. 1. Canon EOS M3 review: Introduction
  2. 2. Canon EOS M3 - Features
  3. 3. Canon EOS M3 - Screen and viewfinder
  4. 4. Canon EOS M3 - Build and handling
  5. 5. Canon EOS M3 - Focusing
  6. 6. Canon EOS M3 - Performance
  7. 7. Canon EOS M3 - Image quality
  8. 8. Canon EOS M3 - Dynamic range
  9. 9. Canon EOS M3 - Our verdict
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  • M K

    I see vignetting for sure, but not green.

  • Brian

    I have both the EOS M and M3 and the 18-55mm kit lens and I have never had the issue you speak of.

  • Kevin Levrone

    There is a distinct green cast on the corners when you shoot with the 18-55 lens at 18 to 25mm or when you shoot with the 22mm lens, even with all corrections enabled. This kind of ruins the image quality. It even appears on one of the photos in this article.

  • Seven_Spades

    Nice camera but they should have included a viewfinder just like the DMC-GM5. The two camera will make a great comparison.

  • entoman

    A very nice camera, and for the majority of potential users the very limited range of lenses will be adequate.

    However if Canon want serious photographers to adopt their mirrorless products, they need to offer something that will compete with Fujfilm XT-1 and Olympus, i.e. pro-level quality and a complete system of lenses.

    Personally I prefer to use Canon’s superb APS and full-frame DSLR system, but there are many who yearn for a compact mirrorless system, and Canon are not showing any signs of addressing this market seriously.