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Canon EOS M3 review

April 28, 2015

Overall Rating:

4

Canon EOS M3


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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

Manufacturer:

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Price as Reviewed:

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

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

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

  • Sensor: 24.2-million-pixel, APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Output size: 6000 x 4000 pixels
  • Lens mount: Canon EF-M
  • Focal length magnification: 1.6x
  • Shutter speeds: 30 - 1/4000sec
  • ISO sensitivity: 100-12,800 standard, 25,600 expanded
  • Exposure modes: PASM, auto, scene
  • Metering System: Evaluative, partial, spot, average
  • Exposure compensation: ±3EV in 1/3 steps
  • Drive mode: 4.2 fps
  • LCD: 3in, 1.04-million-dot tilting touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: Optional EVF-DC1
  • Autofocus: 49-point Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Video: Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 30fps, 25fps or 24fps, built-in stereo mic
  • External Mic: Yes, 3,5mm stereo
  • Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Power: LP-E17 rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Battery Life: Approx 250 shots
  • Dimensions: 110.9 x 68 x 44.4mm
  • Weight: 366g (with battery and card)
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