Canon EOS M Review

4.0
December 17, 2012 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 18.0 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 18.5 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type DIGIC 5

LENS

Lens Mount EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M)
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens

FOCUSING

Type Hybrid CMOS AF System. Phase detection pixels built onto imaging sensor
AF System/ Points 31 AF points (Maximum)
AF Working Range EV 1-18 (at 23°C & ISO 100)
AF Modes One-Shot AF and Servo AF
AF Point Selection Automatic selection (Face detection and Tracking AF, FlexiZone-Multi, FlexiZone-Single), Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display Indicated on LCD monitor
Predictive AF -
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way
AF Assist Beam Yes LED
Manual Focus Select on camera menu AF (Auto), MF (Manual), or AF+MF (Manual focus after One-Shot)

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering Modes Real-time metering from the image sensor
(1) Evaluative metering
(2) Partial metering at center
(3) Spot metering
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 23°C with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM ISO100)
AE Lock Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation '+/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB '3 shots +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity* AUTO(100-6400), 100-12800 in 1-stop increments
ISO can be expandable to H: 25600)

SHUTTER

Type Electronic first curtain and mechanical second curtain shutter
Speed 30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance Yes, 1 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing '+/-3 levels in single level increments
3 bracketed images per shutter release.
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.

LCD MONITOR

Type Touch screen 7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View LCD II, approx. 1040K dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically) Approx 170°
Coating Anti smudge
Brightness Adjustment Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options (1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Liveview image no information
(3) Liveview image full info
(4) Liveview image basic info

FLASH

Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters) None
X-Sync 1/200sec
Flash Exposure Compensation '+/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible External Flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC Terminal Yes/ No
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control Via camera menu screen

SHOOTING

Modes Scene Intelligent Auto mode
Still mode (Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up,
Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene,
HDR Backlight Control, Program AE , Shutter
priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual)Movie mode
(Auto exposure mode, Manual exposure mode)
Picture Styles Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful,
Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
Image Processing Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Multi Shot Noise Reduction
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
and Chromatic aberration
Basic+ (Shoot by ambience selection, Shoot by
lighting or scene type)
Creative filters (Art Bold, Water painting, Grainy B/W,
Soft focus, Toy camera, Miniature effect, Fish-eye)
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s +
continuous shots 2-10)
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 4.3fps for approx. 17 JPEG images¹, 6 images RAW²³

FILE TYPE

Still Image Type JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.30 compliant) / Design rule for Camera
File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes, RAW + Large JPEG
Image Size JPEG 3:2: (L) 5184x3456, (M) 3456x2304, (S1) 2592x1728, (S2) 1920x1280, (S3) 720x480
JPEG 4:3: (L) 4608x3456, (M) 3072x2304, (S1) 2304x1728, (S2) 1696x1280, (S3) 640x480
JPEG 16:9: (L) 5184x2912, (M) 3456x1944, (S1) 2592x1456 (S2) 1920x1080, (S3) 720x400
JPEG 1:1: (L) 3456x3456, (M) 2304x2304, (S1) 1728x1728, (S2) 1280x1280, (S3) 480x480
RAW: (RAW) 5184x3456
Movie Type MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM, recording level can be manually adjusted by user)
Movie Size 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Movie Length Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB
Folders New folders can be manually created and selected
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset

OTHER FEATURES

Custom Functions 7 Custom Functions with 19 settings
Metadata Tag User copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Playback Zoom 1.5x - 10x enabled in 15 steps
Display Formats (1) Single image
(2) Single image with information (3 levels)
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) Jump Display
Slide Show Image selection: All images, by Date, by Folder, Movies, Stills or by Rating
Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10/20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Transition Effects: Off, Slide (2 types), Fade (3 tyupes)
Bagkground Music: Off, On
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Highlight Alert Yes
Image Erase/Protection Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time
Menu Categories (1) Shooting menu (x5)
(2) Playback menu (x2)
(3) Setup menu (x4)
(4) My Menu
Menu Languages 25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish,
Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish,
Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian,
Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai,
Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean
and Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.

INTERFACE

Computer Hi-Speed USB
Other Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal),
HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible), External
microphone (3.5mm Stereo mini jack)

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers
supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes

STORAGE

Type SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I)card

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh Windows XP inc SP3 / Vista inc SP1 and SP2 (excl.
Starter Edition) / 7 (excl. Starter Edition)
OS X v10.6-10.7 (Intel processor required)

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ImageBrowser EX
Image Processing Digital Photo Professional
Other PhotoStitch, EOS Utility,
Picture Style Editor

POWER SOURCE

Batteries 1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E12
Battery Life Approx. 230 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)¹
Approx. 200 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery Indicator 4 levels
Power Saving LCD monitor turns off after 15 sec, 30sec or 1, 3, 5, 10 or 30mins.
Power turns off after 0, 30sec or 1, 3, 5, 10mins and disabled
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E12, Battery charger LC-E12

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Body Materials Stainless Steel, magnesium alloy, polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3 mm
Weight (Body Only) Approx. 298g (CIPA testing standard, including
battery and memory card)

ACCESSORIES

Case EH23-CJ
Wireless File Transmitter Compatible with Eye-Fi cards
Lenses EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M)
Flash Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote Controller RC-6
Other GP-E2

 

Continuous Shooting ¹ Large/Fine(Quality 8) resolution
² Based on Canon's testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
³ Maximum fps and buffer capacity may be reduced depending on the cameras settings and light level
Battery Life ¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
  • *Recommended Exposure Index
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.

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