Canon EOS M3 Review

June 4, 2015 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


The EOS M3 is the third compact system camera from Canon. The EOS M3 has an 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 6 processor, a touch-screen interface, Hybrid CMOS AF III and 49-point AF System, Full 1080p HD Movie mode, ISO 100-12800, a 3-inch 1,040,000-dot LCD monitor that tilts up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees, integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, 4.2fps burst shooting, 14-bit RAW support, built-in pop-up flash and a flash hot-shoe. The Canon EOS M3 is available with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for £599.99 / €799.99. An optional tilt-type electronic viewfinder (the EVF-DC1) is also available.

Ease of Use

Initial impressions of the new Canon EOS M3 are mostly favourable. Despite being one of the smaller compact system cameras currently on the block, the camera feels reassuringly solid and weighty when held in the palm (measuring 110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4 mm and weighing 366g), particularly so when the metal construction 18-55mm kit zoom is screwed into place via the EF-M mount. For a suggested total spend of a reasonable £599.99 / €799.99 for body and optic (much cheaper than the original EOS M on launch), this lens offers the 35mm equivalent focal range of 28-88mm.

Unlike a DSLR and most CSCs, we did manage to squeeze the EOS M3 with zoom attached into a jacket pocket, despite it not being particularly comfortable to do so. Our black version also had a slightly roughened non-slip feel to its surface subconsciously recalling a pro-grade DSLR. Canon have seen fit to add a proper handgrip to the EOS M3, something that was sorely missing from the original version, making it feel much more like a "proper" camera for enthusiasts.

Of course it’s what’s inside that counts and here the ‘jewel’ is an enthusiast pleasing APS-C sized sensor pumping out 24.2 megapixel images, with the choice of shooting in 14-bit Raw as well as JPEG, or both in combination. Choose any Raw option though and you miss out on the ability to automatically apply digital filter effects in camera - those options are simply de-selected on the EOS M3’s on-screen tool bar. Rival APS-C sensor incorporating CSCs include offerings from Sony, Samsung and Fujifilm.

The LCD on the back of the Canon now tilts, up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees, although it cannot be swiveled to the side. The LCD is three inches in size and boasts a high 1040K dot resolution. Furthermore it’s a touch screen, though you wouldn’t automatically know it from looks alone, as we also get the basic physical controls ranged alongside it. Otherwise the EOS M3 layout is pretty much business as normal for a consumer level compact camera.

The other obvious thing this Canon has going for it is that it is an ‘EOS’. This means in theory that users can utilize any of its manufacturer’s 70+ EF lenses and accessories, the former screwed into place with the aid of an adapter ring, albeit with a resultant ‘front heavy’ appearance. There’s also the fact that said adapter costs an additional £160. Also shared with EOS DSLRs in the Digic 6 processor that makes up the guts of the EOS M3, and the fact that sensor cleaning takes automatically place upon powering down the camera; not something typically witnessed with competing CSCs.

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Front of the Canon EOS M3

There is now a pop-up flash built into the EOS M3’s body, rather than the 90EX Speedlite that shipped in some EOS M kits. The EOS M3's flash is more convenient, but only has a weak guide number of 5, along with a recycle time of 3 seconds.

From the front then, the EOS M3 more closely resembles a PowerShot camera than an EOS DSLR, rounded corners stopping it looking completely boxy and in fact going one further and imbuing it with a smidgeon of style. The form factor is compact enough that the EF-M lens mount swallows up roughly half of the faceplate, with tiny left and right stereo microphones on either side, a porthole for a self-timer/AF assist lamp located top right, and beneath that a springy and obvious lens release button.

Left of the lens is located the new chunky handgrip. Comfortably, the shutter release button, which is encircled by a control dial, is positioned both forward of the top plate and on a section that dips down and slopes slightly forward. When holding the camera in the right hand your forefinger therefore automatically slips onto these ergonomic controls. So, once the camera is powered up, your fingers are suitably positioned to immediately fire off the first shot. Alongside is the new M-Fn button, which can be usefully assigned to one of 15 different functions.

Canon have greatly expanded the options on the top-mounted shooting mode dial with 11 settings in total, no longer hiding the main PASM options away. ‘Scene Intelligent Auto’ is still the camera’s default setting which, as it sounds, is pretty much point-and-shoot all the way, the EOS M3 recognizing common scenes and subjects – which it does consistently and reliably – and optimizing the results for you. Hybrid Auto, Creative Assist, Scene modes, and a range of creative Effects round off the options for beginners.

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Rear of the Canon EOS M3

The program, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual options are also now featured on the shooting mode dial, another nod to the EOS M3's attempt to appeal to more experienced photographers. There's even a new Custom option so that you can save and quickly recall your favourite camera settings. The EOS M3 also now has a new dial on top for adjusting exposure, the options running +/- 3EV.

A press of the actual ‘Q.Set’ button on the backplate, or the small ‘Q icon top right of screen in the above modes, and we’re also presented with a range of ‘Picture Style’ settings familiar from Canon DSLRs, for in-camera adjustment of shots pre-capture. The ‘Picture Style’ selection comprises Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, plus three further user definable settings. Sharpness, contrast, saturation and colour tone can be individually adjusted for each. White balance and metering modes can further be manually selected if the user has chosen one of the P,A,S,M modes. Metering options comprise evaluative metering, partial metering, spot metering, and centre weighted average.

As one might expect, there are several video quality selections to choose from, running the gamut from the Full HD 1920x1080 pixels at a maximum 30 frames per second, stepping down to the industry standard 25fps and 24fps as our next options, and then on to 1280x720 pixels at a cinematic 50fps as a further choice. The lowest resolution video option is a bog-standard 640x480 pixels, though again at 25fps.

A press of the top plate on/off button, which is recessed level with the bodywork, powers the camera up for action in around two seconds. Squeeze the shutter release button and the EOS M3 now focuses in under 1/2 second, much quicker than the original EOS M. Whether you’re shooting a highest resolution JPEG or JPEG and Raw in combination, there’s barely a noticeable difference in the time it takes to commit either to removable media – here an SD card of every description, sharing a compartment with the rechargeable lithium ion battery at the base.

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Top of the Canon EOS M3

With the vacant flash hotshoe and embedded mono speaker rounding off the top plate features, the rest of the controls on the backplate of the EOS M3 likewise look familiar – or will do so to anyone used to a digital snapshot camera of any description.

A subtly curved thumb pad sits top right of the rear panel, whilst small video record and playback buttons rest to the right of it. The action of these is commendably stiff, so avoiding inadvertent recording or playback when you’re merely in the process of attempting to establish a firm hold of the EOS M3.

Directly beneath are AEL and Focus Area buttons, both very welcome additions that once again are designed to appeal to more experienced users. Sitting beneath we have the multi-directional control dial and surrounding scroll wheel we’ve already touched upon. Ranged around this are ISO speed, Flash, Delete and Manual Focus options. At the very centre is the ‘Q.Set’ button for implementing the various changes applied throughout the course of handling the camera, and exploring the options offered within, again as previously described above.

The EOS M3's wi-fi capabilities allow you to share images during playback via the Up button on the navigation pad. Simply enter a nickname for the camera and five more icons then appear, connecting the EOS M3 to another camera, a smartphone, a computer, a printer and the Internet respectively. Setup is relatively straight-forward for each scenario, although you'll need a basic understanding of the protocols involved. Note that you need to install the dedicated and free Canon CameraWindow app to connect the EOS M3 to an iOS or Android device.

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Tilting LCD Screen

The EOS M3's wi-fi functionality is employed to tag your images with GPS data recorded by your smartphone ( latitude, longitude, altitude and shooting time) via the Canon CameraWindow app, which effectively replaces a more conventional built-in GPS system. We actually prefer having GPS built-in to the camera rather than having to sync it with an additional device, so in this regard the EOS M3 doesn't compare well with rivals that offer this feature, although it does side-step the issue of negatively affecting battery life. The EOS M3 also features NFC (Near Field Communication) technology (the same technology that's used for mobile payments), which allows you to connect it to a compatible Internet enabled device or another NFC-enabled camera by simply tapping them together.

The Info button toggles through the various display modes on the LCD screen, including a useful control panel that, as the camera is touch-sensitive, makes it easy to quickly change the key settings. The Menu button calls up the sort of screen selection and near enough the exact same layout that, unsurprisingly, one would nowadays see on a consumer level DSLR such as the 750/760D, with a series of folders covering both basic camera operation and set up; a lot of the camera options obviously doubling up on the on-screen icons and options presented when in the various shooting modes, as we’ve previously described.

With lugs for attaching a camera strap provided either side of the EOS M3, on the left hand flank – if viewing the camera from the back as the user will be doing when engaged in operation – we find not only the expected AV/USB output, but also one for supplementary microphone. Joining them is a new switch for popping-up the built-in flash, and a logo denoting the camera's NF connectivity. On the right flank is the HDMI port.

The base of the camera meanwhile features a screw thread located directly behind the lens mount for the attachment of a tripod, and, over to one edge we naturally get the compartment for media card and battery. Unlike an increasing number of compact system cameras, we do actually get a standalone mains charger with the EOS M3, so the battery can be removed and charged independently of the body. Which means that if you do sensibly invest in a spare, the camera isn’t tied up each time you need to re-charge.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

The Canon EOS M3 produced images of excellent quality during the review period. This camera produces noise-free JPEG images from ISO 100 all the way up to ISO 1600, with noise first appearing at ISO 3200. The faster settings of 6400 and 12800 display relatively little noise, certainly suitable for small prints and web images. The JPEG images were a little soft straight out of the camera using the default Picture Style and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting. The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure. The night photograph was very good, with the maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds and the Bulb mode allowing you to capture enough light in all situations. The different Picture Styles and the ability to create your own are a real benefit, as are the extensive range of digital filter effects, all of which can be previewed before you take the shot.


ISO sensitivity can be set between ISO 100 and ISO 12800 in full-stop increments. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and the RAW equivalent on the right.



ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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The out-of-camera JPEGs are quite soft and at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes via the Picture Style options.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Canon EOS M3 has 2 different image quality settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the quality of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

16M Fine (8.48Mb) (100% Crop) 16M Normal (5.00Mb) (100% Crop)
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16M RAW (32.2Mb) (100% Crop)  


The flash settings on the EOS M are Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, and Red-Eye Reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (29mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (29mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto (88mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (88mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are a couple of portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On setting nor the Red-Eye Reduction option caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

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The Canon EOS M3's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 30 seconds ISO 100.


Night (100% Crop)

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Picture Styles

Canon's Picture Controls, similarly to Nikon's Picture Styles, are preset combinations of different sharpness, contrast, saturation and colour tone settings. The six available Picture Controls are shown below in the following series, which demonstrates the differences. There are also three User Defined styes so that you can create your own look.



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Creative Filters

The Creative Filters shooting mode contains 8 different options to help spice up your images.



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Art Bold

Water Painting

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Toy Camera

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Soft Focus

Grainy B/W

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Canon EOS M3 camera, which were all taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Canon EOS M3 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Canon RAW (CR2) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 20 second movie is 56.9Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Canon EOS M3 / Pop-up Flash

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Rear of the Canon EOS M3 / Turned On

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Rear of the Canon EOS M3 / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Canon EOS M3 / Quick Menu

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Rear of the Canon EOS M3 / Main Menu

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Tilting LCD Screen

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Memory Card Slot

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Battery Compartment


The new Canon EOS M3 is a much more serious compact system camera than the original EOS M that we reviewed back in 2012. It offers a raft of improvements clearly aimed at making it more enthusiast-friendly, along with a big reduction in the launch price. Still, there are some rather big flies in the ointment which mean that the EOS M3 lags behind the mirrorless competition, most notably the lack of a built-in viewfinder and the continued lack of native EF-M lenses. While the EOS M3 is undoubtedly a much better camera than the EOS M, it still seems that Canon aren't fully committed to producing a complete mirrorless system, so much so that we'd recommend you consider offerings from Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic and Olympus instead, all of whom are fully invested in compact system cameras.

Having said that, the EOS M3 is still a good camera, and if you already have a number of EOS lenses, it's a logical choice if you want to reduced the size of the overall system. With the addition of a much faster AF system, control and exposure compensation dials, bigger handgrip and a tilting LCD screen, more experienced photographers will find much to like. It really does need an integrated viewfinder, though - the days of buying an expensive EVF that takes up the flash hotshoe are long gone when all of the EOS M3's principal rivals have one built-in, in a similar body size and at the same price-point. In terms of image quality, the EOS M3 happily fits the bill, with the new 24.2 megapixel sensor delivering very pleasing images throughout the ISO range.

At £599.99 / €799.99, the EOS M3 is much cheaper than the original EOS M was when it first launched 3 years ago, but then the EOS M3's rivals have also dropped in price too. So although Canon have made the new EOS M3 much more competitive and better suited to enthusiasts, we feel that its appeal is still limited to EOS shooters with a bag of EF lenses looking for a smaller second body. Canon haven't caught up with the mirrorless competition, either in terms of the EOS M3 as a standalone camera, or the EOS M system as a whole...

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 3.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 3.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Canon EOS M3.

Fujifilm X-T1

The Fujifilm X-T1 is a brand new compact system camera that looks, feels and performs very much like a classic DSLR that''s been shrunk in the wash. Is this the best X-series camera that Fujifilm have released, and can it compete with the likes of the Sony A7/A7R and Olympus OM-D E-M1, not to mention DSLRs from Canon and Nikon? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T1 review to find out...

Fujifilm X-T10

The Fujifilm X-T10 is a new mid-range compact system camera that inherits most of the key features of the flagship X-T1 model. Does the X-T10 cut too many corners to hit its aggressive £499 / $799 price-tag, or does it offer a compelling blend of features, performance and price? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T10 review to find out...

Nikon 1 J5

The Nikon 1 J5 is the latest mid-range model in Nikon's compact system camera line-up. The Nikon J5 offers 20 megapixels, 20fps burst shooting with continuous autofocusing, 4K and Full HD 60p video capture, a tilting LCD touchscreen, and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. Read our in-depth Nikon 1 J5 review now...

Nikon 1 V3

The Nikon 1 V3 is the latest flagship compact system camera from Nikon, boasting an amazingly fast 20fps burst shooting rate with continuous focusing (60fps without), a new tilting touchscreen LCD, built-in wi-fi, new 18.4-megapixel "CX" format sensor and a more compact design . Read our in-depth Nikon 1 V3 review to find out if this is the best Nikon compact system camera yet...

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Building on the runaway success of the enthusiast E-M5, and inheriting some of the key features of the professional E-M1, the new O-MD E-M10 is attempting to bring Olympus' retro-flavoured mirrorless camera system to a wider audience. But can it retain the same levels of build quality, speed and image quality at a lower price-point? Read our expert Olympus E-M10 review to find out...

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a new high-end compact system camera with a number of innovative features that make it stand out from the crowd, including the world's most effective image stabilisation system. Read our expert Olympus E-M5 II review to find out if it's also the best compact system camera...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 is an exciting new compact system camera aimed firmly at keen photographers. With a built-in tilting electronic viewfinder, 16 megapixel sensor, 3 inch tilting LCD touchscreen, pop-up flash, 60/50p high-definition video, integrated wi-fi and NFC connectivity, both lens and in-body image stabilization, and a stylish design, is the GX7 the ultimate interchangeable lens camera? Read our expert Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 review to find out....

Samsung NX500

The Samsung NX500 is the World's most affordable compact system camera to feature 4K video recording. The Samsung NX500 also features a compact rangefinder-like design, 3-inch tilting AMOLED screen, built-in wi-fi, bluetooth and NFC connectivity, 9fps burst shooting, and an APS-C CMOS sensor with 28.2 megapixels. Read our in-depth Samsung NX500 review, complete with sample images and videos, to find out if it's a game-changer...

Sony A6000

The Sony A6000 is a new compact system camera that features the fastest auto-focusing system in the world. With a 24.3 megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, 1080p HD movies, high-res 3 inch OLED screen, electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, the Sony NEX-6 also offers 11fps burst shooting, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps. Read our full Sony A6000 review to find out if it's the best Sony NEX camera yet...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Canon EOS M3 from around the web. »

Canon's M3, the company's most recent foray into the growing mirrorless ILC market, is its most promising. Canon's first entry, 2012's EOS M, had widely-reported autofocus issues that turned off many customers before a firmware update addressed the problem. Its successor, the EOS M2, was only released in Japan and China. The third in the series looks to overcome the stumbling blocks of its predecessors, but the real question is whether the M3's respectable specs and DSLR-quality snapshots can make up for its lacklustre lineup of dedicated lenses, and a lesser feature set than closely priced competitors.
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The Canon EOS M3 is the third stab at a CSC from what is still probably the biggest name in cameras. It follows the 2012 Canon EOS M, a camera that did so badly Canon didn’t even bother to release the follow-up M2 in the UK, Europe or US.
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The EOS M3 is Canon's third mirrorless camera, following the M2 and the original M. Announced in February 2015 (13 months after the M2 and two and a half years after the original M) it joins the 750D / T6i and 760D / T6s DSLRs to become the first Canon cameras to employ a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor. All three bodies share the same sensor, which supports Canon's Hybrid CMOS III AF system. This embeds phase-detect AF points for more confident continuous AF in live view and movies. Canon also claims the AF system is up to 6.1 times faster than the original EOS M.
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Of all the major camera manufacturers, Canon has been by far the most reluctant player when it comes to compact system cameras. Not only was Canon one of the last to make a mirrorless camera at all, with the EOS M in mid-2012, but it has also shown little commitment to the system, releasing just four compatible EF-M mount lenses to date. In contrast, with a head start of just six months, Fujifilm has built up its X system to 17 lenses, and Leica has already matched Canon lens-for-lens despite launching its T system almost two years later.
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The Canon EOS M3 is Canon's latest mirrorless compact system camera and features a new 24 megapixel APS-C sensor with Hybrid AF system. The camera features a tilting touch screen, plus built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. The Canon EOS M3 is available for £599 with 18-55mm IS kit lens.
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22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 24.2 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 24.7 megapixels

Aspect Ratio


Low-Pass Filter


Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour





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

Image Stabilisation

Enable/Disable Image Stabilizer on compatible lens
Dynamic IS available with compatible lenses



Hybrid CMOS AF System. Phase detection pixels built onto imaging sensor[14]

AF System/ Points

49 AF points (Maximum)[15]

AF working range

EV 2-18 (at 23°C, ISO 100, with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM)

AF Modes

One-Shot AF and Servo AF

AF Point Selection

Automatic selection (Face+Tracking), Manual selection (1-point AF)

Selected AF point display

Indicated on LCD monitor

AF Lock

Locked when shutter button is pressed half way or customisable AE Lock Button

AF Assist Beam

via LED assist beam

Manual Focus

Dedicated MF button (toggle AF/MF). Select on camera menu AF+MF (Manual focus after One-Shot).
MF Peaking available


Metering modes

Real-time metering from the image sensor
(1) Evaluative metering (384 zones)
(2) Partial metering at center (approx. 10%)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2%)
(4) Center weighted average metering

Metering Range

EV 1-20 (at 23°C, ISO 100)

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 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).


3 shots, +/- 2 EV, 1/3-stop increments

ISO Sensitivity (*)

AUTO(100-12800), 100-12800 in 1/3 stop increments
ISO can be expanded to H: 25600
During Movie shooting: Auto (100-6400), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop increments)



Hybrid Single Blade Shutter (Electronic first curtain and mechanical second curtain shutter)


30-1/4000 sec (1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)



Auto white balance with the imaging sensor


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



Optional Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1

Depth of field preview

Yes, via customisable buttons



Tilt type 7.5 cm (3.0”) sRGB ClearView II Touchscreen LCD (TFT). 3:2 aspect ratio. Approx. 1,040,000 dots. In-cell capacitive type


Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically)

Approx. 170°

Brightness Adjustment

Adjustable to one of five levels

Display Options

Switchable via INFO. Button
(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Liveview image no information
(3) Liveview image full info
(4) Liveview image basic info


Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters)


Built-in Flash Coverage

up to 18mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 29mm)

Built-in Flash recycle time

Approx. 3 seconds


Auto, Manual Flash On/off, Slow Synchro

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes - with red eye reduction lamp



Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2EV in 1/3 increments

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible external flash

Flash Exposure Lock


Second Curtain Synchronisation


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



Scene Intelligent Auto mode (Stills and Movie), Creative Assist (Stills and Movie). Hybrid Auto, SCN(Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Handheld Night Scene, Food), Creative Filters (HDR, Fish-eye Effect, Art Bold Effect, Water Painting Effect, Miniature Effect (Stills and Movie), Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Grainy B/W), Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom)
Movie modes: Movie auto exposure, Movie manual exposure

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space


Image Processing

Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings + Multi Shot NR)
Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination and chromatic aberration
Creative Assist:
Background Blur (5 settings)
Brightness (19 levels)
Contrast (9 levels)
Saturation (9 levels)
Color Tone (19 levels)
Monochrome (Off/ BW/ S (Sepia)/ B (Blue)/ P (Purple)/ G (Green))

Drive modes

Single, Continuous, Self timer (2s, 10s, remote)

Continuous Shooting

Max. Approx. 4.2fps for approx. 1000 JPEG images, 5 images RAW [1][16]



Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

Frame Rate

30 fps


Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen plus MF Peaking)
Autofocus: Hybrid CMOS AF III (Face + Tracking, 1-point AF)

Display Options

Grid overlay (x2), Histogram, Electronic Level, Multi aspect ratios


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 + various JPEG compression possible

Image Size

RAW: (3:2) 6000 x 4000, (4:3) 5328 x 4000, (16:9) 6000 x 3376, (1:1) 4000 x 4000
JPEG 3:2: (L) 6000 x 4000, (M) 4320 x 2880, (S1) 2880 x 1920, (S2) 2304 x 1536, (S3) 720x480
JPEG 4:3: (L) 5328 x 4000, (M) 3840 x 2880, (S1) 2560 x 1920, (S2) 2048 x 1536, (S3) 640x480
JPEG 16:9: (L) 6000 x 3376, (M) 4320 x 2432, (S1) 2880 x 1616 (S2) 1920 x 1080, (S3) 720 x 408
JPEG 1:1: (L) 4000 x 4000, (M) 2880 x 2880, (S1) 1920 x 1920, (S2) 1536 x 1536, (S3) 480x480

Movie Type

MP4 [Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo)]

Movie Size

Full HD - 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
HD - 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
VGA - 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps)
Miniature Effect - HD, VGA - (6, 3, 1.5 fps)
Hybrid Auto - HD - (30 fps)

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB


New folders can be automatically created monthly or daily

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset


Custom Functions

6 Custom Functions with 17 settings including 7 customisable buttons/controls

Metadata Tag

User copyright information (can be set in camera) Image rating (0-5 stars)

Intelligent Orientation Sensor


Playback zoom

1.5x - 10x enabled in 10 steps

Display Formats

(1) Single image with information (Customisable with 6 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) Index display (6/12/42/110 images)
(4) Jump Display

Slide Show

Playback time: 3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/15/30 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Transition Effects: Off, Fade


Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes

Highlight Alert


Image Erase/Protection

Erase: Single image, Selected images, Selected range, All images
Protection: Selected images, Selected range, All images. Unprotect all images

Menu Categories

(1) Shooting menu (x5)
(2) Playback menu (x4)
(3) Setup menu (x4)
(4) Custom Functions menu
(5) 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.



Hi-Speed USB (Mini-B compatible)


Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only), with Dynamic NFC support [17]
HDMI output (Type-C/Mini compatible)
External microphone (3.5mm stereo mini jack)


Canon Printers

Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge


Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)



SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I compatible)


PC & Macintosh

Windows 8 / 8.1 / 7 SP1
Mac OS X 10.8 / 10.9 / 10.10
For Wi-Fi connection to a PC via Image Transfer Utility:
Windows 8 / 8.1 / 7 SP1 only
Mac OS X 10.8.2 or later / 10.9 / 10.10


Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional


Picture Style Editor, EOS Utility, Image Transfer Utility



1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E17

Battery life

Approx. 250 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)[5]
Approx. 185 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)

Battery Indicator

AC Adapter Kit ACK-E17, Battery charger LC-E17

Power saving

LCD monitor turns off after 10, 20, 30 sec or 1, 2, 3 mins.
Auto Power Off
ECO mode

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK-E17, Battery charger LC-E17


Body Materials

Stainless steel, magnesium alloy, polycarbonate resin

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD)

110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4 mm

Weight (body only)

Approx. 366g (CIPA testing standard, including battery and memory card)



Optional Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1
(0.48 type), 4:3 aspect ratio, Approx. 2,360,000 dots, 100% coverage

Cases / Straps

Body Jacket EH27-CJ
Neck Strap EM-E2


EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M)


Canon Speedlites (including 90EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 430EX II, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3, Speedlite Bracket SB-E2

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote Controller RC-6


Interface cable IFC-400PCU
HDMI Cable HTC-DC100

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