This review is devoted to EOS M3 that Canon has first introduced to the public in Feb 06, 2015. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 24.0 MP and a APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
Canon has replaced this product with their most recent model M6.
In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #42 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 50/100 and it takes a rank of #75 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Canon EOS M3 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon EOS M3. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.
Canon EOS M3 has the following external dimensions 111 x 111 x 44 mm (43.7 x 26.77 x 17.32″) with the weight of 366 g.
The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon EOS M3, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon EOS M3 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 44mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon EOS M3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon EOS M3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon EOS M3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Canon EOS M3 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Canon EOS M3 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Canon EOS M3 boasts of a resolution of 24.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) sized CMOS sensor.
The base of Canon EOS M3 has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 25600.
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
In a huge database of models that we have collected, Canon EOS M3 features a 24.0 MP sensor. In the Entry-Level Mirrorless class, there is a high-resolution camera.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon EOS M3, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 72 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon EOS M3’s sensor.
Canon EOS M3 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Canon EOS M3 with other standard sensor sizes.
Canon EOS M3 is equipped with a Tilting 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,040k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic (optional) ViewFinder.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Canon EOS M3 are its 4.2 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
EOS M3 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.
One more highlight that makes Canon EOS M3 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 49 points.
In addition, EOS M3 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Canon EOS M3, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon EOS M3 allows you to save files in H.264 formats.
Canon EOS M3 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
EOS M3 comes with an embedded built-in microphone and Mono speaker.
In addition, Canon EOS M3 is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.
One more advantage of Canon EOS M3 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) and NFC connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, EOS M3 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect EOS M3 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon EOS M3 provides a shooting life of 250, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon EOS M3 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon EOS M3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon EOS M3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the EOS M3 to the average MirrorLess camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS M3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 95. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS M3 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS M3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS M3 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS M3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 67. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS M3 can be called a 67 model for this type of photography.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS M3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 2. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS M3 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
No Significant Disadvantages
After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS M3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 86. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS M3 can be called a 86 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Feb 06, 2015|
|Body Type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Lens Mount||Canon EF-M|
|Number of Lenses||16|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.6x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.2 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, slow synchro|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||72|
|DxO Color Depth||22.8|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.8|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1169|
|Sensor Dimensions||22.3 x 14.9 mm|
|Sensor Area||332.27 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||24.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Max Native ISO||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||25,600|
|Min Native ISO||100|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||49|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Physical Dimensions||111 x 68 x 44 mm|
|Battery Life||250 shots|
|Battery Type||250 shots|