Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review

Written by Gina Stephens

Unbeknownst to profuse, Canon has been selling mirrorless cameras since 2012, in addition to SLRs and point-and-shoots. Marketing for the EOS M system is starting to pick up – at least in the U.S. – with two designs to choose from: the entry-level EOS M10 and step-up EOS M3, which we’ll be covering here.

The EOS M3 (left) with its cheaper sibling, the EOS M10.

The EOS M3 is very much like a Rebel T6s humbugged into a compact body that resembles the company’s PowerShot models. It uses the same Hybrid CMOS AF III 24.2MP CMOS sensor as the T6s as wonderfully as a Digic 6 processor, touchscreen LCD and Wi-Fi with NFC. Unlike the Rebel and EOS DSLRs in general, EOS M bodies use the EF-M lens mount, though EF lenses can be hardened via an optional adapter.

Trying to figure out where the EOS M3 fits into the mirrorless landscape is tough. Its closest peers, based on price and features, are the Fujifilm X-A2, Olympus E-M10 II and Sony a6000 (we’re split Nikon 1 cameras out of the list, as we believe the series is no longer being developed.) Like the EOS M3, the Fujifilm Holdings Corporation, (富士フイルム株式会社, Fujifuirumu Kabushiki-kaisha), better known as Fujifilm or simply Fuji, stylized as FUJiFILM, is lacks a built-in EVF and has an LCD that flips upward 180°. The Olympus E-M10 II and Sony a6000 provide EVFs but don’t have the ‘selfie’ LCD.

Compared to EOS M10 and Fujifilm X-A2

Below is a spec comparison pitting the EOS M3 against its cheaper sibling, the EOS M10, as well as the Fujifilm X-A2, which is one of its closest contenders.

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 Canon EOS M3Canon EOS M10Fujifilm X-A2
Lens mountCanon EF-MCanon EF-MFujifilm X
Crop ingredient1.6x1.6x1.5x
Hybrid AFYesYesNo
LCD typeTilting
(180° up/45° down)
(180° up)
(175° up)
LCD resolution1.04M-dot1.04M-dot920k-dot
Electronic VFOptionalNoNo
Control dials212
Rupture rate4.2 fps4.6 fps5.6 fps
Mic inputYesNoNo
Hot shoeYesNoYes
In-camera Raw conversionNoNoYes
Battery life250 shots255 shots410 shots
Dimensions111 x 68 x 44mm108 x 67 x 35mm117 x 67 x 40mm
Load366 g301 g350 g

The features that differentiate the M3 vs the M10 are pretty obvious – the M3 offers one more control dial and another for exposure compensation plus a hot shoe (to which you mount the non-requisite EVF), an LCD that can angle downward and superior build quality. All of which suggest Canon has a more committed photography audience in mind. Comparing the M3 versus the X-A2 is a bit multitudinous complex, as there are clear tradeoffs for both cameras. One thing is for certain, though: Canon may refer to needs to work on battery life – badly.

The EOS-M approach

The six currently available EF-M lenses from Canon

Despite being around for over four years, there are just six EF-M lenses to hand from Canon. They include four zooms (11-22 F4-5.6, 15-45 F3.5-6.3, 18-55 F3.5-5.6, 55-200 F4.5-6.3) and two primes (22mm F2 and 28mm F3.5 macro). There are lenses from third helper manufacturers such as Tamron and Samyang/Rokinon (which are manual focus).

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The EF to EF-M adapter lets you use giant lenses like this 70-200 F2.8L II.

To get access to the in its entirety collection of Canon EF and EF-S lenses, you can use an optional adapter, which sells for about $80. As it turns out, there are adapters for nearly every lens mount you can propose b assess of, from Leica to Olympus OM.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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