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Canon's first mirrorless ILC wasn't quite worth the wait

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We like the Canon EOS M -- far more than we might have expected, given its mediocre performance during our hands-on -- but the company's first mirrorless ILC falls short on several fronts. Professional photographers can affix their pricey L lenses, which is nice, but the dismal focusing performance means SLRs will probably be far more appealing to these users. With the M, Canon is providing a digital camera bridge of sorts in the hopes of capturing the hearts (and wallets) of amateurs looking to step up from point-and-shoots. Indeed, this is far more versatile than what these beginners are used to, yet it's still built on a simple interface that isn't intimidating. Granted, this isn't what the pros had been hoping for, but Canon's DSLR series clearly isn't ready to free these users from their hefty housings, leaving the company's ever-strong professional lineup to live another day.

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Critic reviews

6.7
14 reviews
  • Image quality
    8.4
  • Video quality
    7.8
  • Battery life
    5.1
  • Design and form factor
    7.3
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    5.1
  • Ease of use
    7.4

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7.1
7 reviews
7.0
Engadget Oct 3, 2012

We like the Canon EOS M -- far more than we might have expected, given its mediocre performance during our hands-on -- but the company's first mirrorless ILC falls short on several fronts.

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7.0
CNET Jun 3, 2013

While it provides one of the best touch-screen experiences in its class and the compact body is quite comfortable to shoot with, the Canon EOS M's disappointing performance and blah feature set make it less attractive than competitors.

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5.0
Gizmodo Feb 12, 2013

Should You Buy It? No. Canon's effort on the EOS M buttresses those frustrated users who believe that their beloved brand is focusing more on protecting their markets than they are on innovating. The M is just too safe and too boring.

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5.0
PC Mag Mar 25, 2013

The EOS M, Canon's first compact interchangeable lens camera, feels polished on the outside, but its poor performance makes it clear that you're looking at a first-generation product.

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8.0
CNET Asia Oct 30, 2012

We were impressed by the EOS M's excellent low-light performance and fluid touchscreen interface, but were let down by its slow autofocus performance.

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8.0
CNET AU Nov 23, 2012

Looking for SLR-like image quality in a compact body? The EOS M offers the best of both worlds, with the added benefit of interchangeable lenses. However, its sluggish autofocus may deter point-and-shoot upgraders.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 14, 2012

The Canon EOS M delivers on the image quality front, but is otherwise ultimately a let down. It's late to the compact system camera game and fails to offer anything truly special.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Nov 16, 2012

Image quality is some of the best we’ve yet seen in a CSC and certainly a match for many DSLRs. ... Of course, there’s still some room for improvement; AF speed and burst shooting could both be faster

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8.0
Camera Labs Nov 21, 2012

The slow AF even with native lenses, lack of viewfinder options and limited native lens catalogue at the time of writing rule out our top rating, but it remains a solid beginning to Canon's mirror-less compact system camera line and one deserving of the Cameralabs Recommended Award.

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8.0
T3 Dec 24, 2012

If we've an overriding sense that comes from using the 18 megapixel EOS M it is that Canon has delivered a well-built, competent product without it being one that is especially breakthrough or overtly exciting.

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7.0
TechRadar Nov 16, 2012

Canon has managed to produce a camera that isn't too far off the pace in many respects, and it should give the Nikon J2 a serious run for its money ... However, the M is let down by its AF system and its unbalanced feel that stems from it not having a decent grip.

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4.0
Digital Versus Jan 1, 2013

The Canon EOS M could be a great camera. In fact, its easy, pleasant-to-use design and image quality are easily worth four stars. However, the M's general slowness just isn't acceptable, which is why it ended up with a two-star score.

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First Looks

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Imaging Resource Jul 23, 2012

The Canon EOS M is promising. I'm glad it has an APS-C sensor, I like the responsive capacitive touchscreen, and think it's built beautifully. I really didn't want to leave the meeting without it.

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8.0
luc luc

I bought this camera as a camera to take everywhere with me. My photography habits have changed dramatically over the last couple years where previously I used to carry around my DSLR all the time. With the introduction of the iPhone 4S, I found myself leaving my camera behind. I got sick and...

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8.0
xraydj xraydj

My *big* caveat for this review is that I purchased the EOS-M with 22mm lens (35mm focal length equivalent on full frame) for $300. As a $300 camera, it is a STELLAR purchase. I was looking for a 35mm full frame equivalent lens for my Nikon DSLR, but purchased this camera plus lens for less than...

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2.0
adambrenecki adambrenecki

I thought that, given the reputation of the Canon EOS brand, this camera was sure to be fantastic. It wasn't. For all its benefits, the awful AF made it impossible to use. On a half-button-press, the AF would spend half an hour searching for whatever was on the crosshair, give up, and move to a...

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8.0
DToledo DToledo

I bought my 1st DC (Nikon 990) in early 2000 and I started to use DSLR since 2004. After I made the switch, I never thought about a DC again as I prefer the picture quality and operation speed of a DSLR. However, I always dream of a DC type of camera, with DSLR quality. I tried the...

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