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Canon EOS M Compact System Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The first compact system camera produced by Canon, the EOS M has an 18-megapixel sensor that is the same size (APS-C) as the sensors in many entry-level to mid-range digital SLR models, but the camera has an overall size, weight and appearance that makes it more similar to a point-and-shoot camera than a DSLR.

It does not have a viewfinder, but does have an LCD screen with touch-screen control (similar to smartphones) for focusing, zooming, taking a picture and more. This camera doesn't have a built-in flash, but it some retail markets (like Canada) the standard kit includes a small external flash unit.

The EOS M takes still images in JPEG and RAW formats, and records 1080p full-HD video. Canon has created a new line of EF-M lenses (two were available when this camera was introduced in fall 2012), plus with an optional adapter ($200) this camera is also compatible with EF and EF-S lenses.


(Prices as of 01/3/2013)
EOS M      EOS M      Source
(22mm moderate wide-angle lens)   (18-55mm zoom lens, flash attachment)  
$722$850Best Buy
$776$781B&H Photo Video

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$15-$75Replacement battery
$55-$70Replacement battery charger
$100-$150External speedlite flash


DimensionsHeight: 2.62"
Width: 4.28"
Depth: 1.27"
Weight9.2 oz. (body only)
ColorsBlack, silver, white, red
Included in BoxBattery pack, battery charger, USB cable, neck strap, software (EOS Digital Solution), instruction manual
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels18 MP
Sensor22.3mmx14.9mm (APS-C size) CMOS sensor
Monitor3" LCD touch-screen (about 1.040 million dots)
Video1080p full-HD video recording at up to 30 frames per second
FlashNo built-in flash; external flash included in some kits
Shutter Speed60 seconds to 1/4000
SensitivityISO 100-12800, expandable to 25600 (video ISO 100-6400, expandable to 12800)
Exposure ModesProgram AE (shiftable), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual, creative auto, portrait, landscape, close-up, sports, night portrait, handheld night scene, HDR backlight
Continuous ShootingMaximum speed of 4.3 frames per second for up to 15 frames
Compatible LensesCanon EF-M lenses, or Canon EF lenses including EF-S lenses with optional adaptor
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery pack; about 200-230 frames or 1.33-1.5 hours video recording per charge, depending on temperatures
Other FeaturesRecords still images in JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG formats
8 picture styles (auto, standard, portrait, landscape, neutral, faithful, monochrome, user defined 1-3)
Self-timer with 2-second or 10-second delay
Automatic battery level check when power turned on; battery level indicated on LCD monitor
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at

Sample Lenses

1. Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM compact moderate wide-angle lens$250
2. Canon EF-M 18-55m f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens$300
3. Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS M (to allow use of EF and EF-S lenses)$200
4. Roiknon 8mm ultra wide angle f/3.5 fisheye lens for Canon EF mount$269
5. Tokima 100mm f/2.8 AT-X M100 AF Pro D Macro Autofocus lens for Canon $489
6. Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Ultra-Wide zoom lens $1,139
7. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM wide-angle autofocus lens$1,229
8. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM telephoto lens$1,249
(List as of 01/3/2013)

What People Are Saying:

Critics typically applaud the fact that Canon has finally produced its first compact system camera model; reviewers tend to like the EOS M with its relatively large 18-megapixel sensor and touch-screen controls. This model was released in fall 2012, and initial user reviews are mixed; those who like the EOS M praise its compact size, image quality and touch screen controls. Complaints center around a slow autofocus, short battery life and overly sensitive touch-screen (allowing pictures to be taken by accident).
  • "Thanks to the combination of the 18MP APS-C format CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor and the high-quality EF-M 18-55mm kits lens, the M is capable of producing superb quality images that even outperform those taken on the Canon 650D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II mounted. The touchscreen controls are also very good and it doesn't take long to get to know the camera. However, the M is let down by its AF system and its unbalanced feel that stems from it not having a decent grip."
  • "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."