What Is The Canon EOS M3?

Whether you are a photographer, a traveler, a journalist, or just have a love of photography, it goes without saying that having the right camera on hand is important to whatever task you are trying to accomplish. But what if you are looking for a simple and easy to use camera that features all the quality of the higher end models? If you're looking for something that you can carry around wherever you go, then the Canon EOS M3 is certainly a great digital camera worth considering.  In today's review, we are going to take a look at what makes the Canon EOS M3 such an impressive product. From the overall design to the overall performance to wear to snag the best deals on this camera and its lenses, we have got everything you need to know about the Canon EOS M3. 

In the mission of helping you get your hands on the best mirrorless camera, we have also included a couple of additional mirrorless digital cameras to choose from as well. At the end of our review, we have included several leading competitors that offer the same capabilities that the Canon EOS M3 does. This way, you will be better equipped to make the best choice when you are shopping for the right camera for your needs. Let's get started!

Canon: Behind the Brand

Before we get into our review, let's talk about the brand history behind this great camera.  Understanding the brand of the product you are purchasing will allow you to make a reasonable and sound purchase. Certain brands come with certain features you can expect and it goes without saying that brand reputability and brand dependability go hand in hand with the quality of the product you are purchasing.

In the world of Photography, one of the biggest names is undoubtedly Canon. From National Geographic photographers to budding amateurs, Canon is routinely the go to choice when shopping for high quality DSLR cameras.

This world popular brand was born from humble beginnings in Tokyo, Japan in the year 1937. The four founders, Takeshi Mitarai, Goro Yoshida, Saburo Uchida, and Takeo Maeda started the brand by specializing in the manufacturing of imaging and optical products. Today, the brand has found success not only in the camera world, but with camcorders, photocopiers, computer printers, and steppers. Canon has also dabbled in the medical equipment field as well. Regardless, it seems that whatever product Canon puts its name on is a successful and innovative addition to the global world.

One of the most notable achievements of Canon is their development of Japan's first 35 mm focal plane shutter camera. Soon after, the brand introduced to the world a field zoom lens that was a hit with television broadcasting. The world's first movie camera called The Reflex Zoom 8 soon followed and the brand propelled into success ever since. Starting from the 1970s to the early 2000s, Cannon set out on introducing a high-end SLR camera. Then in 1985, the Canon electro optical system or EOS was a staple in a variety of Canon cameras. Today, you can see this technology used in a variety of Canon cameras. 

After the brand made its mark on the world of photography, it wasn't long after that the brand set his sights on growing. Since 2010, canon has propelled in success as it began investing and acquiring a range of companies including the Texas based company Molecular Imprints Inc and Danish IP surveillance VMS software company, Milestone Systems. 

It is clear that with its detailed past, Canon thoroughly understands the field of photography. This is something that customers all over the globe have come to appreciate. Canon is consistently one of the number one leading photography brands that photographers come to you time and time again. From powerful lenses to versatile bodies, it is understandable why this brand is such a popular among photographers both advanced and novice in the craft.

A lot of the brand’s success, especially recently, is the fact that Canon has been able to build such a strong brand that stands for dependability, quality, and performance. This ability to resonate with customers from all over the globe is what has allowed the brand to continue finding success in the photography and imaging world. 

Now that you have a thorough understanding of the Canon brand, it is time to get into the nitty-gritty of what makes the Canon EOS M3 one of the best options to go with in terms of mirrorless cameras. 

What Makes The Canon EOS M3 Stand Out?

Canon EOS M3 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 is STM Lens (Black) -...
  • 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processing
  • 4.6 FPS high-speed burst, 3-inch touchscreen LCD display
  • 8% reduction of body size than older models, remote operation of the smartphone

As you would expect from Canon, this camera is beautifully designed and solidly built. It is compact and ergonomic, with a good feel in the hands. It includes some top-notch features that make it an appealing choice:

  • It’s fully compatible with Canon's EF and EFS lenses and other EOS accessories, such as Macro Ring Lites and Speedlites.
  • Built in Wi-Fi means you can upload photos directly to social media or your smartphone.
  • The Creative Assist feature allows users to change camera settings, observing the effects as they happen. Six personal settings can be saved.
  • A hot shoe and external microphone jack add versatility and options to your setup.
  • The touchscreen is fast and responsive, letting you quickly choose a focus point.

In addition to the above, the 24.2mp APS – C CMOS imaging sensor produces photos that rival mid-range DSLRs.

Canon EOS M3 Review

The Canon EOS M3 is another entry in the mirrorless camera market. The Canon EOS M3  takes near DSLRquality photos without the bulk and weight of the bigger cameras. It features an interchangeable lens camera (ILC). This essentially means that you can switch out the lenses of Canon EOS M3 to whatever lens you prefer. Whether you are shooting long distance, microphotography, or in standard mode, there are a variety of lenses that you can choose to work with. Because of the ability to swap out lenses, this type of camera tends to be great for casual use such as on vacations, as they are smaller than DSLRs and easier to carry.


Photography enthusiasts will notice that the design of the Canon EOS M3 is a lot smaller when compared to traditional DSLR models. In fact, this model measures out to 4.37 in by 1.75 in by 2.65 in. And surprisingly, it only weighs .81 lbs. When it comes to a compact yet powerful camera, the Canon EOS M3 certainly delivers. In addition to the design of this camera, you will find a neat display screen that allows you to see exactly what you are shooting. This 3.0 tilt type LCD monitor is able to rotate 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down. The LCD monitor features about 1040000 dots and allows you to take selfie shots with absolute ease. 

Currently, you can find this model in two colors. There is a convenient black model that offers an elegant and sleek design. There is also a standout white model that gives it a little bit of a pop. With both models, you have plenty of room for a comfortable grip. This means that you do not have to worry about your Canon EOS M3  flipping out of your fingertips when you are snagging a shot. And because it weighs less than a pound, you can easily move around with this camera and take quick shots at awkward angles. Overall, the exchangeable lenses and the overall body of the Canon EOS M3 make it rather impressive in terms of design. 


When it comes to the performance of the Canon EOS M3,  \you will be surprised to find that this compact camera carries a big punch. For starters, the standard 18 - 55 mm lens that this camera comes equipped with is great for shooting all types of scenery. From everyday shots to portraits to up close shots, this lens is perfect for everyday use. Because this is the standard lens that this camera comes with, it's helpful that you can switch it out for more compatible lenses. The Canon EOS M3 is compatible with EF-M Lenses as well as all the lenses in the EF line.  This camera is also compatible with EF - S lenses as well. 

When it comes to the overall operation of this camera, there are a couple of facets that you need to understand. For starters,  the DSLR needs a mirror to reflect light to the optical viewfinder. By doing away with the mirror, the Canon EOS M3 also loses the optical viewfinder. Instead, you need an electronic viewfinder (EVF) attachment that uses the hot shoe. This is the only downside to this camera. The benefit of this arrangement is that the camera is much smaller without the mirror box, although the EVF attachment protrudes a bit awkwardly. The disadvantage is that the battery life is quite short because the sensor is in constant use.

When it comes to the specs of this camera, you will find that it features an impressive 24.2 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor. This sensor is great for shooting action shots and trick shots. Because you do not have to wait for the sensor to focus, you will find yourself spending more time snapping photographs than finding the right clarity. For travelers and photographers who are always on the go and are looking to snap quick shots, this camera will come in handy.  

Another great feature lies in this camera’s ISO capabilities. With an ISO of 100 - 12800,  you will have the capabilities of shooting all sorts of settings regardless of light exposure. If you enjoy night time photography, this level of ISO will allow you to get some really great shots of the night sky. Because of the fact that this camera also features a DIGIC 6  image processor, you will be impressed with the amount of clarity in quality both your photos and your videos result in. 

Lastly, the LCD Screen offers you more versatility than just being able to see what you're shooting at. This intuitive touch screen makes quick focusing easier than ever. Simply point and shoot and you can start recording your images quickly. Speaking of recording, the Canon EOS M3  has the ability to create 1920 x 1800 movies at 24 FPS and 30p. Using the movie control, you can capture all of life's moments with the simple click of a button. 

Stay Connected

Transferring your images onto a computer, a phone, or any other device is simpler than ever with the Canon EOS M3. You can use the traditional method of transferring images by putting your SD card in a compatible device, or you can use the neat integrated Wi-Fi technology.  The built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities allow you to transfer your photos not only to a device but to social media immediately. This level of connectivity is unlike any other when compared to many of the major competitors. This really gives you the ability to access your photos without having to worry about cumbersome transfers via SD cards. 

Ease of Use 

You also have ample control when it comes to operating your Canon EOS M3. The front dial and the exposure compensation dial allow you to find the right settings to shoot in a variety of lighting scenarios. Overall, you will not be overwhelmed with a variety of features. This makes Canon EOS M3  a rather easy to operate camera. 

Price Point 

When it comes to the price point of the Canon EOS M3, it is rather decently priced considering all that it has to offer. However it should be noted that the prices for this camera are all over the map. Overall, it really just depends on where you are purchasing this camera from. If you are purchasing it new from Canon directly or from other retailers like Best Buy, then you might get a bit of a higher price point. However, on Amazon you can typically find a bargain. You also do you have the choice of purchasing just the body and then a lens of your choosing. However, if you are just getting started, we recommend purchasing the kit to start with so that you can get a true feel of all that this camera has to offer. The kit comes with everything you need to get started photographing. If you are looking to save a little bit of money and are dead set on purchasing this model, then second hand sites like eBay are great options to go with as you can find some great deals on the Canon EOS M3. Overall, you really have to take your time and do your research before buying this camera, that way you get the best deal.  

As we just mentioned you can purchase the camera body alone, or you can get a kit that includes the EOS M3 camera body, and EF-M 18-55 mm lens, a battery pack, a battery charger, a neck strap, and a USB cable. Purchasing the kit will cost you anywhere from $600 to $850. Again, it just really depends on which retailer  you go to. There are also used camera kits in the $500 range. Just the camera body, with no lens, costs about $350.

With such variation in prices, it's a good idea to check with reputable resellers for a well used kit. Unless you already own your own lenses, the kit is definitely a better bargain for the novice photographer as it comes with a good starter lens. You can always expand your lens collection as you become more experienced.

Overall, if you are a photographer who is just getting started, then the Canon EOS M3 can certainly be a great option to go with. It is not overwhelming with features, yet you still get a quality camera that produces some high-resolution images. If you are a traveler, always on the go, or are looking for a great point and shoot camera, then the Canon EOS M3  is certainly a model you want to consider.



Our Rating

Good Deal

How's The Competition?

There are several mirrorless ILCs in direct competition with the Canon EOS M3. Fujifilm, Samsung, and Sony all have offerings that we compare here. In order to make sure that you are getting the best camera for your needs, it's always a good idea to compare the model that you are interested in with other models. In today's review of the Canon EOS M3,  we have gone ahead and selected three mirrorless ILC’s to compared to the Canon EOS M3. These cameras that we have selected include popular models from Fujifilm, Samsung, and Sony. Let's take a look at how the Canon EOS M3 stacks up against the competition. 

Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Camera Kit with EF-M 18-55mm Image...
  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100–12800 (expandable to H: 25600) and DIGIC 6 Image Processor can help...
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III helps provide fast and accurate focusing for stills and videos
  • Front Dial and Exposure Compensation Dial help provide full manual control and offer customizable functions as well as...

  • Sensor size – 22.3 x 14.9 mm
  • Sensitivity range – ISO 100-12800, expansion to 25600
  • Viewfinder – Optional EVF
  • Autofocus – 49-point phase detection
  • Shutter speed – 30-1/4000 sec.
  • LCD – 3-inch tilting touchscreen
  • Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price - $800 (for the kit)

For the Samsung NX500 we have the following:

Samsung Electronics EV-NX500ZBMHUS NX500 28 MP Wireless Smart Compact...
  • New 28MP Back Side Illuminated APS-C Sensor.
  • The NX AF System III on the NX500 is supported by 205 phase detect auto focus points
  • NX500 can shoot at up to 9 FPS at full resolution

While Samsung is known for putting out reputable electronics, the brand has certainly been able to infiltrate the imaging industry. In the Camera World, Samsung has certainly made its mark with some of the best models on the market. The Samsung NX500 is one such model.


The design of the The Samsung NX500 is one that is hard to ignore. It features a sleek silver construction that allows it to have the iconic look of a point and shoot camera. Much like the Canon EOS M3, you will find that the Samsung NX500 offers a great grip that is comfortable and easy to maneuver. You will find that the dimensions of the Samsung NX500 are roughly the same as the Canon EOS M3. The Samsung NX500  measures out to 1.6 in by 4.7 in by 2.5 in. However, the Samsung model does have the Canon beat in terms of weight as it only weighs a little over half a pound.


When it comes to compact sized cameras, the Samsung NX500  certainly packs a great punch. The Samsung NX500 features a 28 megapixel backside aluminum APS  illuminate C Sesnsor. Because of the NX AF System III that is supported by 205 phase-detect autofocus points, you can take snapshots on any subject without having to deal with getting a clear focal point.

Capturing crisp and clear quality photos and video is a no brainer with the Samsung NX500.  You will find that it can shoot at up to 9 frames per second with full resolution. With that, you can expect to find not only ultra high definition video capabilities but also 4K video capabilities too. Much like the Canon EOS M3, the Samsung NX500 also features Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to transport your photos faster than ever over the wireless network.

Other features you can look forward to include the 3 inch screen size that allows you to capture great images, especially when using selfie mode. The only downside when this model is compared to the cannon is that there is no viewfinder equipped with the Samsung NX500. Instead, you will have to rely on the LCD screen. Additional attachments that are compatible with your Samsung NX500 are light fixtures as you can attach a flash to give your camera even greater power.

Ease of Use

There are not many cumbersome features that you have to deal with when operating the Samsung NX500. With that being said, you can quickly and seamlessly capture high resolution images and videos without needing to overcome a large learning curve.

Price Point

Perhaps the price point is one of the major downsides of the Samsung NX500.  Depending on where you purchase this camera from, you will get varying price points. Especially if you consider purchasing the camera alone or as a kit.  Regardless, you can expect to pay almost double the Canon EOS M3 camera. While this is certainly a downside, you do have to consider that the Samsung comes equipped with high definition and 4K resolution in both photos and videos. This is not something that the Canon can offer. On the flip side though you do have to consider that with Canon you are purchasing from a reputable photography company where a Samsung does not offer that same brand dependability. Regardless, if you are looking for a high quality camera that delivers high quality results, then the Samsung NX500 is the way to go. You certainly do get what you pay for with this steep price point.

What Customers Have to Say About the Samsung NX500

Overall, customers who purchase the Samsung NX500 are rather satisfied with their purchase. On Amazon, the Samsung NX500 has a current rating of 3.3 out of 5 Stars. It should be noted that when compared to other customer review platforms such as the Samsung website alone, Amazon's reviews do not completely capture how customers feel about this product. Overall, this is a great camera if you are looking for a compact product to take with you on your adventures.

  • Sensor size – 23.5 x 15.7 mm
  • Sensitivity range – ISO 100-25600, expansion to 51200
  • Viewfinder – none
  • Autofocus – 205 phase detection (153 cross-type) 209 contrast AF
  • Shutter speed – 30-1/6000 sec.
  • LCD – 3-inch, AMOLED tilting touch screen
  • Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price - $650 (for the kit)

Looking at the Sony Alpha A5100 we see:

If you're looking to stay within budget but want a great mirrorless digital camera, then the Sony a5100  is a great camera to consider. 


The Sony a5100  features a very standard traditional look for a point and shoot camera. You will find that the overall design features a comfortable crib that allows you to take photos in the snap of a second. The Sony a5100  also comes in two colored shades. You can find a traditional black model that is very mainstream or the white model that offers a bit of a color pop. You will find that this compact camera measures out to 4.3 inches by 1.42 inches by 2.5 inches. It also weighs just a little bit over half a pound so it's perfect for carrying with you if you're going to be on the road. Overall, this is a great compact camera in terms of design.


There is plenty for you to look forward to in terms of performance as well. The Sony a5100  features a 3 inch screen size that allows you to see exactly what it is that you are photographing. Unfortunately, you will not find a viewfinder with this camera. Regardless, the LCD screen is pretty great because it rotates at a 180 degree angle. This allows you to capture photos from virtually any angle including selfie mode.

When it comes to snapping photos, you will find that waiting for your camera to focus on a subject is not something that exists with the Sony a5100.  This is thanks to the fact that this camera features 179 AF points and 6 frames per second. Thanks to the 24 megapixel APS-C sensor, the images you capture will be in high resolution. Speaking of which, whether you're taking a picture or recording, you can expect to find capabilities up to 180/24/60p. This level of power is perfect for capturing all sorts of video and imaging whether it be professional or personal. 

Ease of  Use

Much like the Samsung NX 500, the Sony a5100  is rather simple and easy to use as well. It's a matter of pointing and shooting in order to capture great images. The 180 degree tilt screen is super practical because it allows you to capture shots from virtually any angle. And with the comfortable grip, you never have to worry about the camera flipping out of your fingertips when you are grabbing a quick shot.

Price Point

When it comes to the price point of the Sony a5100,  we have found that this is the perfect model that fits a range of budgets. You get an adequate amount of performance and features without having to spend a hefty amount. In fact, the Sony a5100  falls right around the price range of the Canon EOS M3. You also get many of the same features that the Canon offers as well. Overall, this is a great option to go with if you are looking for something that is budget friendly.

What Customers Have to Say About the Sony a5100

Currently, on Amazon, the Sony a5100 has a solid rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars. There are a variety of reasons why customers are so pleased with this camera. However, the primary one is that the LCD screen gives you a precise image of what it is that you are about to shoot. You will also find that there are no questions or doubts about the quality of your photos either. Unlike other cameras that rely on a viewfinder only, you will never have to second guess your images with this camera. Customers also appreciate the Wi-Fi connectivity that the Sony a5100  has to offer. You do not have to deal with the cumbersome task of transferring your photos off your SD card and onto your computer to access them. Simply connect your camera to the Wi-Fi and you can share your snaps to any devices as well as social media. This is a great perk that many travelers especially love.

  • Sensor size – 23.5 x 15.6 mm
  • Sensitivity range – ISO – 100-25600
  • Viewfinder – none
  • Autofocus – 179 point phase detection, 25 area contrast AF
  • Shutter speed – 30-1/4000 sec.
  • LCD – 3-inch flip-up touchscreen
  • Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price - $600 (for the kit)

The Fujifilm X-A2 has the following:

Fujifilm X-A5 Mirrorless Digital Camera w/XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ...
  • Newly developed 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor which outperforms previous models in its scene recognition accuracy in SR+...
  • Newly Developed XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS Power Zoom Lens
  • Bluetooth technology has been added for quick, easy and automatic transfer of still images and videos to paired...

While brands like Canon and Nikon have slowly dominated the field, Fujifilm has stayed in the background and preserved the features that make this brand so iconic. You can see many of the features on the mirrorless Fujifilm X-A5  digital camera.


The design of the Fujifilm X-A5  allows this camera to be perhaps the most classic camera on our list. The Fujifilm X-A5  features a very classic stainless steel construction that is highlighted by a brown casing. This is the perfect blend of a modern and retro look that Fujifilm is so well known for. If you do not like the brown color scheme, then there's also a black model and a coral pink model to choose from as well. Regardless, whichever option you go with you certainly will have a mirrorless digital camera on your hand that stands out from the rest of the competition. When it comes to the specs, you will find that the Fujifilm X-A5  measures out to 8.3 inches by 5.8 inches by 7.5 inches. While this is not the most compact camera, it is still a rather reasonable size if you are one who likes to travel with a great point and shoot camera. Finally, in addition to the LCD screen, you will also find a viewfinder. The flexible LCD screen has the capabilities of a 180 degree rotation. This enables you to capture shots from all sorts of angles including selfie mode.


In addition to the exterior design, you will find that the Fujifilm X-A5 comes with a 50-250  millimeter lens that is available in both black and silver. This lens offers just as much power and clarity as the rest of the models on our list. With that being said, the Fujifilm X-A5 features a newly developed 24.2 megapixel AP-C sensor. This sensor is one of the strongest as it outshines the model that precedes the Fujifilm X-A5. Some of the features that the sensor will provide you with include scene recognition accuracy, color reproduction performance, skin tone reproduction capability, and an auto mode that detects and adjust according to the setting that you are shooting with. This level of technology is quite impressive especially with a mirrorless digital camera that is as compact as this one is.

What makes this camera stand out from the rest on our list is the fact that it features a newly-developed XC15-45mm f3.5 - f5.6  power zoom lens. This lens really allows you to get up close and personal with objects and subjects that are just a little bit out of reach.

Don't let the retro design of this camera fool you as you will also find plenty of modern features including Bluetooth connectivity. When enabled, you can transfer your videos and images seamlessly over to any Bluetooth connected device. You can even download the Fujifilm camera remote app and use the camera even without being present to push the shutter button. Lastly, images and videos come out quite radiant as this camera has the ability to record in high definition and 4K resolution. In this day and age, this level of resolution is an absolute must in any camera.

Ease of Use

Without an abundant array of features and options, the Fujifilm X-A5 is rather straightforward when it comes to operation. You can look forward to spending more time photographing than you will be trying to figure out how to operate it. In addition to that, you do have the option of innovative technology such as Bluetooth pairing if you do so choose to use it. Overall, this is not a complicated camera to learn how to use and really anyone can operate it.

Price Point

When it comes to the price point of this camera, the Fujifilm X-A5  is slightly a bit more than the Canon EOS M3. However, with this price point, you do get the power of Bluetooth connectivity, and optical zoom. It's not an absolute steal, but depending on where you shop for this camera you can get some really great deals. Above all, we certainly think this is a great price point especially considering that this one of the more stylish cameras on the market too. And because it comes from a brand that is proficient in the photography world, you do get a sense of satisfaction that the camera you're using is crafted by the best for the best. 

What Customers Have to Say About the Fujifilm X-A5 

It seems that the customers who love the Fujifilm X-A5  follow the theme of appreciation for authentic photography. Because Fujifilm has that retro brand appeal, this is one of the best cameras to go with if you're not all about the latest bells and whistles. The Fujifilm X-A5 offers exactly what you need with just enough innovation to keep it modern. This is what customers seem to really appreciate about this camera. Currently, the Fujifilm X-A5  has an average customer rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Generally, customers are thoroughly satisfied with this easy to use camera.

  • Sensor size – 223.6 x 15.6 mm
  • Sensitivity range – ISO 200-6400, expansion to 25600
  • Viewfinder – none
  • Autofocus – 49-area contrast AF
  • Shutter speed – 30-1/4000 sec.
  • LCD – 3-inch tilting
  • Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price - $550 (for the kit)

By looking at these specs, we can see that the Canon is a respectable camera, but it does not distinguish itself from the competition in any remarkable way. All three of the competitors have larger sensors, and all but the Fujifilm have a greater sensitivity range. Given that the Canon is the most expensive of the four, it may not be the best choice even though it can deliver the goods just fine.

Pros And Cons Of The Canon EOS M3 Camera

This camera has all the Canon quality you would expect from the brand. The body is magnesium-alloy/stainless steel for lightweight strength and durability. It has a vulcanized rubber recessed grip for easier handling and holding. These small but important features contribute to the great feeling of tactile control. Other pros in the Canon's favor include:


  • Four dials increase control over handling and two of them are customizable.
  • It comes with a pop-up flash and a hot shoe.
  • The tilting LCD screen can flip a full 180 degrees for selfie mode.
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    Adapters allow users to attach the full range of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.
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    The simplified menu system is easy and intuitive to understand.

One of the sticking points for this camera that keeps it from excelling is the slow autofocus. It has a difficult time tracking and locking in on subjects. For this reason, it is not a good camera for action photography. Other detractions for this camera are:


  • The battery life is poor. Don't expect more than 300 photos from your battery.
  • The optional EVF is an additional $220 and takes up the hot shoe.
  • The video quality is only average with low frame rates and resolution.
  • When shooting in low light with high ISO settings, the resulting images are poor.
  • There is no image stabilization.

Specs For The Canon EOS M3


24mp CMOS, 22.3 x 14.9

Supporting Hybrid CMOS AF III


Hybrid CMOS AF III method, 49 points

Working range EV 2-18

ISO Speed Range

Manual setting range: ISO 100-12800, expansion to ISO 25600 equivalent

Auto setting range: ISO 100-12800, default setting is ISO 6400


Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with electronic first curtain and mechanical second curtain

1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. shutter speeds, highest flash-sync shutter speed: 1/200 sec.

LCD Monitor

TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor with Vari-angle Touch Screen

Screen aspect ratio of 3:2, adjustable to five brightness levels

25 interface languages


File format: Video – MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio – MPEG-4 AAC-LC

File size: 1920 x 1080 Full HD, 1280 x 720 HD, 640 x 480 VGA

Frame rates: 1920 x 1080 – 29.97 fps/23.976 fps, 1280 x 720 – 59.94 fps, 640 x 480 – 29.97 fps

Recording System

Format: Design Rule for Camera File System 2.0

File size: L – Approx. 24.0 mp (6000 x 4000)

M – Approx. 12.4 mp (4320 x 2880)

S1 – Approx. 5.5 mp (2880 x 1920)

S2 – Approx. 3.5 mp (2304 x 1536)

S3 – Approx. 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)

RAW: Approx 24.0 mp (6000 x 4000)

Comparison Table

Our Findings

For Canon aficionados, and we know there are a lot of you, the Canon EOS M3 is a perfect companion to your Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or other DSLR. If you are looking for a smaller version of your favorite DSLR that is easier to cart around and take on trips, this camera can do the job nicely. You'll be used to the interface, the handling will feel similar, and the quality of the photos will be nearly the same. With an adapter, you can attach your old Canon EF and EF-S lenses with full compatibility and save money by not purchasing more. What we especially love with the Canon EOS M3 is the fact that really anyone can use it. All too often when I am traveling with friends or family, it seems as if I'm the only one who is able to operate my bigger and bulkier DSLR. When I hand my camera over to someone who does not know how to operate it, the results are images that are too blurry, not focused, and just downright unappealing. With the Canon EOS M3 you can have the power of peace knowing that anyone can operate this camera. This ultimately means that you'll finally be able to get some great snapshots of yourself without having to sacrifice quality or having to deal with teaching someone how to use it. 

Canon EOS M3 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 is STM Lens (Black) -...
  • 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processing
  • 4.6 FPS high-speed burst, 3-inch touchscreen LCD display
  • 8% reduction of body size than older models, remote operation of the smartphone

Final Thoughts on the Canon EOS M3

If you're looking for a fast camera with a more dynamic range in the sensor, one of the Sony offerings, such as the A6500, may be a better choice for you. That one’s focus speed is great for sporting events whereas the Canon EOS M3 is a good camera for static subjects. The Sony is at a higher price point, however, so it is less appealing for those on a tight budget. For portability, there is the Fujifilm X100T, which is also lightweight and easy to tote. As it is a fixed lens camera, it doesn't have the lens flexibility of an EOS M3, and at $400 more, it may be out of range for many buyers. The compact, easily gripped body of the EOS M3 makes it nearly as handy for street photography too. 

The Canon EOS M3 is a useful, well-built camera that will produce quality results. It's not flashy, fast, or exciting, but what it lacks in pizzazz, it more than makes up in dependability. The main weaknesses is the lack of a built-in EVF. Its greatest strengths are the outstanding image quality and reasonable price. It's a good buy for anyone looking for a smaller Canon camera.

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