• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 16000

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Advantages

Canon EOS M over Sony NEX-3N

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony NEX-3N over Canon EOS M

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer battery life
    480 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Less shutter lag
    0.272 vs 0.742 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster RAW shooting
    1.1 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in single-shot mode
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.3 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality similar to Rebel T4i, T5i and SL1 DSLRs, with 18-megapixel APS-C-type sensor delivering considerable resolution for a mirrorless camera; Solid build and sleek design; Bright, high-resolution 3-inch LCD touchscreen monitor; Full 1080p HD video recording that's virtually silent with an STM lens.

  • Barely acceptable autofocus speed still lags far behind most mirrorless cameras despite firmware update fix; Limited physical controls and buttons, including no Program, Priority, or Manual on Mode dial; Lacks built-in flash or electronic viewfinder option; Only two compact EF-M mount lenses currently available.

  • Excellent image quality for an entry-level mirrorless; User interface ideal for consumers stepping up from point-and-shoots; Speedy and accurate autofocusing; Zoom lever on body; Tremendous value.

  • Lack of hot shoe or accessory port limits more advanced shooting; No electronic viewfinder; Performance lags behind previous model, especially on burst shooting speed.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm X-M1

Canon EOS M
Fujifilm X-M1
  • $339
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony NEX-3N
Fujifilm X-M1
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • 24p
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Canon EOS M
Sony NEX-5T
  • $339
  • APS-C
  • External Mic
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Fujifilm X-A1

Canon EOS M
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $339
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony NEX-3N
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • 24p
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen

Compared to Sony A5000

Canon EOS M
Sony A5000
  • $339
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony NEX-3N
Sony A5000
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Wi-Fi
  • More pixels

Compared to Sony A5100

Canon EOS M
Sony A5100
  • $339
  • APS-C
  • External Mic
  • Hot shoe
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
Sony NEX-3N
Sony A5100
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
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