Canon EOS M3 Field Test: Numerous improvements take the M-series to the next level


posted Friday, October 16, 2015 at 3:32 PM EDT


The Canon EOS M3 arrived with eager anticipation, as it features more external controls, a more DSLR-like body shape, more image resolution, and claims of faster autofocus performance than the original EOS M. At first, North American customers were left out of the fun with the EOS M3 getting released in the European and Asian markets initially. But earlier this year Canon announced that the the M3 would indeed make its way across to US shores.

We recieved our Canon M3 review sample recently, and it wasn't before long that we sent the camera, along with a few lenses, the EF-M mount adapter and the accessory EVF attachment up to Maine for a Field Test with landscape and nature photographer Jeremy Gray. He's now returned with his report, and on a number of fronts, the EOS M3 is an impressive camera, though it's certainly not without drawbacks and disappontments in a few areas. The image quality is nice, the high ISO performance is good for an APS-C camera, and the external controls and ergonomics are a welcomed change from the original EOS M. Oh, and the autofocus performance is quick, versatile and capable (!)

18mm equivalent (EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM at 11mm), f/8, 1/50s, ISO 100

The original EOS M was met with rather lackluster enthusiasm, stemming primarily from its less-than-stellar AF performance and its point-and-shoot-esque shape and controls (or lack thereof). Does the Canon EOS M3 bring all the necessary fixes and improvements to satisfy the advanced Canon photographer looking for a capable but more compact EOS camera? Head over to our Canon EOS M3 Field Test to read all about how this camera handles real-world shooting scenarios.

29mm equivalent (EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM at 18mm), f/10, 1s, ISO 100
320mm equivalent (EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM at 200mm), f/6.3, 1/320s, ISO 1250

Canon EOS M3 Field Test

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