Canon EOS-M Mirrorless Camera – Not my Cup of Tea

Some videos show unboxing, but here i'm planning to 'Re-Box' Canon's first mirrorless camera, the EOS-M. I'm sure there will be some comments about how I didn't really spend enough time to learn the camera, but I honestly don't see the point. Maybe if this were considered an entry level camera, i'd think twice but Canon wants to charge $800 dollars for this camera. At that price, I expect it to be at the same level as other mirrorless cameras such as the Olympus OM-D, DMC-GH3, or Sony Alpha NEX.

I feel like the mirrorless market is something many professionals are taking seriously, and after so many years of refinement from Panasonic, Olympus, and Sony, I can't understand what Canon was trying to do here. Sure there's an adapter to use the massive lineup of HUGE professional EF lenses onto the EOS-M, but why? That not only defeats the purpose of the small form factor, there is also nothing very special about the quality coming out of this camera.

In my opinion, there is just not enough to love on the Canon EOS-M mirrorless to justify the price and not enough accessories or lenses available (at this time). You're better off grabbing a Canon T3i for about $460 dollars than to spend $800 on something that lacks so much compared to what we're seeing from other companies. That's my rant, what's your opinion on this camera?

9 thoughts on “Canon EOS-M Mirrorless Camera – Not my Cup of Tea

  1. Emm: It seems like both Nikon and Canon, in some convoluted attempt to protect their DSLR market share, decided to come out with crippled mirrorless cameras with dumbed down specs.

    But they're not protecting their DSLR sales, they're just losing mirrorless sales to Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic.

    It's a shame, really, because if either company put their mind to it, they could rock the mirrorless world.

    But noooo, that would be too simple and easy.

  2. Well, most owners of the T3i/600D report how shooting with the crop reduces moire and aliasing significantly. There's a few youtube videos showing it.

    That, and the fact that the 600D has manual audio controls and is the cheapest of the Canon VDSLR's convinced me. Along with the fact that the batteries and batterygrip are interchangeable with the 550D/T2i I already have.

  3. @seenematic, I use the canon 600d (T3i) a lot for video and really find the 3x crop useful. There have been a few times when being able to 'punch in' without changing lens has really helped me out. It's a shame the T4i doesn't have this and I'd really miss it... But I'm not clear on what you're saying about moire and aliasing... Are you saying the T4i has less or more of this compared to the T3i? How does the crop function affect this either way?
    Many thanks if you can clarify this for me.

  4. Well said, Emm. Maybe this will be heard by Canon and they can catch up with Sony, Olympus and Panasonic... but by then Sony and Olympus will have already come up with even more game changing tech.

  5. Emm

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    @Archie - I have the T4i and yes, image is better than T3i is some ways. I just mentioned T3i because it's cheaper, while the T4i still runs slightly more expensive. If anyone is planning to get an Interchangeable lens from Canon, I don't think this is one to invest in. At least not right now.

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