In February 2015, Canon announced the release of the new mirrorless model, EOS M3. In this article, let's take a look at some photo samples and the impression after using this camera, which has undergone significant changes in its appearance and features. (Reported by: Ikuko Tsurumaki)
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Offers Professional Features and the Joy of Owning the Camera
When I first set my eyes on the EOS M3, I was surprised by how different it looked compared to the EOS M. In contrast to the compact and casual impression that the EOS M gave, the EOS M3 evokes a sense of stateliness that is characteristic of a camera. My expectations were heightened at the first sight of it. The weight is well balanced, and the grip feels comfortable too when I hold the camera in my hands. These alone were enough to build up my excitement. The EOS M3 provides a firm hold, so SLR camera users will have no problem getting used to it. Personally, I am very impressed with the simple structure of the new strap mount as well as the engraved characters on it. Instead of seeing the EOS M3 as a successor model of the EOS M, it might be better to regard them as two different types of cameras.
What I like most about the changes made to the appearance is the addition of a Mode Dial on the EOS M3. Although I am familiar with the touch-screen controls, operation is smoother with the use of dials, which my fingers have picked up intuitively. I have been using the dials to switch between the shooting modes and apply exposure compensation. You can use either the touch screen or the dial depending on which is more convenient for the situation. For example, in cases such as when the camera is mounted to a tripod, I would make use of the touch screen to operate from the Quick Control menu and release the shutter using the touch shutter function.
1. Equipped with a Mode Dial
You can switch the shooting mode intuitively with the Mode Dial. In this example, I used the "Art Bold Effect" Creative Filter to add impact to the image.
Yet another pleasant feature is the camera's compatibility with the use of an electronic viewfinder (EVF). As with the touch-sensitive panel, while I have become comfortable with using the rear LCD monitor to take photos, looking through the viewfinder offers a different way for spotting and capturing photographic subjects. I chose between the rear LCD monitor and EVF depending on the subject and my mood at the time. In the default setting, the camera switches automatically from the rear LCD monitor to the EVF when your eye approaches the eyepiece. However I changed the setting to enable manual switching.
2. Tilt-type rear LCD monitor
This shot was taken from a level just slightly above the ground surface. Equipped with a tilt-type rear LCD monitor, I could capture such a low-angle shot with great ease.
3. Faster AF speed
Thanks to the significantly faster AF speed, I was able to capture this fleeting moment I encountered on the street.
I am also very pleased with the tilt-type rear LCD monitor adopted on the EOS M3, partly because I personally prefer the tilt-type to the Vari-angle LCD monitor. The Vari-angle LCD monitor is not aligned with the lens, so I have difficulty getting the right feel at times. In contrast, the tilt-type LCD monitor, which is in alignment with the optical axis, is much easier to use. Most of my subjects for this shoot were moving ones, such as animals, children and sports activities. I feel that the faster AF speed has contributed to a higher probability of achieving focus. Even for street snaps, I was able to capture the decisive moment without stress. The "Creative Assist" feature seems more suitable for conditions such as landscape shoots where you have time to compose a precise shot, rather than for instant snapshots. The fun of being able to share photos through a Wi-Fi internet connection immediately after taking them, is a feature typical of this digital age.
I was happy with the image quality of the EOS M, and the EOS M3 also met my expectations in this aspect, so it will certainly be fun to print out photos in large format. My initial plan was to use of the EOS M3 as a sub camera to the EOS 5D or EOS 6D. However, it seems that the EOS M3 alone is good enough for producing photographic works.
4. Comes with the Creative Assist feature
With this feature, you can perform operations such as adjusting the colour and brightness while looking at the screen. It allows you to produce images as intended, and is recommended for beginners.
5. Support for NFC makes the Wi-Fi function more convenient
Use the Camera Connect application for remote control. NFC-compatible Android smartphones can be connected to the camera with a simple tap.
* This article is created based on a trial model. Aspects such as the appearance and image quality may differ slightly from the actual product.
EOS M3 Gallery
The Warmth of Light – A Glimpse into the Heartbeat of a Foreign Town
Light does not seem the same whenever I travel to a different part of the world. Of course, one of the reasons is because of the difference in latitude and longitude. I am attracted to warm light, especially oblique sunlight in the morning and the evening. EVF is indispensable when it comes to capturing shots with light taken into consideration. It allows me to concentrate on the world that unfolds before my eyes and engross myself in a "short trip" while capturing the gentle sunlight.
EF-M11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 22mm (equivalent to 35.2mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (1/40 sec., f/6.3, -1.3EV)/ ISO 800/ WB: Auto
The old town of Basel, Switzerland. The sky starts to brighten as the clock turns seven in the morning. The town wakes up with more and more trams and commuters moving across the narrow streets.
EF-M11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 21mm (equivalent to 33.6mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (1/15 sec., f/11, -1.0EV)/ ISO 6400/ WB: Auto
The town is lit up in orange as dusk falls. I was delighted to be able to obtain a beautiful depiction even at ISO 6400.
EF-M22mm f/2 STM/ FL: 22mm (equivalent to 35.2mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (1/800 sec., f/4.5, -0.3EV)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
The photo of a model in a wedding dress displayed in the showcase of a shop. It looks as though she was standing on the streets of the cloudy Berlin.
EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM/ FL: 81mm (equivalent to 129.6mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (1/125 sec., f/6.3, ±0EV)/ ISO 320/ WB: Auto
Train station with an intriguing colour combination and bold design. Light from the opposite window falling on the floor creates a strong impression.
EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM/ FL:81mm (equivalent to 129.6mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (1/125 sec., f/6.3, -1.0EV)/ ISO 320/ WB: Auto
A man relaxing on a terrace by the river. The big hat looks smart on him. Aiming for a compressed perspective using telephoto lens, I included the bridge in the distance into the composition.
EF-M55-200mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM/ FL: 94mm (equivalent to 150.4mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (1/640 sec., f/5, ±0EV)/ ISO 400/ WB: Auto
A lady in sunglasses waiting to cross the road. I could not help myself from telling how cool she looked after taking the shot.
Born in Tokyo in 1972, Tsurumaki started learning photography while working with an advertising agency, and became a photographer after her career as an assistant. She is currently engaged in activities including photo shoots for magazines, writing articles, and conducting photography lectures and seminars.