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[Part 3] EOS M3 Offers the Same Level of Operability as SLR Cameras

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 first-use impressions of this camera, which has undergone significant changes in its appearance and features. (Photos and Report: Haruki)

 

EOS M3 Meets My Rigorous Demands Well

Significant changes have been made to the design of the EOS M3, giving it a more masculine impression. I feel that I can hold the camera firmly in my hands with my fingers fitting well on the protrusion of the grip. The EOS M was slippery and my fingers were unable to rest stably. The EOS M3, however, should feel a lot easier to handle when using telephoto zoom lenses such as the EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM.

While there are many enhancements to the features found on predecessor models, the most distinctive one would be the analogue-style dials. Manual control is instinctive. Once your fingers have memorised the positions, you can perform operations such as exposure compensation immediately upon encountering a photo opportunity. Despite it being the latest mirrorless camera, you can also enjoy controlling it in a way reminiscent of the film cameras of yore.

Another pleasing feature in conjunction with these dials is the availability of an external EVF (EVF-DC1) that is compatible with the hot shoe. The EVF is an essential item as it allows you to obtain a clear view on a compact and lightweight mirrorless camera in the same way that you would on an SLR camera. Also included in this latest model is a built-in flash, which can be used in daytime sync photography as well as in place of a reflector for capturing portrait shots.

 
 

The apparatuses that can be said to define the M3: The exposure compensation dial, external EVF (EVF-DC1), and the built-in flash.

 
 

Pixel count has increased from 18 megapixels on the EOS M to 24.2 megapixels on the EOS M3. Coupled with the enhanced high ISO sensitivity, expression of fine details with higher definition than before is now possible. There will be no problems raising your ISO setting by around 1 stop. I tried taking photographs of trains and birds, and could experience for myself the improvement in the AF speed and accuracy. While backlit scenes and those with a strong contrast between light and shadow often pose harsh challenges for the camera and lens, the EOS M3 was able to meet my expectations without causing any worry.

* 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

In Search of Shadows

I strolled around from the streets to the seaside in the outskirts, releasing the shutter along the way. The different aspect ratios and Creative Filter effects that I tried out brought unexpected changes to the resulting images, and led me to some pleasant discoveries. Regardless of the location or subject, my works are characterised by shadows that occupy a large part of the composition.

EF-M11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 15mm (equivalent to 24mm in 35mm format)/ Program AE (1/4,000 sec., f/20)/ ISO 400/ WB: Auto

A pond located in Kamakura, Japan. Black kites circling beautifully in the sky, aiming for food that tourists feed to the pigeons. Despite the strong rays of backlight, I was able to compose this shot easily, thanks to the EVF.

EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM/ FL: 173mm (equivalent to 276.8mm in 35mm format)/ Creative Filter: Miniature Effect (1/250 sec., f/8)/ ISO 160/ WB: Auto

A simple depiction of the sea by combining the perspective compression effect of the telephoto lens with the 16:9 aspect ratio.

 

EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 27mm (equivalent to 43.2mm in 35mm format)/ Program AE (1/320 sec., f/10)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto

Wandering into a back alley, I found my silhouette at the dead end of a three-forked road. It wouldn't be interesting to capture a silhouette of me holding a camera, so I took a few shots without looking into the viewfinder, and chose the one with the best result.

 

EF-M11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 12mm (equivalent to 19.2mm in 35mm format)/ Creative Filter: Art Bold Effect (1/400 sec., f/13, -1EV)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto

The shadow of a leafless tree that was cast on the wall of a building on a sunny winter afternoon. I attempted to emphasise the contrast, and as it turned out, the shadow seemed to resemble cracks on the wall of the old building.

 
 

EF-M22mm f/2 STM/ FL: 22mm (equivalent to 35.2mm in 35mm format)/ Creative Filter: Toy Camera Effect (1/400sec., f/8)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto

With a pancake lens attached to the EOS M3, I captured a shot of a mirror using the [Toy Camera Effect] Creative Filter, which adds a touch of melancholy to the photo.

 
 
 
Haruki

 

Born in 1959 in Hiroshima, Haruki is a photographer and visual director. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Kyushu Sangyo University, and is mainly engaged in activities related to portrait works for media including advertisements, magazines and music.

 
 

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