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Canon EOS M3 mirrorless camera

Interchangeable lens compact camera from Canon

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Canon’s 3rd entry into the mirrorless market is aimed at more advanced users. There should also be more EF-M lenses before too long.

Key features:

  • A 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, front control dial, Hybrid CMOS AF III AF system and an articulated 3.2″ LCD capable of flipping up by 180 degrees.
  • There is also a more pronounced grip, a new DIGIC 6 processor and an exposure compensation dial on the top plate.
  • Connectivity includes Wi-Fi with NFC.
  • It offers 1080/30p video recording, a hotshoe for optional viewfinder accessory and a built-in pop-up flash.

EOS-M and EOS M2 information is on a different page (they are very similar).

All our mirrorless rumours (from 2009) are now on the Mirrorless camera rumours page. This is where rumour info about additional models and lenses will be placed.

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EOS M3 information

This page has full specs and links to reviews and information about Canon’s new ‘Mirrorless camera

EOS M3 Reviews/previews

Headline Specifications

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • EF-M lens mount
  • Digic 6 processor
  • ISO 100-12800, 25600 (extended)
  • 49-point AF (Hybrid CMOS AF III)
  • Manual focus with 5x or 1x magnified view and peaking display
  • 384-zone evaluative metering
Ordering the EOS-M3

In the UK, Keith gets our new Canon kit from Park Cameras – EOS M3 order<

Latest info

2015 August

27th The M3 is going to be available in the US. Some links, if you’d like one… Adorama | B&H


15th An interesting practical review of using the M3 by Dan Berdal


17th Updated links above.

11th A Canon interview [DPR] (from CP+) mentions mirrorless.

Q Why no M3 in the USA
A Not my fault, ask Canon USA


13th Seems that if you want an M3 in Europe, there is only going to be the kit option (18-55) available.
No other kits, no EVF, no EF adapter… [EM]
7th DPReview ‘hands on’ M3 article.
6th The M3 is launched, but not yet for the US market.

Key features

24.2-million-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor
EF-M lens mount
Digic 6 processor
ISO 100-12800 (standard), 25600 (extended)
49-point AF (Hybrid CMOS AF III)
Manual focus with 5x or 1x magnified view and peaking display
384-zone evaluative metering
Shutter speeds 30-1/4000sec + bulb (electronic first curtain)
2 fps continuous shooting (for 1000 JPEG or 5 raw images)
Exposure compensation +/-3 EV in 1/3 stop increments
3″ 1.04M dot touchscreen, tilts 45° down and 180° up
Built-in flash, GN 5m (ISO100), 18mm coverage
Hotshoe with additional contacts for EVF
Full HD movie recording (30, 25, 24 fps)
5mm stereo microphone socket
Infra-red remote control receiver
Dual axis electronic levels display
Built-in Wi-Fi + NFC
9 x 68.0 x 44.4 mm, 366g with battery and memory card
£599 with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom

EOS M3 specs

MSRP £599/€769 (with 18-55mm STM lens)
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor DIGIC 6
Colour space sRGB
Colour filter array Primary colour filter
ISO Auto, 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
File format JPEG (Exif v2.3, DPOF v2.0)
Raw (Canon CR2, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Selective single-point
Face Detection
Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 49
Lens mount Canon EF-M
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type ClearView II TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes Scene Intelligent Auto
Creative Assist
Hybrid Auto
Creative Filters
Program AE
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Scene modes Portrait
Handheld Night Scene
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash modes Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Drive modes Program
Continuous drive 4.2 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes Multi
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Video features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Format H.264
Microphone None
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 250
Weight (inc. batteries) 366 g (0.81 lb / 12.91 oz)
Dimensions 111 x 68 x 44 mm (4.37 x 2.68 x 1.73″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None

Press Information

pop up flash for M3United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 6 February 2015 – Canon today reveals the EOS M3 – a powerful Compact System Camera created for enthusiast photographers who demand premium performance. Fusing Canon’s unrivaled image quality and DSLR-levels of control in a compact body, the EOS M3 offers the ability to capture the world around you in exceptional detail. At the heart of the EOS M3 is Canon’s first 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, delivering premium quality stills and Full HD Movies. Combined with super-fast AF performance, thanks to a new Hybrid CMOS AF III and 49-point AF System, this camera gives you the freedom to capture the beauty of movement. As an advanced photographer you’ll find everything you need at your fingertips, with intuitive DSLR-like dials and control, as well as the flexibility to change your lens, all shrunk down into a compact, ergonomic body to take with you wherever you go.

Beauty and power in the palm of your hand
From city skylines and enchanting landscapes, to urban art and eye-catching portraits, the EOS M3 delivers clarity, rich colour and distinctive detail, with every image, using the 24.2 MP sensor. As light starts to fade and dusk descends, the EOS M3 excels, with the sensor’s vast 100-12,800 ISO range providing vivid, realistic and low-noise shots in even the most challenging of light situations.

Constructed for speed, whether you’re shooting an elusive animal on safari, or street performers on a city break, the subject of your shot will be in focus, with the EOS M3’s 49-point AF system and innovative new Hybrid CMOS AF III technology delivering lightning fast performance; focusing up to 6.1x faster than the original EOS M.

Putting you in control – iconic EOS design and controls
M3 in whiteThe EOS M3 incorporates the quintessential EOS design DNA and is instantly comfortable in the palm of your hand thanks to the fluid design grip. Direct access to a range of controls, including an exposure compensation dial, main control dial and customisable buttons, let you adjust the camera’s settings to suit your shooting style.

For complete framing versatility, the large 7.5cm (3.0”) LCD touchscreen tilts up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees, to help you shoot from all angles, while also making multi-touch gestures a finger tap away. The screen also gives you access to Canon’s intuitive touch menu system found on EOS DSLRs.

The EOS M3 is a camera to make your own, with customisable controls, a hot shoe for Canon’s Speedlite flashes and optional tilt-type electronic viewfinder. Compatibility with EF-M lenses, including a choice of pancake and zoom lenses, means you can shoot any situation. Plus, with Creative Assist, the EOS M3 can be controlled from the touch screen interface, and the effects previewed in real time as you shoot. Settings such as brightness, background blur, vividness of colour, contrast, warmth and filter effects can be altered, and combinations can be saved to be called upon again when you need them, helping you shoot like a pro every time.

Movies worth remembering
Optional EVF for eos-m3Budding movie makers can shoot precious moments in Full HD quality, with a choice of 24p, 25p and 30p frame rates, and MP4, for easy sharing. You can be sure that your favourite people and places will always be in focus, with advanced Hybrid CMOS AF III providing continuous AF. For more experienced shooters, Touch AF gives you the flexibility to select AF points on the LCD even with moving subjects, and create professional-looking pull focus effects. For full control, Manual Movie puts you in the director’s seat, with complete aperture, shutter and ISO control, for stunningly creative results.

Power to control and share
With the power to capture beautiful stills, comes the flexibility to remotely control the camera and transfer images, using integrated Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. Ideal for shooting in unusual situations and positions for unique perspectives, remote shooting via the new Camera Connect app lets you control the camera’s key functions. Dynamic NFC enables single touch image transfers to smart devices while the auto-sync functionality means you can upload all your images to Canon’s cloud storage service, irista, for instant back-up and peace of mind.

EOS M3 key benefits:

Performance and creativity, in an EOS you can take everywhere
Be spontaneous. Enjoy fast, responsive focusing
Take control of your photography and watch your creativity grow
Be as imaginative with movies as you are with photos
Remote camera control and image sharing via Wi-Fi
Pricing and availability

The EOS M3 will be available from April 2015 with a RSP of £599.99 / €769.99.

US Press Info

There isn’t any – Canon doesn’t think the US wants such a camera?