In September 2016, the line of Canon EOS M mirrorless cameras was supplemented with the flagship model M5, which incorporated a number of advanced technologies previously used in the company’s SLR cameras. This allowed the new product to get up almost in line with professional DSLRs while retaining all the advantages of compact system cameras. Our expert, familiar with the Canon EOS M system since its inception, tested the EOS M5 camera for a week and now shares its impressions and evaluates the new product in comparison with the previous cameras of the line. When the first mirrorless Canon camera was introduced in 2012, which gave rise to the whole Canon EOS M family, I was really excited for a long time I wanted to have a system compact camera for everyday filming, visiting, walking and traveling without burdensome wardrobe trunks But, nevertheless, I wanted a more serious camera than a conventional soapbox, with the possibility of using interchangeable optics, and even better optics for full-frame cameras, which I had already acquired.
The Canon EOS M responded to my requests like no other camera. After her announcement, I very closely watched the news, looked through all the materials with test shots, and by the time sales started, my opinion was formed, I was already well prepared and set up to buy this camera by all means.
It turned out that the start of sales of new items coincided with my vacation, which I was going to spend in an Asian country. Upon arrival, at the Canon company store I was able to profitably purchase a kit from an EOS M camera, an EF-M 22mm f 2 STM “pancake” lens and an adapter for lenses with an EF bayonet Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. About lazy vacation, there was no longer any talk I immediately began to shoot, and with the “pancake” and with the lenses that I had with me for the Canon full-frame reflex camera. The last one was completely laid back in the bag, not at all claimed. Canon EOS M within EF-M 22mm f 2 STM lens I immediately liked the possibilities of the purchased novelty: there is a shooting in RAW, a bright clear touch screen, the presence of the usual shooting modes, including manual and semi-automatic, through an adapter compatibility with a large fleet of Canon optics and not only. The small dimensions of the metal case with pleasant outlines and good ergonomics, good location of controls, an intuitive interface. Canon EOS M with an EF-M 18-55mm f 3.5-5.6 IS STM lens Most of all, I was pleased with the opportunity to get a clear and always correctly exposed photo by touching the screen with my finger. Even with the backlight, the faces in the photo were always good. Marriage in such a shooting is minimized, which is very important in a journey, where the time to view photos on the site is not always located, and the free space on the memory card is limited. And here and the time for the subsequent selection and processing of images is spent several times less. Viewing the captured photos turned out to be simple and very convenient the touch screen allows you to “stretch” the image with your fingers to increase the fragment and control the sharpness. Complementing all these joys is the ability to video in Full HD.
The EF-M 22mm f 2 STM lens very quickly won my sympathies and became full-time. Tiny sizes pancake form factor, bright, sharp on a fully open diaphragm, with fast autofocus, beautiful bokeh, and pleasant colors. Unexpectedly plastic, this beautiful lens is suitable for a variety of tasks. And so far I believe that this is the best lens for the EOS M. system.
Since I shoot with different devices using various image control methods, the absence of the viewfinder was not a problem for me. It is convenient for me to shoot both with him and without him, while looking with both eyes on the screen, like on a monitor of a video camera or a compact soapbox, for example. The screen brightness was quite enough for shooting in bright sunlight. Canon EF-M 22mm f 2 STM Using the adapter, I tried on the EOS M camera almost all of my lenses from a full-frame Canon with an EF bayonet, as well as mechanical lenses: Helios, watering cans, Zeiss and others all for which I already had adapters for bayonet EF. Mount Adapter EF-EOS M The results completely suited me. For me, the camera was the only, but a significant drawback the slow autofocus system. But despite this, I used EOS M very often and carried it with me everywhere. The EOS M system camera with several lenses and necessary accessories took a very small photo bag and became a faithful companion on my travels.
By the time the EOS M3 model was released in the spring of 2015, I was already quite an experienced user of the Canon EOS M and, of course, could not get past the novelty.