Sometimes things fall into place just so. Or something reasonably close. This camera was Canon’s entry into the “mirrorless” arena. That term annoys me in a way, but that’s a whole other can o’ worms. Unfortunately for the little EOS-M, the firmware the camera was released with in 2012 was lacking in a couple of areas. Most important for the still shooters, auto focus was just plain slow. A firmware revision was released last summer. Autofocus was more than twice as fast. More in line with the competition. Sadly, sales were not what they could have been. Canon cut the price in half in recent months, making this camera a bargain in more ways than one.
For you video fans, this camera has the same sensor as a T4i/5i, jammed into a very small package. Oh, and one small thing, it can record video for 30 minutes at a time. Yes, you read that correctly. Nearly three times recording time of a T3i.
Sure it does not have the fully manual video mode of its DSLR cousins. It is however compact, and inexpensive, and produces essentially the same video quality as its larger kin. Three lenses are available in the EF-M format, but there is an available adapter to use your EF and EF-S compatible glass. Sure, it will look silly, but it’s results that count.
Yes, this also features continuous autofocus on compatible lenses, including the tiny 22mm prime. Unfortunately, it loves to hunt, and this is a problem in video mode. It’s a mistake to expect what you would from a camcorder for a camera like this, not to mention many a DSLR. You still can go one shot auto, or full manual focus. Exposure is automatic, but can be locked.
Canon was up against some tough competition at the original price for the EOS-M. At the reduced price, at least as long as the remaining stock holds out, it’s a good value for the still shooter. It’s an amazing deal for a videographer on a budget. And an inexpensive match for footage from a T3i, T4i, T5i, and related Canons.