Canon EOS M3 Price in USA

Canon EOS M3 Price in US

In addition to single-lens reflex cameras (SLRs) and point-and-shoots, Canon has been selling mirrorless cameras since 2012, which is a fact that many people are unaware of. Both the entry-level EOS M10 and the step-up EOS M3, which will be discussed in this article, are being marketed more aggressively in the United States as part of Canon’s EOS M system, which offers two different models to select from.

The EOS M3 is very much like a Rebel T6s that has been compressed into a body that is smaller and more similar to the company’s PowerShot products. It has a touchscreen LCD, Wi-Fi with NFC, and the same Hybrid CMOS AF III 24.2MP CMOS sensor that is found in the T6s. Additionally, it has a Digic 6 CPU. In contrast to EOS DSLRs in general and the Rebel in particular, EOS M bodies utilize the EF-M lens mount; however, EF lenses may be utilized with the help of an extra adapter.

Canon EOS M3 Price in USA

It might be difficult to determine a place for the EOS M3 within the current landscape of mirrorless cameras. The Fujifilm X-A2, the Olympus E-M10 II, and the Sony a6000 are its most comparable competitors in terms of price and features. We have excluded Nikon 1 cameras from the list since we think that the series is no longer being developed. The Fujifilm, much like the EOS M3, does not have an electronic viewfinder (EVF) integrated in and instead features an LCD that can be rotated upwards by 180 degrees. Both the Olympus E-M10 II and the Sony a6000 feature electronic viewfinders, but neither has a “selfie” LCD.

The characteristics that set the M3 apart from the M10 are rather self-explanatory: the M3 has one extra control dial and another for exposure correction, in addition to a hot shoe (to which you install the optional EVF), an LCD that can slant downward, and better build quality overall. All of these things point to the fact that Canon may have a more dedicated photography audience in mind. The M3 and the X-A2 each have distinct advantages and disadvantages, which makes it more difficult to determine which camera is better. However, one thing is certain: Canon has to make significant improvements to the battery life of their products immediately.

Canon EOS M3 Specifications

Price
MSRP$679/£489/€599 (with 18-55mm STM lens)
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 6
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3, DPOF v2.0)Raw (Canon CR2, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points49
Lens mountCanon EF-M
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeClearView II TFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesScene Intelligent AutoCreative AssistHybrid AutoSCNCreative FiltersProgram AEShutter priorityAperture priorityManualCustom
Scene modesPortraitLandscapeClose-upSportsHandheld Night SceneFood
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, on, off, slow synchro
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesProgramContinuousSelf-timer
Continuous drive4.2 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)250
Weight (inc. batteries)366 g (0.81 lb / 12.91 oz)
Dimensions111 x 68 x 44 mm (4.37 x 2.68 x 1.73″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone
7.5Expert Score
Good

The EOS M3 simply cannot compete with the market’s abundance of high-quality mirrorless cameras due to which it was designed. Even though it is well-designed and simple to use, it falls short in essential functions such as autofocus and battery life. It will work well enough for landscapes and portraits, but if your subject is moving, there are other options that are superior.

Build quality
8.5
Ergonomics & handling
8.5
Features
6
Image quality
8
Performance
6
Connectivity
7.5
Value
8
Pros
  • Solid JPEG quality, with a color palette that may be described as "Canon."
  • Sturdily constructed and with "just perfect" front and thumb grips
  • Two control dials plus exposure comp dial
  • LCD display that can be tilted and has a solid implementation of touch controls
  • Viewfinder electronic as an add-on feature
  • Numerous customizable buttons plus 'My Menu'
  • In the M mode, exposure compensation may be modified by utilizing the Auto ISO function.
  • External mic input
  • Adapters for practically any lens mount that may be found in the world
Cons
  • Autofocus that moves at a snail's pace
  • Depth and topic tracking were both average.
  • Very bad performance from the battery.
  • When using burst mode, the buffer is filled up quite rapidly.
  • When utilizing Continuous (Servo) AF, the burst rate drops to about 1.5 frames per second.
  • JPEG information is obscured by sharpening and noise reduction techniques that aren't very sophisticated.
  • High ISO performance is inferior to that of the competitors in both raw noise and the amount of noise that has been reduced (JPEG)
  • Raw dynamic range that is lower than that of competitors
  • Fundamental capabilities for Auto ISO
  • No 1080/60p support
  • The movie and playback controls are awkwardly located and sit too close to the body of the device.
  • Conversion to Raw format in-camera would have been wonderful.
  • Limited Canon EF-M lens lineup
  • There is no option to charge through USB.

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