Canon EOS M2 review: Incremental upgrade

By Kevin Carter - Friday January 10 2014

Sensor Review
Introduction | Measurements: Canon EOS M2: On a par with current EOS APS-C sensors | Canon EOS M2 Versus Canon EOS 100D Versus Canon EOS M: Similar performance | Canon EOS M2 Versus Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Versus Olympus PEN E-PM2:Competitive performance to MFT | Canon EOS M2 Versus Sony NEX-5T Versus Nikon 1 J3: Behind the best rival APS-C sensors | Conclusion


Things get a little more interesting when the EOS M2 is compared with rivals competing for the same target audience. Both the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 and Olympus PEN E-PM2 have smaller MFT format sensors and yet the GM-1 performs at a similar level to the Canon. What it gains in color depth over the EOS it loses in low light  (equivalent to a 1/3 stop in both cases). Although the same physical size and pixel density the Olympus E-PM2 adopts a different sensor altogether and outperforms both the GM-1 and EOS M2, albeit only marginally.