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Canon EOS M3 sensor review: Attractive option for existing Canon users?

By Paul Carroll - Friday July 31 2015

Sensor Review
Introduction | Measurements: Solid improvement over earlier sensor | Canon EOS M3 (Rebel T6s) vs Sony A6000 vs Olympus OM-D E-M10: Slightly uncompetitive results at base ISO | Conclusion
Canon EOS M3 sensor review: Attractive option for existing Canon users?

Aimed at enthusiasts, Canon’s latest iteration of the mirrorless M-series contains the new 24.2-Mpix APS-CMOS sensor and Hybrid CMOS AF III 49-point AF system found on the EOS 760D (Rebel T6s) and 750D (T6i). There’s also an articulated touchscreen LCD and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, but it’s still not officially available in North America. Read on to find out how well this new model’s sensor performs.

Specifications and Features 

Announced alongside the EOS 750D (Rebel T6i in the US) and EOS 760D (Rebel T6s), the EOS M3 is shares many of the same features as its new siblings, including a 24.2-Mpix APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 6 processor with a native ISO range of 100–12,800 (with expansion to ISO 25,600),  and the Hybrid CMOS AF III system. This 49-point AF system has phase-detection pixels embedded in the image sensor to support contrast-detection AF, and covers a large area — approximately 75% of the width and 80% of the height of the frame.

In addition, the EOS M3 has a substantial handgrip as well as a control dial (surrounding the shutter release), plus dedicated dials for shooting modes and exposure compensation. It also features a pull-out three-inch (1.04 million-dot) articulated touchscreen LCD, 4.2fps continuous shooting, and Full HD/30/25/24fps video, and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC.  A tiny pop-up flash (GN 10 at 100 ISO) occupies the right-hand side of the top plate instead of a built-in EVF, though a clip-on 2.35-million-dot version (EVF-DC1) offered for the PowerShot G1 X II remains an option.

Smaller and lighter than its Rebel siblings, the EOS M3 measures 4.3 x 2.7 x 1.7” / 11 x 6.8 x 4.4 cm and weighs 19.93 oz / 366g, body only. It is available now at 769 Euro, or around $870 for the body.

• 24.2-Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor
• 49-point Hybrid CMOS AF III
• DIGIC 6 Image Processor
• Three-inch 1.04m-dot articulated touchscreen
• Full HD 1080p Video at 30/25/24 fps
• Expanded ISO 25600 max sensitivity
• 4.2 fps continuous shooting
• Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC

Measurements: Solid improvement over earlier sensor

Canon EOS M3 (Rebel T6s) vs Sony A6000  vs Olympus OM-D E-M10: Slightly uncompetitive results at base ISO

Conclusion