On last night’s Photo Mish Mash, our weekly show, I touched on the rumor that Canon was going to focus on mirrorless offerings in 2016.  I was skeptical. Well it looks like they have taken the first steps in that direction and are releasing the EOS M3 in the US.  It has already been available for several months outside the US.

Canon EOS M3 Canon EOS M3

The EOS M3 uses the same 24MP APS-C  sensor and Hybrid CMOS III AF system as the  Rebel T6s/ T6i, and features a control dial, an articulating rear screen capable of flipping up for selfies and a flash hot shoe. You need an adapter to use with EF and EF-S lenses though the adapter is certainly affordable at $49.   If you want to stay within the Canon ecosystem, and many photographers do, the EOS M3 provides a decent solution but at $679 body only, $799 with 18-55 EF-M lens – it is priced higher than the comparable Sony a6000. Autofocus is the big question. The Hybrid CMOS II AF system I have in my T6s is decent but noticeably slower than the a6000, especially at tracking- more hands-on coming soon. Subscribe to my Youtube channel to be notified of the full review.

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I love the Gizmodo headline “Canon’s EOS M3 Is Its Latest Shrug of a Shot at Mirrorless in the US” Emphasis mine.

Canon feels late to the party and they are bringing the snacks few people want. Let’s hope this is a bridge move and the M4 will really bring a competitive mirrorless model from Canon though they have had THREE versions now where they failed. . . so why should 4 be any different? I also don’t believe we will see a EOS M4 until late next year at the earliest, falling further behind in this growing market.

Current EOS M lenses

Screenshot 2015-08-27 06.39.46Canon – EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens $399 – Buy from B&H Photo
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Canon – EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens (Silver) $249 – Buy from B&H Photo
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Canon – EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens $349 – Buy from B&H Photo
Canon EF-M Lens Adapter Kit for Canon EF / EF-S Lenses
Canon EF-M Lens Adapter Kit for Canon EF / EF-S Lenses $49 – Buy from B&H Photo

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