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Unveiled: Canon Finally Brings the EOS M3 to the USA

In 2012, Canon made its first and lone mark on the mirrorless camera market with the EOS M. Succeeding the M was the M2, and eventually the M3. However these new models were available only in select countries outside the United States. Three years later—now—the EOS M3 is being announced officially in the US as the formal successor to the EOS M, bringing with it essentially two generations of improvements, along with new lenses and accessories.

Among the most significant upgrades to the M3 is the new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, which brings both an update to the sensor itself, as well as a noticeable 6.2MP bump in resolution. Complementing the sensor is the also new DIGIC 6 image processor, which pairs with the sensor to avail a native sensitivity range to ISO 12800, which can be expanded to ISO 25600; cleaner image quality with reduced noise; a top shooting rate of 4.2 fps for up to 1,000 JPEGs or six raw files; and the ability to record full HD 1080p/30 video in the MP4 format.

Up to 6.1x faster AF is also possible, compared to the original M, thanks to the new Hybrid CMOS AF III system. This autofocus system features on-chip phase-detection focusing along with a 49-point array that covers roughly 75% of the image frame for fast, accurate focusing performance, and a tracking setting that helps to ensure sharp focus on moving subjects. Manual-focus users are also benefited by the inclusion of MF peaking, along with 5x and 10x magnifications for easier fine-tuning when focusing critically.

From its exterior, the M3 takes on a new appearance that is characterized by a more ergonomic grip, mode and exposure compensation dials, a pop-up flash, and a 3.0" 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD that can tilt 45° downward or 180° upward for selfies. The optional EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder can also be added to this model via the hot shoe, as well as optional Speedlites with E-TTL II support. The M3 also features built-in Wi-Fi with NFC for easy connecting of a smartphone or tablet for wireless image sharing or remote camera control.

A variety of creative shooting modes are featured with this new model, including a Creative Assist mode that, using the touchscreen interface, gives you control over producing creative effects and helps you to learn the settings used to achieve the shot. Full manual shooting is also possible, which can also be used when recording movies. Additionally, a 3.5mm mic jack is incorporated into the body's design for enhanced audio quality when working with an optional external mic.

The EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera is available as a body only in black; in a kit with the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens with black or white body; or in a kit with a black body, the 18-55mm lens, and the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens. Accessories being announced for the M3 include the ACK-E17 AC Adapter Kit, which lets you power the camera from an AC outlet and the EM-200DB Neck Strap, which is a replacement strap for the one included with the body.

Rounding out Canon's US release of the EOS M3, the company is also bringing the complete EF-M lens lineup to the US. Adding to the existing lenses announced in the US with the original M, the wide-angle zoom EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and the telephoto zoom EF-55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM add versatility to the system for working from near to far. The 11-22mm offers a 17.6-35.2mm equivalent focal-length range, while the 55-200m provides an 88-320mm equivalent range. Both lenses feature STM stepping AF motors for smooth, near-silent performance that is especially beneficial to video recording. Optical Image Stabilizer systems are also featured in both, which help to compensate for three stops of camera shake with the 11-22mm and 3.5 stops of camera shake with the 55-200mm. In addition to these two new lenses, a silver-finished version of the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens will also be available. Dedicated lens hoods for both the 11-22mm and 55-200mm lenses have also been announced, as well as a new 55mm lens cap and 55mm clear protection filter

Lens Mount Canon EF-M Canon EF-M
Image Sensor CMOS; APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm) CMOS; APS-C (22.3 x 14.9mm)
Effective Pixels 24.7MP 18.5MP
Total Pixels 24.2MP 18.0MP
Maximum Resolution 6000 x 4000 5184 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1
Still Image File Format JPEG, Raw 14-bit JPEG, Raw 14-bit
Image Processor DIGIC 6 DIGIC 5
Card Slot 1x SD card slot 1x SD card slot
Viewfinder Type Optional EVF-DC1 electronic viewfinder N/A
Shutter Type Hybrid single blade shutter (electronic first curtain, mechanical second curtain) Hybrid single blade shutter (electronic first curtain, mechanical second curtain)
Shutter Speed 30 to 1/4000 sec., bulb 30 to 1/4000 sec., bulb
Flash Sync Speed 1/200 sec. 1/200 sec.
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self timer Single, Continuous, Self timer
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 4.2 fps for up to 1000 JPEGs or 5 raw files 4.3 fps for up to 17 JPEGs or 6 raw files
Self-Timer 10- or 2-sec. delay 10- or 2-sec. delay
Exposure Metering System Real-time metering from the image sensor Real-time metering from the image sensor
Metering Method Evaluative, partial metering at center, spot, center-weighted average Evaluative, partial metering at center, spot, center-weighted average
Metering Range 1-20 EV 1-20 EV
Exposure Modes Program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual, custom, Hybrid Auto, Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Assist, Creative Filters Program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual, Scene Intelligent Auto
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps +/- 3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Exposure Bracketing 3 frames for +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps 3 frames for +/- 2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100-12800, expandable to ISO 25600 Auto, ISO 100-12800, expandable to ISO 25600
Autofocus System Hybrid CMOS AF III (phase-detection pixels built onto imaging sensor) Hybrid CMOS AF (phase-detection pixels built onto imaging sensor)
Number of Focus Points 49 31
Focus Modes One-shot AF, Servo AF, manual focus One-shot AF, Servo AF, manual focus
Autofocus Sensitivity 2-18 EV 1-18 EV
Built-In Flash Yes; GN 16.4' / 5m at ISO 100
Coverage for lenses up to 18mm focal length, approx. 3 sec. recycle time
Flash Modes Auto, manual on/off, slow synchro, red-eye reduction, second curtain sync N/A
Flash Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps
Flash Bracketing With compatible EX-series E-TTL II external Speedlite With compatible EX-series E-TTL II external Speedlite
External Flash Interface Hot shoe Hot shoe
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom
Movie Recording 1920 x 1080p/29.97, 25, 23.976 fps
1280 x 720p/59.94, 50 fps
640 x 480p/29.97 fps
1920 x 1080p/29.97, 25, 23.976 fps
1280 x 720p/59.94, 50 fps
640 x 480p/30, 25 fps
Movie Metering Auto and manual exposure modes
Auto (ISO 100-6400) or manual ISO 100-6400
Auto and manual exposure modes
File Format MP4 MOV
Compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 H.264
Audio Recording Built-in microphone or via optional external mic Built-in microphone or via optional external mic
Audio File Format MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo) Linear PCM
External Microphone Input 3.5mm stereo mini jack 3.5mm stereo mini jack
Headphone Jack No No
Maximum Recording Time 29 min., 59 sec. 29 min., 59 sec.
Monitor 3.0" 1.04m-dot ClearView II tilting touchscreen LCD 3.0" 1.04m-dot ClearView II LCD
Monitor Viewing Angle Approx. 170° Approx. 170°
Interface USB 2.0 (mini-B), HDMI mini (type C) USB 2.0 (mini-B), HDMI mini (type C)
Wi-Fi Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n) with dynamic NFC support No
Power Source 1x LP-E17 rechargeable lithium-ion battery 1x LP-E12 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery Life Approx. 250 shots per charge Approx. 230 shots per charge
Operating Environment 32-104°F / 0-40°C
85% or less humidity
32-104°F / 0-40°C
85% or less humidity
Dimensions 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.7" / 110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4mm 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.3" / 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3mm
12.9 oz / 366 g with battery and memory card 10.5 oz / 298 g with battery and memory card

  EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM EF-M 22mm f/2 STM EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Lens Mount Canon EF-M Canon EF-M Canon EF-M Canon EF-M
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 11-22mm (17.6-35.2mm) 55-200mm (88-320mm) 22mm (35.2mm) 18-35mm (28.8-88mm)
Maximum Aperture f/4-5.6 f/4.5-6.3 f/2 f/3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22-32 f/22-32 f/22 f/22-38
Angle of View 102°10′–63°30′ 27°50′ - 7°50′ 63º 30' 74º 20' - 27º 50'
Minimum Focusing Distance 5.9" / 15cm 3.3' / 1m 5.9" / 15cm 9.8" / 25cm
Autofocus Motor STM STM STM STM
Image Stabilization Yes; 3 stop effective Yes; 3.5 stop effective N/A Yes; 4 stop effective
Magnification 0.3x 0.21x 0.21x 0.25x
Lens Construction 12 elements in 9 groups 17 elements in 11 groups 7 elements in 6 groups 13 elements in 11 groups
Diaphragm Blades 7 7 7 7
Filter Ring Diameter 55mm 52mm 43mm 52mm
Dimensions 2.4 x 2.3" / 60.9 x 58.2mm 2.4 x 3.4" / 60.9 x 86.5mm 2.4 x 0.9" / 60.9 x 23.7mm 2.4 x 2.4" / 60.9 x 61.0mm
Weight 7.8 oz / 220 g 9.2 oz / 260 g 3.7 oz / 105 g 7.4oz / 210g
Compatibility Canon EOS M and EOS M3 mirrorless cameras
APS-C format
Canon EOS M and EOS M3 mirrorless cameras
APS-C format
Canon EOS M and EOS M3 mirrorless cameras
APS-C format
Canon EOS M and EOS M3 mirrorless cameras
APS-C format

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Add comment Cancel's about time this camera came to the USA...!!!


The original EOS M camera had a lot working against it.  I purchased the EOS M3 after some careful research and I must say it has become one of my favorite cameras to use.  It truly is about time that this camera is released in the states.

Okay, so Canon has given us - the Sony Alpha A6000!  Too bad they're so late to the mirrorless party.  I bought the original EOS-M just as is was discontinued.  I loved it, until I realized that I was missing too many shots of kittens because of the AF.  The A6000 fixed this.  Canon, and Nikon, are slipping while the really innovative cameras are being made by Sony and other companies.


Like many people, I bought the original EOS M when it went on drastic discounts late in its retail lifespan.  I loved the form factor, and the AF was slow but still better than most compact cameras, however the wonky controls were the biggest downfall for me.  The M2 was a nearly pointless update which I ignored.  I was disappointed when the EOS M3 initially came out only internationally, but was excited by the specs, and am absolutely thrilled to see that Canon is finally selling this to the US market.

I already have the EOS M3 - ordered from Japan, along with the viewfinder and the entire complement of EF-M lenses roughly six months ago.  I have to say it is an absolute joy to use, is extremely responsive, fits nicely in my hands, takes fantastic pictures and is my go-to camera whenever I dont want to lug my 5DIII around.  Canon did a fantastic job of addressing usability.  For anyone who didnt like the M or M2, I would suggest you give the M3 a serious look, particularly if you are already a fan of Canon interfaces.

My favorite lens is the 11-22mm - its great to have such a small camera be able to get such an amazing perspective.  Also take a look at Samyang/Rokinon's primes for the EF-M mount - they have a faster manual focus wide angle prime which Canon has yet to address.

I'm looking to pick up the EOS M3 when it becomes available. I have been waiting a long time for it to come to our shores. I, too, hate to lug around my 5DMkIII and large lenses to take quick and leisure shots. Curious, how are the M3 lenses for video?  I know a smaller camera would be harder to keep stablized.  Also, have you used the regular Canon EF lenses on the M3?

The Canon EF-M lenses are all STM, and most are IS.  I really dont do much video since I have dedicated video cameras, so have only minimal experience just messing around - but it all looks good.  My original M runs Magic Lantern, which gives much more video control (among other things).  With the M3 coming to the US I'm hoping it will also get the Magic Lantern treatment.

Yes I've used regular EF lenses on the M3 but again only for testing purposes.  I have both the Canon EF-EFM adapter as well as a third party one which does not have electrical contacts.  The Canon adapter causes the AF to get sluggish with some lenses and I've read rumors that they may be working on a newer adapter.  Overall using a full EF lens is awkward at best, but at least the M3 makes a decent "backup body", though I've never used it as such.

I have a bunch of manual m42 lenses with Canon AF adapters which will NOT work with the EF-EFM adapter.  Not sure what is being commucated improperly but I ended up needing to get the third party adapter to make these work.  Also need to enable the ability to shoot without a detected lense.  Some of these old MF lenses are popular for video.

There are LOTS of EFM adapters on eBay, which among other things let you natively use old Canon FD lenses without any optical adapters.  I understand that the other major mirrorless systems have this option too, but this is the first Canon I've had with this capability.

Why is this useful?

Well for some reason we only have one Canon EFM prime lens, and it is only somewhat fast a f/2.2.  Being able to access the old Canon glass means I can have a common 135 f/2.8 prime lens on my M3 for low light shooting without flash.

There are some nice prime offerings for the EOS M3, which could be lovely for video.  Canon also has some STM options, which will allow for silent/smooth autofocus during video.  When not on a tripod, you would likely want to look into some sort of stabilization/rig for the camera.  It can be hard to hold a small camera like this still, especially without a viewfinder to add a third point of contact for stabilization.  As for adapters, the Canon EF-M Lens Adapter Kit for Canon EF / EF-S Lenses should be quite good.  It has high reviews on our site.

First off let me say I have used Canon DSLR’s and cameras for over 15 years. With that being said Canon is really falling behind in a lot of different areas. First is any new camera shooting full 1080 needs 60 fps. Second the MP4 has a poor quality image and really limits the outcome in post-production. Canon really needs to add RAW video in DNG format at minimum. This is old technology in a new shell! Another disappointed Canon customer forced to look elsewhere.  

I have used Canon DSLR's for over 15 years and because they did not keep up with the tecnology I have to buy Sony and Panasonic mirroless cameras. This M-3 is still 3 years behind those cameras. 

Why would you want a RAW video option? A clean HDMI feed of 10 bit or even 8 bit 4:2:2 is more then enough. RAW for video is only for big budget productions, the hard drive space and processing power needed for raw is overkill.

I really want to like the M... I want a full featured compact body that I bring everywhere. But with average specs and a lackluster lens line up, I just can't bring myself to get one. I feel this is one reason why the original M didn't do well when launched here in the US. I could overcome the lack of some features if it was designed to take the EF lenses I already have, but to have to invest in a whole new set of glass just makes it unappealing. I think this is yet another indication that Canon has lost it's innovation edge. Will the new M work for some? Yes. But not for me... I think we will see this one fail just like the first generation.

Play with one before you judge.  I love mine and the images it produces are excellent.

I had an Olympus M43 system at one point.  Yeah it did 8fps, but the images were garbage compared with even the first M.  Sold all my M43 stuff and wont look back. 

In all honesty I havent tried the Sony or Fuji since I dont want to deal with multiple interfaces.  That said, some pros I know are thrilled with their Sonys.

I looked at the EOS M when it first came out and felt it needed some refinement. It is good to see that Canon is not dropping the EOS M line and actually trying to develop and refine it. Will Canon produce an adapter for the M3 to allow the full compatibility and use of the EF and EF-L lines of lenses? If they do, it would make a fantastic compact backup for my DSLRs. I hope the optional electronic view finder (EVF) is not too bulky, has adequate resolution and is reasonbly priced. I find it impossible to take pictures on bright sunny days using just an LCD. Sony's  EVF is superb and displays very useful data. Canon should continue to refine the EOS M series, there is a future for more compact advanced cameras.  

I too am thrilled they are continuing the M line.

They already have a EF-EFM adapter, B&H CALAWB.  The price is significantly lower than when I bought it, almost as if it is being discontinued.  I suspect (and somewhat hope) it *is* being discontined in favor of a faster model.

Its only somewhat useful - the native Canon glass for the EF-M is quite excellent.  I have my M3 and the entire cohort of M lenses (including two off brand) in my Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 20 bag which is plenty small for me.

The EVF is excellent but although I carry it everywhere I've never seen a need to use it since the main screen is articulating and excellent even in bright light.

So wait a second. Canon expects us to get all excited about a three year old camera when the fourth year is probably ready for overseas. Thanks for nothing Canon.



Currently there are 4 native lenses offered by Canon for the system, and a handful of others offered from various 3rd party manufacturers.  In the article above, all 4 lenses are discussed including their 55-200mm telephoto lens.  You can click on the image of it above to view it on our website, or you may view the link below for details on it and all the current lens options available for this system.

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