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CanonEOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black
 
4.3

(based on 231 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (70)
  • Easy to use (59)
  • Great resolution (55)
  • Large clear LCD (51)
  • Good in low light (42)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (42)
  • Short battery life (31)
  • Lag / shutter delay (12)
  • Slow focus (10)
  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (77)
  • Family photos (48)
  • Low light (42)
  • Video (35)
  • Macro photography (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (31), Photo enthusiast (29), Pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (182), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Could not believe the pictures

I purchased the "Canon EOS M Mirrorless Digital Camera Kit with 22mm f/2 Lens and 90EX Flash (Black) back a couple of months ago. I am a Semi-Pro using all Canon...Read complete review

I purchased the "Canon EOS M Mirrorless Digital Camera Kit with 22mm f/2 Lens and 90EX Flash (Black) back a couple of months ago. I am a Semi-Pro using all Canon DSLR's and lenses from 13mm to 500mm. At first I just wanted this little camera to take on an Arizona trip for several days instead of hauling around another larger bag with my 5D Mark II and several lenses. The 22mm, my 85mm and an 18 to 55mm did just fine.

I also own the following DSLR's. 5D Mark II, 40D, XTI, and several other Canon point and shoots and movie systems.

I have since then managed to take 3000+ shots with this camera. I cannot believe what is coming from it. A lot of experimenting has gone on with the different lenses right up to my Canon 100-400mm is. So far I have mostly used the kit 22mm lens along with an EF 85mm lens. It does do a lot of searching with the larger lenses but I a am able to control almost all of that with the use of my Manfrotto mono or tri pods. The image stabilizers work much better with the pods.

The flash is also a well working flash. A lot better than I thought it would. I will also be testing my Canon 580EX on this camera.

All pictures are clear and sharp and I find myself now using this camera instead of the bigger 5D and 40D for many shootings.

The problem, besides searching, is the battery life. I own 4 batteries ( 1 Canon and 3 non Canon). I am able to double the shots I can take by leaving the review off and just checking every few shots.

One other thing is the movie making. They come out looking great BUT the duration is not too good. I am still working on that.

This camera did come with the upgraded software already installed that other people have been talking about.

I may actually purchase another kit before they are all gone. I hope that Canon will not get out of the mirroless business but improve on it

I have attached a fresh photo that I just took indoors with my 85mm attached. As you can see it is very clear and was taken indoors on a monopod in low light without a flash.

It should be a 4.5 rating because of the battery issue.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Good Camera - Oddly Missing Features

I had been waiting for this camera a long time. A small camera offering much of the performance of a DLSR is perfect for many of my photographic needs. Keeping a camera with me...Read complete review

I had been waiting for this camera a long time. A small camera offering much of the performance of a DLSR is perfect for many of my photographic needs. Keeping a camera with me and available is one of my cardinal rules, one I have held to for my entire adult life.

I preordered this camera as soon as it was possible to do so.

Most recently it is a Canon G series that has been my carry camera. A G9, G11 and currently a G12. But there are times a small sensor compact just can't get the shot, and I do not have the DSLR with me. This camera looked to be the middle road that I needed.

The build quality of the EOS-M is beautiful, it just feels good in the hand. The touch screen is new to me, the performance is snappy and accurate, with some useful features. The kit 22mm f/2 lens is an impressive little piece of glass, sharp and fast, creating impressive photo quality.

The focus on the EOS-M is SLOW, worse than my G12 by a large margin. I expected it to be somewhere between that of the compact and a DSLR, but was surprised with what I found. Using both cameras side by side on the same subject was an informative exercise. Given a simple scene it is faster, in practice it is worse, particularly up close.

Without a remote shutter release connector, why is there not an intervalometer function built into the camera?

Battery life is similarly disappointing. A red flashing symbol after an hour of shooting around 100 frames?

The worst surprise was yet to come, discovered when I plugged the camera into the computer and loaded the latest version of the EOS Utilities. There is no remote shooting!

This little fact is not clear in the specifications, even when I go back and look for it. Why does this camera lack something that every other recent EOS camera supports?

I do a lot of technical shooting... astrophotography, time lapse, etc. Without a reasonable way to control the camera, no remote shooting, no shutter release connector, a potentially great camera is crippled.

It is the removal of remote shooting that is the biggest issue, something that makes no sense to me. Time to get an RMA number and send it back. Looks like my G12 will be in use a bit longer.

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5.0

Best bang for your buck

By Jule

from Hawaii

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

        I love the eos-m. I use it mostly as a backup or in casual (aka dinner/hangout) situations. People tend to be more willing to take pictures in front of this camera. It's also great for video. Might not be so great if you use this for sports or for small children running amok.

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        5.0

        Great little travel camera!

        By Danial

        from Oregon and England

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

          I bought this camera, like many others, as to avoid having to carry my DSLR and lenses around with me. I took it for a test run this weekend on the Oregon Coast and it did everything I needed. The 22mm f/2 lens is extremely versatile, just wide enough for landscape photography and excellent for low light situations in restaurants etc. It was also extremely good for astrophotography, it was able to capture with great detail the Milky Way. The slower than DSLR AF was of no issue for me, I don't shoot action situations and it did very little hunting. The touch screen is extremely useful and I already find myself tapping my 60D screen expecting the same response! All for [$]? You can't go wrong!

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          4.0

          *Almost* a great mirrorless camera

          By Patrick Veitch

          from Adelaide, Australia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • No Electronic Viewfinder
          • Slow Focus
          • Touchscreen Sensitivity

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Walking

          Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

          Being a long time Canon user I bought this second hand in excellent condition for a ridiculously good price ($[*] Australian including both lenses and flash) as a 'walk about' digital camera with good technical image quality (my 5D Mk II and lenses are a bit over the top at times). For the most part I haven't been disappointed - image quality is outstanding, build quality is exemplary and the lenses are actually very solid performers optically, but the camera has a few glaring niggles which sully the user experience:1. The touchscreen is great *except* for the fact there's no way you can disable it. The upshot is if you're out hiking with the camera around your neck, as it bounces against your chest the camera settings get changed via the touchscreen - mine usually opts for a 30 second shutter speed. This causes no end of annoyance as it means you have to either turn the camera off between uses, or fiddle with the settings before you can take a shot. I've now reverted to hitting play before walking (an image onscreen will prevent inadvertent configuration changes), but it's a kludge I shouldn't need to implement. A screen lock button would have cost almost nothing to implement and would have saved me considerable angst.2. Slow autofocus. I know it's been talked about a lot, but its pretty sluggish even with the latest firmware update. Compared with other mirrorless cameras I've used it's just not up to scratch. Fine for landscapes (my primary use) but poor for anything that moves. 3. No EVF, not even as an option. If they offered a future model with an inbuilt EVF I'd snap one up in an instant.4. No remote shutter release. I do a lot of time-lapse photography and this could have been a great compact second camera, but sadly it's not an option.I don't want to put anyone off it - it's a great little camera despite these flaws. It's just frustrating how Canon managed to steal defeat from the jaws of victory. Still, plenty of bugs to iron out in their next revision!

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          5.0

          Great Little Product

          By Atty Doug

          from Laguna Beach, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate auto focus
          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Walk Around With The 22mm

            Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

            I bought the M when the price got really low as a second body to my 7D. After all the bad reviews for this camera I was prepared for limited use of the camera if my 7D failed in the field.

            This camera has a crop body sensor from the 7D and my experience with the 7D has been nothing but excellent. The M is also excellent. The updated firmware was preloaded and the autofocus is much improved over the inaugural version of the firmware. My EF 50mm f/1.8 hunts a bit but my L lenses snap in focus. The touch screen menus are easy to learn and intuitive for a Canon DSLR user.

            You view on the screen in essentially a live view mode. One feature that I love is the real time histogram that can by set on the screen to see the exposure before you shoot.

            I bought the Novoflex Leica M to EOS M adapter to use my Leica M lenses on the camera. The real time histogram works well for seeing the exposure pre-shot. I use the EOS M on a tripod. I wish someone made an L bracket for the EOS M, but I think I have a work around for that. The screen has a nifty magnifying feature to focus manual focus lenses. Press the magnifier once and you get a box. Press the screen to move the box to the point on which you want to focus. Press the magnifier again and the screen magnifies the box area. You can then get a critical focus on the area that you want.

            Exploring the M is like learning an iPhone. It's ruggedly build and can be a small carry around camera with the 22mm M lens which I have found to be sharp and contrasty - a great little f/2.0 optic.

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            5.0

            Perfect little video camera

            By DslrVidGuy

            from Portland OR

            Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

            I purchased this camera as a second for video. What I liked about it was the ability to manually set your iris,white balance,shutter speed, and iso. The ideal plan was to put this on my small Steadicam Merlin for more dynamic shots and light weight. Works great! Getting the fotodox adapter is a smart idea to also use your standard ef-s lenses.

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            5.0

            best compact camera

            By luccas

            from brazil

            Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

            The best compact camera ive ever used. Its worhty every dollar on it. The kit it the 22mm lens is just perfect for fast pictures and good quality.This camera is now my companion in every place.

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            4.0

            more than a toy

            By art

            from Birmingham, Al

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits
              • Street photography

              Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

              I have a large Canon system but wanted something I could carry when I wasn't carrying the 'big' cameras. I also wanted something that I could put all my lenses on if I wanted. This fits the bill nicely. I'm impressed by the quality of the images. I think I could easily shoot an assignment with it and still look good. I wanted something small but high end. This is is. The only problem with it for me is also that it's small. I haven't found a comfortable way to hold it and feel as secure and steady as I do with my 5D Mkiii. It is that small! I've tried a 100mm macro, 70 200 2.8 and a 50 1.2 on it and all produced lovely RAW's to play with. Just have to get used to holding the lens more than the camera. I also struggle a bit with the EVF. But it's bright and large, it's just my over 40 eyes and being nearsighted. The small 22mm (35mm equivalent) is tack sharp and a perfect walk-a-bout lens. It would make a great 'street' camera. I've read complaints about the focus speed but haven't found it to be an issue, at least for how I shoot. And a great price for what you get.

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              4.0

              Great for Run and Gun Situations

              By Derek Hallquist

              from Saratoga Springs, New York

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged

              Cons

              • Lens Creep
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

              This is a great pocket camera with beautiful image for it's size. A little slow in auto, but most pros like manual anyway. Love this camera!

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              5.0

              Great size for travel.

              By Paper crowns

              from Florida

              Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

              I love the size of this camera. Great video clarity, pictures are sharp. The fact that I can interchange the lens is fantastic.

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              4.0

              Fantastic Camera, Focus Speed is Slow

              By Melanie S

              from Texas

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to use
              • Good Pictures At High Iso
              • Great Viewscreen
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

              I bought this camera to replace my Canon 60D so I could actually carry it around with me.

              First, let me say that the design of this camera is fantastic. It fit in my hands perfectly, was light and very comfortable to hold. I have not had a camera without a viewfinder so I was nervous about that, but this view screen was bright and easy to see, even when I was outside.

              I only used manual mode but I found it was easy to change the aperture, shutter speed and ISO. I did some tests at different ISO levels (this camera does not have an on-board flash) and I was impressed with the camera's abilities at higher ISO numbers.

              My only real complaint was the shutter speed. I have two active kids and I found the shutter speed to be too slow to keep up with them. I tried for a week to get used to it and it consistently caused me to miss a large number of moments. I found myself very frustrated with this.

              Overall, if you are looking for something to take pictures of scenery, adults or just general snapshots you'll love this camera. I would look for something else, though, if you are planning to take pictures of children or pets.

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              4.0

              Wonderful for casual user

              By e_lana

              from Minneapolis

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

                    While the autofocus delays are significant, to me the pros far outweigh the cons of this little camera. It's small enough to fit in a purse or small bag, it is unobtrusive, and takes beautiful shots.

                    Learning the navigation of the touchscreen menus and how to get to your preferred settings quickly takes a bit of practice. However, the functionality is all there. I am particularly impressed with its performance in low/indoor light.

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                    4.0

                    Great everyday camera

                    By C

                    from PA

                    Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

                    Nice light weight compact not lacking in features. Not a replacement for your slr, but a nice backup/ everyday carrier. Cool for doing street style shooting, preset the focus, shutter priority at f 8, auto ISO and shoot away. Quick and easy, nice exposures and minimal noise. Price tag is nice too!

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                    4.0

                    worth it

                    By Abe Ruiz

                    from Austin, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Video

                    Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

                    I love using this to just walk around. The camera is a nice size and has an incredible feel to it. It could be a little lighter but I think it's worth having the nice build quality.
                    The image quality is terrific. I can never really tell the difference between this camera and my 7D. The lens is also terrific, as well as small and quiet.
                    It takes a little bit of getting used to shooting through "live view" when you come from a DSLR but we've all had a little bit of training with using iPhones. The addition of touchscreen is excellent. It gets harder and harder to use the 7D when I remember I can't just touch the menu item I want.
                    The biggest con is definitely the lack of lenses available for the camera. I know you can get an adapter and use other mount lenses but I like to think the point of this camera is a great image in a tiny package.
                    Overall, I'm extremely happy with this purchase but Canon really needs to release new lenses.

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                    5.0

                    Jewel like

                    By twagn

                    from Kansas City Mo

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

                      As far as the reviews which go on and on regarding focus speed, for my shooting it's more than acceptable. Any percieved lack of AF speed is more than made up in image quality. The build quality is outstanding. For the current price, it has my seal of approval

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                      3.0

                      Very capable small camera

                      By PaulJames

                      from Connecticut

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Great image quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder Option
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

                      I wanted a small camera that I could take with me virtually everywhere. After checking out lots of products I decided to stay with Canon (I use a 5D Mark II and own a few Canon film SLRs). The EOS M is a solid litte camera with a great touch screen and outstanding image quality. My model has the updated firmware so AF speed was pretty good - not great. The controls are pretty easy to get used to - I do wish there was a dedicated ISO button. I got some pretty good shots using the 22mm f/2 lens. Sharp, detailed images. I did find the camera a bit slippery - I felt like I might drop it a few times. But my biggest problem with the camera may very well be my own: no viewfinder. I just could not get used to composing without a viewfinder after using an SLR for so long. Overall, a great little camera and I just wish it had a viewfinder option.

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                      4.0

                      Better than I expected

                      By Byron the graphic designer

                      from Pasadena CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Sharp Image Good Price

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light
                      • Requires Learning Curve

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Still Life
                      • Video

                      Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

                      I read ton of reviews and saw many youtube reviews about the camera before purchasing it. I was very wary about the slow focusing reviews, but thought I had to try it myself to really see if it was ok. Beside, the price was just too tempting and if it was unbearable, I can always return it.

                      So here's how it went:
                      The first day it arrived, I shot and shot and couldn't get a single good photo. the focus was busy adjusting so much that i missed almost every shot I intended. I was thinking, this is ridiculous and was planning to return it. I started to play with the focusing controls on the menu to disable the continuous focus and started to shoot again. it immediately focused faster. i played around with more adjustments and spent the next two days experimenting. I used a Nikon manual lens, an EFS 17-85, and an EF 10-200. Each having very nice results. There's definitely a learning curve with this camera, it's not your dad's camera, that's for sure. But once you get the hang of things, it's really great. I love the zoom focus feature which really helps when you use a manual lens. It lets you zoom in to check the focus before firing the shutter. When you use this with Magic lantern, it unlocks even more great features of this camera. By the third day, I am loving the big results of this little camera. It's so sharp! It's no sports camera, for certain, but I'm confident i can get some great photos regardless. i discovered you really need to try all the different adjustments to get the best result for each type of shooting. I am glad I stuck it out in learning to use it.

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                      5.0

                      Satisfied

                      By Thomas Duong

                      from Pennsauken NJ

                      Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

                      Perfect little travel camera, a lot more convenient then carrying my MarkIII to everyday use, wish it had the same auto focus speed as the Mark series but still overall a fantastic cam

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                      4.0

                      Great Camera gift for the inexperienced

                      By salangam

                      from Tacoma, WA

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom
                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - White:

                      Upgraded firmware to improve AF system makes this an A+ product

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                      5.0

                      Very Nice

                      By BCI

                      from Austn TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

                          Bet pocket camera that can give you image quality & video guality of a DSLR. Very impressed, cannot believe the misguided reviews of this camera in the USA.

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                          4.0

                          Nice Little Camera

                          By Bernie

                          from Oakton, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Light
                          • Lightweight
                          • Rugged
                          • Small
                          • Touch Screen

                          Cons

                          • Not For Action

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography

                          Comments about EOS-M Mirrorless Digital Camera with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens - Black:

                          And I do mean little. I wanted this camera to use when I do not want to (or could not, for whatever reason) carry my 7D, yet still want a larger sensor that can produce a high quality image. I was somewhat put off by some of the early reviews that complained about its speed and the lack of an eye-level finder. However, the currently low price meant I could effectively buy a complete kit for the cost of my other options with smaller sensors, and most owners seem to like it.So far, I have been pleasantly surprised. I have tested it in bright sunlight with the ground covered with snow and in various other lighting conditions. The camera is small and light, and with the 22-mm lens on it, pocketable. The images I've gotten have been sharp and well exposed, and I have found that I can see the screen in almost all lighting conditions.In addition, the ability to magnify the view prior to exposure I expect to make it easier to use my Lensbaby, probably more successfully than with the 7D.As these cameras are quickly disappearing, I would definitely recommend the next iteration.

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