Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black)

Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black)

Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black)

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Canon EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black)


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Product Highlights

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0" 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25/30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Hybrid CMOS AF System with 49 AF Points
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Hot Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic Input
  • Full Manual Control
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Canon M3 overview

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Capture high-resolution images and full HD 1080p video with the compact black EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera. The M3 features a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 6 Image Processor to with an ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 12800, expandable up to 25600. An intuitive 3.0" 1,040k-dot touchscreen LCD allows you to focus and shoot an image with a single tap on the screen. The touchscreen has a ClearView II coating and tilts up 180° and down 45°, making it easy to compose and shoot selfies as well as low-angle shots.

The M3 features an advanced Hybrid CMOS AF III autofocus system which focuses up to 6.1x faster than the EOS M in part due to the 49 phase-detect points that cover 80% of the vertical frame and 70% of the horizontal frame. Creative assist allows you to preview camera adjustments in real time, letting you save and share your chosen settings. Additionally, a front dial and an exposure compensation dial permit full manual control over the camera's settings. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity make sending and sharing your images an easy task.

Sensor and Image Processor
High resolution 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and high performance DIGIC 6 image processor combine to provide fast AF, exceptional image quality, and sharp detail in both photo and video.
Full HD 1080p Movies
Shoot full HD 1080p movies at 24, 25, or 30 fps with stereo audio when using an external microphone utilizing the 3.5mm input jack. Manual Movie mode gives you full control over the video recording by adjusting shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.
ISO Sensitivity
ISO sensitivity on the M3 ranges from 100-12800, but expands to 25600 for faster shutter speeds and sharper details in low light.
A combination of both Contrast AF and Phase Detect AF increases accuracy and auto-focus speed in both photo and video.
Manual Focus
When focusing manually, you can magnify any point on the LCD screen 5x or 10x, and your focal point can be confirmed with the on-screen focus peaking.
3.0" 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD
The 3.0" Clear View II LCD monitor keeps glare to a minimum and makes it easy to see images even in bright light. The 1,040k-dot resolution is ideal for playback and focusing, and the smudge-resistant coating on the LCD reduces the appearance of fingerprints. Numerous camera operations can be handled by the touchscreen including touch AF control, whereby you touch the LCD screen on the part of the image you want in focus. The LCD has an adjustable five-level brightness control, a viewing angle of 170°, and an aspect ratio of 3:2.
Noise Reduction
Multi Shot Noise Reduction preserves fine detail in photos at high ISO speeds. With MSNR activated, the camera takes four consecutive shots of the same image, then merges and aligns them, reducing noise and blur.
Continuous Shooting and Burst Rate
The M3 can shoot up to 4.2 frames per second for up to 1,000 JPEG images or 5 RAW images.
Advanced Imaging Features
The M3 features shooting modes that allow photographers to take advantage of digital advancements to improve their shooting results. Scene Intelligent Auto mode for stills and video optimizes all of the camera's auto controls to provide the best settings based on the camera's reading of the scene. The EOS-M also offers 8 Creative Filters to enhance your images, including HDR, Fish-Eye Effect, Art Bold Effect, Water Painting Effect, Miniature Effect (Stills and Movie), Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, and Grainy B/W.
Hot Shoe and Built-In Flash
The built-in pop-up flash features a guide number of 16.4' (5m) at ISO 100 and covers up to an 18mm focal length. The flash has a recycle time of 3 seconds and can sync up to 1/200 sec. An integrated E-TTL II-compatible hot shoe enables the addition of an external flash or trigger.
Dust Deletion Feature
A self-cleaning sensor removes dust on the low-pass filter. It is executed automatically when the camera is powered on or off.

Canon M3 specs

Lens Mount Canon EF-M
Camera Format APS-C (1.6x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 24.7 Megapixel
Effective: 24.2 Megapixel
Max Resolution 24 MP: 6000 x 4000
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 22.3 x 14.9 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MP4,
Audio: AAC LC
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Memory Card Type SD
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 4 GB or 29 Minutes 59 Seconds
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video
Optional External Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Focus Control
Focus Type Autofocus
Focus Mode Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-servo AF (S)
Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen Tilting Live Preview LCD
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 100-12800)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 Second , Bulb Mode
Remote Control RC-6 (Optional)
Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Evaluative Metering, Partial Metering, Spot Metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Creative Filters, Custom, Hybrid Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (White), Shade, Tungsten
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 4.2 fps at 24.2 MP for up to 1000 Frames
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 16.4'; (5 m) ISO100 
Max Sync Speed 1 / 200 Second
Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Self Timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds
Interval Recording No
Connectivity 1x 1/8" Microphone, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Battery 1 x LP-E17 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Power Adapter ACK-E17 (Optional)
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to -40°F (0 to -40°C)
Humidity: 0 - 85%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.7" / 110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4 mm
Weight 12.91 oz / 366 g Body Only
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Package Weight 2.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 6.7 x 5.6"

Canon M3 reviews

EOS M3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only, Black) is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from compact quality Purchased as a light weight and more discrete alternative to lugging the loaded up 5d's around. The photo quality in RAW mode is very good, not as good as 5D MKiii or SR. That's a major trade off for me that I am willing to accept. Also purchased the 20 mm native lens for the M3 as well as the lens adapter. The native lens is very good and the ability to use all my other canon lenses is very convenient. I was looking at a Sony - perhaps a better sensor but also a compromise in that I would be left with either just a fixed 35 mm lens or having to start a collection of new Sony lens. The back is bright enough for viewing and photoing although a bit challenged in bright light.
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small without sacrificing image quality The EOS M3 just gets it right. It's a choose your subject, expose it, and shoot it kinda camera. It's also a bring me along kinda camera, IE you break your back carrying full frame gear and want something you can pocket (with a pancake lens) for personal use. The 22mm pancake lens for it is very sharp, and the 11-22 ultra wide is great value. 18-55 is a good all around, and of course 55-200 for reach. AF speed is good enough to catch candid photos and action, but I do look forward to Canon's future iterations of the M platform for closer (or as good) to DSLR performance... But this is a known shortcoming for mirrorless, their AF isn't as good as DSLRs, yet, but, they're so much smaller/lighter.
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EOS M3 working well with most EF lenses: Happy Shooter here After testing all my Canon EF lenses on my new M3 equipped with the EF-M adapter, I'm happy to report: Quick focus with AF with EF 70-200M F/2.8 L, Canon Fisheye EF 8-15 USM, Canon 28mm f/1.8 lenses. AF with Canon Macro EF 100mm f/2.8 and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 usually quick Canon 50mm f/1.4 sort of went into autofocus hunt frenzy before it managed to achieve focus. Camera is wonderfully light, yet has solid feel. Picture quality excellent, controls easy to learn and use with only one exception: wifi connection. Able to connect to IOS devices fine, but haven't figured out how to download photos to my Mac wirelessly. All in all, very happy with the camera. Waiting to see what Canon comes up with in the way of faster, native lenses. Until then, happy using my EF lenses with the adapter.
Date published: 2015-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EOS M3 Bought for 1080p video, loved for the stills I needed another 1080p camera to use with my large selection of canon EF lenses (using an adapter), so the M3 was a logical choice for quality and price for my budget at the time. I would have loved to buy another 5D mark III, but I could not justify it for a camera I bought with the intent of making video with it. On remote video shoots, the M3 was great. Good battery life, but get extras if you buy this camera. The ease of use was great if you already shoot Canon cameras. In auto focus mode the batteries get used up very quickly, so I just turn it off. The M3 records very great stills as well.
Date published: 2016-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, so good I bought the EOS M-3 body along with EF-M adapter so I can use my EF lenses. Was pleased to get special B&H bundle with the electronic viewfinder for a mere $ extra. So far, I love the size. Easy to set up and happy with shots so far.Didn't love the continuous focus feature so I turned it off right away. (I do see that it might be useful under some circumstances.) As I'd read in other reviews. the camera spends lots of time hunting when I have my Canon 50mm /f1.2 lens attached to it via the EF-M adapter. My Canon 28mm /F1.8 focused immediately without hunting. Planning on testing with all my lenses before I decide whether I buy native EF-M lenses. Quality of shots good so far. Happy with the camera. I usually shoot with a 5D Mark III, but wanted something smaller that would accept my existing lens collection.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost there! I purchased the M3 to use for travel and family gatherings, where I don't want to lug my 5DMarkIII. The image quality of this small rig is really quite good. I did a side-by-side comparison of the M3 and the EF-M 22 mm f/2 and my 5D3 with the EF 35 mm f/2. Pixel peeping at 100% showed that the M3 actually beat the 5D3. To be fair, I also compared it with the EF 24-105 f/4 L @ 35mm, and the L lens was sharper in the corners and had less CA than the M3 and the 22mm @ f/4. I have two minor complaints about the M3: 1) AWB and tungsten settings are too orange under incandescent light, and there is no K setting available, so you'll have to correct in post or use a white card and custom to get a good white balance. 2) there is no wired connection for remote triggering, so you can't do time lapse. On the other hand, you can do almost everything else on the M3 that you can do on the 5D3, and that's impressive, especially considering the size and weight. The menus are very similar. Don't use the Q button for making setting changes. Instead, while in image mode, press the INFO button a couple of times, and you'll get a settings screen very similar to what the DSLRs give you with the Q button.
Date published: 2015-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely Love My M3 I have owned and used my M3 for over 6 months and I still love it and use it more often than my 5D III when in the field. I had the original model and still use it as a converted infrared camera. I love the fact that I can carry the two bodies and three lenses in a sling camera bag that weighs less than 7 pounds. For most folks the selection of EF-M zoom lenses is more than adequate. The image quality of the lenses is very good in my opinion. There are constantly more lenses being introduced. There is a lack of prime lenses but the Canon M to EF adapter works so well, I doubt I would purchase many M primes. I have had no issues with the tilt up display and love this feature as I do a lot of canine photography and this feature really lets me get down at eye level. Many have commented on the slower focus compared to Canon's SLR system. Yes it is a little slower. However if you get used to using the touch screen focus feature the shutter will fire as soon as the focus locks and I find that image capture happens faster when used in this manner. I recommend the optional viewfinder for use when shooting in full sun. It is useful but takes some getting used to if you are coming from SLR technology. You may be able to save on it by looking for the BH bundle option. The other recommendation I have is for a second battery. I have needed a change when I was shooting all day. There is a place for professional full-frame cameras like the 5D's. And there is a place for Canon's mirrorless. I have both and would not give up either one at this point. I just hope that Canon will continue to develop its mirrorless line and perhaps eventually come out with a full-frame model. If they do, I'm in.
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Sensor Power in Small Form Factor This product is incredible for its price.I love to spend time outdoors and go to events so I seek a camera with the following combination: light weight, largest sensor in a smaller form factor, and has modern tech features at a competitive price that is digestable. I really value these features when I travel when weight and space is a high consideration. Secondly - I like to make large prints to display photos so thats where the large surface area sensor is highly valued as this helps keep an aging photo looking crisp printed again later in time. If you're considering these points and you travel - I highly recommend this camera.Perviously I owned a Leica D-LUX6 which I sought the same needs of small form factor, sensor size, and fast glass. For the image result, price this Canon EOS M3 blows away the other similar and higher price point options. The camera is fairly light with a very solid construction feel in hand. What really got me excited is this camera is that you can purchase so much more and you are not dropping $$ + USD with susceptibility to motor and gears failing with a life time of cycling turning the camera on and off switch on to take a photo.I am beyond pleased with the images results: Vivid, SHARP, high level of detail, and solid dynamic range. I feel the sensor's sensitivity to lower light is amazing for its price. With increased ISO setting you get solid results shooting RAW and editing in post with LR.This camera is tech with touch screen and Wi-FI connectivity. The hotshot option which is a MUST provides the needed screen resolution to take accurate shots and saves battery life.One feature that could have been improved is how easily the back screen disengages and can be articulated out. Its easy to do this and I find myself clicking it back in - its doesn't pop out - i just easily unlocks itself from time to time depending on how you hold the camera.High performance in a sturdy, slim, small form factor. Happy photographer and customer. I waited several months and used this camera extensively before sharing a review.
Date published: 2016-01-09
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