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Canon EOS M3 mirrorless compact camera

September 4 2015

by Philip Northeast

The new EOS M3 compact camera from Canon promises  quality and versatility in a convenient size.

The EOS M3 is designed for serious photographers. The  Canon M3 has one of Canon’s 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensors, with control  and processing  capabilities derived from their DSLR range. The M3 has  access to the entire lineup of more than 80 Canon  EF-M interchangeable lenses and EF, EF-S lenses (when used with the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M).


Front view Canon EOS M3

“Canon U.S.A. is bringing to market a new member of the EOS family – the EOS M3 – to help satisfy the market’s demand for high-quality compact cameras with large image sensors and interchangeable lenses,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon EOS M3 controls

Canon EOS M3 controls

“It is the ideal camera for advanced amateurs and enthusiasts looking for a compact interchangeable lens camera option with genuine EOS camera system support, performance and compatibility, as well as professional photographers looking for a full-featured compact secondary camera.”

Canon EOS M3 rear view

Canon EOS M3 rear view

Canon’s use of the M3 model number is reminiscent of the Leica M series of rangefinder cameras from the film era that provided compact and good image quality in the one camera. The mirrorless design means the Canon M3 lacks a built in viewfinder with the rear screen as the standard method for composing and taking photographs. Canon do offer a clip on accessory electronic viewfinder, but this does take away from the convenient size and simplicity of the EOS M3.

Accessory viewfinderCanon EOS M3

Accessory viewfinderCanon EOS M3

The Canon EOS M3 has Wi-Fi capabilities, an ISO range of 100-12,800, and a fast auto-focus system.  Additionally the M3 shoots 1080p video.  Canon is creating a DSLR feel in a compact camera body.


There is information on pricing available from Adorama.


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