Lake District Landscape Photography home  
  Photography Articles  

UK Landscapes - Camera Equipment

Canon EOS M Camera Body

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M body.

Specification (in order of importance to me)

Weight: 298g including battery
Dimensions: 109mm x 66mm x 32mm
Imaging sensor size: 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C)
Lens mount: EF-M
Effective pixels: 18 megapixels
File formats: RAW, jpeg
LCD monitor: Touch sensitive 3" Clear View II TFT, 1040k dots
Live view: Yes, up to 10x magnification
WiFi: No
Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC card

I first looked at the EOS M when it was originally released in 2012 as Canon's first mirrorless interchangable lens digital camera.  I was looking to reduce the overall weight of my camera gear in order to make life a little easier in the hills.  Unfortunately, the widest lens available for the M was the 18-55mm kit lens, which, at the full frame equivalent to 29mm, wasn't wide enough for my needs.  There was the option of using an adapter & fitting wider lenses designed for Canon's DSLR's, but then the weight & size advantage would be partially lost.

In June 2013, Canon announced a new lens for the M, the 11-22mm zoom.  With an equivalent focal length of 18mm at the wide end, the EOS M system suddenly became viable.  With this camera/lens combination, I would be saving over 400g over the 6D & 20mm Voigtländer.

I bought the camera in June 3013 with the 22mm pancake lens & started carrying it with my 6D kit shooting side by side to see how I got on with it & see how the image quality compared.  The 11-22mm lens arrived a month later & once I started using it the 6D never came out of he bag.  The M could be carried on a strap over my shoulder without me hardly knowing it was there, due partly to it's lighter weight, but more so due to it's tiny size, something I hadn't really considered.  Image quality was slightly lower due to the smaller sensor, but only when viewing images at 100% on a computer screen.  I had prints made at 30" x 20" & couldn't fault them in any way compared to similar images from the 6D or 5D mkII before it.  The 6D was sold as it had become surplus to requirements.

Then the winter came & realised I had a problem.  Most of the cameras controls were either via the touch screen or the rear control wheel.  The touch screen, although quite sensitive, didn't work too well with gloves on & the control wheel on the back of the camera, which doubles as a 4-way push button controller, is too sensitive to turn without inadvertently pressing one of the buttons.  As half of my photography is at altitude in winter, what first appears to be a minor irritation became a show stopper.

I had become hooked on the advantages of the mirrorless camera versus DSLR cameras so didn't want to go back to the 6D.  Canon didn't have anything else mirrorless to choose from, which was a shame as I'd become quite attached to the 11-22mm zoom with it's surprisingly good image quality, so I had to start looking elsewhere.  In early 2014, Fujifilm released it's X-T1.  A mirrorless camera with weather-proofing & real full sized controls...