CNet UK has published a new review on the Canon EOS M.
Their conclusion: Canon is at a slight disadvantage in that by waiting for so long to introduce a compact interchangeable lens camera the range of lenses and compatible accessories currently feels a little underwhelming when stood against its competitors. Nikon already has eight lenses in its Nikkor 1 line-up. Samsung has eight in its NX system and Sony has 10 E-mount lenses for its NEX cameras.
This will no doubt be addressed over time, and when it is, it will make this a far more exciting camera.
At the moment, then, you’ll probably spend most of your time shooting with the 18-55mm kit lens, and that’s no bad thing. It’s a well-built piece of kit that performed competently in my tests, with even focus across the frame.
The camera itself is equally well built, and the on-screen controls are easy to use. Performance was difficult to fault on my second day of testing, when it made best use of the available light. On the overcast first day of shooting though, the raw shots were biased towards the shadow end of the spectrum, although the in-camera JPEGs were better balanced, so even in such unfavourable conditions there’s sufficient information recorded for you to achieve the look you’re after in post-production.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of all, though, is how much the EOS M feels like a traditional dSLR. Sony and Nikon, which both have dSLR lines of their own, have taken their interchangeable lens compacts in a completely different direction. That makes it easy to differentiate the two lines, and shouldn’t dent the sales of the more traditional cameras that sit alongside them.
Canon, on the other hand, seems to have made a dSLR for anyone who doesn’t want the bulk of a traditional mirror-driven device. You will pay a premium for the privilege, but if you’ve always wanted a dSLR but been put off by the size and weight, the EOS M may well prove to have been worth the wait after all.