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Canon’s EOS-M A Low Budget, High Quality Video Solution

By Anthony Thurston on May 4th 2014

I have talked before about my love for the Canon EOS-M. Simply put, for the money, you really can’t get much better quality in terms of stills and video quality. The only downside being AF that is a little on the slow side (but still very usable for most situations).

I just came across a video also with high praise for the EOS-M, in this case as an ENG/Documentary camera for journalists on a budget. This doesn’t surprise me one bit. Caleb Pike over at DLSR Video Shooter uses an EOS-M as his b-camera and it looks great.

[REWIND: The EOS M: Canon’s Loss Is Your Gain]

In this video, produced by the Columbia School of Journalism, is a great example of a use for the EOS-M that I am sure was never intended by Canon, but in which the camera excels.

I love that Duy Linh Tu not only talks about the advantages of the camera itself, but goes into several options for accessories that help complete the transformation of the EOS-M into a budget documentary camera.

The only real problem now is that the EOS-M is virtually gone from online and retail stores. Your only real avenue for procuring one is on the secondary markets via sites like Craigslist or Ebay. Luckily the M is still inexpensive. For under $300, you can get the body and a lens or the body and the EF adapter.

What are your thoughts on this? Did this open your mind to the EOS-M at all, or are you still a skeptic? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Derek Schwartz

    After reading this, I bought an M as a backup/primary-when-I-needed-to-be-more-discrete camera for my 7D, and I love it. The 22mm f/2 lens is fantastic, but I’ve also used some old FD-mount primes and EF lenses (via adapters) on the M without any trouble.

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  2. James VanderWeide

    That’s pretty creative thinking!

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  3. Ironymous

    I love mine. Everytime I use it with my Leica M lenses I am amazed at the quality. Thinking of grabbing a second body now that they are dirt cheap, before they are gone. Hoping the EOS-M3 will feature an EVF and a slightly elongated body. I think $500-600 is a fair price to pay for a new M3. Wouldn’t pay more than that, though I did buy mine when it was still going for $800 with the 22mm pancake and EF adapter. Never regretted it, though — the build quality bests the Sony NEX and Olympus EP series anytime, and is as solid as the Olympus OMDs.

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  4. Dette Ramos

    I love our EOS-M and I always have it with me, especially when I travel. There have been some occasions in the past though that it would suddenly be out of focus while taking a video.

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  5. Elijah

    Hated the camera when it was first released due to it’s ridiculous price for the functionality but when Canon eventually set out the eos-m on sale it started to look more appealing. I now own one and use it as a backup and video camera, the 22mm is a fine lens.

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  6. Gustavo

    En enero adquirí una gracias la tu recomendación Anthony , estoy muy contento la uso basicamente para video como tercera cámara en la documentación (video) de artes escénicas.

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  7. LPMurph

    I just bought this camera for my wife. It was one of the best purchases (at the discounted price) I’ve made. I’ve never used it for video such as this but as Im getting more into the DSLR video it may be neat to try as a second Camera.

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  8. Wayne

    I don’t see a link to the accessories he used in the video or the recording. Am I missing something?

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  9. Chuck Navarro

    I love that little camera. I’ve never used it to this extent for video but it is a great deal for what you get. Basically a T4i in a compact body. Definitely worth the investment even as a secondary or backup camera.

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