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First Images Of EOS M3 Leak Online Ahead of Friday Announcement

By Anthony Thurston on February 3rd 2015

We have heard it was coming, and now images of the EOS M3 are leaking online, almost assuring the rumored announcement coming up on Friday.


The most obvious difference between the M3 and the M/M2 is the addition of a grip, and more dials. It doesn’t appear to include an EVF, which would collaborate what the rumors have been saying. That said, it’s possible that the M3 has a pop-up EVF like the Sony RX100 Mk III, though that is more than likely a pop-up flash. It also seems to be a bit bigger than the original M design, but that is hard to judge from product photos.

It definitely looks like a step in the right direction, from a design standpoint, but the specs will be the real indicator. In my opinion, the M3 needs to have the dual pixel technology AND the same sensor as the Canon 7D MkII; at the VERY least, it needs to have the Canon 70D sensor, but to me that would not be a good move.

I am still VERY interested in getting my hands on this guy, and comparing it to my original EOS M and my new X-T1.

What are your thoughts on the look of the next EOS M? Do you think Canon can make up at least  some of the ground that they have to gain to catch Sony/Fuji with this release? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Canon Watch]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Arnold Ziffel

    With no EVF, unless it’s loaded with some off the chart specs, I’m sort of left cold…..

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      Now that we saw more product pics, the M3 looks a lot like an interchangeable lens G1 X MII.
      We should be expecting well within the charts specs ;)

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  3. Jean-Francois Perreault

    Just saw a picture of the back. Definitely no evf, I read it’ll be compatible with the EVF DC1.
    So if we put that external evf on, how do we use an external flash? Sorry if it’s a dumb question :S

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    • Anthony Thurston

      You may have to pick one or the other, or maybe the EVF has a flash hot shoe pass through (doubtful).

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    • Derek Schwartz

      I wonder if, with something like a Yongnuo radio trigger, with a hotshoe on it, if the EVF signal would pass through? That would enable off-camera flash, at least. The DC1 EVF, from looking at it on websites, has no pass through of its own…

      Also, from what I see of shots on the back, the screen probably tilts? I think i can see hinges at the top edge…

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    • Jean-Francois Perreault

      Good idea! It could work if the Yongnuo’s shoe it pass-through. Although you’re out of luck if you want your external flash on the camera. That’s strike 1 for me :(

      Having to pay extra for an external evf (240$ on BH) is strike 2. Almost every other brand has a built-in evf.

      From what I see so far, this camera doesn’t cut it for me. I’m sure some people, pros, how already have a very decent camera would enjoy the lightness of the M3 for special purposes. But for me, not a pro, I don’t need multiple cameras. Just one. And if it’s going to be mirrorless, then it needs to be on par with DLSRs in terms of usefulness.

      The M3 seems targeted at people looking for a small 2nd camera or beginners. Strike 3 ;)

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  4. Austin Swenson

    I would like to take it for a spin just for funsies

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  5. Barry Cunningham

    I’ve only looked at the M a couple of times for a couple of minutes each. I found it very uncomfortable in my hands and lost interest immediately. The changes look like they’re moving in the right direction, but I’d have to hold one to know if it felt any better. If a camera doesn’t feel good in my hands, there has to be something really extraordinary about it to maintain my interest.

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  6. Derek Schwartz

    I have a first-gen M and bought an accessory aluminum grip for it, which improved the handling a ton. This looks like a move in the right direction, especially with DPAF. EVF would be nice, but not critical for what I would likely use this for. Plus, my guess is that the EVF would throw the folks over at Magic Lantern for a loop…and we can’t have that, can we? :-)

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    • Derek Schwartz

      Edit: the grip I added to my EOS-M is a Richard Franiec accessory. Alone, it’s a lovely piece of milled, anodized aluminum, but for the sake of, well, grip, I added some griptac I had around from a vintage camera restoration project. Certainly not the overall security of a fully molded grip of a DSLR, but for me, it made a HUGE difference. To Barry’s point below, if it feels good in the hand, you’re about 1000% more likely to actually use the camera.

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  7. Michael Moe

    i am very interested in the specs of this camera and its price.

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  8. Hannu Siika-aho

    Hopefully the AF speed is improved. The lenses are quite good already.

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    • Derek Schwartz

      I own the 22/2 EF-M lens, and I agree, it’s great. I also have the EF-M to EF adapter, and it opens up the full range of glass I own. Of course, the side effect is handling if your strap anything big to it, like a 24-70/2.8 or 70-200 of any flavor. :-)

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    • Joram J

      @Derek, can i ask. Does the EF adapter affect the AF any extra? I know the M is already slow, but does it stay workable?

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  9. Graham Curran

    Hope that it can do long exposures and tethered shooting, it would great for astro.

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  10. Jean-Francois Perreault

    I’d be very (pleasantly) surprised to see the 7D Mark II’s sensor. But I think it’ll be closer to the 70D. This looks more like an entry-level mirrorless.
    You’re right that it absolutely needs DPAF. Anything less would possibly get terrible reviews unless they developed something else which would be surprising.

    As usual with Canon, I’m almost certain we’ll be somewhat disappointed. I noticed there’s no EVF (that thing on the top side is most likely a popup flash. You can see the flash icon on the left side button).
    If implemented very well, I may not mind an external EVF but I’ll need to see it in action to make any judgment. But no EVF = I’m not interested.
    I’m also curious to see the controls behind the camera. Hope there are a few customizable buttons out there.

    To me this looks like an attempt to get something closer to Sony’s A6000 which was what I expected them to release.

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  11. Kevin Cucci

    I still shoot with my M all the time and buying it for $299 with the 22mm lens was the deal of the century in my opinion. I am excited for this.

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  12. Kim Farrelly

    Getting the live view AF from the 70D would be a good move, nothing much wrong with that sensor & if it keeps the price down a bit all the better. Digic6 processor would be nice too.

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  13. Michael Burnham

    Looks like a good improvement! Let’s wait for the release specs and see what it really will be. I would bet that at best it will have the 70D 20 MP sensor and it worst the exact same sensor as the T51. It would be nice for it to move into the 20 megapixel arena but we will have to wait a couple more days to see.

    Oh yeah, it would also be great if its made available in the USA! Unlike the M2 which wasn’t and the M which was withdrawn from the US market early. IMHO Canon rushed the launch of the EOS M. Had the original M shipped with the firmware update that came later I think we would be looking at a whole different ball game with Canon mirrorless.

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  14. Eric Sharpe

    I’m a Nikon shooter, and I’m very interested in trying out this camera.

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