All good things come in threes: Canon lodged with the compact system camera EOS M3 technically up a gear.ULTIMATE TECH NEWS has tested them.
Bi slang led system cameras with Canon rather a niche existence. The 2012 presented Canon EOS M could make no serious competition to system cameras from Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Samsung, despite high image quality. The only slightly revised second model EOS M2 there never was therefore also in Germany. The third series camera, the EOS M3, Canon has thoroughly renovated and built a new sensor with 24 Megapixels, among others.
The Canon EOS M3 is slightly thicker than the Canon EOS M. This is the display that no longer is permanently installed, but folds out, and on significantly stronger molded handle. With a lens the size difference between the two M-models falls but only minimally. The auxiliary handle the EOS M3 is clearly fixed in your hand and can thus keep better. The operation is simple as its predecessor, who like to adjust the camera settings to their own taste, but is faster on the EOS M3 to your destination. If the EOS M is set almost entirely in my menu, can be found at the top of the M3 now also a mode dial and a wheel for the exposure compensation. Add to that a dial around the shutter release button. Who changes settings in the menu, which can on the touch screen to make that usually goes a bit faster than on the Cross buttons next to the screen.
The heart of the M3 is an ASP-C-sized image sensor (22.3 x 14.9mm) with a resolution of 24 megapixels – 6 Megapixel more than the predecessor. As with the M comes the image sensor from Canon’s DSLR series, he is in a similar form in the DSLR models Canon EOS 750D and 760D. The difference in image quality will decrease compared with the previous but for comparatively small. The pictures are by the higher resolution somewhat detailed and at very high ISO values (ISO 1600), there is less noise to be seen.Since the EOS M3 can also from the system cameras with the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensors such as the Olympus OM-D E-M10 or the Panasonic Lumix GM1 settle. Too bad: The EOS M3 remains during the shoot in Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) videos in 4K can, unlike, for example, the Panasonic Lumix G70 not absorb.
More speed during AF
The continuous shooting speed has remained the same. Like its predecessor, managed the EOS M3 in the test slightly more than 4 fps. The biggest leap has made the auto focus, the camera sits system typical on the image sensor. Additional Phase Change pixel provide clear focusing than the EOS M – who needed the test whipped 0.85 seconds for focusing, the EOS M3 abolished the in just 0.20 seconds. A decent value, although the EOS M3 not quite the pace of Canon EOS 7D Mark II with dual pixel technology or the Sony Alpha 6000 reached.
Wi-Fi and built-in flash
The EOS M3 has Wi-Fi and NFC get around to share photos wireless to smartphone sand other devices such as the Canon Connect Station CS100 transfer. Advantage of NFC technology: A simple laying of the camera is sufficient to make the connection. A password is not necessary. A remote control via smartphone app is also possible – it is for Apple – and Android devices. Another new feature is a small built-in flash. But he is quite under powered and ranges with the default ISO 100 just 1.43 meters. When fill flash is sufficient that, especially if you shoot with a slightly higher ISO setting. With its accordion-pop-up technology can be a tremendous tilted upwards – with indirect lighting on the ceiling photos often better. Who wants to sparkle with real power, however, comes to an external flash like the Canon Speed lite 430EX-RT III or the Canon Speed lite 600EX-RT is not around.
Viewfinder for plugging
In the hot shoe and the electronic viewfinder fits Canon EVF-DC1 (about 250 euros). The viewfinder has a high resolution (1024×768 pixels), the marketing jargon are the 2.36 megapixel, as Canon as all manufacturers include the sub pixels for the three basic colors red, green and blue. More pixels in the viewfinder display only the Leica Q (type 116) and the Panasonic Lumix GH4. The viewfinder shows a large, bright and very detailed image and fits on Canons noble Compact Canon Power Shot G1 X Mark II and Canon Power Shot G3 X. For shooting close to the ground it can be tilted upwards.Something impractical: the viewfinder is missing a catch for the normal attitude of the camera at eye level. Thus he works in the camera bag or carrying on the desk can by itself upward.
Those looking for a particularly compact system camera with high image quality, can also help Samsung NX500 access – that is slightly larger, but even films in 4K quality.Even a shovel in terms of image quality, but also much more expensive is better, the Leica T (Type 701).