Canon EOS M3 Review - The EOS M3 represents Canon’s first real step in to the enthusiast CSC market, and looks set to shake it up. See how it gets on in our full Canon EOS M3 Review.

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS M3

Image Quality:90%


  • Excellent design and user interface; Pleasing image quality; Huge improvement on predecessor


  • Focusing speed and continuous shooting still behind competition; Lacking built-in viewfinder; Poor kits lens


Canon EOS M3 Review


Price as reviewed:

£599.00 (with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom)

Canon EOS M3 Review – Design

The feature-set isn’t the only area to which Canon has overhauled, as the design of the camera has also seen a complete rethink.

The body is distinctly compact, yet is also solidly built with a well-proportioned and suitably secure handgrip. This combination makes the EOS M3 arguably one of the best handling CSCs in its class.

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A substantial handgrip gives a secure hold of the camera

This smaller body hasn’t resulted in any compromises with handling however, as the general layout of the camera’s physical controls is well thought out – akin to that on Canon’s mid-range DSLRs. A combination of dials – one around the shutter button and another in place of an exposure compensation dial – handle the majority or the shooting functionality.

A selection of dedicated buttons on the rear of the camera also offer quick access to other key functions such as ISO and focus area selection, while the touchscreen is so successfully implemented that it will feel natural to any smartphone owner.

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The M3’s ample touchscreen aids the general user interface

The only real disappointment in terms of design is the model’s bulky 18-55mm kit lens – an optic which feels somewhat outdated and add a considerable bulk to the camera’s body.

  1. 1. Canon EOS M3 Review - Features
  2. 2. Canon EOS M3 Review - Design
  3. 3. Canon EOS M3 Review - Performance
  4. 4. Canon EOS M3 Review - Image Quality
  5. 5. Canon EOS M3 Review - Verdict
  6. 6. Canon EOS M3 Review - Hands-on First Look
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