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 – Performance

General performance is an area in which the original EOS M struggled – most notably when it came to focusing speeds. Thanks to the implementation of an all-new focusing system, the EOS M3 is a major improvement in this regard. Although it still might not be as quick as some of its competition the EOS M3 acquires focus promptly and, although it struggles with moving targets at times, is generally accurate.

Canon EOS M3 product shot 8

A mount adapter is required for use of conventional EF lenses

If you’re looking to utilise Canon’s EF and EF-S mount lenses then you’ll have to purchase the EF-EOS M mount adapter. Although this adapter works perfectly well with newer STM lenses with older Canon lenses there’s a noticeable slowing down of focusing.

In terms of general operation, the Canon EOS M3 is certainly snappy enough. It starts up almost instantly and adopts changes to controls quickly, although there is a slight shot-to-shot delay which could, in some instances, lead to missed images.

Canon EOS M3 product shot 7

The M3’s supplied battery is rated to 250 shots

While the EOS M3 features a respectable 4.2fps continuous shooting rate, it’s worth noting that it’s some way behind competitors, such as the Samsung NX500 (9fps) and the Sony Alpha 6000 (11fps). It’s also hampered by the inability to use live view while shooting in this mode, as well as being further slowed by the usage of tracking AF.

  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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