Canon EOS M3

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canon m3There’s a new star in Canon’s EOS M lineup, the EOS M3, an interchangeable lens digital camera which the company says was created for enthusiast photographers.

At the heart of the little M3 is Canon’s 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor and its most advanced image processor, DIGIC 6, delivering premium quality stills and Full HD videos. These are combined with super-fast AF performance, thanks to a new 49-point Hybrid CMOS AF III autofocus system.

Advanced photographers will find everything they need at their fingertips, opines Canon, with intuitive DSLR-like dials and control, as well as access to the entire lineup of more than 80 Canon EF, EF-S and EF-M interchangeable lenses (Canon EF and EF-S lenses when used with the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M.)

The sensor has a sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 12,800 (expandable to 25,600 in H mode) paired with Canon’s proprietary DIGIC 6 Image Processor to capture high-resolution photos and Full HD videos with brilliant colour and stunning detail.

The AF system is said to be up to 6.1x faster than the original EOS M.

Front and rear control dials offer full manual operation and customisable functions as well as improved ease of use.

The Intuitive Touch Screen is a 3.0-inch tilt-type (180 degrees up/45 degrees down) ClearView II LCD screen.

The camera offers built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for streamlined photo sharing and wireless remote control. Users will also have the ability to remotely capture and share images with Canon’s Camera Connect smartphone app.

Photographers familiar with other Canon EOS cameras will note the EOS M3’s interface is similar to Canon’s current EOS DSLRs, making operation easier for existing users. The LCD panel’s tilting capability makes it easy to shoot from various angles while the capacitive touch screen allows intuitive image capture and playback with easy-to-understand information and real-time controls.

Canon’s EOS M3 Digital Camera is scheduled to be available in early October for an estimated retail price of $849.99. An EOS M3 EF-M 18-55 mm IS STM lens kit will be available in the customer’s choice of black or white for an estimated retail price of $999.99.

While three lenses for the EOS M line also have been announced for the U.S., Canon Canada has not included them in its announcement: EF-M 11-22 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM wide-angle zoom; EF-M 22 mm f/2 STM compact prime lens in silver; EF-M 55-200 mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM tele zoom.

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