Just got the Canon EOS-M in last night. I haven’t had time to really test the sucker out yet, but here is what I’m expecting from my research and why I chose this one.
Let’s start with the why. I have sorely missed having a DSLR around all the time. I love taking pictures, and my droid, iPad, and Go Pro HD Hero simply do not compare. But I also want something I can bring around when I go biking (especially if I ever get around to the Blue Ridge Parkway, that one is definitely still on my bucket list). So I’m obviously looking for something on the small and light scale.
Enter, the Canon EOS-M. The best way I can describe it, based on research more than use at this point, is that this is Canon’s attempt to cram the power, quality, and flexibility of a full DSLR into the body of a family vacation digital. And it seems like it worked about as well as can be expected (admittedly, I still have to put this thing through a lot more before I can say that conclusively).
I can already tell that for biking, this is definitely going to suit my needs. It is very small, the entire camera just fits in the palm of my hand. I use a Canon Vixia for work, which is a small digital video camera, and this is just a bit smaller. It’s heavier, but not as a heavy as a traditional DSLR. I got it with the pancake lens to keep it as small as possible. I don’t really need any zooming for most of what I’ll shoot on my bike; landscapes, pictures of the bike, me with the bike, roads, etc. I’ve brought a DSLR around with me while biking before and it is a pain in the ass, hopefully the EOS-M will change that.
As for the downsides, I noticed that the clips that hold the strap on to the camera make a good amount of noise. When filming, the strap will simply have to come off. The camera doesn’t have the best of grips, so that means using a tripod or monopod (or in my case the center of my tripod which works freaking awesomely and extends your reach by about one foot, great in crowds and at media gaggles, also easier to hold steady than just the camera itself). Other downsides that various people have noted in reviews: 1) No view finder, not a big deal for me since I’m used to a video camera that has no view finder, but might be tough on manual focusing when in the sun. 2) No flash, also not a big deal, but it has a hot shoe.
Next up I’ll need to get a new SD card, the ones I use in my Go Pro aren’t good enough to handle the EOS-M video so they overheat and stop recording quickly. I also want the 18-55mm lens for non-biking activities. The power chord is a must (kind of disappointed it didn’t come in the package in the first place). And a light would come in handy but isn’t totally necessary at the moment. After all that stuff, maybe I’ll work my way into a lens adapter and just go nuts.
Here’s a handful of pics I took last night in the apartment: