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EOS M3: Canon’s fastest mirrorless EOS with a 24.2 MP sensor

EOS M3: Canon’s fastest mirrorless EOS with a 24.2 MP sensor

The EOS M3 is Canon’s fastest-ever mirrorless EOS compact system camera, designed for photographers looking for the power of a DSLR and access to the incredible EF lens range, but demanding a smaller compact body with EOS build quality. Appealing to serious enthusiasts, the EOS M3 boasts stunningly fast autofocus, Canon’s highest resolution 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor and a host of creative options for stills and filmmaking.

Who is it for?

Designed for existing DSLR users who want something smaller and compatible with their range of favourite lenses, plus existing compact camera users looking to move up to an interchangeable lens system camera without the extra size of a DSLR, the EOS M3 offers impressive build quality and reliability with the speed and quality associated with the legendary EOS system. Active photographers in particular, who want a camera with them at all times, will appreciate the small feature-packed body, which boasts an incredibly powerful 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sensor and super-fast DIGIC 6 processor.


  • 24.2 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor
  • Premium image quality using DIGIC 6 Processor
  • Selectable ISO range of 100-12,800 with expansion to 25,600
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III focusing with 49 AF points
  • Focusing assist with Manual Focus Peaking and AF+MF
  • Large, tilt-type 3.0in (1,040k) 3:2 ClearView II touchscreen with sRGB colour reproduction
  • High quality Full HD 1920x1080 movies at 24p and 30p in MP4 format with full exposure control
  • Built-in WiFi with NFC support
  • Fully compatible with Canon Speedlite System and advanced levels of controls
  • Premium body construction and handling with stainless steel chassis and all aluminium exterior


The EOS M3 is made with a magnesium-alloy chassis with an aluminum body, to give a sturdy, high quality look and feel. The moment the camera is picked up, it imparts the feeling of a quality photographic tool with ergonomically designed buttons and a very familiar EOS DSLR menu system.


A large 7.5cm (3.0in) touch screen with high resolution has been designed to offer fuss-free convenient composing and reviewing. Use the touch screen to focus and shoot with a single tap, navigate the camera’s menu system and swipe back and forth to review images. The sRGB screen, consisting of 1,040,000 pixels to allow for accurate image review and composition, is tiltable upwards through 180° and downwards by 45° for high-angle shooting.


Share your images and control the EOS M3 remotely using the in-built WiFi function. Along with Dynamic NFC, it is possible to control the camera via tablet or smartphone, with control over settings made easy via the Camera Connect downloadable app.


With Creative Assist, the EOS M3 can be controlled with an easy-to-use touchscreen interface and the effects previewed in real time as you compose. Adjust brightness, background blur, vividness of colour, contrast, warmth and filter effects with ease and save favourite combinations of these settings as recipes for instant recall and share with other photographers by swapping image shot in Creative Assist mode.


For the ultimate in portability, the EOS M3 has its own bespoke range of EF-M lenses to accompany, which consist of the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM and – launched last year – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM.

The EOS M3 is also part of the EOS System – a collection of over 70 lenses and accessories trusted by professional and amateur photographers worldwide. The Mount Adapter EF-EOS M enables the EOS M3 to be used with premium EF L-series optics as well as lightweight EF-S lenses.


The EOS M3 allows you to be as creative over movies as stills. Manual control is offered from shutter speed and aperture to frame rate and ISO speed. The camera’s touchscreen controls let you create cinematic pull-focus effects while focus peaking shows which areas of the scene are sharp. Record high quality sound via the camera’s external microphone socket, too, and take advantage of Dynamic IS – the first EOS to have this feature – for the ultimate in smooth, vibration-free movies when filming on-the-go.


The EOS M3’s APS-C size 24.2 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor has gapless microlenses to help deliver images and movies with stunning detail, colour and atmosphere. Pixels equipped with gapless microlenses maximise the sensor area, allowing each pixel to be more sensitive to light and yield less digital noise (especially at high ISO) making them ideal for capturing scenes in challenging light.

Larger pixels also have the capacity to provide a wider dynamic range, while the APS-C sensor size allows creative depth-of-field for more professional looking bokeh.


Hybrid CMOS AF technology enables users to experience EOS DSLR-like autofocus speeds without the bulk of a larger camera. Hybrid CMOS AF III allows for continuous focusing and smooth focus transition when shooting video while the EOS M3 supports near-silent Movie Servo AF with compatible STM lenses.

Hybrid CMOS AF III also enables ultra-fast focusing for stills shooting, approximately 6.1x faster then the original EOS M, while 49 AF points give a wide AF point coverage for users looking for more framing options when using autofocus. Higher density and smaller AF points also increase the camera’s ability to accurately lock on to the correct subject, allowing the user to fully utilise the large sensor to create beautiful images with the subject isolated.


Canon’s DIGIC 6 processor works in conjunction with the 24.2 Megapixel sensor to allow users to shoot in difficult lighting conditions and still obtain high-quality results.

The extra processing power of DIGIC 6 allows images to be captured and processed faster than ever before with an impressive 0.07sec shutter lag. JPEG images processed by DIGIC 6 yield up to 30 percent more detail and can be recorded in full resolution continuously up to 4.2 fps in creative (P, Tv, Av and M) modes for up to 1000 frames.

Type 22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 24.2 megapixels
Total Pixels Approx. 24.7 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Low-Pass Filter Built-in/Fixed
Sensor Cleaning EOS integrated cleaning system
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour
Type DIGIC 6
Lens Mount EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M)
Focal Length Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens
Image Stabilisation Enable/Disable Image Stabilizer on compatible lens
Dynamic IS available with compatible lenses
Type Hybrid CMOS AF System. Phase detection pixels built onto imaging sensor¹
AF System/ Points 49 AF points (Maximum)¹
AF working range EV 2-18 (at 23°C, ISO 100, with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM)
AF Modes One-Shot AF and Servo AF
AF Point Selection Automatic selection (Face+Tracking), Manual selection (1-point AF)
Selected AF point display Indicated on LCD monitor
AF Lock Locked when shutter button is pressed half way or customisable AE Lock Button
AF Assist Beam via LED assist beam
Manual Focus Dedicated MF button (toggle AF/MF). Select on camera menu AF+MF (Manual focus after One-Shot).
MF Peaking available
Metering modes Real-time metering from the image sensor
(1) Evaluative metering (384 zones)
(2) Partial metering at center (approx. 10%)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2%)
(4) Center weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 23°C, ISO 100)
AE Lock Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE Lock Button in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation '+/-3 EV in 1/3 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB '3 shots, +/- 2 EV, 1/3-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity (*) AUTO(100-12800), 100-12800 in 1/3 stop increments
ISO can be expanded to H: 25600
During Movie shooting: Auto (100-6400), 100-6400 (in 1/3-stop increments)
Type Hybrid Single Blade Shutter (Electronic first curtain and mechanical second curtain shutter)
Speed 30-1/4000 sec (1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
Type Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom.
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance Yes, 1 setting can be registered
Type Optional Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1
Depth of field preview Yes, via customisable buttons
Type Tilt type 7.5 cm (3.0”) sRGB ClearView II Touchscreen LCD (TFT). 3:2 aspect ratio. Approx. 1,040,000 dots. In-cell capacitive type
Coverage Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically) Approx. 170°
Brightness Adjustment Adjustable to one of five levels
Display Options Switchable via INFO. Button
(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Liveview image no information
(3) Liveview image full info
(4) Liveview image basic info
Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters) 5
Built-in Flash Coverage up to 18mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 29mm)
Built-in Flash recycle time Approx. 3 seconds
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On/off, Slow Synchro
Red-Eye Reduction Yes - with red eye reduction lamp
X-sync 1/200sec
Flash Exposure Compensation '+/- 2EV in 1/3 increments
Flash Exposure Bracketing Yes, with compatible external flash
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
HotShoe/ PC terminal Yes/ No
External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support
External Flash Control Via camera menu screen
Modes Scene Intelligent Auto mode (Stills and Movie), Creative Assist (Stills and Movie). Hybrid Auto, SCN(Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Handheld Night Scene, Food), Creative Filters (HDR, Fish-eye Effect, Art Bold Effect, Water Painting Effect, Miniature Effect (Stills and Movie), Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Grainy B/W), Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom)
Movie modes: Movie auto exposure, Movie manual exposure
Picture Styles Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space sRGB
Image Processing Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings + Multi Shot NR)
Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination and chromatic aberration
Creative Assist:
Background Blur (5 settings)
Brightness (19 levels)
Contrast (9 levels)
Saturation (9 levels)
Color Tone (19 levels)
Monochrome (Off/ BW/ S (Sepia)/ B (Blue)/ P (Purple)/ G (Green))
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self timer (2s, 10s, remote)
Continuous Shooting Max. Approx. 4.2fps for approx. 1000 JPEG images, 5 images RAW¹²
Coverage Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)
Frame Rate 30 fps
Focusing Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen plus MF Peaking)
Autofocus: Hybrid CMOS AF III (Face + Tracking, 1-point AF)
Display Options Grid overlay (x2), Histogram, Electronic Level, Multi aspect ratios
Still Image Type JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.30 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording Yes, RAW + various JPEG compression possible
Image Size RAW: (3:2) 6000 x 4000, (4:3) 5328 x 4000, (16:9) 6000 x 3376, (1:1) 4000 x 4000
JPEG 3:2: (L) 6000 x 4000, (M) 4320 x 2880, (S1) 2880 x 1920, (S2) 2304 x 1536, (S3) 720x480
JPEG 4:3: (L) 5328 x 4000, (M) 3840 x 2880, (S1) 2560 x 1920, (S2) 2048 x 1536, (S3) 640x480
JPEG 16:9: (L) 6000 x 3376, (M) 4320 x 2432, (S1) 2880 x 1616 (S2) 1920 x 1080, (S3) 720 x 408
JPEG 1:1: (L) 4000 x 4000, (M) 2880 x 2880, (S1) 1920 x 1920, (S2) 1536 x 1536, (S3) 480x480
Movie Type MP4 [Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo)]
Movie Size Full HD - 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps)
HD - 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
VGA - 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps)
Miniature Effect - HD, VGA - (6, 3, 1.5 fps)
Hybrid Auto - HD - (30 fps)
Movie Length Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB
Folders New folders can be automatically created monthly or daily
File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
Custom Functions 6 Custom Functions with 17 settings including 7 customisable buttons/controls
Metadata Tag User copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Playback zoom 1.5x - 10x enabled in 10 steps
Display Formats (1) Single image with information (Customisable with 6 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) Index display (6/12/42/110 images)
(4) Jump Display
Slide Show Playback time: 3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/15/30 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Transition Effects: Off, Fade
Histogram Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes
Highlight Alert Yes
Image Erase/Protection Erase: Single image, Selected images, Selected range, All images
Protection: Selected images, Selected range, All images. Unprotect all images
Menu Categories (1) Shooting menu (x5)
(2) Playback menu (x4)
(3) Setup menu (x4)
(4) Custom Functions menu
(5) My Menu
Menu Languages 25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Firmware Update Update possible by the user.
Computer Hi-Speed USB (Mini-B compatible)
Other Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only), with Dynamic NFC support¹
HDMI output (Type-C/Mini compatible)
External microphone (3.5mm stereo mini jack)
Canon Printers Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)
Type SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
PC & Macintosh Windows 8 / 8.1 / 7 SP1
Mac OS X 10.8 / 10.9
For Wi-Fi connection to a PC:
Windows 8 / 8.1 / 7 SP1 only
Mac OS X 10.8.2 or later / 10.9
Image Processing Digital Photo Professional
Other Picture Style Editor, EOS Utility, Image Transfer Utility
Batteries 1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E17
Battery life Approx. 250 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)¹
Approx. 185 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)
Battery Indicator AC Adapter Kit ACK-E17, Battery charger LC-E17
Power saving LCD monitor turns off after 10, 20, 30 sec or 1, 2, 3 mins.
Auto Power Off
ECO mode
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-E17, Battery charger LC-E17
Body Materials Stainless steel, magnesium alloy, polycarbonate resin
Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4 mm
Weight (body only) Approx. 366g (CIPA testing standard, including battery and memory card)
Viewfinder Optional Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1
(0.48 type), 4:3 aspect ratio, Approx. 2,360,000 dots, 100% coverage
Cases / Straps Body Jacket EH27-CJ
Neck Strap EM-E2
Lenses EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M)
Flash Canon Speedlites (including 90EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 430EX II, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)
Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3, Speedlite Bracket SB-E2
Remote Controller/ Switch Remote Controller RC-6
Other Interface cable IFC-400PCU
HDMI Cable HTC-DC100
Type ¹ Hybrid CMOS AF III covers an area of approx. 80% Vertical x 70% Horizontal of the frame
AF System/ Points ¹ Maximum number of AF frame is dependent on selected image aspect ratio
Continuous Shooting ¹ Large/Fine(Quality 8) resolution
² Sustained continuous shooting function requires compatible SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 1 memory card, total number of frames captured varies depending on camera settings, type of lens used, battery charge and light level. Shooting stops automatically with the 1000th frame
Other ¹ Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions.
Battery life ¹ Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated
All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.
Subject to change without notice.
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