As long as you use a lightweight lens like the 15-45 kit lens or other small lenses, you don't need to use a tripod rated for DSLRs. A tiny pocket tripod will hold the weight just fine.
If you plan to put your camera on the end of a pole, the low weight also makes that easier.
The typical wide neck strap is also not a necessity. I keep a small cord loop on each side of the camera. Then on the right side I attach a longer loop to use as a hand strap and make sure I don't dro
It's well built, it has a metal body construction, the grip is rubberised and comfortable, the ring around the shutter button feels good to use, there's a customizable button next to the shutter button and the buttons on the back don't get easily pressed by accident by the palm of the hand.
The exposure compensation dial stays in place most of the time. It doesn't just spin away every time the camera comes out of the bag.
The screen and the flash are sturdier than they look
The amount of gear that now fits in a small bag is amazing.
In a Lowepro Format TLZ 10, which is made to take a mirrorless camera and a couple of memory cards, I'm actually fitting:
- the camera with a lens hood attached;
- an extra battery;
- the infrared remote control;
- a polarizing filter;
- the EVF-DC2 viewfinder;
- a microscopic tripod. Nothing is rattling or shaking around. The bag comes with an adjustable separator. I adjusted it all the way to one side and ma
DSLRs and many modern film SLRs are made for auto-focus.
There's no focussing screen when you look through the optical viewfinder, because the designers assumed that if the camera does auto-focus then the user will want to use it most of the time and have a clearer view through the viewfinder.
On DSLRs that only do manual focussing, then there is usually some kind of focussing assist that makes it easy to see when focus is right.
These days, mirrorless cameras in general h
The dynamic range is much better than any other camera I ever had. That's because I don't buy a new camera very often and before the M3 I used an 1100D. So for me the improvement is really significant.
I see a clearly wider dynamic range and the colours are also improved. Without knowing exactly what is the technical improvement about the colour, I can just say that there is a very noticeable change in how the camera handles dull overcast skies. Now grass and trees stay a vi
Having an infrared receiver is a major advantage.
The infrared remote is always going to be smaller and easier to carry than any cable release.
It's also always going to be an extra thing to carry compared to using wi-fi and an app on your phone. However, connecting over wi-fi takes ages compared to the infrared remote.
Also, when you use the app you have to hold your phone and look at it to find the shutter release button. With the remote you just find the button by feel
Cameras without a reversible screen force you to stay behind them. Or maybe they force you to buy an external monitor, an HDMI cable and a hot shoe adapter.
I don't think camera companies are designing cameras without a reversible screen because they think you don't need it. They know it's valuable for many buyers. I think the reason so many cameras are being designed with screens that don't articulate all the way to the front is because there's always something in the way.
I understood that it was going to be relatively loud. It's still not as loud as a plastic body DSLR with the mirror slap, but it's definitely not the quietest.
What I found out is that the camera sounds kind of cheap and hollow with the EF-M 15-45 lens attached. This lens has a plastic flange and body and it's collapsible, which means it's probably going to sound cheap and hollow on any camera body. When I attach a 70-200 f4L IS, it just sounds better. Can't quantify it, but
Being able to make do without a viewfinder was critical to buy the M3. At the time only the EVF-DC1 was available and I was sure I didn't want it. I'm considering an EVF-DC2 now, but I still haven't bought it as of today.
It seemed like I was accepting a big drawback by not having a viewfinder. I also have been using compact cameras from the Powershot G and S series and I knew that viewing the screen in strong daylight was very hard. Many times I came home and found out ther
The following posts may also apply to other cameras in the EOS-M series, other compact mirrorless cameras or even any camera that you own which hasn't gotten any sort of high praise in reviews.
I have also read the reviews on the M3, already knowing from past experience that my levels of satisfaction with my previous cameras were much higher than what I would expect based on what I was reading.
As with many other products, there are details that reveal clever design even th