Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras

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Marketed March 2015
Original Price Open price

The Canon EOS M3, successor to the EOS M2 (released in December 2013), combines an approximately 24.2-megapixel APS-C-size CMOS sensor with the Company's latest image processor, DIGIC 6, to deliver both high-resolution, high-quality imaging performance and a fast continuous shooting speed of up to approximately 4.2 frames per second. Furthermore, with a standard ISO speed ranging from 100 to 12800 (expandable to ISO 25600), the camera supports the capture of images with reduced noise, even when shooting in low-light conditions.

Based on the scene being captured, the EOS M3’s Hybrid CMOS AF*1 III enables focusing using only phase-difference AF to realize a focusing speed that is up to approximately 3.8 times*2 faster than that of its predecessor. Additionally, the combination of Hybrid CMOS AF III and the camera’s tilt LCD monitor and Touch Shutter feature makes possible quick and easy subject focusing.

Facilitating effortless manual operation, Canon's EOS M3 includes a variety of functions supporting superior operability on a par with that realized by EOS-series digital SLR cameras. In addition to a front dial offering intuitive operability, the EOS M3 includes a dedicated exposure compensation dial that lets users adjust exposure with a simple turn of a dial. Furthermore, the camera includes a touch-screen LCD monitor that can be tilted upwards and downwards by approximately 180 degrees and 45 degrees, respectively, for greater shooting flexibility.

Equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC technology, the new EOS M3 allows users to wirelessly capture, playback and share photos and videos.

*1 A hybrid AF system that selects between image-plane phase-difference AF and contrast AF based on shooting conditions.
*2 Compliant with CIPA standards.

Type Digital single-lens non-reflex AF/AE camera
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card

* Compatible with UHS-I

Image sensor size Approx. 22.3 × 14.9 mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF-M, EF*, and EF-S* lenses

* Mount Adapter EF-EOS M required (35mm film equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6 times the lens focal length)

Lens mount Canon EF-M mount
[Image Sensor]
Type CMOS sensor
Effective pixels Approx. 24.2 million pixels
[Recording System]
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System (DCF) 2.0
Image type JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original)
RAW+JPEG Simultaneous recording possible
Type Hybrid CMOS AF III method (1-point AF, face + tracking priority AF)
AF points 49 points (Max.)
Focusing brightness range EV 2 – 18 (at room temperature, ISO 100)
AF operation One-Shot AF, Servo AF
AF-assist beam Built-in (LED lamp)
[Exposure Control]
Metering modes Real-time metering with image sensor
Evaluative metering (384 zones),
Partial metering (approx. 10 % of shooting screen),
Spot metering (approx. 2 % of shooting screen),
Center Weighted Avg.
ISO speed
(Recommended exposure index)
Manually set ISO 100 – 12800, equivalent to 25600 when expanded
Automatic setting possible
Type Electronically controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. (Total shutter speed range; available range varies by shooting mode), Bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec.
Drive mode Single shooting, continuous shooting
Continuous shooting speed Max. 4.2 fps
[Movie Shooting Settings]
Recording System MP4
Movie: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Variable (average) bit rate
Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC
[LCD Monitor]
Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size and dots Wide, 7.7 cm (3.0 in.) (3:2) with approx. 1.04 million dots
Brightness adjustment Manual (5 levels)
Hints & Tips Displayable
Digital terminal PC networking for direct print (Hi-Speed USB equivalent)
HDMI mini OUT terminal Type C (auto-switching of resolution)
External microphone IN terminal 3.5 mm diameter stereo mini-jack
Wireless remote control Compatible with Remote Controller RC-6
[Power Supplies]
Battery Battery Pack LP-E17 (Quantity 1)

* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E17

[Operation Environment]
Working temperature range 0°C – 40°C
Working humidity 85% or less
[Dimensions and Weight]
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4 mm (4.4 x 2.7 x 1.7 in.)
Weight Approx. 366 g (12.9 oz.) (Based on CIPA Guidelines: includes camera body + battery pack + card)
Approx. 319 g (11.3 oz.) (camera body only, excluding the lens cap)