The Canon EOS M is a Compact System Camera or an interchangeable lens compact camera- a cross between the standard compact digital camera and the professional DSLR cams. You get all the flexibility and features of the digital SLR in a compact design. Everything is top-class, but it will put a hole in your pocket, but that is to be if you go for DSLR quality.
The Canon EOS M measures 108 x 66 x 32mms without the lenses and weighs 298g which is slightly higher in the CSC class. There is a 3-inch LCD with ClearView Technology at the back. There are manual buttons too, but most of control has been transferred to the LCD touchscreen. The camera boasts of a massive APS-C CMOS sensor with a resolution of 18MP, and the image-processing engine is DIGIC 5.
The ISO range of 100 to 25,600 without considerable noise means a shot in the arm for low light photography. Another catch here is that the camera even boasts of HD video recording capabilities it is not a DSLR clone after all!
Pros and Cons
First of all the Canon EOS M is extremely compactly designed. Next, it is an epitome of quality in most fronts sporting a smart image processor and a larger sensor than compact cameras. You have the option of using a large range of EF lenses, but it is not a digital SLR and the compact design may not appeal to photography pros. Moreover, the interface includes many touchscreen features. Another downslide is that it is priced steeply at £770 and for lenses, you have to pay more.
For photography enthusiasts who love to have DSLR quality cams that would be easy to carry around, this is the ideal choice. However, that comes at a hefty price tag.