Canon EOS M3 Rumors

Have you heard he Canon EOS M3 Rumors?

They're coming from the patent request from Canon, protecting a lens design that may be for a new mirrorless offer from Canon.  Rumors say they'll actually be 2 versions of the new EOS M3.

If it's true this camera is very likely to be exhibited at Photokina in September.  Photokina is the granddaddy of photography and imaging trade shows, happening in Germany, just once every two years..

Canon EOS M rumors may be confirmed in September at the Photokina trade show in September

Reasons  for Canon EOS M3 Rumors 

  1. The "M" series was a disaster for Canon and they need to spark some excitement in this genre of camera.
  2. Mirror-less cameras have been hot fairly recently and Canon will obviously want to participate in this arena.
  3. The new patent is for a 22-46mm Canon lens designed for APS-C sensors, the size of the existing EOS "M" cameras.

The Two Versions of the EOS M3

The two versions of the rumored Canon EOS M3 would have closely targeted markets.

  1. The consumer market Canon mirrorless will be offered at a lower price level will have a similar target of buyers as the
  2. The prosumer model would be a somewhat higher priced version for advanced digital photographers.

The EOS M was such a disaster that Canon still doesn't even market the M2 in the United States.  The original was aimed and point and shooters who wanted to upgrade without going to the DSLR size of camera. The original EOS M had focusing issues.  

The M2 addressed the focusing issues as well as add Wifi capabilities.

Canon EOS M with standard 22mm lensCanon EOS M with
standard 22mm lens

Canon EOS M 18-55mm lensCanon EOS M with
18-55mm lens

My Own Bias Against Mirrorless Cameras like the EOS M

I consider myself a guy who is not overly uncomfortable with change.  I didn't mind the switch over from manual cameras to auto-focusing and auto-exposure cameras.

I welcomed the change from shooting film to digital photography. I can handle changes in operating systems. I started using computers that only had DOS-that's before "Windows" even existed.

Constant changes and upgrades in software, hardware, and even firmware updates are a recognized constant. BUT, I don't like taking photos by looking at an LCD screen.  For me, it doesn't feel right and it simply doesn't work as well.  I am an optical viewfinder guy or at least an electronic viewfinder guy.  

It's one of the many reasons I still like my Canon g11 and the "G" series of cameras, particularly the Canon g1x.  They have optical viewfinders.  Heck, I spent the extra $250 to get the electronic viewfinder on my favorite high-end point and shoot camera, the Canon G1X Mark II

I prefer optical viewfinders like the one in the Canon g11 and g1x

Holding the camera out away from your body is awkward.  Yes, you can get used to it, but it's not as good functionally as holding the camera securely up to your eye.

Optical viewfinders work well in bright sun and there is no such thing as delay. What you see is what you get.

EOS M3 Alternative

Alternative to the EOS-M - the Canon G1x Mark II

I think a much better alternative is the Canon G1x Mark II.  

It's a great all-in-one camera.

You don't need to buy any extra lenses. It comes with a 5x Zoom range.

It combines the compact size of the Canon "G" series with a much bigger and better 1.5 inch sensor. The G1x Mark II has a much faster and better lens over the original Canon G1x.

For those photographers (like me) who really like an optical viewfinder to look through, the G1x Mark II has a really cool accessory, an electronic, tilting viewfinder that attaches to the hot shoe. 

No camera is perfect, but I had been eagerly awaiting for someone to come up with a compact camera with a big sensor for quite some time and Canon finally did it with the original G1x.  The G1x had issues and Canon responded with big improvements in the lens for G1x Mark II.

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