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Canon EOS M3 (no lens included)

24-megapixel mirrorless camera with Wi-Fi®

Item # 280M3K

With its no-frills styling and its reassuringly chunky grip, the Canon EOS M3 looks like a slimmed-down EOS DSLR.

With its no-frills styling and its reassuringly chunky grip, the Canon EOS M3 looks like a slimmed-down EOS DSLR.

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About the Canon EOS M3 (no lens included)

It's what's inside that counts

With its no-frills styling and its reassuringly chunky grip, the Canon EOS M3 looks like a slimmed-down EOS DSLR. Pick it up and you'll see that it feels sturdy and comfortable in your hands. But beyond its instant appeal, this camera boasts some impressive features. Inside its compact frame are the same 24.2-megapixel image sensor and powerful DIGIC 6 processor found in some of Canon's latest EOS DSLRs. This means you'll get outstanding EOS performance and image quality in a much more portable camera. Whether you're a beginner, an advanced enthusiast, or a seasoned professional, if you're looking for a great camera you can take anywhere, you can count on the M3 to deliver high-quality photos and videos.

It's what's inside that counts

With its no-frills styling and its reassuringly chunky grip, the Canon EOS M3 looks like a slimmed-down EOS DSLR. Pick it up and you'll see that it feels sturdy and comfortable in your hands. But beyond its instant appeal, this camera boasts some impressive features. Inside its compact frame are the same 24.2-megapixel image sensor and powerful DIGIC 6 processor found in some of Canon's latest EOS DSLRs. This means you'll get outstanding EOS performance and image quality in a much more portable camera. Whether you're a beginner, an advanced enthusiast, or a seasoned professional, if you're looking for a great camera you can take anywhere, you can count on the M3 to deliver high-quality photos and videos.

Canon EOS M3, top view

The Canon EOS M3's convenient dials put full manual control at your fingertips.

DSLR-like performance and control in a compact camera

The EOS M3 has the processing power to capture detailed images even in dim light. Whether you shoot stills or videos, its Hybrid CMOS autofocus system with face detection gives you fast, accurate focusing. Intuitively placed controls and dials allow for speedy manual operation, and customizable buttons let you quickly access the settings you use most.

A tilting touchscreen heightens your experience

The EOS M3's convenient 3" tilting LCD touchscreen makes working with this camera just plain fun. The screen tilts upward or downward to help you compose shots from high or low angles. It even turns all the way forward to face you can frame your selfies perfectly and be included in group shots. Use the touchscreen to change settings, define AF points for near-instant focus, and to trigger the shutter.

Canon EOS M3 with touchscreen facing forward

The M3's touchscreen turns to face you for spot-on self-portrait framing.

Explore your creativity

The M3's Creative Assist feature lets you change camera settings and see effects as you apply them, so you know what your final result will look like. Make adjustments to lighting, sharpness, and color to get the look and feel you want in your images. You can save up to six personal settings that can be applied anytime. Import images shared by others and you'll be able to see their settings and use them in your own photos.

An agile moviemaker

The EOS M3 records Full HD movies in MP4 format for easy sharing. Touch-activated autofocus and manual controls make it easy to adjust settings on the fly, and an external microphone jack lets you connect an outboard mic for superb sound quality. Pair the M3 with one of Canon's EF-M STM (stepping motor) lenses for near silent autofocus during shooting. The camera's Dynamic Image Stabilization system minimizes camera shake, so you can capture video on foot, and the results won't make you seasick.

Wi-Fi adds versatility, convenience, and control

The M3's Wi-Fi lets you upload and share photos and videos in a matter of moments, but the benefits of this camera's wireless connectivity don't stop there. You can exchange data with other Wi-Fi compatible Canon cameras, play back images and movies on a smart TV, and print directly to a Wi-Fi printer. Canon's free Camera Connect app lets you manage photos and videos taken with the M3 on your phone or tablet. Use the app for its remote control capabilities, and your device becomes an extension of the camera's touchscreen, letting you select focus points and trigger the shutter with just a quick touch.

Works with a variety of EOS accessories

Canon DSLR users looking for a lighter, more portable camera will love the M3, and not just because of its familiar performance and features. The M3 works with Canon accessories you already have, like Speedlites and EF and EF-S lenses. Just pick up the EF-EOS M Mount adapter, and you'll enjoy full functionality with over 70 Canon lenses. Of course, Canon offers a growing line of dedicated EF-M lenses, but being able to use your existing lenses gives you more creative choices.

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Product highlights:

  • 24-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
  • compatible with Canon EF-M mount lenses
  • built-in Wi-Fi and NFC touch pairing for easy sharing and control from smart devices
  • 3" (1,040,000 dot) tilting LCD touchscreen with brightness control tilts up to 180 degrees upward or 45 degrees downward for creative composition at high or low angles
  • self-cleaning sensor activates when the camera powers on or off to remove dust for spot-free images
  • 49-point hybrid autofocus system combines phase detection and contrast detection for accurate, high-speed focusing, even when subject is in motion
  • AF tracking locks focus for sharp captures of moving subjects
  • face detection autofocus for sharp candids and portraits
  • DIGIC 6 image processor allows speedy operation and reduces noise at high ISO settings
  • stills can be recorded while simultaneously shooting video
  • Creative Assist helps you change camera settings in real time and see the effects as you apply them
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: up to 4.2 frames per second
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-12,800, expandable to 25,600 equivalent
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • mode dial and exposure compensation dial provide full manual control and ease of operation
  • 6 preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in different shooting environments
  • 8 creative filters including fisheye effect and soft focus
  • flash sync at 1/200 seconds or less
File Formats and Storage:
  • still image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG
  • top JPEG resolution (pixels): 6,000 x 4,000
  • AVC/H 2.64 HD movies with stereo sound
  • shoots HD video up to 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • records photos and video onto optional SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB 2.0 interface
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • 4-3/8"W x 2-11/16"H x 1-3/4"D (without lens)
  • weight (with memory card and battery): 12.9 oz.
Supplied Accessories:

What's in the box:

  • Digital camera body (black)
  • R-F-4 Camera body cover (installed)
  • LP-E17 Lithium-Ion battery with plastic terminal cover (7.2V 1040mAh 7.5Wh)
  • LC-E17 battery charger (DC output: 8.4V 0.7A)
  • 4' USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Mini-B 2.0 on other end)
  • Neck strap
  • Getting Started Manual
  • Limited warranty card
  • Canon iMAGE Gateway brochure

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Features & specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi Built-in
Touchscreen Yes
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent None included
Optical Zoom N/A
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Sensor Size APS-C
Megapixels 24.2
Image Stabilization With optional lens
Highest Resolution 6000 x 4000
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Dimensions
Width (inches) 4-5/8
Height (inches) 2-13/16
Depth (inches) 1-13/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 12.9
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Wi-Fi Functions
Connections
Power Options
Software

Features

Overview: This Canon EOS M3 kit includes the EOS M3 camera body only. The camera has the Canon M mount, and is compatible with Canon EF-M lenses. With the optional EF-EOS M mount adapter, the EOS M3 camera is also compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

3" Touch Panel LCD Monitor: The EOS M3 features a 3" Touch Panel LCD monitor, with a 3:2 aspect ratio and approximately 1.04-million dots for composing and viewing images. The LCD monitor can tilt up to 180° up and 45° down, which makes it easier to frame low-angle or high-angle shots or take self-portraits. The Touch Shutter feature lets you take photos by touching the screen and releasing your finger to shoot.

Live View: The Live View Function enables viewing your subjects directly on the camera's 3" LCD monitor. The camera allows you to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focusing. You can choose one of two grid overlay options for the LCD screen to help you line up vertical and horizontal lines. The camera can be controlled remotely via a computer through a USB connection, or wirelessly through your smartphone, or with the optional RC-6 remote controller.

24.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor: Canon's large-area CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers approximately 24.7 million total pixels and 24.2 million effective pixels. This APS-C-sized sensor (22.3mm x 14.9mm) has the same 3:2 ratio as film cameras, enabling an effective 1.6x field of view, compared to 35mm format. The camera has an image sensor cleaning function that automatically removes dust when the power is turned on or off. The cleaning function can be activated manually as well.

DIGIC 6: The EOS M3 features Canon's DIGIC 6 Image Processor to complement the 24.2 Megapixel image sensor. The DIGIC 6 helps the sensor to capture detailed images with lower noise at higher ISO speeds. The processor enables the camera to shoot high quality movies at up to Full HD (1920 x 1080) and continuous still image shooting at up to 4.2 frames per second.

Still Image Recording: The camera records still images in JPEG and RAW formats. You can choose from the following image sizes: Large, Medium, Small 1, Small 2, and Small 3. For each resolution (except Small 2 and Small 3), you can set the compression to Fine or Normal. For RAW images, you can record only at the highest resolution. You can set the camera to RAW + JPEG and record a RAW image and a Large Fine JPEG image simultaneously.

Aspect Ratio: The camera image sensor has an aspect ratio of 3:2. You can choose to record still images in 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, and 1:1 aspect ratios. This gives you the option of selecting any of the following image sizes:

Quality Aspect Ratio and Pixel Count
3:2 4:3 16:9 1:1
Large
(JPEG and RAW)
6000 x 4000
(24 MP)
5328 x 4000
(21.3 MP)
6000 x 3376
(20.2 MP)
4000 x 4000
(16 MP)
Medium 4320 x 2880
(12.4 MP)
3840 x 2880
(11.0 MP)
4320 x 2432
(10.5 MP)
2880 x 2880
(8.3 MP)
Small 1 2880 x 1920
(5.5 MP)
2560 x 1920
(4.9 MP)
2880 x 1616
(4.6 MP)
1920 x 1920
(3.7 MP)
Small 2 2304 x 1536
(3.5 MP)
2048 x 1536
(3.1 MP)
1920 x 1080
(2.1 MP)
1536 x 1536
(2.36 MP)
Small 3 720 x 480
(0.35 MP)
640 x 480
(0.31 MP)
720 x 408
(0.29 MP)
480 x 480
(0.23 MP)

RAW File Format: The RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera's CMOS sensor without further processing and converts it to digital data and records it onto the card as is. RAW images can be adjusted, then developed and produced into JPEG or TIFF images using the downloadable software.

Recording Media: The EOS M3 records images on an SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, including UHS-I (Ultra High Speed) memory cards. No recording media is supplied with the camera.

Shooting Modes: The EOS M3's Mode Dial lets you choose from multiple shooting modes:

  • Scene Intelligent Auto: This mode provides optimal settings for specific scenes automatically. The camera analyzes the scene and applies the settings.
  • Hybrid Auto: In the Hybrid Auto mode, the camera records 2-4 second clips of scenes before each shot which are later combined into a digest movie.
  • Creative Assist: The Creative Assist mode guides you through numerous options to make your photos better and more dynamic. You can change the background focus, brightness, contrast, color saturation and tone, and choose from five monochrome tones.
  • Special Scene: In the Scene mode, you can select a setting that matches the shooting scene, and the camera automatically configures the settings. Available scenes include: Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Handheld Night Scene, and Food.
  • Creative Filters: The Creative Filters mode lets you add effects to your images while you shoot. You can choose from High Dynamic Range, Fish-Eye Effect, Art Bold, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera, Soft Focus, Grainy B/W, and Water Painting Effect.
  • Program AE: This is a general-purpose shooting mode, the camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the scene's brightness.
  • Shutter-priority AE: In this mode, you set the shutter speed and the camera automatically sets the aperture value to suit the brightness of the subject.
  • Aperture-priority AE: In this mode, you set the desired aperture value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the subject brightness.
  • Manual Exposure: You set both the shutter speed and aperture value as desired.
  • C: You can save commonly used shooting modes in memory and recall them with this setting.
  • Movies: Movie mode lets you shoot High Definition and Standard Definition videos in 16:9 widescreen or 4:3 aspect ratios.

Shooting Movies: The EOS M3 can record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition at different frame rates. Movies are recorded in MOV format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression, and AAC audio. You can record audio using the built-in stereo microphone, or with an optional stereo microphone with a 3.5mm plug. When shooting movies, a large-capacity SD card with a speed rating of Class 4 or higher is recommended. You can select from the following recording sizes and frame rates:

  • 1920 x 1080: Full HD recording quality with a 16:9 aspect ratio for viewing on a widescreen HDTV; Available frame rates: 30 fps, 24 fps
  • 1280 x 720: HD recording quality with a 16:9 aspect ratio for viewing on a widescreen HDTV; Frame rate: 60 fps
  • 640 x 480: Standard definition recording quality with a 4:3 aspect ratio; Frame rate: 30 fps

Manual Focusing: If you choose to focus manually with an EF-M lens, you will need to switch to Manual Focus in the menu then turn the focusing ring on the lens. If using an EF or EF-S lens (with the EF-EOS-M adapter), you will need to set the focus mode switch on the lens from AF to MF, and turn the lens focusing ring until the subject looks sharp. You can magnify the image 5x or 10x for better visibility when focusing.

ISO Speed: When shooting in Basic Zone modes, ISO speed can be automatically or manually set between 100 and 12800 (in whole-stop increments) to suit the shooting conditions.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Day Light, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, and Custom.

Picture Style: By selecting a picture style you can achieve various effects matching your photographic expression or the subject. Picture Style setting is not available in Basic Zone modes, except Creative Auto. Picture Style selections include: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, and User Defined.

Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments using the dedicated dial on the top panel.

Auto Exposure Bracketing: With auto exposure bracketing (AEB), the camera automatically changes the exposure level up to +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments for three successive shots.

Bulb Exposures: When bulb is set, the shutter is open during the time you keep pressing the shutter button fully. Bulb is useful when a long exposure is necessary for capturing night scenes, fireworks, the night sky, etc. The optional RC-6 Remote Controller is helpful when taking a Bulb exposure.

Flash: The camera has a built-in pop-up flash with three flash modes: Auto, On, and Slow Synchro. A hot shoe is provided for optional EX-series Speedlite flash units and macro lights.

Optional Viewfinder: The M3's hot shoe can also be used for attaching the optional EVF-DC1 Electronic Viewfinder. With the EVF-DC1, you can frame your shots by bringing the camera up to your eye.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative Metering: The camera's standard metering mode utilizes all 384 zones within the frame, and is suited for most subjects even under backlit conditions. After detecting the main subject's position, brightness, background, front and back lighting conditions, etc, the camera sets the proper exposure.
  • Partial Metering: Effective when the background is much brighter than the subject due to backlighting, etc; uses approximately 10% of the frame at the center.
  • Spot Metering: For metering a specific part of the subject; uses approximately 2% of the frame at the center.
  • Center-weighted Average Metering: Metering is weighted at the center and then averaged for the entire scene.

Continuous Shooting Mode: In Continuous Shooting mode, you can shoot up to about 4.2 frames per second. The maximum number of shots in a single burst will vary with the image quality setting: JPEG 1000 images, RAW 5 images, RAW+JPEG 4 images.

Self-Timer: The camera will record an image following a preset time delay after pressing the shutter release. The self-timer lamp and beeper will indicate a countdown before the picture is taken. You can choose from the following self-timer modes:

  • 10 Second: The camera takes a single image 10 seconds after pressing the shutter release button. You can also use the optional remote control in this mode.
  • 2 Second: The camera takes a single image 2 seconds after pressing the shutter release. This is handy for reducing camera shake.

Auto Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. The Auto Rotation feature can be turned off, if desired.

Image Review: The image can be displayed on the LCD monitor immediately after you shoot. The review time can be set to off (not displayed), 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Hold, which keeps the image displayed on the LCD monitor until the camera is focused again.

Slide Show: You can view all images on the memory card one after another with the Auto Playback function (slide show). You can set the time each image is displayed on the LCD monitor to 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, or 20 seconds. You can also select which images to display: all images, images by date, images by folder, movies only, stills only, or by rating.

Index Display: This feature allows you to view 6, 12, 42, and 110 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in single image playback mode, you can magnify the image from 1.5x to 10x. While the image is magnified, you can scroll anywhere around the image.

Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor.

PictBridge Printing: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

DPOF Print Settings: On the memory card, you can select which image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all at once, on optional Canon direct print function compliant printers, on PictBridge compliant printers, or at participating photo labs.

Wi-Fi Functions

Wi-Fi Overview: Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to send images wirelessly from the camera to a variety of compatible devices, and operate the camera remotely from your smartphone. The camera supports IEEE 802.11b/g/n, and has a range of 49.2'.

NFC-Compatible: The EOS M3 is compatible with NFC-compatible Android smartphones (version 4.0 or later), which allows you to connect by touching the phone to the N-Mark on the bottom of the camera.

Compatible Devices: You can connect the camera to the following devices and services via Wi-Fi:

  • Smartphones and Tablets: Using the Canon Camera Connect app you can transfer photos and videos to your mobile device, and use the device to control the camera. The app is available for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later, and Android devices with OS 2.3.3 and up.
  • Other Cameras: You can send images from the EOS M3 to another Wi-Fi-connected Canon camera, or vice versa.
  • Wireless Printing: You can print images wirelessly on a Wi-Fi-connected printer. You can use an existing access point, or use the camera as an access point.
  • Canon Connect Station: You can connect directly to the Canon Connect Station CS100 and transfer photos and videos to the built-in 1 TB of storage.
  • Canon iMAGE Gateway: With a one-time registration to the Canon iMAGE Gateway, you can send photos and videos to the web service from your PC or smartphone.
  • DLNA Media Player: You can view images in your camera on a DLNA-compatible TV, game system, smartphone, or other media player.

Connections

HDMI Outputs: The camera is equipped with a mini-HDMI jack (Type C) which allows you to connect the camera to an HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required.

USB Port: The USB port allows you to connect the camera to your computer via the supplied USB cable for downloading the recorded images and movies.

Microphone: The camera has a 3.5mm minijack input for connecting an external microphone.

Power Options

Battery: The EOS M3 operates on the supplied LP-E17 Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V/1040 mAh). Battery performance decreases when used in temperatures below 32° F. The battery can be charged in the supplied LC-E17 battery charger in approximately 2 hours. Typical battery life for the LP-E17 battery is as follows:

  At 73°F (23°C) At 32°F (0°C)
Still Images Approx. 250 shots Approx. 185 shots
Movie Shooting Approx. 1 hr 40 min. Approx. 1 hr 35 min.

Power Saving: You can save battery power by activating the Display Off and Auto Power Down features. After a pre-selected period of time (10 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 2 min, 3 min), the display will automatically turn itself off if no buttons are pressed. After approximately 2 additional minutes (5 minutes in playback mode), the camera will automatically power down.

Optional AC Power: With the optional ACK-E17 AC adapter kit, you can connect the camera to household power without worry of the battery becoming exhausted.

Software

Software: The following software is available for download from the Canon website for use with the EOS M3:

  • Digital Photo Professional (Windows/Mac): primarily used for browsing, selecting, and developing RAW images. It has various image adjustment functions in the Picture Style format, and allows you to make adjustments easily. Available for Windows 10 (desktop mode only), Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.9 to 10.10.
  • EOS Utility (Windows/Mac): an application for making camera settings, transferring images, and remote shooting. Available for Windows 10 (desktop mode only), Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.8 to 10.10.
  • Picture Style Editor (Windows/Mac): allows you to edit Picture Style to your unique image characteristics and save them as original Picture Style files. Available for Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.8 to 10.10.
  • Camera User Guide: a full 201-page instruction manual is available for download.

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