Canon M PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Canon EOS M? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Canon makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the Canon M offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Canon EOS M below.
In any case, the Canon M is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was revealed to the public on July 23rd, 2012, which means that, as of today, the camera is 3849 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Canon EOS M3 as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Canon's instruction manual for the Canon M
The camera's instruction manual is 350 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the Canon M is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Canon EOS M manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Canon's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Canon M manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Canon EOS M
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your Canon M by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Canon M is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Canon M FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the Canon M.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the Canon M?
The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Canon equipped the Canon M with the DIGIC V image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Canon M?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Canon EOS M?
Canon mentions a shutter rating of 100 000 actuations for the Canon M. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the Canon M over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
Does the Canon M feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The Canon M's flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.
Does the Canon M support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
Which battery does the Canon M use?
Where can I find the best deals for the Canon M?
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Canon EOS M.
|Camera Model||Canon M|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Canon EF-M mount lenses|
|Launch Date||July 2012|
|Launch Price||USD 599|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||22.3 x 14.9 mm|
|Sensor Area||332 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||26.8 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||17.9 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||5 184 x 3 456 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||4.31 μm|
|Pixel Density||5.39 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 12 800 ISO|
|ISO Boost||100 - 25 600 ISO|
|Image Processor||DIGIC V|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||65|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||22.1|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||11.2|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||827|
|Viewfinder Type||No viewfinder|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||1040k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Focus System||On-Sensor Phase-detect|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.3 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Microphone Port||External MIC port|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||LP-E12 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||230 shots per charge|
109 x 66 x 32 mm
(4.3 x 2.6 x 1.3 in)
|Camera Weight||298 g (10.5 oz)|
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