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Canon 350D vs Canon M

The Canon EOS 350D (called Canon XT in some regions) and the Canon EOS M are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in February 2005 and July 2012. The 350D is a DSLR, while the Canon M is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The 350D has a resolution of 8 megapixels, whereas the Canon M provides 17.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 350D versus Canon M
Canon 350D Canon M
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
8 MP, APS-C Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
no Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-1,600 ISO 100-12,800 (100 - 25,600)
Optical viewfinder No viewfinder, LCD framing
1.8 LCD, 115k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed touchscreen
3 shutter flaps per second 4.3 shutter flaps per second
400 shots per battery charge230 shots per battery charge
127 x 94 x 64 mm, 540 g 109 x 66 x 32 mm, 298 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 350D and the Canon EOS M? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon 350D and the Canon M. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The 350D can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the Canon M is also available in two color-versions, but different ones (black, white).

Size Canon 350D vs Canon M
Compare 350D versus Canon M top
Comparison 350D or Canon M rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon M is considerably smaller (40 percent) than the Canon 350D. Moreover, the Canon M is substantially lighter (45 percent) than the 350D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 350D nor the Canon M are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

Concerning battery life, the 350D gets 400 shots out of its NB-2LH battery, while the Canon M can take 230 images on a single charge of its LP-E12 power pack.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 350D 127 mm 94 mm 64 mm 540 g 400 n Feb 2005 899i
2.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599i
3.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
4.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499i
5.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749i
6.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
7.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499i
8.
 
Canon G7 X 103 mm 60 mm 40 mm 304 g 210 n Sep 2014 699i
9.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon 650D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849i
11.
 
Canon 500D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 520 g 400 n Mar 2009 799i
12.
 
Canon 450D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 524 g 500 n Jan 2008 799i
13.
 
Canon 30D 144 mm 106 mm 74 mm 785 g 750 n Feb 2006 1,399i
14.
 
Canon 400D 127 mm 84 mm 65 mm 556 g 370 n Aug 2006 799i
15.
 
Canon 20D 144 mm 106 mm 72 mm 770 g 700 n Aug 2004 1,499i
16.
 
Canon 300D 142 mm 99 mm 72 mm 649 g 400 n Aug 2003 899i
17.
 
Panasonic G3 115 mm 84 mm 47 mm 336 g 270 n May 2011 599i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The Canon M was launched at a markedly lower price (by 33 percent) than the 350D, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the Canon M is 1 percent bigger. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.6. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Technology-wise, the Canon M uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC V) than the 350D (DIGIC II), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 350D and Canon M sensor measures

With 17.9MP, the Canon M offers a higher resolution than the 350D (8MP), but the Canon M has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.31μm versus 6.41μm for the 350D). Yet, the Canon M is a much more recent model (by 7 years and 5 months) than the 350D, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units.

The resolution advantage of the Canon M implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the Canon M for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 17.3 inches or 65.8 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 13.8 inches or 52.7 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon 350D are 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm for good quality, 13.8 x 9.2 inches or 35.1 x 23.4 cm for very good quality, and 11.5 x 7.7 inches or 29.3 x 19.5 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon M has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Canon EOS 350D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS M are ISO 100 to ISO 12800, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-25600.

350D versus Canon M MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon M has a markedly higher DXO score than the 350D (overall score 5 points higher), which will translate into better image quality. The advantage is based on 0.3 bits higher color depth, 0.4 EV in additional dynamic range, and 0.4 stops in additional low light sensitivity. The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 350D APS-C 8.0 3456 2304none21.810.863760
2.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.282765
3.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
4.
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278
5.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
6.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
7.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.475365
8.
 
Canon G7 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.755671
9.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.723054
10.
 
Canon 650D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.272262
11.
 
Canon 500D APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.566363
12.
 
Canon 450D APS-C 12.2 4272 2848none21.910.869261
13.
 
Canon 30D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.510.873659
14.
 
Canon 400D APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none22.111.066462
15.
 
Canon 20D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.911.072162
16.
 
Canon 300D APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.010.854455
17.
 
Panasonic G3 Four Thirds 15.8 4592 34481080/60i21.010.666756

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The Canon M indeed provides for movie recording, while the 350D does not. The highest resolution format that the Canon M can use is 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the 350D has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the Canon M relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon 350D, the Canon M, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 350Doptical n 1.8 115 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon Mnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
3.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon M100none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
5.
 
Canon 750Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon M10none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6 Y n
8.
 
Canon G7 Xnone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 6.5 Y Y
9.
 
Canon G16optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
10.
 
Canon 650Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon 500Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.4 Y n
12.
 
Canon 450Doptical n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
13.
 
Canon 30Doptical Y 2.5 230 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon 400Doptical n 2.5 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon 20Doptical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
16.
 
Canon 300Doptical n 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
17.
 
Panasonic G31440 n 3.0 460 swivel Y 1/4000s 4.0 Y n

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The 350D has one, while the Canon M does not. While the built-in flash of the 350D is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

The 350D writes its imaging data to Compact Flash cards, while the Canon M uses SDXC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 350D and Canon EOS M and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 350DY-----2.0---
2.
 
Canon MYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon 77DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon M100-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
5.
 
Canon 750DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon 760DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon M10-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon G7 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon G16Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
10.
 
Canon 650DYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon 500DYmonomono--mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon 450DY----mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon 30DY-----2.0---
14.
 
Canon 400DY-----2.0---
15.
 
Canon 20DY-----1.1---
16.
 
Canon 300DY-----1.1---
17.
 
Panasonic G3Ystereomono--mini2.0---

Both the 350D and the Canon M have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The 350D was replaced by the Canon 400D, while the Canon M was followed by the Canon EOS M3. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Which of the two cameras – the Canon 350D or the Canon M – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS 350D:

  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (400 versus 230) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in February 2005).


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS M:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (17.9 vs 8MP), which boosts linear resolution by 50%.
  • Better image quality: Scores markedly higher (5 points) in the DXO overall evaluation.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Can shoot in dim conditions (0.4 stops ISO advantage).
  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC V vs DIGIC II).
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 1080/30p video.
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 1.8") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 115k dots).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (4.3 vs 3 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (109x66mm vs 127x94mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 242g or 45 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (33 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 7 years and 5 months of technical progress since the 350D launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the Canon M is the clear winner of the contest (15 : 4 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

350D 04:15 Canon M

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 350D and the Canon M place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the 350D or the Canon M. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 350D..80/100+ +o.. Feb 2005 899i
2.
 
Canon M3/5+..4/54/5 Jul 2012 599i
3.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..82/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
4.
 
Canon M1003/5+..4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499i
5.
 
Canon 750D5/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749i
6.
 
Canon 760D5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
7.
 
Canon M10........4/5 Oct 2015 499i
8.
 
Canon G7 X4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699i
9.
 
Canon G164/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon 650D4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849i
11.
 
Canon 500D..+ +74/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799i
12.
 
Canon 450D..+ ++ +4/54.5/5 Jan 2008 799i
13.
 
Canon 30D..+ ++ +o.. Feb 2006 1,399i
14.
 
Canon 400D..+ ++ +o4/5 Aug 2006 799i
15.
 
Canon 20D....+ +.... Aug 2004 1,499i
16.
 
Canon 300D....+ +.... Aug 2003 899i
17.
 
Panasonic G33/5+ +75/1004.5/55/5 May 2011 599i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Canon 350D vs Canon M

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 350D Canon M
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2005 July 2012
    Launch Price USD 899 USD 599
    Sensor Specs Canon 350D Canon M
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.2 x 14.8 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 328.56 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.7 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 8 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3456 x 2304 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 6.41 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 2.42 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability no Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,600 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 25,600 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC II DIGIC V
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 60 65
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.8 22.1
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 10.8 11.2
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 637 827
    Screen Specs Canon 350D Canon M
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.49x
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 1.8inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 115k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 350D Canon M
    Focus System Phase-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s 4.3 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy50 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CF cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    Connectivity Specs Canon 350D Canon M
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port no MIC socket External MIC port
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Body Specs Canon 350D Canon M
    Battery Type NB-2LH LP-E12
    Battery Life (CIPA)400 shots per charge230 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 127 x 94 x 64 mm
    (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in)
    109 x 66 x 32 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 540 g (19.0 oz) 298 g (10.5 oz)

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