Canon Eos M2 is huge upgrade to Eos M. It’s not just a minor upgrade as most reviews have touted. It actually is a very nice upgrade and makes the camera a lot more usable. Read on to find out what I like about the M2 and what I want to see in the M3.
The M2 is not available in the US and must be ordered from eBay from Japan. There are a lot of reliable sellers.
Size and Weight
It’s about 9% smaller and weighs about 30g less. Not huge, but definitely makes a differences if you want a small form factor. The weight difference is noticeable. I can immediately tell which one I have in my hand by the weight.
This is a huge difference. I tried the Eye-Fi cards with the M, and they really just didn’t work well. EyeFi is just too clumsy. The M2 offers wifi connectivity via the Canon wifi system and works fairly well. If you’ve never had this before, the interface is a little hard to get used to, but it works pretty well. Afterwards, you can download the pictures to your phone using the Eos app and edit or share them however you want. If you shoot raw, the files will take a long time to transfer. You should only transfer the jpg files, and just a handful at a time. Great for when you are at an event and someone wants the picture you just took.
They both use the same battery and you can buy the Wasabi brand charger and 2 batteries that come together. I used one Wasabi battery to film a 2 hour wedding. They last much, much longer than the original battery. This is a must have upgrade. The good news is the M and M2 both use the same battery.
The autofocus upgrade is pretty huge. It now uses the Hybrid CMOS AF II system. It’s not the latest and greatest auto-focusing system that Canon has to offer, but it is a hundred times better. Now I can take the camera to sporting events and actually catch the pictures that I want. I highly recommend the sports mode when using the M2, once focus locks, it lets you take multiple pictures in a row at almost 5 pictures per second. I’m looking for the M3 to hopefully incorporate the new Dual Pixel AF that is the fastest AF available. The same one of the 70D. It shouldn’t be that hard to do.
Pull focus effects are really nice on both. Looks very cinematic. You can be focused on a close subject, tap the screen on a distant subject, and it automatically switches focus. It’s a very nice effect.
Another great feature is that both can take full resolution pictures while videotaping. The camera will use the full 18MP sensor to take full resolution pictures while filming. There will be a slight pause in your video and an audible photo sound, but it’s very nice that you don’t have to stop recording, switch cameras or modes. Very efficient.
One feature of the original M that makes it quite useful is that Magic Lantern is available for the M. Magic Lantern is an add on software that enhances the M’s feature set and adds a lot of much needed functionality. For example, it allows the camera to record video continuously past the 29 minute 59 second limit. This is great if you want to do event videography for a lecture, workshop, or graduation ceremony, you don’t have to worry about the camera stopping at 29:59.
Conclusions and future direction
Overall, the M2 is a significant upgrade when compared to the M. I would highly recommend getting an M2 and using it. Both are usable, but them M requires you to significantly alter how you use a camera, especially for sports. For video and still photography, both are excellent.
If and when an M3 is released, I’d like to see an even faster autofocus system, similar to the 70D system. I would also really like to see an articulating and tilting screen. Sure, that may add some bulk, but it would significantly improve the usability of the camera, especially for people who are “one man show” type directors, youtubers, filmographers. I do not want a built in viewfinder. I think those are old and antiquated. Why would you want a small, low resolution screen, when you have a beautiful, high resolution, big screen on the back. Photographers need to get used to shooting and stabilizing these new, smaller cameras in new ways. You don’t need to put your face and forehead up against it to look through a tiny screen. The future of photography is these new smaller cameras with large beautiful screens, get used to using them properly. Tuck your elbows in and stabilize your arms. I’d also like to see more low aperture lenses that are native EF-M mount. I know we can use all our EF lenses, but a few more M lenses would be nice. And maybe just a slight bump in megapixels, like 24-25. The new Canon APS-C sensor would be nice as well!
If they did all that, that would be perfect! And you would never, ever need a big DSLR anymore!