In praise of the m3:
It gives me the best 1080p image of all the cameras I own (5D3, 60D, 700D, 1100D), the newer 24.2mp sensor gives sharper video with a lot more detail than the usual Canon softness. Resolution is almost full 1080p. I was staggered seeing the image in Sony Vegas side by side the 5D (not raw).
So it's one of the very few Canons with sharp video trust me. Coupled with the large sensor size giving shallow DOF and incredible lowlight (compared to gh4 and such), and the flexible lens mount that can take any lens ever made, is a full fledged cinema camera. You can seriously shoot a theatrical feature film on it and come out lloiking sharp and clean with wonderful colour and s35 film DOF aethetic.
-I use russian manual glass for video which are Zeiss clones at a fraction of price like the Mir-B 37mm f/2.8 and Jupiter 135mm f/2.8, the m3 has focus PEAKING. Yes, first Canon ILC to get peaking! A very precise peaking implementation too.
-When I take the camera off the tripod and want to shoot handheld, I put on the EF-M 18-55mm STM IS. This lens has STRONG stabilization but the trick is that EF-M IS lenses opens up a ''Mode 1'' in the menu which combines electronic and optical stabilization giving 5 axis IS. It's one of the best IS systems I've ever used (note, only talking about this specific lens. I have no other EF-M lenses).
This kind of enormously effective IS opened up to me a whole world of laziness of not carrying a tripod/rig and creativity
Now I just take the body and kit lens and shoot a gig. Ha.
-The screen is very nice and the tilt is very nice too on a tripod. The touchscreen focusing in video mode with the 18-55mm kit is DEAD on. Just like DPAF. Never misses, never hunts. At first I read the manual to make sure it is not DPAF! Once I knew it's not, I decided to try other lenses via the adapter. I first put on the 50mm f/1.8 STM and it's the same. Incredible. Then put the 24-105mm, and sadly, it's horrible. Hunts and misses. Put on the 18-55mm EF-S and also got mediocre performance. Thay why it's not DPAF! But again the AF is DPAF quality with EF-M lenses and most like STM lenses EF/S.
-I love the body. Love the bundled EVF with protudes far from the body and makes a much more pleasant experience than say the crammed a6000 on the tiny top left side of the front panel! I mean just put it on top geniuses! Quality and refresh rate is better and it's a bigger image too, something nobody seems to mention. Peaking and EVF and IS is just, wonderful. The EVF is just a must have with the M3. Very enjoyable first and useful second!
-Body design is lovely. It's now second nature to control. Colours come out wonderful in the Faithful PS with +2 sharpening, -4 Contrast, -2 Saturation. This gives a sharp neutral colour to start grading from.
What I DON'T like about the m3:
-The most useful feature on it (Electronic + optical) hybrid IS is NOT available with anything other than EF-M IS lenses. Even with the adapter and IS lenses, it just gives regular IS. Electronic IS with this kind of quality should even work with non IS lenses like m42 glass, 50mm f/1.8 STM, etc.
Looks like they did that with the new M5.
- AF is DPAF quality with ef-m lenses only, again this is solved with the M5.
- EVF is expensive. Again, M5.
- 60p only at 720p. M5 does 1080p
-The image only flaw is slight moire/aliasing harshness on some lines, again, M5 80d chip fixes it.
- If the 18-55mm is SO good and gives exceptional video performance with hybrid IS and flawless touch AF, THEN WHY there is not a lens with a longer range. Why not an 18-135mm STM IS equivalent? The only one M5 doesn't fix apparently!
CONCLUSION: LOVE the damn camera for professional (paid) video and family portraiture in JPEG colour engine.
Strange is that the newly announced M5 seems to fix every single bit I have wih the camera in paid video shooting. That's gonna be a hell of a camera for me! (as a video shooter)
I'll definitely still keep using the 5D3 + ML RAW which gives me FF look at perfect 1080p with 14bit 444 colour. Best image i've ever shot. But will likely sell the 60D, 700D, 1100D as they just don't match the m3/5/5draw sharpness so intercutting is not going to work well.
700D+1100D+60D+M3 should cover the cost of a new M5 and more. Also will be selling the EF-S lenses that I have no need for when using a 5d + m5, like:
3x 18-55mm IS II
1x 18-135mm STM
will just keep the 50mm and adapter because there isn't one for m. It's going to be stabilised too on the M5, a dream come true.
Selling all this should give me excess to buy some beautiful manual glass like the Helios 85mm king of Bokeh swirl (again with GOOD IS?!). And a 10-18mm STM is a cheaper option than buying the ef-m UWA.
- Just remains to see how the m5 will do in real life. WILL not preorder. The electronic IS though of the m3 that I scientifically tested, gives me a high hope of how good it's going to work, it's an insanely precise algorithm and insanely smooth, nothing like Electronic IS I've ever seen, which all were pretty S___ty. But will still wait for youtube videos showing manual glass with IS activated to assess the purchase. Won't be a test rabbit again.
Wow I just wrote an entire review of the M3 on the phone on the bus! Hope all this thumb clicking helps anyone getting new information on the cameras!