I went to check out my local camera shop ( the biggest camera shop in Austin Tx ), asked to look at the EOS-M, the guy told me they didn't have any except for a used one.
Asking why not, he said simply they were DOA and have only sold 3 in the last year, and returned the rest back to canon.
My budget is $400 MAX, really would like to keep it under $350 if possible, he pointed me to a Nikon S1. Spec wise its not as good. but for $350 it has what I need.
What i need in order of importance.
- portable, something that can easily go in a back pocket, or toss in a bag. ( something to bring with me on motorcycle trips, every day walk around etc. ) ( otherwise I would just go pick up one of the several T2i's on the local CL for $200 )
- budget, under $400 new ( its gonna be a beater camera, so if It breaks I don't want to be out tons to replace it )
- Quality: faster and better than a P&S or phone, but not expecting to match my T3i
- Wide angle ( preferably a fast prime ) with decent low light performance.
I'm definately looking to use it as a ( best camera is the one you have on you ) kinda thing. Something I can use to take a few pictures, then toss in my bag or pocket and continue on my way.
Don't care for: Flash, touchscreen, viewfinder, video performance, or sticking with a certain brand.