LCD and Viewfinder
Canon M has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
LCD is Touch screen
type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
M doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Mirrorless camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (Lumix DMC-G80) (Compare) or Olympus OM-D E-M10 II (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon M can shoot continuously at max speed of 4 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
Unfortunately M doesn't have a built-in flash but it has a flash shoe for mounting external flashes.
Canon M features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 31 points to choose from.
Canon M also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon M, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30,25,24 fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Canon M will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
M has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker. Canon M also has a port for an external microphone so you can record high quality sound with the help of an external microphone.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect M to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Canon M is powered by LP-E12 battery which provides a shooting life of 230 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Mirrorless type cameras is 352 shots, Canon M has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend M owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras
Samsung NX mini with its 650shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras. Check the comparison of Canon M vs Samsung NX mini or take a look at Longest Battery Life Mirrorless cameras list.
Canon M Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Canon M is $576.99