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2.0 out of 5 stars MF, Eventually. NICE TRY CANON, you NEED TO IMPROVE., October 20, 2012
This review is from: Canon EOS M 18.0 MP Compact Systems Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-M 22mm STM Lens (OLD MODEL) (Electronics)
Just like 650D, these first batches of Canon's attempts to produce full time auto-focus in Movies literally failed.

After correctly focus a subject, both EOS M and 650D run wildly doing focus hunting.

Canon, please issue a firmware update to fix this problem. (Can meh? Laoya punya Hardware, kanasai)

Learn from Sony, using half-transperant mirror to do correct Full-Time movie AF.

***About-MF***

Even using in MF, there are head pain for me. Have to press 3 times to get into maginified focus. (vs 1-touch in GF3/G3/GF5,etc)
Even Panasonic GF3 produced years earlier outperform these canon.
(One touch on GF3 to Maginified-MF-assist, vs many-presses to get into M-MF-assist)
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Initial post: Oct 21, 2012 5:04:57 PM PDT
thedrivein says:
Pros never shoot movies with autofocus. Learn to focus.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 11:19:35 PM PDT
Yes, faster to do so with GF3/GF5, but these Panasonics do not allow manual exposure in movies.

Waiting canon to update firmware to allow ONE-PRESS-MAGNIFY-MANUAL-FOCUS-ASSIST.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012 8:30:45 AM PDT
Eric T says:
Pro's didn't use AF for stills when it first came out either.

The reason pro's don't use AF for movies is there aren't many systems good enough for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2012 10:57:35 PM PDT
BabyGiant says:
I have the camera, the reviewer is correct. Simply switching in-and-out of MF takes 3 button hits. The menus are very anti-intuitive. It is ULTIMATELY a small, versatile camera which means people will shoot with it or use it for birthday snapshots which requires AF. Going back and forth is maddening. I shot with it all day today for a shoot and I'm VERY on the fence about it. Needs more buttons. A viewfinder helps. Etc. It's fun to hold but... leaves a lot to be desired.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 5:44:08 PM PST
Bill says:
You suggest Canon use a "half-transparent" mirror in a mirrorless camera?

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 2:18:11 PM PST
Matt148 says:
Erm...

<Learn from Sony, using half-transperant mirror to do correct Full-Time movie AF.>

http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/eos/eoscamera/EOS-RT/index.htm

Canon are the pioneers of the technology. I used to own the EOS RT with a fixed pellicle mirror from the 80s and Canon developed this nearly 50 years ago with the Pellix camera.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2013 4:19:55 AM PDT
Movie pros don't shoot hollywood movies with autofocus but this isn't a hollywood movie camera by any means. This is a consumer camera, not even "prosumer". And besides, professional event shooters (shooting documentaries, weddings, concerts, speeches, plays, and other performances) use AF all the time. And whether it's a pro feature or not, if Canon implements full-time AF in a DSLR you should be able to expect it to work, otherwise why bother? Panasonic already implemented full-time AF in their Micro Four Thirds cameras a few years ago and it works better.

I complained in my review of the 40mm STM lens how the full-time AF hype for that new lens technology was a fail, and the fanboys jumped all over me for it. Thank you, Joyce, for confirming the fact that Canon blew it on this long-awaited feature.
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