Top positive review
Nicely built, but the interface is a little frustrating for those who want more control.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 27, 2017
Someone has to be the first, and I guess I'm it. I'm an amateur photographer who has been playing with SLR cameras for the last 40 years.
This camera was bought to replace a Canon S95, and potentially be the backup to my 5D2, which has been intermittently reporting the dreaded "Error 30" shutter issue recently. Right now, Amazon are offering a great bundle of this body (comes with the 15-45mm kit lens) and an EF to EF-M adapter, saving you around $100 - appealing to the Canon photographer. The appeal of being able to use some of my nicer EF lenses was what swayed me to purchase.
The camera is slightly bigger than the S95 body and is nice to hold, has a good metal/rubber grip finish and feels sturdy. The kit lens pictures are exactly what you would expect from such a lens; it is not very sharp unless stopped down, but it's OK for the casual photographer, and 15-45mm is a good outdoor range for landscapes and such.
Focus is relatively quick and mostly good, typical Canon. Taking a photo produces a satisfying shutter noise, and makes it feel like a 'real' SLR camera. The screen is excellent and the tilt function will finally let me and the wife take selfies without guessing (although I often love the surprise of how they turn out).
The menu system is already driving me crazy, but I will caveat this with the fact that I have had limited playtime so far. Canon, in their 'wisdom' decided to do away with what are the most often used features of my little S95; that being Av and Tv (aperture priority and shutter speed priority) direct selection on the top rotary selector. This may be partially overcome via assigning functions to virtual buttons, and there also appears to be a way to specify the order and number of quick access functions, which will help. Note that the touch screen is pretty much how you interact with the camera functions to get to the nitty-gritty manual modes, and it's a variation of the typical Canon interface we all know, so takes time to get used to. All of this only matters if you like to get involved in your pictures and be a little creative. The menu is what's knocking down this review a star. Maybe I'll get used to it. The manual is a joke also. It's oversimplified to the point of uselessness. For instance, "Aperture Priority" is not even in the index of functions.
I am finding this camera to be a mish-mash of pro features but caged in an interface geared for the casual photographer.
So, I'll still be using my 5D more often than not, but this appears to be a great camera when needing a smaller, portable setup. As often is said; the best camera for the occasion is the one you have with you in that moment, right? I'm looking forward to trying out the 22mm prime lens offered, let's see how that sharpens things up.
I will update this after I have had a chance to properly road test this, and also see how it performs with my EF lenses, no matter how awkward that will look! I still have to test out the the wireless functions too.
EDIT 11/2017: I returned this camera along with the 22mm prime lens. The whole setup simply was not sharp or wide enough for me in landscape scenarios, so, I am back to my little S95, hunting for another big DSLR to replace the 5D.