As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Canon EOS M3 is also often compared to boutiques, entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs and pro digicams. The Canon EOS M3's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS M100 and the EOS M5) and Sony (such as the SLT A58 and the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon M3 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), has a touch screen, has an external mic jack and supports an external flash.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), is older (february 2015 vs september 2016) and is less popular.

Canon EOS M100

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2 years newer
$379 (body only)
$449 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M100 (vs the M3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M100 (vs the M3)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the EOS M100 and M3

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Fairly small: Mid size (108×67×35 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.7"

Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5
1 year newer
$565 - $679 (body only)
$679 - $799 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M5 (vs the M3)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,620k dots vs 1,040k dots

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M5 (vs the M3)

  • None found

common strengths of the EOS M5 and M3

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $564.89 vs $363.69

Canon EOS M6

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2 years newer
$548 - $579 (body only)
$583 - $699 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M6 (vs the M3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M6 (vs the M3)

  • None found

common strengths of the EOS M6 and M3

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Fairly small: Mid size (112×68×45 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)

Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10
8 months newer
$599 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M10 (vs the M3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M10 (vs the M3)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the EOS M10 and M3

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Fairly small: Mid size (108×67×35 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.7"

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)

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3 years newer

Significant advantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the M3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the M3)

  • None found

common strengths of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and M3

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Light weight: 390 g vs 366 g

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year older
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the M3)

  • Significantly more lenses available: 62 lenses vs 13 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the M3)

  • No touch screen
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the A6000 and M3

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 366 g

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon M3 compared to boutique competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2"), is significantly smaller (mid size (111×68×44 mm) vs large (139×168×97 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 13.1 MP), has a touch screen and has an external mic jack.

However, on average it slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 204,800 ISO), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.2 fps vs 8 fps), has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 310 shots) and has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Nikon Z6

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3 years newer
$1,764 - $1,997

Significant advantages of the Z6 (vs the M3)

  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 2,100k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 4.2 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Z6 (vs the M3)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (134×101×68 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Built-in lens only
  • Significantly heavier: 675 g vs 366 g

common strengths of the Z6 and M3

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II
1 year older
$699

Significant advantages of the G1X Mark II (vs the M3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G1X Mark II (vs the M3)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the G1X Mark II and M3

  • Fairly small: Standard size (116×74×66 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Flip-out screens
  • Built-in flashes

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1
9 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-R1 (vs the M3)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-R1 (vs the M3)

  • Much smaller screen: 2" vs 3"
  • Much larger: Large (139×168×97 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-R1 and M3

  • Built-in flashes

Fujifilm X70

Fujifilm X70
1 year newer
$1,365

Significant advantages of the X70 (vs the M3)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 330 shots vs 250 shots

Significant disadvantages of the X70 (vs the M3)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital

common strengths of the X70 and M3

  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×64×44 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon M3 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a much higher resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 460k dots), takes much higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20.1 MP) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.2 fps vs 7 fps), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentamirror), much fewer lenses available (13 lenses vs 220 lenses), has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 660 shots) and is less popular.

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
1 year older
$330 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the M3)

  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 4.2 fps
  • Significantly more lenses available: 126 lenses vs 13 lenses
  • Longer battery life: 690 shots vs 250 shots

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the M3)

  • Much lower true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the SLT A58 and M3

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $329.99 vs $363.69

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
1 year newer
$872 - $999 (body only)
$870 - $1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the M3)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 13 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the M3)

  • Much larger: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.7"
  • Much heavier: 730 g vs 366 g

common strengths of the EOS 80D and M3

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year older
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the M3)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 13 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the M3)

  • Much lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Many fewer focus points: 9 vs 49

common strengths of the T5i and M3

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
3 years older
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the M3)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 13 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the M3)

  • Much lower true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (127×97×79 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 920k dots vs 1,040k dots

common strengths of the D5100 and M3

  • Flip-out screens
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
similar age
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the M3)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 13 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the M3)

  • Much larger: Professional size (132×101×78 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Many fewer focus points: 19 vs 49
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the T6i and M3

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 1,040k dots
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

Canon D2000

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17 years older

Significant advantages of the D2000 (vs the M3)

  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 13 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D2000 (vs the M3)

  • Much larger: Large (161×92×174 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Much thicker: 6.9" vs 1.7"
  • No live view

common strengths of the D2000 and M3

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon M3 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it takes significantly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 17.9 MP), has a touch screen, has a screen which flips out, has slightly more focus points (49 vs 19) and is newer (february 2015 vs august 2010).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.2 fps vs 8 fps), has a lower quality type of viewfinder (digital vs pentaprism) and much fewer lenses available (13 lenses vs 220 lenses).

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
4 years older
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the M3)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 13 lenses
  • Much longer battery life: 1100 shots vs 250 shots

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the M3)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.7"
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)

common strengths of the 60D and M3

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $554.94 vs $363.69

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year older
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the M3)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 13 lenses
  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 4.2 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the M3)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.7"
  • Much larger: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 20 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the 70D and M3

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.69 vs $363.69

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
5 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the M3)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 13 lenses
  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 4.2 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the M3)

  • Significantly lower true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 24 MP
  • Much larger: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the 7D and M3

  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.7"
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $363.69

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
1 year older
$949 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,275 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the M3)

  • Has an optical viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Digital
  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 4.2 fps
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 13 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the M3)

  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.7"
  • Much larger: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Mid size (111×68×44 mm)
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and M3

  • Inexpensive: $949.00 vs $363.69
  • Built-in flashes

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon M3 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 12 MP), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), has a touch screen, has an external mic jack and focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection).

However, on average it doesn't shoot as fast continuously (4.2 fps vs 10 fps), has a slightly shorter battery life (250 shots vs 280 shots) and significantly shorter exposures (30 seconds vs 250 seconds).

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
1 year older
$600

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the M3)

  • Much longer battery life: 360 shots vs 250 shots
  • Much longer exposures: 250 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the M3)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Much lower true resolution: 12 MP vs 24 MP
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the G16 and M3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Digital

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
1 year older
$598

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the M3)

  • Significantly longer battery life: 350 shots vs 250 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the M3)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 II and M3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X
4 months older
$534

Significant advantages of the G7 X (vs the M3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the G7 X (vs the M3)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the G7 X and M3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Have touch screens

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
1 year newer
$532 - $649

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the M3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II (vs the M3)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and M3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
4 months newer
$650 - $898

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 IV (vs the M3)

  • Shoots significantly faster: 16 fps vs 4.2 fps

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 IV (vs the M3)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 IV and M3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Flip-out screens

Canon PowerShot G5 X

Canon PowerShot G5 X
8 months newer
$588 - $699

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G5 X (vs the M3)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G5 X (vs the M3)

  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the PowerShot G5 X and M3

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Capture very high resolution images: 20 MP vs 24 MP
  • Have touch screens