Frodge wrote in post #18484205
Why do you describe the m as "poor in general". I have the original m and think its great to take places where I don't want to lug a DSLR around. Picture quality is pretty damned good. There are some things that need refining, but for what it is, I'm happy.
Compared to other mirrorless offerings with large sensors, it lacks in literally every regard. I finally got fed up with its slow AF abilities and lack of a view finder. The view finder lack being its greatest sin. I enjoyed what I could out of that camera. And my daughter loved it. But frankly, everything the EOS-M + 22 F2 could do, my smartphone could frankly do at this point.
I sold it and didn't go back to the EOS-M line. The M5 being the only one I'd even entertain, but I have zero use for that camera for the purposes I wanted it for.
I moved to a different mirrorless, also APS-C, also 23mm F2 pancake lens, with a built in view finder (both optical & electronic) that is nearly the same size, pocketable, and it has been such a joy to finally have a small, large sensor camera, with the FOV I wanted, the speed I wanted, and the ability to see through a viewfinder, manually focus or AF without any special settings or menus, and it actually focuses fast. Just moving to another camera that basically does the same thing but far better, I can't help but reflect on how poor the the EOS-M really was (this all refers to the EOS-M 1, I have not used the other 5 versions nor care to).
I'm now using a Fuji X100S for the same purpose as my EOS-M & 22mm F2 and it's crazy the difference in the user-experience. I used to like the EOS-M, but, that was largely due to not having used anything else and it was also not my primary system.
That's just my own anecdotal experience.
From a market standpoint, it's glaringly clear that the EOS-M barely registers on the mirrorless market as an option outside of a Canon shooters side kick.
It was amazing when you could get an EOS-M & 22mm F2 for about $150~200. But it dropped to that for a reason.
If the M5 were smaller, it would be very, very interesting. But, it's the same size as a dSLR. That's fine and all. But I really wanted the M for the size, small as possible with the biggest sensor possible, with a great fast pancake lens. The M5 seems to be a great all around camera for what it is. So Canon is capable. But the smaller M series with the afterthought viewfinder and stuff is just terrible, merely my opinion, compared to what others are producing and what Canon could produce.
If Canon were to drop an affordable full frame mirrorless, it would be very interesting. I just don't see them doing it without the EF mount, making it a big bulky option or the adapter option (worse). And I really don't see the EF-M lens line up attracting full frame shooters.