Earlier this week, I finally received my birthday gift to myself. Woohoo!
I was really, really excited to receive it and waiting for more than a week was not helping. >:( I kept checking the tracking section where the item is every six hours, and feeling disappointed if it hasn’t changed. Of course time slows down when you are waiting and impatient over something.
But now that I have the camera in my hands and explored it for the next couple of days and noticed my old accessories that I was able to use on my previous mirrorless, Canon EOS M3, do not work anymore with this camera.
To put my “review” on a positive start, here are the things that I
loved liked about it:
- The body of the camera looks like a miniature of my old DSLR, the Canon 450D;
- Surprisingly it is small, much smaller than how I expecting it to look like and lighter by its weight, too;
- Smaller camera = light weight = pocketable camera;
- The box is also smaller, again, smaller than how I expected it to be – the EOS M3 packaging looks bigger!
….this makes me miss my M3 more with the comparisons.
Everything else people may have loved and liked about this camera, they’re all mentioned in the countless review and unboxing videos of this camera at YouTube.
To praise this camera is not my point of this post; my main point of writing this post is to point out features that should have been mentioned in all those videos on YouTube.
I’m so annoyed and disappointed when I found out that these features are not included in this camera:
- No infrared
- No pop-up flash
NO INFRARED: I am being old school, but I kept my old accessories from my years of using DSLR, thinking that it would work with future cameras – since it worked with my EOS-M3. So great, no infrared features because the world thinks this is outdated – that means my old RC-5 remote will not work with this mirrorless camera.
While I was researching, they found out a new alternative – Canon is now replacing the Infrared remotes as shutter triggers with Bluetooth remotes for future DSLR and mirrorless cameras. I have no camera to use my present remote and sadly my old remote is useless now. Sigh. Are they aware that bluetooth sucks the power of a product the longer you use it?
Yes, I know I can use my phone to trigger the shutter.. but like I said earlier, I’m used to being old school so I prefer an actual remote. I’m just not used to everything be in tech’d.
NO POP-UP FLASH: Are you fucking kidding me?! This camera costs PHP xx,xxx (or more, like PHP 44,000 if bought from an authentic Canon Philippines store because their units come with warranties) and the goddamn camera does not have an automatic pop-up flash function? I literally have to lift up the flash in order to use it, despite activating it from the settings. The fuck? The people who developed this camera are stupid not to include this to work like how it is supposed to work. Did they approve this so they can cut down on costs?
Who would have thought that a cheaper mirrorless camera (a Canon EOS M3, for example) would have more important and useful features. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT, RIGHT???
- Infrared remote works with M3
- I can use my infrared triggers with M3
- M3 has pop-up flash
Not only that, but the M3 is heaps cheaper too. This is all so frustrating.
There may be more features this camera lacks of, and if I’ve found enough, I will probably edit this post. 😛
If only I was made aware of these lack of features (from the way I would be using this camera), I should not have sold my M3 in the past and kept it because my older accessories work 100% with it.
I blame all those YouTube videos with this camera as the subject, they convinced me with their pretty intros and content but really at the end of the day their videos are just useless. Now I realized that they’re all just talking about what is on the surface and they’re not going deep into what is needed to also be there. Well, ok, the unboxing videos were useful for a little bit. There’s more than 100 videos and none of them talked about this. SMH.
OoOoooOOOps, it slipped my mind! This is a ~*vloggers*~ camera. But what if a customer wants it to use as a smaller version of their DSLR and have no plans to be a future vlogger? Still, it should also work as an all-around camera including infrared and a pop-up flash as one of the basics.
So I have a physically beautiful camera, but lacks in important features that would be very useful to me.And then I have to sit through this bullshit and have to buy new accessories for this camera for it to work according to my needs and requirements.
For one shot photos, continuous too, this would be useful though. Maybe for videos too, as shown in some videos on YouTube exemplary of its quality. Let’s give this to them.
Oh well, at least I got a legit camera from this overseas shop from L***** and not a concrete brick inside the box like other scammers send to their customers. 😐
Although, I did receive a fake item instead of an authentic one last month, nope it’s not related to cameras, and I did all that I can to get my refund. And I did, don’t worry.
Online shopping is really a hit or miss. Grrrrr…