So I bought my new camera (a Canon EOS M3) yesterday, and so far it’s been great ! Staying in the Canon Eco-system means my learning curve for the camera is much shallower, and the controls do what I expect and are where I expect to find them. I purposely bought the bundle that includes the camera body, the kit lens (18-55mm EF-M f3.5-5.6 STM), and the EF-M adapter. This way I can keep using my L-Series lenses from my (much) bigger Canon 60D DSLR.Having used the venerable EyeFi Pro X2 in my 60D, I was excited to use the M3’s built in wifi. And I wasn’t disappointed ! I installed the Camera Connect app on my iPad & had full control of the camera, over wifi. I took the above picture with the M3 on a tripod while I sat in the family room, 45′ away ! The birds were not disturbed, and I had full control to shoot, including changing all of the settings on the camera, including focus, aperture, ISO & shutter speed.
I shoot RAW, as it gives me the most options in post-processing. The files are big (really big) off this 24 megapixel monster. They averaged 30Mb per photo ! But, my memory cards are decent sized, and I have a 128Gb iPad. I am prepared ! Until I realize that when I use the wifi to transfer the files, it “automatically” downsizes them to JPEG format. 😕
I search the web, I scour the forums. Seems this is a “feature” of the Canon Camera Connect software, as there were concerns about the time taken to transfer really large files impact the “customer experience”. Phoo ! It appears that the ONLY way to get RAW photos off my new camera is via a physical connection. Worse, if I try to transfer the RAW files to my iPad using the Apple Camera Connection kit – it doesn’t transfer the files !
Remember, I’m used to using the EyeFi Pro X2 card to transfer my RAW photos via wifi. This isn’t a deal-breaker, I’m not returnin the camera, but it is certainly an annoyance. And sadly, the M3 doesn’t support the EyeFi card, so no workaround there, either !
Apparently, when Apple decided to divest themselves of Aperture, they stopped caring about the photographic community altogether. The new “Photos” app says it will transfer the files, and appears to, but nothing shows up in the Camera Roll. So despite the fact that my camera supports RAW, and Adobe Lightroom Mobile supports RAW, nothing in between does !
It is my HOPE that Canon reverses this decision, and that they allow RAW transfers Ina future firmware update, or in the Camera Connect software. Until then, I am just going to have to modify my entire workflow to accommodate !