After a long wait, Canon finally announced its first mirrorless camera — Canon EOS M, as well as new EF-M lenses and flash. Read this article for Canon EOS M specs, features, release date, and price with photos and hands-on video.
I am a fan of Canon camera, from point-and-shot to DSLR (Canon EOS 450D). I was wondering why Canon had not released any mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC), while other camera manufacturers already selling theirs in the market.
Canon EOS M specs
At last, Canon announced — Canon EOS M with EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM lens — the first Canon MILC, featuring 18MP sensor, touch screen LCD, and compatible with Canon EF and EF-S lenses.
Here’s Canon EOS M feature highlights:
- 18 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
- DIGIC 5 Image Processor
- Full HD Movie with Focus Tracking
- 3.0-inch touch screen with LCD
- Touch AF and Multi-touch Operation
- Hybrid CMOS Auto-focus for photo & video
- ISO 100–12800, expandable to 25600
- Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S lenses (Optional EOS M mount adapter is required)
- Compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards
- Includes Canon EF-M 22mm F2 STM
18 MP sensor, Full HD video recording, compatible with Canon lenses you already own… I am hooked at the first second!
Canon EOS M price and availability
Canon EOS M price is USD$800 (RM2400) on Amazon USA. It is expected to be available in October 15, 2012.
Canon EOS M system
Along with the announcement, Canon also announce 2 lenses, a flash and a mount adapter for EOS M:
Canon EF-M 22mm F2 STM (USD$249, Amazon)
Canon EF-M 18–55mm IS STM lens (USD$299, Amazon)
Canon Speedlite 90EX flash (USD$149, Amazon)
Canon EOS M Mount Adapter (USD$199, Amazon)
VIDEO: Canon EOS M hands-on demo
Here is the EOS M hands-on demo by TheVerge:
What does it mean to existing Canon DSLR owner?
After using DSLR for years, I am considering a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera for its lightness and portability without sacrificing much quality.
Since I already invested so much on DSLR lens and flash, I am glad that Canon EOS M is compatible with the camera gadgets!
However, according to TheVerge hands-on preview, mounting big lenses to Canon EOS M without viewfinder is not an ideal shooting mode.
While we were satisfied with the autofocus speed, the lack of a viewfinder made it difficult to wield the 70–200mm in a way that was comfortable. There isn’t an articulating LCD, so you have to hold it away from you in order to see what you’re shooting, leaving you in a much less stable shooting position than you would be with a DSLR.
Would you consider Canon EOS M for your next camera? Why?