It finally happened: Canon has entered the single lens mirrorless camera space. This is a big moment in the world of photography, and things have changed in a permanent way.
As the final holdout in this space, and as the largest camera manufacturer in the world, Canon’s reluctance to build a camera of this type was seen as uncertainty for the technology. Their entry into the space confirms the technology, and Canon’s commitment to it is impressive to say the least.
At 25% smaller than the Canon Rebel T3 DSLR, it’s an incredibly tight little package. It uses a new type of lens mount technology that Canon is calling an “EF-M”, with a flange back distance of only 18mm. It carries the DNA of Canon’s EOS Rebel line, including a few distinct hallmarks: powerful digital noise reduction, the highest resolution in its class at 18MP in a CMOS sensor, and the highest high-ISO performance in its class at 12800.
Autofocus is powered by both on-sensor phase and contrast detection, and the new EOS-M also features Video Servo AF. On the back of the device there’s a full 3.0” Clear View LCD touch panel display, giving you ample space to review pictures or to sight and shoot Full 1080P HD movies.
Sounds like a solid entry into the mirrorless space right?
Here’s the kicker: Canon is releasing an EF adapter for this new model that means every AF linked EF and EF-S lens will work on this camera. That’s an incredible achievement, bringing more high quality glass into the mirrorless space than any other manufacturer.
You can also use many of your EOS Hot Shoe accessories with this device, making it a must-have for Canon DSLR owners looking for a camera in this category.
Shooting features include art effects, creative filters, and a handheld night scene mode.
Future Shop is carrying the new Canon EOS-M from coast to coast for $879 with an external flash and 18-55mm lens included. It’s available in three colours: Black, Red, and White. A 22MM EF-M Lens will be sold separately.
Pre-orders will be available shortly. I can safely say I’m pulling the trigger on this one right now. Rumour has it that this line will be launching in October of this year. I don't think I'm alone in saying October can't come soon enough!
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Here's the press release:
Combining the perfect blend of advanced video features and excellent still image quality in a convenient size, Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M Digital Camera. Canon has made significant advancements in the realm of professional-quality HD video capture, from advanced CMOS sensor technology to smooth, quiet continuous autofocus. Inspired by EOS technology, the EOS M Digital Camera leverages these core technologies and distills them down to provide outstanding video capture capabilities while retaining high-quality still image capture. When shooting still images, the EOS M camera’s 18-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor provides a shallow depth of field, incredible low-light image quality and a wide dynamic range to capture rich gradation and detail.
When shooting still images, the EOS M camera’s 18-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor provides a shallow depth of field, incredible low-light image quality and a wide dynamic range to capture rich gradation and detail. This new addition to the EOS family offers a great solution to videographers and photographers of all levels, with two new lenses designed specifically for Canon’s new camera format – the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens – and the ability to use the full line of over 70 Canon EF and EF-S lenses through the optional EF-EOS M EF Lens Adapter.
Product Specifications and Features:
• EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects also includes:
- Manual exposure control
- Multiple resolution frame rates
- Built-in stereo microphone
- Manual audio level adjustment
- Video Snapshot mode with touch-screen editing
• 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
• ISO 100–6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video recording, ISO 100 – 12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for still image shooting from bright to dim light
• High performance Powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality video and photos
• Hybrid CMOS AF delivers fast autofocus speed for video and photos
• Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II (approximately 1,040,000 dots) with smudge-resistant coating features multi-touch operation
- allowing photographers to use familiar gestures such as "pinch-to-zoom" and "swiping" to scroll between pictures and Touch AF
• Scene Intelligent Auto mode delivers expertly optimized photos and scene detection for amazing results even when shooting at night
• Advanced imaging features like Handheld Night Scene mode, HDR Backlight Control mode, and seven Creative Filters provide added versatility
• Multi-shot Noise Reduction helps preserve precious detail in photos at high ISO speeds
• Compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards
• Compatible with all Canon Speedlite accessories including the new Speedlite 600EX and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
• Compatible with Canon’s GPS Receiver GP-E2
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