It's OFFICIAL! Canon has officially unveiled their first ever mirrorless camera with their 18 MP Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera. It is designed to target novices and enthusiasts who wants to dSLR performance in a compact-camera body without the complexity of a dSLR. The Canon mirrorless is expected to be released in October. The price with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens bundle will be $799.
The EOS-M shares a lot of commonalities with the Canon Rebel T4i dSLR:
- 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- Digic 5 processor
- 3-inch 1.04MP capacitive touchscreen
- Hybrid CMOS AF system that combines phase-detect and contrast detect AF
The camera will be coming in three colors – Black, White and Red.
Overall design reflects that of a compact-camera, with clean simple lines and minimal design elements. On the front side, we see a release shutter button at the 3 0'clock position and a vertical window that houses the IR remote receiver and AF illuminator.
On the back side, by the thumb-grip, there is the movie record button. Below it, there are the menu and playback buttons, and below that is a four-way cluster with the SET button in the center and the dial ring around it. The SET button in the middle also brings up a Quick Menu. During shooting, the delete key can be programmed for either AF to center, Depth-of-field preview, ISO, Flash exposure compensation, or LCD brightness.
As expected, the camera operation will be more touchscreen-menu driven. There is full manual support, however, through this touchscreen. It is at least capacitive, making it easier to use compared to resistive touchscreen, and also allows multi-finger gestures such as pinch-to-zoom. Access to Av, Tv, P, and M modes are also done on the touchscreen.
Over to the top of the camera, you can see that there is no built-in-flash. Instead, there is a stereo microphone, followed by a hot shoe, a power button, and a shutter button surrounded by a Mode collar. This collar allows you to switch between Intelligent Auto, Camera, and Video.
One thing to note, the camera strap connector is non-standard. It is made so that the camera can hang and rotate freely, so that if heavier lenses are used, the camera will hang with the lenses pointing down.
The EF-M lens mount and lenses
The mirrorless format allows the lenses to be mounted closer to the sensor. The flange distance, which is the distance from the rear lens element to the sensor, is only 18mm. It uses an electronic first curtain shutter and a mechanical second curtain shutter, which helps with shutter sound and lag. Surprisingly, however, the shutter FPS is only 4.3fps.
Both of the new lenses, the Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens utilizes the STM motor, which allows for smooth and silent focusing when paired with Hybrid CMOS AF, as well as autofocusing during video recording. According to DPReview, the 18-55mm is about the same size as Sony’s E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens for the NEX system, and the 22mm is about the same size as Panasonic’s 20mm f/1.7 pancake lens for the mu4/3 system. The 18-55mm has a full frame equivalent of 29-88mm, while the 22mm equals to 35mm. The zoom kit lens also has the added benefit of IS, and according to DPReview, it has the faster focus speed performance between the two.
There will be a Canon EF-EOS M Mount adapter that will be available at the time of release. The adapter itself does have a built-in tripod mount, at least, so you won’t have to worry about damaging the EOS M’s mount.
You can certainly attach any of the Canon EF and EF-S lenses on the EOS M, but small size of the camera and the lack of a good grip means that you end up looking very unbalanced like this:
The EOS M kit will also include the Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash. It has a guide number of 9m at ISO100, covers an angle of 18mm (28mm full frame equivalent), and runs off 2 AAA batteries. It is also a wireless commander for the other Canon speedlites.
Canon's Official Sample Images
More Canon EOS M Sample images
Here is a first hand look at the Canon EOS M:
You can now Preorder the Canon EOS M. The Canon EOS M system will begin shipping in October 2012.
Canon EOS M w/22 f/2 STM Black $799 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EOS M w/22 f/2 STM White $799 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon Speedlite EX90 $149 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF Adaptor for EOS M $199 at B&H | Amazon
Canon 18-55 IS for EOS M $299 at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon LP-E12 Battery for EOS M $74.95 at B&H
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