Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera Finally Announced! (Update with Video)

Announcing the Arrival of Canon EOS M

Update: Added a hands-on video preview of the EOS M.

Canon's EOS M large-sensor compact camera is here and the company can finally join the growing mirrorless camera group.

Image source: Canon

Featuring the same 18-megapixel APS-C image sensor and Digic 5 image processor which the new EOS 650D DSLR houses, it offers Live View autofocus, built-in stereo microphones and is capable of capturing 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution videos at 24, 25, and 30fps. Fundamentally speaking, the Canon EOS M is a condensed version of the EOS 650D.

The Canon EOS M comes in a magnesium and stainless build with smooth lines, and adopts a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen (1,040,000 dots). The touchscreen interface adopted is somewhat similar to the EOS 650D we've demoed, but Canon has mentioned that it would be simplified version of it.

Like the 650D, the EOS M's lenses utilizes the STM (stepping motor) technology, but uses a new camera format on the EOS M. Two new lenses are specifically designed for it and are the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens and the optional EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Further to these, the camera has the ability to use the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses through the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M.

Canon says that the EOS M will probably reach our shores in October, with the local price to be announced. In the US, Canon has revealed that the EOS M and 22mm STM lens kit will cost US$799.99 (S$1008 after conversion). The 18-55mm STM lens will cost US$299.99 (S$378), the mount adapter US$199.99 (S$252) and the new Speedlite 90EX US$149.99 (S$189).

The EOS M comes in four colors; silver, white, black and red.

The EOS M comes in four colors; black, white, silver and red.

You can mount existing Canon DSLR lenses on the EOS M with the new mount adapter and still get full autofocus capabilities.

EOS M EF-M 22mm STM Kit Specifications
Type Digital single-lens non-reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Image Format 22.3 x 14.9 mm (APS-C size)
Compatible Lenses Canon EF-M lenses, Canon EF lenses including EF-S lenses
Lens Mount Canon EF-M mount
Image Sensor CMOS sensor
18 megapixels
3:2 (horizontal:vertical) Aspect Ratio
Autofocus TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
EV 1 to 18 working range
Exposure Control

Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Evaluative metering, partial metering (center: approx. 11%), spot metering (center: approx. 2.8%), center-weighted average metering
EV 1.0 - EV 20.0 (at 73°F/23°C, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, ISO 100)

ISO Speed Range:
Manual Setting range of ISO 100-6400, expandable to ISO 12800 (for video)
Manual setting range of ISO 100-12800, expansion to ISO 25600
(for stills)
Auto, ISO 100-6400 (in whole-stop increments) (for stills)

Exposure Compensation:
Manual: ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AEB : ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments

Shutter Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
1/4000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec. (Scene Intelligent Auto)
1/4000 to 30 sec., bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec. (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
LCD Monitor 3-inch, approx. 1,040,000 dots, TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor with Touch Panel LCD (capacitive type)
Screen aspect ratio of 3:2
Viewing Angle: 170° (vertically and horizontally)
Interface USB Terminal
For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)

Video Out Terminal
(1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable
(2) mini-HDMI OUT terminal

Power Source Battery Pack LP-E12
Dimensions / Weight 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3mm (W x H x D)
262g (body only), 298g

Stay tuned for more coverage of this much awaited compact mirrorless camera!

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