Canon Debuts Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens EOS M Camera at $799
July 23, 2012 9:07 AM
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Canon's EOS M will come bundled with a 22mm lens
We all got a sneak peek at
Canon's new EOS M
mirrorless, interchangeable lens late last week, and as expected, the company today official revealed its entry into a segment that has blossomed in the past few years.
At the heart of the EOS M is the 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor that is found in the larger
Canon T4i D-SLR
. Unfortunately, the EOS M doesn't come with a viewfinder, and unlike many of its competitors on the market, an add-on digital viewfinder is not available. In-body image stabilization is also MIA on the magnesium alloy bodied EOS M.
However, the EOS M does feature a multi-touch-enabled 3.0" Clear View monitor (fixed, not articulating), external hot-shoe, 4.3 FPS continuous shooting (3 FPS autofocus tracking), 1080p30 movie capabilities, stereo microphones, ISO ranges from 100 to 12,800 (ISO 25,600 expanded), Hybrid CMOS AF, Multi-shot Noise Reduction, multiple scene modes and plenty of creative filters.
"The EOS M includes a unique feature set making it an ideal movie-making tool, while also offering incredible still image quality on its APS-C-sized CMOS sensor. The camera's size, image quality, advanced video capabilities and the versatility of Canon's full lineup of lenses make the EOS M another great option to help our customers record and capture their creative vision," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
The EOS M will be available this October in multiple colors (black, silver, white, and red) and will only be available as a kit bundled with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens for a price of $799. The EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens retails for $299.
If you'd like to use existing Canon EF D-SLR lenses, you're going to have to cough up an additional $199 for the EF-EOS M mount adapter. And since the EOS M doesn't come with a built-in flash, the new AAA battery-powered Speedlite 90EX is available for purchase at a cost of $149.
You can check out
Digital Photography Review's
hands-on preview of the EOS-M
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RE: ...on the flash
7/23/2012 12:48:48 PM
Flash is included in the EU but not US. You can use any existing EOS flash on it if you want one, or buy their small flash made for this camera.
I think they are faced with a dilemma. A flash that is too powerful will drain battery too quickly, while a flash that is too big (to make room for batteries) will be too bulky. The accessory flash looks reasonable for this level of camera and the intended audience. If you have EOS flashes already, then you can use those and it will be a superior experience and you maintain the small size of the camera.
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