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: No viewfinder
7/23/2012 11:28:58 PM
It's not the lack of viewfinder on this EOS-M that makes it look bad, it's the lack of ANY ability to add an external viewfinder that gets me. Consider the LVF unit that you can attach to the Panasonic GF1 is also compatible with both the Lumix LX3 and the new LX5, both of those being NOT mirrorless SLRs but more conventional digital cameras. The GX1 uses a different version of the GF1's LVF.
Why a viewfinder on these mirrorless SLRs? How are you going to use the onboard LCD display under bright sunlight outdoors? It's next to impossible because you can barely see anything. Having an external VF allows you to continue taking pictures. It's not redundant, it does serve a purpose.
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