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Canon finally steps into the mirrorless camera market. Today, Canon introduces its rival of the EOS M mirrorless system. If you are expecting a retro or rangefinder look from the Canon EF-M, then you are out of luck, you will need to lay your eyes on either Fujifilm or Olympus. The EOS M looks pretty much like any point and shoot which can be good or bad.
The EOS M utilizes Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF system to deliver fast autofocus speed for both video and photos. It is equipped with an 18-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor, developed alongside with the new EOS 650D digital SLR camera and shares many components, including the on-chip phase detection AF and the DiG!C 5 image processor. The Hybrid CMOS AF system truly shines when shooting video with EOS Full HD Movie mode including Movie Servo AF for continuous autofocus and tracking of moving subjects.
The removal of the mirrorbox assembly and viewfinder allows the camera to be around 50% lighter and significantly smaller while enabling the same high level of image quality. Quality extends to renowned EOS performance features including outstanding low-light shooting with an ISO range of 100–12800 expandable to 25600 (H) and 4.3 frame-per-second high-speed burst shooting (One Shot AF).
Apparently, it looks like the EF mount adapter is included in the body kit, which is a welcoming news to all existing EOS DSLR users.
Here is a quick view of the specs:
- 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 and 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 for an easy and intuitive video capture experience
- 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
Along with the EOS M camera, Canon is also introducing a new series of lenses designed specifically for use with the EOS M camera. The EF-M 22mm f/2 STM ultra compact pancake lens is ideal for shooting still scenes such as family portraits or travel locations, while the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom lens provides a great zoom range for general use. What do you think about the new Canon EF-M system, is it a little too late? Leave a comment to us below.
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