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New Canon EOS-M APS-C Mirrorless Camera Announced

Canon has announced the new Canon EOS-M, a new mirrorless camera that it is calling "small and simple", with an 18.2 megapixel APS-C sensor and new lens mount.

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Canon has announced the new Canon EOS-M, a new mirrorless camera that it is calling "small and simple", with an 18.2 megapixel APS-C sensor and new EOS-M EF-M lens mount. In addition, Canon has announced a 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens, and an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom lens. A lens adapter is available to allow the use of EOS lenses, priced at £129 including VAT. The EOS M is available with 18-55mm kit lens for £769 including VAT, and will be available from October this year.

Canon EOS M – key features

  • 18MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor
  • ISO100 - 12800, expandable to 25600
  • The quality of a digital SLR in a compact body
  • Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Be versatile with interchangeable lenses
  • Create out-of-focus backgrounds for high impact
  • Easy-to-use touch-screen
  • Atmospheric photos in low light
  • Full-HD video with Video Snapshot Mode

From Canon: DSLR-quality images at your fingertips: Canon launches the small and simple EOS M

EOS M BLACK BCKUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 23rd July 2012

Canon today expands its award-winning EOS range with the launch of the new EOS M. The company’s first ever compact system camera (CSC), the EOS M is designed for those who use photography to share their everyday passions – from photographing friends and family, to fashion and culture, food, music and art. Offering DSLR-quality imaging, creative features and Full HD movie creation in a compact and easy-to-use model, the EOS M is the perfect, take-anywhere partner for a new breed of enthusiasts who chronicle their lives through images, without necessarily considering themselves to be ‘photographers’.

The EOS M is available in sleek black, glossy white, stylish silver or bold red colours, and condenses Canon’s renowned EOS imaging heritage into a stylish, compact design. The model launches alongside two new lenses, the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom, as well as a new compact EX Speedlite – the Speedlite 90EX – providing everything you need to capture stunning images every day. For those who want to push their images even further, the EOS M can also utilise Canon’s extensive range of over 70 EF lenses with the new Mount Adapter EF-EOS M, for even more creative freedom.

The quality of a Canon DSLR

Print your favourite moments in poster-size or crop your image for maximum impact –whether shooting the atmosphere of your favourite club or the intricate stitching of the latest must-have handbag – thanks to the EOS M’s high-resolution, 18 megapixel APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor. The large sensor also allows you to artistically blur the background for beautiful portraits, or for close-ups with impact.

With the inclusion of Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor, colours ‘pop’ and skin tones are beautifully natural, whilst a super-fast shutter allows you to capture split-second action. The atmosphere of evening shoots and challenging night-time scenes are also easily recorded in stunning detail thanks to the EOS M’s sensitive native ISO range of 100-12,800 (extendable to 25,600).

For pin-sharp shots and professional-looking footage, this new design features a Hybrid AF System that supports super-fast, accurate AF when shooting stills and movies – allowing you to record any moment with confidence.

Shoot what you see and easily express your creative vision

Every aspect of the EOS M has been designed to make it simple to capture beautiful, creative, high-quality images. From the very first swipe across the bright, high-resolution, 7.7cm (3.0”), Clear View LCD II Touch screen, the EOS M gives you as much or as little control over your photos as desired. Simply select different shooting modes and settings via the on-screen icons, or let Scene Intelligent Auto adjust the camera settings according to the subject and shooting conditions, leaving you free to focus on composition and selecting the perfect moment to hit the shutter release button.

EOS M users can shoot with the confidence that comes from having the world's most comprehensive photographic system behind them. Whether you want to capture every detail of a close-up or zoom in to frame a subject in the far distance, any one of Canon’s extensive range of 70+ EF lenses can be connected via the new Mount Adapter EF-EOS M for photographic flexibility.

With one of Canon’s Speedlite flash units, you can also explore creative lighting techniques to add an extra level of interest to your shots. Alternatively, create unique images with a range of Creative Filters like Toy Camera effect, Grainy B&W or even a filter that mimics the distortion of a fish-eye lens. The filters can be applied before the shot is captured, with the result previewed in Live View, allowing you to experiment with different effects before selecting the perfect treatment for your final image.

Turn film-maker with EOS Movie and Video Snapshot

When a moment calls for more than a still image, the EOS M lets you switch easily to Full HD video with stereo sound for superb results. Video Snapshot mode also helps family and friends avoid long home movie viewing sessions, guiding you to create exciting movies in-camera, with a professionally edited feel.

Extending the EOS System with dedicated accessories

In addition to compatibility with Canon’s existing EF lenses (Via Mount Adaptor EF-EOS M), accessories and Speedlites, the EOS M launches with its own bespoke range of compact accessories. Two new EF-M lenses offer portability and high performance when using the new model – the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens. Both feature new Stepper Motor technology for exceptionally smooth AF performance, as well as precision Canon optics, while their compact designs offer the perfect form-factor to complement the camera’s pocket-sized body.

Additionally, the EOS M will ship with the new Speedlite 90EX flash unit as standard. Lightweight and highly-compact, it offers a maximum guide number of nine and supports wide-angle lenses, making it an ideal general-purpose flash for everyday use. A wireless master function also allows the control of multiple flash guns wirelessly, allowing more advanced users to experiment with a range of creative lighting effects.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS M will be available in the UK and Republic of Ireland from October 2012
EOS M + EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM: £769.99 / € 909.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EOS M + EF-M 22mm f/2 STM + Lens Adapter £879.99 / € 1,049.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EOS M + EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM + EF-M 22mm f/2 STM £949.99 / € 1,129.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM £269.99/ € 320.99 RRP incl. VAT.
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM £229.99 / € 273.99 RRP incl. VAT.
Lens Adapter £129.99 / € 154.99 RRP incl. VAT.
Speedlite EX90. £119.99/€139.99 RRP incl. VAT

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franken Plus
18 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 9:25AM
It's a shame that they've not included an evf viewfinder though. I've yet to come across a compact camera that you don't struggle to see what you're shooting in bright sunshine.
Glynn Plus
14 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 9:41AM
Any idea when you are likely to get hold of one to test EPZ ?
JackAllTog Plus
11 6.1k 58 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 11:51AM
Initial looks are wow, and a tripod mount adapter for EF lenses is cool though $200 at the moment sound rather steep. Ships with a Flash gun is a nice move.
I think its expensive but hopefully will start a new range of quality larger sensor canon compacts - although canon UK lists it under its SLR section.
If i had the money I'd really want to order one now - or at least after epZ reviews one.
Focussing fast enough for 4fps sounds great. it even works with my current flash gun.
Apart from Bulb mode what does my 60D have that this does not?
I wonder what video file outputs it produces and how quickly you can convert these to standard web uploads etc.
josa 8 25 Czech Republic
23 Jul 2012 12:02PM
Unfortunately nothing new under the sun...Sad
sherlob Plus
14 3.1k 129 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 12:08PM

Quote:EOS M will ship with the new Speedlite 90EX flash unit as standard.

Umm... I think this means no integrated flash. Perhaps this will be a rather limiting factor?
JackAllTog Plus
11 6.1k 58 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 12:15PM

Quote:EOS M will ship with the new Speedlite 90EX flash unit as standard.
Umm... I think this means no integrated flash. Perhaps this will be a rather limiting factor?

Potentially for shots in the total dark Yes, but this will force people to shoot at ISO 64,00 or even 12,800 - and i think there i 25,600 mode too - i hope this looks good with Digic 5 noise reduction.

"mechanical second curtain shutter" so it will make some noise then.
23 Jul 2012 12:52PM

Quote:Any idea when you are likely to get hold of one to test EPZ ?

Josh has requested a review sample. We have no update on when it will arrive yet however.
NeilSchofield Plus
13 1.6k 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 4:50PM
No inbody IS, no remote capability, no real innovation, too big for pocket, stuffed on performance and price by Sony Nex series, think I will give this one a miss and await developments, until the my S90 and 1DM3 will suffice

Any one who has any EOS lenses will more than likely already have a DSLR, so whats the point
23 Jul 2012 6:42PM
franken and NeilS have hit a number of nails right on the head. Canon are giving us far too little, far too late.

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