Canon Unveils Its First Mirrorless Camera, Coming This Year

Written by JC Pulido III. Posted in Cameras, News

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Published on July 24, 2012 with No Comments

It’s finally happened. Then again, it was bound to happen. Every other camera manufacturer from Nikon to Sony has their mirrorless camera offering. Canon has finally unveiled its own mirrorless camera with the EOS M.

At the center of the EOS M is an 18MP APC-S CMOS sensor. The sensor is paired with Canon’s latest DIGIC 5 image processor. The EOS M has an ISO of 100-6400 with the ability to go as high as 12800 in H mode for videos while you get ISO 100-12800 for stills which can go as high as 25600 in H mode for low light situations. The EOS M features Hybrid CMOS AF which Canon touts as delivering fast autofocus.

There is no viewfinder on the EOS M. Instead, you’ll have to use the 3” display to compose your shots. The display is also multi-touch sensitive which allow for multiple touch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom. While there are controls beside the display and on top of the camera, controlling the advanced features of the EOS M is done via the touch screen.

As for storage, the EOS M uses the SD format which will accept SD, SDHC, SDXC and the new UHS-I cards.

Around the shutter button is the ring switch which allow you to switch between Auto, Manual, and Video modes.

In Video mode, the EOS M features Movie Servo AF which allows for continuous focus of moving subjects. The EOS M also features Manual Exposure control, multiple exposure frame rates, built-in stereo mics, manual audio level adjust, and Video Snapshot mode with touch screen editing. In Full HD mode, the EOS M can record videos in full 1080p resolution in 30p, 24p, and 25p. In 720p, it can record video at 60p and 50p.

While it has its own EF-M lens mount, Canon is offering a lens adaptor which will allow Canon shooters to use both EF and EF-S lenses with the EOS M camera. It is also compatible with all Canon Speedlites and GPS Receiver. This is a good thing as the EOS M does not have a built-in flash.

Canon also launched two new lenses along with the EOS M, the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM and the optional EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.

The Canon EOS M will be available in October bundled with the EF-M 22mmm f/2 STM lens as a kit for $799.99 (PhP33,600). While the EOS M will come in black, there is also a white version which will only be available at the Canon online store.

There is no word if or when the Canon EOS M will arrive on our shores. However, it is most likely that it will–hopefully within this year.

Source: Canon USA