Introducing the Canon EOS M
Today marks the day that Canon have launched the camera that many of us have been waiting for. It’s very rare that any camera makes it all the way to launch without some sort of leak, whether it be the name, specs or even a photo of the camera itself however Canon have held this camera close to their hearts and have achieved no uncertain secrecy right to the end.
Without further ado we bring you the Canon EOS M.
Small, sleek, stylish and it doesn’t fall short of anything but amazing when we take a look at the impressive spec list.
It’s a very minimalistic design with beautiful contoured edges, a beautiful paint finish and a balance of body vs lens that make the aesthetics of this camera really jump to life. There’s just one dial on the top of the camera which at first glance makes you question the functionality but at the press of a button followed by the chime of Canon’s ‘power on’ music you’re presented with a slew of features all accessible via the beautiful Touch Screen 3″ Clear View II LCD monitor, which impressively is topped off by a smudge-resistant coating! Multi-touch operation enables Touch Focus and Touch Shutter operation as well as familiar reviewing gestures such as “pinch-to-zoom” and “swiping” to scroll between pictures, not too dissimilar to what we’re all used to with our smart phones.
The EOS M is a compact system camera (csc), don’t be fooled by the name, Canon have given it the infamous EOS brand as you truly are spoiled with a lot of the features found on their DSLR range but packed into a ‘Mini’ body. So why are DSLRs big and the EOS M small if they have similar functionality..? The removal of the mirror-box assembly and viewfinder allows the camera to be around 50% lighter and significantly smaller while enabling the same high level of image quality.
The EOS M has been developed alongside the new Canon EOS 650D and shares many components, including the 18 megapixel APS-C sensor with on-chip phase detection AF and the DiG!C 5 image processor. 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).
Canon’s new shooting modes (Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control and Multi-Shot Noise Reduction) take multiple pictures, and combine them – in camera – to help capture a wider dynamic range, minimise the image grain or noise, and produce more vivid colours so landscapes and city scenes are as breathtaking as when seen in person. And good news for those who just want a great photo but don’t want to have to play around in manual settings, Canon’s Scene Intelligent Auto mode analyses the scene being shot, taking into account faces, colours, brightness, movement and contrast, to select appropriate camera settings for the best possible image.
In Creative Auto Mode, the EOS M makes creative shooting easy by allowing inexperienced photographers to control certain elements of the image. When taking a portrait for example, the degree of “background blur” can be adjusted on screen using a sliding scale, eliminating the need to understand technical concepts such as aperture settings. Moreover, seven Creative Filters are a simple way to put a creative spin on everyday images at the press of a button.
The EOS M camera employs Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF system to deliver fast autofocus speed for both photos and videos. The system truly shines when shooting video with EOS Full HD Movie mode including Movie Servo AF for continuous autofocus and tracking of moving subjects. Thanks to Canon’s new Stepping Motor (STM) technology, when using either of the new M-series lenses the AF system remains silent, helping ensure users only capture the sound of the scene being recorded. The EOS M also features a built-in stereo microphone, which includes an attenuator function to reduce audio distortion in extra loud situations.
Now what about the accessories!
Along with the EOS M camera, Canon is also introducing a new series of lenses for the device that leverage Canon’s STM technology, allowing the lenses to smoothly and silently focus and, when used in combination with the Movie Servo AF feature, achieve continuous AF while recording video. The STM technology in both new lenses quietly achieves focus and allows the camera’s stereo microphone to only record the sounds of the scene being shot and not the whir of the AF typical in other interchangeable lens cameras.
The EF-M 22mm f/2 STM ultra compact pancake lens is ideal for shooting still scenes such as family portraits or travel locations. The fixed focal length lens boasts an incredible aperture of f/2.0 and, when combined with the camera’s APS-C image sensor, provides beautiful background blur for both stills and video. For a bit more focal range versatility, Canon is also introducing the new EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom lens, which provides a great zoom range for general use with photographing or video recording family and friends. Both lenses are designed specifically for use with the EOS M camera.
In addition to the two lenses, any of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses can be used with the EOS M camera with the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. Using the adapter allows the camera to be fully integrated into the EOS ecosystem of more than 60 Canon EF and EF-S lenses, adding creative options and versatility to this powerful camera. Also, when shooting EOS movies, the adapter allows key features such as Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects to be used.
Ideal for use with the EOS M camera, Canon is also announcing a new compact and lightweight flash unit, the SpeedLite 90EX, designed for the photographer on the go. The SpeedLite 90EX is capable of coverage for 24mm wide angle lens shots, and has a guide number of 9 meters at ISO 100. The flash can wirelessly control slave units for creative multiple-flash shoots and uses the standard Canon EOS hotshoe mount for compatibility with all EOS DSLR cameras and PowerShot digital cameras that include a hotshoe.
Like what you see? The EOS M will be available from early October 2012 in three configurations:
- Body only with Mount Adapter EF-EOS M (EOS M body colour Black only)
- Single IS Lens Kit (EOS M body in Black, bundled with 18-55 EF-M lens and the SpeedLite 90EX)
- Pancake Twin Lens Kit (EOS M body in a choice of Black, Red or White, bundled with 18-55 EF-M lens, 22mm EF-M pancake lens and the SpeedLite 90EX)
Price yet to be released but as soon as we know we will pass on the information.