Canon EOS M

You say you don’t want to lug around a full-sized dSLR, but you want premium/awesome dSLR lenses anyway? OK! Canon is late to the mirrorless, interchangeable lens party, but better late than never. Like Sony and Nikon’s NEX and ‘1’ lines, the Canon EOS M is designed to operate like it’s bigger siblings, including an optional adapter to actually use Canon EF-S and EF full-size lenses. Doing so will of course wreck havoc with the pocket-ability factor, but it’s always better to have options. At launch it will have it’s own 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom, and EF-M 22mm f/2 STM prime (a.k.a. non-zoom) lens. In some ways it’s a ‘me too’ along with the Olympus PEN, Sony NEX, Nikon 1, and Fujifilm X-Pro 1 lines, but if you already have a collection of Canon lenses, then you might as well use them, right?
Pricing is expected to be $799 including the 22mm f/2 fixed lens, with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom adding an extra $299.
Features include:

  • New EF-M lens mount (optimized for APS-C sensor size)
  • 18MP APS-C ‘Hybrid CMOS’ sensor
  • Continuous autofocus in movie mode with subject tracking
  • 14-bit DIGIC5 processor
  • ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded
  • 4.3 fps continuous shooting, 3 fps with autofocus tracking
  • 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound (with 25p or 24p options)
  • External microphone socket and adjustable sound recording level
  • 1040k dot 3:2 touch-sensitive ClearView II LCD (capacitative type, multi-touch support)
  • Standard EOS hot-shoe for external flash (no built-in flash)
  • ‘Creative Filters’ image-processing controls, previewed live on-screen

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