Canon announces EOS M - the first mirrorless EOS digital camera

New sensor, new lens system, new capabilities

23 Jul 2012
Canon EOS M

Canon has launched its first mirrorless camera, the EOS M, which it claims combines the core technologies from its EOS digital SLR range with the compactness of a small digital camera.

The EOS M features an 18 megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor capable of video capture at ISO 100-6400 - expandable to 12800 in H mode - and still image capture of ISO 100-12800 - expandable to 25600. A DIGIC 5 image processor provides the power for such high-speed capture, while a hybrid CMOS autofocus system works even in video mode for continuous tracking.

The rear of the device features a 3.0in Clear View LCD monitor with touch-sensitive control and smudge-resistant coating. Unlike many cameras, the EOS M's display is multi-touch capable, meaning pinch-to-zoom and swipe-to-scroll gestures allow for quick control of the camera's capabilities.

While the EOS M's still image capabilities are impressive, Canon is really hoping to sell it based on its video recording functionality. Capable of recording Full HD video with Movie Servo Autofocus for continuous tracking of moving subjects, the movie mode includes manual exposure and audio level control, a choice of resolutions and frame rates, a video snapshot mode with touch-screen editing and a built-in stereo microphone.

The EOS M uses a choice of two new Canon lenses with Stepping Motor (STM) technology for silent autofocus: the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens or the optional EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Additionally, an EF-EOS M Mount Adapter is available, which provides compatibility with Canon's EF and EF-S lens series.

UK pricing has yet to be confirmed for the EOS M and its accessories, with a US launch expected in October at an estimated retail price of $799.99 (around £514 excluding taxes) with EF-M 22mm kit lens. The EF-M 18-55mm lens will be available for an additional $299.99 (around £193 excluding taxes), Canon has confirmed.

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