Monday, July 23rd, 2012
First look at Canon’s new EOS-M camera, aimed at the red hot market segment between point and shoot and DSLR. This is a camera that appeals to me, it has a large sensor so image quality will be high and noise will be low yet is small and simple, not having the mirror and prism that DSLRs have for through the lens viewing and focusing that makes those cameras bigger and more complex.
Canon will be selling an adaptor that will allow mounting Canon EF and EF-S lenses on this camera.
It would be even better if Canon or a third party produced a hotshoe mounted electronic viewfinder so one could hold the camera up to one’s face to frame and shoot, maybe that will be available some day.
The touch screen menu and focusing system looks outstanding and for me, one of the reasons I’ve stuck with Canon for so many years and so many cameras is the simplicity and consistency of their cameras’ controls.
My initial impression of this camera wasn’t all that great but this video got me excited.
Canon’s information page about this camera: EOS M EF-M 22mm STM Kit.
DP Review has a preview of it: Canon EOS M: hands-on preview of Canon’s first mirror-less EOS.
The best (most complete, not necessarily most positive) review I’ve seen so far is here at the Imaging Resource: Canon EOS M Hands-on Preview. They (and others) talk about very slow auto focus, so slow in fact that the camera is almost unusable by any semi-experienced photographer. Let’s hope that these reviews are pre-production models and that the slow AF will be fixed by the time of launch in October.