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Canon enters mirrorless market, EOS M system


Canon has introduced its EOS M compact interchangeable lens camera, which features an 18-megapixel APS-C-sized hybrid sensor writes Olivier Laurent in the BJP

Canon will release in October its first ever compact system camera, the EOS M, which uses its own models of lenses while being compatible, via an adapter, with a range of 70 EF lenses

The EOS M marks Canon’s entry in the highly competitive mirrorless market, and comes more than four years after Olympus and Panasonic introduced their Micro Four Thirds system. However, similarly to what Sony offers, Canon has chosen a large APS-C-sized sensor to be at the heart of its compact system.The EOS M, which will be presented at this year’s Photokina trade show in Cologne, uses an 18-megapixel APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor, and is also fitted with Canon’s Digic 5 processor. The camera offers a sensitivity range of ISO100 to ISO12,800, expandable to ISO25,600.



It will retail at £770 (€910) with the EF-M 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, at £880  with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM and Lens Adapter. The lens adapter alone will retail at £130.

There is a preview on the DPReview site which always has excellent detailed information


The EOS M features a clean, simple design that’s clearly designed to look as much like a compact camera, and as little like an SLR, as possible. The rounded edges and angled area around the shutter button go some way to softening the somewhat boxy profile, and the main body panels are made from magnesium alloy. There’s no handgrip as such, just a minimalist fingergrip on the front and a slightly-contoured rubberised thumbpad on the back. READ MORE HERE

The overall layout is notable for its simplicity – the front of the camera features just the lens release button and vertical window for the autofocus illuminator and IR remote receiver. The back of the camera features a red movie record button, combined four-way controller and dial, and Menu, Info and Playback buttons. The SET button in the centre of the 4-way controller also brings up a Quick Menu for on-screen access to an array of functions – this is fully controllable via the touchscreen.

This link will take you to the Canon site with all the specs and info and guff you might need

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