Canon announced today the launch of their first mirrorless camera, the EOS M. We've gone hands-on with the product personally, read on for the full announcement and our impressions of Canon's entry into the hot mirrorless camera market.
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Canon has just announced the launch of their first mirrorless camera, the EOS M, sporting an all-new lens mount and internal hardware that places it right alongside the company's mid-range DSLR lineup. Read our hands-on preview here.
The EOS M will debut this October for a retail MSRP of $799.99 with a 22mm f/2.0 lens and the same 18-megapixel APS-C image sensor as the Canon Rebel T4i. In addition, Canon will release a standard 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens for the new mount, dubbed EF-M to complement the company's line of EF/EF-S lenses. The EF-M mount is compatible with all EF/EF-S lenses through the use of an optional lens adapter, which Canon will be available for an MSRP of $199.99.
We were allowed hands-on time with the Canon EOS M last week and were able to shoot with the camera for an extended period of time. We found the camera to be, in short, a compact mix between the Canon S100 and the Rebel T4i. Housing many of the more advanced features of the T4i—3-inch 1.04-million dot touchscreen display, the aforementioned image sensor, DIGIC V image processor, and on-chip hybrid autofocus—the EOS M is not much larger than the S100.
While it lacks the retro-inspired design and electronic viewfinder that the enthusiast photographer crowd have been clamoring for, the EOS M takes the guts of the T4i and puts them in a body not much larger than your standard point-and-shoot.
That's just the tip of the iceberg for this new product, however. For a full breakdown of the Canon EOS M as well as the new EF-M lens mount and launch lenses, head over to our first impressions review.
For the full press release on the EOS M from Canon, head over to their press website here.