Canon announced its first (and much-anticipated) foray into the mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera space yesterday, with the EOS M. Despite its compact size, the camera has an 18-megapixel APS-C sensor and a Digic 5 image processor, which were previously only found in the company’s DSLRs. The EOS M also offers a beginner-friendly touchscreen interface.
While the EOS M does have a few physical buttons, you also use its 3in fixed touchscreen to control the camera. The interface supports pinching, swiping and tapping gestures that smartphone and tablet users will likely appreciate.
As for still images, Canon has posted some samples that show rich colours, minute detail, shallow depth of field and evidence that the camera handles low-light situations admirably. The video capabilities on the EOS M are also impressive given its size; it captures 1080p video at 24, 25 or 30 frames per second and it has an external microphone jack in addition to a built-in stereo microphone, Audio options include a wind filter and an attenuator function to reduce audio distortion in loud shooting environments.
The first-generation Canon mirrorless camera will use a new lens mount, but you can use Canon EF and EF-S lenses via an optional mount adapter sold separately. Canon has designed two new lenses specifically for its new camera format: The EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens and the optional EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. The EOS M system has a focal-length multiplier of 1.6x.
The EOS M will go head-to-head with mirrorless cameras from Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and Nikon and will be available in October as a kit with the 22mm f/2 lens.