It was about time that Canon jumped into the Mirrorless Camera Segment. They do so today with style by announcing their first mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS-M. Going by the specifications, it seems to be identical to the Canon EOS 650D sans the mirror box. Here are the key specs;
# 18 Megapixels APS-C Sensor
# Digic 5 Processor
# ISO 100-12800(25600 with Boost)
# Canon EF-M Lens Mount
# 3 inch Articulated 1.4 Million Colours Touchscreen TFT LCD
# Full HD Video Recording with Stereo Sounds at Variable Frame Rates
# GPS via optional GPS Accessory
It is no surprise, the mirrorless EOS-M should provide identical quality like its DSLR brother the EOS 650D. Canon has officially stated so. Along-with the camera, the company also announced two new lenses for the EOS-M mount, the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM & EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. Even a Speedlite 90EX was announced for the same mirrorless camera.(All pictured above) Not to forget the EOS M camera is also compatible with company’s other speedlite models. THE STM lenses allows a silent & smooth autofocus operation for the video recording. Another announcement, is a new adapter, the “Canon EF-EOS M” which allow the user to mount “Canon EF & EF-S” lenses on the EOS-M mount. This means the mirrorless users are not left with their own set of lens & they can choose to mount any lens from the entire EOS lens lineup. Another peek into Custom Functions of the camera indicate, the option to “Release Shutter without Lens” which might mean one may be able to mount older Canon FD lenses on this camera.
The entry of Canon in this mirrorless segment is a step in right direction as there are users who prefer compact size high quality camera having the ability to swap lens. Having entered the market after several competitors has given Canon enough time to research & develop a strong mirrorless system. The first offering seems rock solid & time will strengthen the system further. This is the perfect system to compliment your primary DSLR camera.