Canon has finally joined the mirrorless cam arena after unveiling the EOS M. Like everyone else’s enthusiast compacts (such as Panasonic’s Lumix G series, Sony’s NEX, Nikon’s V1 and Samsung’s NX210), the EOS M packs an advanced spec and interchangeable lens system inside a compact body. While it’s not a full-fledged DSLR, it comes pretty close to the rest of Canon’s EOS range, featuring the same 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, and 3-inch 1.04MP touchscreen found on the Rebel T4i DSLR that Canon introduced last month.
Like the T4i, the EOS M also uses Canon’s new hybrid nine-point autofocus system that allows for a quick lock onto a subject for shooting stills and video. A Movie Servo AF feature allows for continuous autofocus while recording, which it can do with a 1920 x 1080 resolution at a max of 30 frames per second. Burst shooting is slower compared to the T4i – this cam tops out at 4.3fps – but it does boast a higher ISO range that reaches ISO 25,600 for stills and 12,800 for video.
The Canon EOS M will debut first in Japan in September, and is expected to reach the US in October for $800 bundled with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens. An upgrade to the new EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens costs $300, but if you already own lenses, a $200 EF-EOS M mount adapter will let you use them on this cam.
Retail stores will be selling the EOS M in black, but Canon’s online store will also offer the cam in white.