Canon has today finally announced its first foray in to the compact system camera (CSC) market in the shape of the Canon EOS M. The eagerly anticipated model, much rumoured over the past few days, is the manufacturer’s first mirrorless ILC and has a feature list sure to turn heads.
On first look it appears that the Canon EOS M shares a lot of its core specification with the latest triple-digit Canon - the EOS 650D. The model features an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor complete with a hybrid AF system; the same as on the 650D. The Canon EOS M also features a 3in Clear View LCD II touch screen boasting a resolution of 1040k – the only difference between that and the one found on the 650D being that the latter is of the flip-out variety.
The Canon EOS M inherits further functionality from its bigger brother. It features Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor, as well as offering the same native ISO range of 100-12800 (extendable up to ISO 25600). However, with an expected MSRP of 879.99, these impressive cores specs don't seem quite enough to us.
As was expected, the launch of the Canon EOS M has also heralded the launch of the all-new EF-M lens mount, and pair of lenses to boot. The EOS M will debut with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM and EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM at launch, as well as an EF-EOS M mount adapter for utilisation of Canon’s full range of EF lenses.
Canon has also announced a new compact EX Speedlite for the EOS M, namely the Speedlite 90EX.