The 23rd of July came around and it didn’t disappoint. We got what we thought, Canon’s first and much anticipated foray into the mirrorless market, with the introduction of the Canon EOS M. Was I excited?
Well, yes and no. Keep in mind I haven’t played with one yet so there are just my initial thoughts.
What I love about it?
18 mp APS-C CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor
You can’t complain about that. 1.6x crop, JPEG, RAW or JPEG+RAW formats, ISO 100-12800 expanded to 25600. That ISO range is all well and good but what about the noise? Well it’s using Multi Shot noise reduction which reduces the visible noise by combining multiple images together. How welll does it work well we’ll just have to wait and see.
Hybrid CMOS AF
This combines both contrast and phase detection for faster and precise focusing. Apparently it uses specific pixels on the sensor to assist in more predictive means of determining focus for subject tracking or in continuous shooting situation. It also has a built in autofocus assist beam. Plug a EOS speedlite into the hotshoe and it will switch to the speedlite assist beam instead.
EF-M 22mm F2 kit lens
It’s nice to see a interchangeable lens coming with a reasonably quick prime lens as it’s kit. The lens is equivalent to 35.2mm in a full-frame format, constructed with on aspherical element for aberration reduction and a circular aperture with 7 diaphram blades. There will also be an 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 standard length zoom.
EF-M Lens Adapter
Possibly the best news is this adapter which will allow the use of EF and EF-S lenses on the EOS-M. So for the canon shooters out there looking for a smaller body, and not really wanting to invest in a whole new lens system this could be right up your ally. The adapter also features a tripod collar for use with some of the longer lenses you may already have. Considering the size/dimensions of the EOS-M, it’s actually a pretty good feature.
What I’m not a fan of
EVF’s aren’t that great I know but I would still probably take one over just using the back LCD screen. Since Canon were so forward thinking with the tripod collar on the adapter I would have thought that incorporating an EVF would on the priority list. There isn’t any word yet if they are going to release an external EVF kind of like the Olympus Pen has. Come on Canon!!
I know this is probably more of a personal criticism but I would have loved to see Canon take from there film SLR/Rangefinder design rather then what they have put up. Ok it’s not that bad but it could have been so much more. Look at the OMD from Olympus. It’s a beautiful looking camera. The XPro-1 from FujiFilm is another stunning looking piece of equipment taking it’s design inspiration from rangefinders. It’s not ugly but it’s not beautiful.
Lack of buttons
If the OMD has shown us one thing, it is that you can have manual buttons and controls on the back of a small camera. The EOS-M is relying heavily on the touch screen lcd, which we all know is a pain in the ass to see when your out and about with some bright sunlight. I know what am I doing shooting in bright sunlight, hey sometimes it happens. If I had this camera it would be more of a walk around camera which means anytime of the day or night so the touch LCD just doesn’t do it for me, if I’m trying to change settings quickly.
Well I actually think the Lens Adapter is the savior of this camera. The ability to already use some of the lenses I already have (not sure how a 70-200 2.8 would go on it) make’s it a viable option for a walk around. I love the 22mm f2 kit lens and that would probably be the only lens I would get with it at this stage. I do wish they address the EVF issue and create at least and external one. Will it get one? The prices being thrown around at the moment are $800 including the 22mm f2 and for that money I think your getting a pretty good deal. The fact I don’t need to invest in a new system aka 4/3 lenses etc… really does make the EOS-M appeal to me.
What do you think, are you going to get one or do you already have a mirrorless camera?