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Mon July 23, 2012

Canon EOS M

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Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

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The EOS M is Canon’s long-awaited entry into the mirrorless universe, where the redundant mirror of the DSLR is removed and the photographer can see exactly what will be recorded onto the image sensor. Canon chose to follow a cautious route in its first mirrorless offering: the EOS M uses a large APS-C sensor in a decidedly point-and-shoot camera.

The use of an APS-C sensor similar to the ones it uses in its entry-level and enthusiast DSLRs means that it is poised, should mirrorless cameras gain a commanding foothold against traditional mirrored DSLR, to easily and quickly switch to the mirrorless camp. Designing the EOS M to be a point-and-shoot camera enables it to placate those in its camp who do not want this new category to compete with, and potentially cannibalize sales from, its own traditional mirrored DSLRs.

It’s in fact a good and smart compromise, though a great disappointment for enthusiast photographers who were hoping for a bolder introduction from Canon. This rather insipid move has regrettably immediately relegated Canon into a marginal player in the mirrorless category and leaves the field wide open to those competitors who have fully embraced the mirrorless concept and are tightening their grips in this market. After all, it has been 4 long years since the first mirrorless camera was introduced by Panasonic.

The EOS M is basically the entry-level Rebel T4i / EOS 650D traditional mirrored DSLR, minus the mirror and much of the control buttons. This leaves a point-and-shoot model that relies heavily on the touchscreen for camera control. Though the screen features a simpler interface, it’s a beautiful and large 3.0-in. LCD with a high 1040k-dot resolution that is so responsive it’s a pleasure to use. The existing control buttons are also easy and precise in their clikability.

The EOS M features 18MP resolution. There is no built-in flash (but a hot shoe is fortunately present), though the Speedlite 90EX (US $149.99) is included. There is no built-in viewfinder nor provision for an external one. The LCD unfortunately does not tilt or swivel. Point-and-shoot users will find it easy to use in AUTO mode; more advanced users has access to PASM shooting modes via the MENU. Continuous Shooting is at 4.3fps. A pleasant surprise in a compact camera (though not in an EOS model) for those who love shooting panoramas: the tripod socket is correctly placed in-line with the centre of the lens.

A new smaller mount, the EF-M, makes it possible to build the EOS M in a smaller form factor. Initially, two EF-M lenses are available: the EF-M 22mm [35mm equiv.] f/2 STM “pancake” lens (US $249.99, supplied with camera as kit lens) and the EF-M 18–55mm [29-88mm equiv.] f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 3x zoom lens (optional, US $299.99). However, the good news is that all EOS system EF and EF-S lenses can be mounted using the EF-EOS M mount adapter (US $199.99). The EF-EOS M adapter also has a detachable tripod mount foot for attaching longer and heavier lenses.

Positioning its first mirrorless camera firmly in the EOS system means that Canon reserves to itself the right to dramatically upgrade future models if it so pleases. After all, the EOS M has unimpeded access to, and is compatible with, a wide range of existing EOS accessories: Speedlite flash system and all of Canon’s EF and EF-S SLR lenses (via the EF-EOS M mount adapter).

The EOS M features the hybrid image sensor first seen in the T4i. It features phase detection as well as contrast detect AF sensors which, according to Canon marketing, should result in faster and more accurate auto focusing, especially during AF tracking. However, initial reports indicate this is regrettably not the case.

The EOS M is not a cheap camera (US $800 with the 22mm kit lens) and is built with attention to detail: the body features magnesium and stainless steel frame construction and feels unmistakably high quality in its handling and feel. Positioned between the prosumer G1X and the T4i, Canon apparently wants to use the EOS M to help consumers bridge the divide between the point-and-shoot models to its DSLRs. It emphasizes the video capabilities of the EOS M which records in 1080p Full HD at 24p/25p/30p fps with stereo sound.

The EOS M uses SD, SDHC, SDXC, and Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) memory cards.

The Canon EOS M will appeal to users who desire DSLR-level image quality but prefer a compact and easy-to-use point-and-shoot camera. Enthusiasts, your day is yet to come [we hope].

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CANON EOS M REVIEWS
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Press Releases

Canon Announces the EOS M Compact Mirrorless with APS-C Sensor

Mon July 23, 2012

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Canon announces its first much-anticipated compact mirrorless digital camera: the EOS M with an APS-C sensor. Instead of building on top of the smaller 1.5-in. sensor of the G1 X, Canon has smartly selected to use an APS-C sensor. It probably realizes it needs to be ready should the mirrorless gain ground on their traditional mirrored entry-level DSLRs [the EOS M is apparently based on the Rebel T4i / EOS 650D].

The EOS M retains the Hybrid Phase and Contrast AF system introduced in the T4i. The Hybrid CMOS AF system is located on the CMOS sensor itself and combines phase-difference AF and contrast AF. Preliminary reports are that the Hybrid AF is regrettably on the slow side.

The EOS M uses a new lens mount, the EF-M, and two new lenses are immediately available for the EOS M: the 22mm f/2 STM “pancake” kit lens and the optional EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. The EOS M can also use the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses through the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M.

Canon marketing seems to target the video shooting crowd, touting it as “An Advanced Video Capture Device.” The EOS M shoots Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080 at either 30p (29.97), 24p (23.976) or 25p, with stereo sound. The Hybrid CMOS AF system is also used during video shooting, allowing continuous autofocus and tracking of moving subjects.

Canon engineers probably struck a compromise between those at Canon who see the mirrorless as the future and those who are afraid of cannibalizing their own traditional mirrored DSLR sales. It’s certainly a smart decision to use an APS-C sensor instead of a smaller one, but their first mirrorless is definitely aimed at the point-and-shoot crowd. There is no built-in viewfinder and no provision for an external one. The 3.0-in. LCD is very high resolution [approximately 1,040,000 dots] but is unfortunately not tiltable. The camera does not have a built-in flash though it sports a hot shoe compatible with all EOS flash units. A new compact and lightweight flash unit, the Speedlite 90EX, is available [bundled or optional, depending on country].

On the one hand, the EOS M sports an APS-C sensor paired with the DIGIC V processor — and we should therefore be able to expect very good low-light image quality; on the other hand, the EOS M lacks the manual controls [though PASM is available via the touchscreen MENU] that would have all enthusiasts feverishly calling in their orders. A missed opportunity, if ever there was one. But, since Canon wisely built their new mirrorless platform on an APS-C sensor, I am guessing it won’t be a huge step for them to ramp it up as they see fit.

The EOS M is Canon’s first salvo in the war that is brewing in the mirrorless camp and about to spill over and take over the traditional-mirrored DSLRs. Canon is edging its bets by using an APS-C sensor and thus positioning itself to, if necessary, deal fully with the mirrorless tsunami that it is still not totally convinced will reach the shores of its traditional mirrored DSLRs, and yet making its first mirrorless introduction a mere point-and-shoot that will not steal sales away from its entry-level DSLRs. It is also hoping that its video success will rub off on the EOS M. Canon will no doubt follow closely the sales figures for the EOS M before deciding whether to keep their future compact mirrorless offerings firmly in the point-and-shoot category or upscale it to compete with — and eventually replace — their own traditional mirrored DSLRs.

MAIN SPECS

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC V processor
  • EF-M mount
  • 3.0-in. Touch Panel LCD (1040k-dot)
  • Hybrid Phase and Contrast AF
  • ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • Shutter Speed 1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec.
  • Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080: 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p with stereo sound
  • Continuous Shooting 4.3 fps
  • RAW + JPEG
  • Mount Adapter for EF and EF-S lenses
  • Color: Black, White [exclusively available through the Canon Online store]. Other colors are country-dependent.
  • Price: EOS M with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens US $799.99
  • EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens US $299.99, Mount Adapter EF-EOS M US $199.99 and Speedlite 90EX US $149.99 will all be available in October

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Advisories

Suffering Allergic Reaction to Canon T4i? You’re not dreaming.

Fri July 6, 2012

Canon has published an advisory that some people may suffer an allergic reaction to Zinc bis used in the front rubber grips of the EOS Rebel T4i. While Canon has not received any reports of injury or allergic reactions yet, they are warning that, “in rare cases when this substance comes into contact with skin, allergic skin reactions may develop. In addition, if eyes are rubbed after contact with the substance, symptoms, such as red eyes, may develop.

Free repair service for affected cameras will be available by mid July 2012: the rubber grips will be replaced.

To see if your camera is affected, read the advisory at: Canon.


Reviews on the Web

Canon PowerShot D20 Review @ Steve’s Digicams

Fri June 8, 2012

Canon PowerShot D20

Canon PowerShot D20

Pick this up if you are looking for a camera that is safe for a family with kids and a pool or for anyone that likes to travel or go on adventures.

We’ve just added another Canon PowerShot D20 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Steve’s Digicams has published their review of the Canon PowerShot D20, with 12.1MP resolution (on a 1/2.3-in. CMOS), 5x wide-angle optical zoom (28-140mm equiv.), Optical Image Stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (461k-dot), Program AE, Scene Modes, GPS, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps. The D20 is waterproof to 33 feet underwater, shockproof from drops of up to 5.0 feet and freezeproof down to 14°F/-10°C. An optional Waterproof Case allows shooting in deeper waters down to 131 feet.

Read the Canon PowerShot D20 Review @ Steve’s Digicams.

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Press Releases

Canon Announces EOS Rebel T4i / 650D

Fri June 8, 2012

Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D

Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D

The New EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Camera Puts The Power And Creativity Of DSLR Stills And Video At Your Fingertips

Silent and Continuous Autofocus in Video, The EOS Rebel T4i Lets People Re-Live Magic Moments Through Stunningly Crisp Video and Incredible Stereo Sound

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 8, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced a new flagship model in its most popular EOS Rebel line, the Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Camera. The new EOS Rebel T4i features incredible image quality with an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor that helps capture all the action with high-speed continuous shooting of up to five frames per second (fps) and an extended ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) that gives photographers the opportunities to take the EOS Rebel T4i into more shooting situations than ever before.

The camera includes a revolutionary new autofocus (AF) system to help achieve fast, sharp focus and smooth HD video. The new AF system includes a nine-point all cross-type sensor array, and new Hybrid CMOS AF which achieves fast focus when shooting stills or video in Live View mode. Much to the pleasure of aspiring student filmmakers and parents everywhere, the Rebel T4i features Canon’s new Movie Servo AF providing a quiet, continuous AF during HD video recording when using one of Canon’s newly introduced Stepping Motor (STM) lenses. The silent continuous autofocus when shooting HD video helps ensure the camera only captures the sounds of the scene being recorded. When combined with the camera’s new Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II and intuitive “fingertip” controls, touch-menu and advanced still and video capabilities, the EOS Rebel T4i stands as Canon’s most “consumer-friendly” DSLR to date.

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Behind The Scenes, Videos

Ron Howard’s Project Imagin8ion “When You Find Me”

Sat June 2, 2012

Project Imagin8ion is a collaboration between Canon and Ron Howard. It is the first ever user-generated photo contest that invited consumers to submit photographs that Howard would then use as inspiration to a Hollywood production. The result is “When you find me,” directed by Bryce Dallas Howard.

See the 8 winning photographs at the Project Imagin8ion YouTube channel.

Here’s the Behind the Scenes:

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Reviews on the Web

Canon ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1100 HS Review @ Imaging Resource

Thu May 31, 2012

Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS

Image quality, overall, is very good for a slim “style” camera and I even felt comfortable shooting with the Canon 510 at up to ISO 800.

We’ve added another Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS [QuickPrice Check] Review in our Reviews Matrix.

Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Canon ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1110 HS [Specs], an ultra compact ultra zoom digital camera with 12.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), 12x wide-angle optical zoom (28-336mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 3.2-in. Touch Panel LCD (461k-dot), Smart AUTO, P, High Speed Burst at 7.8fps, Super Slow Motion, Color Accent, Movie Digest mode and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps.

Read the Canon ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1100 HS Review @ Imaging Resource.

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2011-10-24 Canon ELPH 510 HS / IXUS 1110 HS ePHOTOzine
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Canon ELPH 320 HS / IXUS 240 HS Review @ PhotographyBLOG

Thu May 24, 2012

Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

The [Canon] IXUS 240 HS comes most highly recommended to casual photographers.

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PhotographyBLOG has posted their review of the Canon ELPH 320 HS / IXUS 240 HS [Specs], an ultra compact digital camera with 16.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CMOS), 5x wide-angle optical zoom (24-120mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 3.2-in. Touch LCD (461k-dot), built-in WiFi, Smart AUTO, P, Super Slow Motion (records 640 x 480 pixels at 120 fps), and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 @ 24fps with stereo sound.

You can read the Canon ELPH 320 HS / IXUS 240 HS Review @ PhotographyBLOG.

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2012-05-24 Canon ELPH 320 HS / IXUS 240 HS PhotographyBLOG
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Canon 5D Mark III Review @ DPReview

Tue May 22, 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

We’re disappointed by how the [Canon] 5D Mark III renders detail in JPEG files, and low-contrast details, especially, look rather mushy, even at low sensitivities. At higher ISOs, noise reduction is more aggressive by default than we would like, resulting in comparatively clean but disappointingly soft images, when viewed at 100%.

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DPReview has posted their review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, a DSLR with 22.3MP resolution using a full-frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS sensor, ISO in the range of 100-25600 (expandable to ISO L:50, H1:51200 and H2:102400) with HD video capture at 1920×1080 pixels resolution for up to 30min recording time (no more 4GB per clip limit), an extra large 3.0-in. high resolution LCD (1040k-dot), Integrated Cleaning System, Live View for stills and video, 6fps continuous shooting, AF 61-point (up to 41 cross-type points), a approx. 100% coverage optical viewfinder, and an improved weather-resistant body.

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Canon SX150 IS Review @ Imaging Resource

Fri May 18, 2012

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

I can’t personally get very enthusiastic about it, given its quirks and slow response.

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Imaging Resource has posted their review of the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, with 14.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. CCD), 12x wide-angle optical zoom (28-336mm equiv.), optical image stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (230k-dot), Smart AUTO, PASM, Scene Modes, and HD 720p movie 1280×720 @ 30fps.

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Canon 5D Mark III Review @ FocusNumérique

Tue May 15, 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Le [Canon] 5D Mark III est-il le nouveau cru tant attendu ? En un mot : oui !

We’ve added another Canon 5D Mark III [Specs] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

FocusNumérique has posted their review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, a DSLR with 22.3MP resolution using a full-frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS sensor, ISO in the range of 100-25600 (expandable to ISO L:50, H1:51200 and H2:102400) with HD video capture at 1920×1080 pixels resolution for up to 30min recording time (no more 4GB per clip limit), an extra large 3.0-in. high resolution LCD (1040k-dot), Integrated Cleaning System, Live View for stills and video, 6fps continuous shooting, AF 61-point (up to 41 cross-type points), a approx. 100% coverage optical viewfinder, and an improved weather-resistant body.

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Canon 5D Mark III Review @ ePHOTOzine

Thu May 10, 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an excellent Digital SLR capable of excellent image quality and fast performance.

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ePHOTOzine has posted their review of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, a DSLR with 22.3MP resolution using a full-frame (24 x 36mm) CMOS sensor, ISO in the range of 100-25600 (expandable to ISO L:50, H1:51200 and H2:102400) with HD video capture at 1920×1080 pixels resolution for up to 30min recording time (no more 4GB per clip limit), an extra large 3.0-in. high resolution LCD (1040k-dot), Integrated Cleaning System, Live View for stills and video, 6fps continuous shooting, AF 61-point (up to 41 cross-type points), a approx. 100% coverage optical viewfinder, and an improved weather-resistant body.

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