Canon EOS M interchangeable lens camera (preview)
Canon enters the mirror-less, interchangeable lens camera market with the EOS M, a small camera capable of using all EF and EF-S lenses via an adapter
- Accepts EF and EF-S lenses via adapter
- Small body
- APC-C sensor
- Won't know until we review it
Canon's first mirror-less interchangeable lens camera has an EOS pedigree and looks to be a fine product. It can accept EF and EF-S lenses via an adapter, but there are new, more compact lenses available for it, too, including a 22mm pancake. It will go on sale in early October, but pricing is yet to be determined.
Canon has today made public the details of its first interchangeable lens camera: the EOS M. The EOS M is a camera that was developed at the same time as the company's EOS 650D digital SLR and it shares many of the same features as that camera: an 18-megapixel APC-sized sensor and a DiG!C 5 image processor being the main features.
The camera will take on the likes of Nikon's 1, Olympus' PEN, Panasonic's G Series, Sony's NEX, Pentax's K-01, and Samsung's NX cameras just to name a few. With all these vendors having a head start in the interchangeable lens camera race, Canon has had to come up with a major selling point for this camera, and that may well be the fact that the EOS M can use any EF and EF-S lenses through an optional adapter (or it can be supplied, depending on the kit), which is a boon for existing Canon D-SLR users.
The lens mount on the EOS M is a new one called EFM, and it will come with a range of new lenses such as a 22mm pancake lens with an f/2 aperture, as well as an 18-55mm lens with an f/3.5-5.6 aperture and image stabilisation (IS). The new lenses don't have buttons for switching to manual focus or turning on IS, but these features can be accessed through the camera's menu. Canon says this design allows the lenses to be smaller and lighter. With the use of the EF-EOS M adapter, the full range of EF and EF-S lenses can be used on the compact EOS M body. This adapter has contacts that facilitate auto-focusing and it also includes a mount for a tripod. Canon says the rule of thumb is if the lens has a tripod mount, then you use that mount, otherwise, you use the mount on the adapter.
While existing Canon users can make great use of this camera thanks to the lens adapter, it's also a camera that's aimed at users who want something simple to use, and this can be seen in the body of the camera, which doesn't have an excessive amount of dials and dedicated controls. A lot of advanced features can be found in the menu system, but the most visible features are the simple mode dial that can toggle between intelligent auto scene mode, normal mode and video mode. For users who are accustomed to playing with dials, this camera might require a learning curve. For users who are new to advanced photography, the simplicity will be appreciated, as will the built-in user aids. For example, users who aren't familiar with aperture and its effect on depth of field can simply choose a setting that makes their background blurry — this is similar to the approach employed by Sony NEX cameras, for example.
Pretty much all of the EOS M's features can be controlled through the 3in touchscreen, which is capacitive and as easy to use as a good mobile phone or tablet screen. Apart from playback and menu settings, touch control is present for focus points and the shutter. You can touch any part of the screen at the point you want the camera to focus on, and if you have the auto-shutter enabled in the menu, it will also take the picture — no need to press the shutter button. This is a feature we first saw a couple of years ago in the Panasonic Lumix G2.
During our brief hands-on with a pre-production model, what was immediately noticeable about the EOS M is just how quickly and effortlessly it can focus. It was set so that we didn't even have to press the shutter button halfway down; every time the camera was pointed to a near object from a far object, the focus changed almost immediately and it was spot-on accurate. With the new 18-55mm kit lens, accurate focusing can be made from a distance of 25cm away; with the 22mm pancake lens, focusing can be from as close as 15cm.
The menu system is very similar to the one in the EOS 650D and from what we saw in the pre-production model, it's fast and easy to understand. It also includes plenty of scene modes and some art filters. We don't know officially what its picture quality is like yet, but we reckon it will be pretty good considering what we saw from the pre-production model that we briefly looked at.
Canon hopes that this camera will find success as a serious camera that's easy to use and easy to carry to any type of situation. The company said it recognises the need for a high quality camera that doesn't weigh or command as much attention as a full-blown digital SLR. The EOS M can be taken to any type of event or gathering and provide much better overall image quality and flexibility than a regular compact camera. It can even be the second body in a photographer's camera bag thanks to its ability to use such a wide range of existing lenses via the adapter. The camera has an ISO range of 100-12800, Full HD movie recording and a speed rating of up 4.3 frames per second.
The EOS M will be available to purchase from early October for a price that is between the EOS 600D and EOS 650D cameras, which means the price will range anywhere between $680 and $890, according to Canon.
Canon EOS M kits:
• Body only with mount adapter EF-EOS M (black body colour only)
• Single IS lens kit (EOS M body in black with the 18-55 EF-M lens and the SpeedLite 90EX flash)
• Pancake Twin Lens Kit (EOS M body in black, red or white, with the 18-55 EF-M lens, 22mm EF-M pancake lens and the SpeedLite 90EX flash)
Join the PC World newsletter!
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Acer Swift 7
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Lexar® Portable SSD
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Google Daydream VR headset
Huawei Mate 9
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Surface Pro 4
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Boom: SanDisk just dropped the world's largest SD card
- Camera app makers tap into RAW power with iOS, and look forward to dual lenses
- Google Camera 3.2 lets you snap pictures while recording video
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Sony α7S II aimed film-makers and low light photographers
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)QLD
- CCBPM DeveloperVIC
- FTSolution Architect l MS Exchange, O365NSW
- FTBusiness Development Executive - Queensland Public SectorQLD
- TPOracle Consultant - CC&BQLD
- CCService Designer (CX)NSW
- TPProject ManagerOther
- CCSystem EngineerSA
- CCFullstack .Net DeveloperNSW
- CCJunior Data ArchitectACT
- FTSenior Network AdministratorNSW
- FTSenior Database AdministratorVIC
- FTSenior Business Project ManagerNSW
- CCSAP Billing & Invoicing ConsultantNSW
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- CCTechnical Business Analyst - Infrastructure - VirtualizationNSW
- FTNodeJS DeveloperNSW
- CCNetwork Engineer (cisco)NSW
- TPiOS Developer (Mobile)NSW
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Positive Vetting, NV2 or NV1 required!!SA
- TPSenior IT Business AnalystVIC
- TPAgile Business AnalystQLD
- FTTechnical Consultant MS Dynamics AXVIC
- TPSOE AdministratorQLD
- TPProject Coordinator/Junior Project ManagerVIC