Canon has today announced its first step into the mirrorless interchangeable lens compact camera market with the introduction of the 18MP Canon EOS M compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.
The Canon EOS M digital camera features an APS-C size 18MP CMOS sensor (same size as Rebel series DSLR’s) combined with Canon’s DIGIC 5 image processor, offers fast response with up to 4.3 frames per second continuous shooting, provides for Full 1080p HD movie recording at 30 fps with stereo sound and also offers manual control video options, and features an advanced 31-area Hybrid AF system providing for fast focus and enhanced AF precision during live view video recording.
Additional headline features of the Canon EOS M mirrorless interchangeable lens camera include; easy automatic point and shoot operation or full manual override settings for extended creative control, 31-area AF system, a dedicated hotshoe for external flash support, optional adapter to fit Canon EF and EF-S lenses, and the camera comes supplied with a Li-Ion rechargeable battery and charger.
In addition, two new EF-M lenses have been specially engineered for the EOS M, offering photographers the ideal compact lenses to take with them wherever they go. The new lenses are:
• EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM – an 18-55mm standard zoom
• EF-M 22mm f/2 STM – a 22mm pancake lens
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
18MP CMOS sensor: Exclusively designed and manufactured by Canon to work in combination with its own DIGIC processors, Canon’s CMOS technology integrates advanced noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site, delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also contribute to longer battery life.
The EOS M APS-C sensor features a new Hybrid AF System with a total of 31 AF points which uses the central pixels of the sensor to enable continuous AF when shooting in Live View Mode or when recording EOS Movies. The Hybrid AF system uses a combination of both phase detection and contrast AF to ensure quick and accurate auto focus.
The new sensor design also produces DSLR-level image quality at both high and low ISO sensitivities, with 14-bit AD conversion for finer tonal gradation.
DIGIC 5 Image Processor: The latest generation of Canon’s DIGIC processor – DIGIC 5 – has been engineered to process more detailed image data faster than ever before, accurately reproducing every part of the scene with natural colours and smooth tones.
Processing image data six times faster than its predecessor, the power of DIGIC 5 featured in the EOS M enables photographers to utilise a range of advanced shooting settings and modes to enhance image quality or creative scope. For example, with DIGIC 5, the EOS M is able to shoot high resolution stills continuously at 4.3 frames per second, capture low-light images at ISO 12800 with minimal noise and enable new features including HDR Backlight Control.
3-inch 1.04K dots Touch Screen LCD supports Live View shooting: The EOS M features a 3-inch (3:2) Clear View LCD II Touch screen which gives photographers the ability to easily compose shots. Photographers are able to choose from a number of onscreen displays and effectively compose and review shots in a number of ways:
• Exposure control – Different metering methods (evaluative, partial, spot and centre-weighted average metering) can be selected, ISO speed is displayed. The results of the exposure settings are also previewed on the screen, allowing users to view the final image prior to pressing the shutter release button.
• Grid display – A choice of two different grid displays divides the screen into either nine or 24 areas, perfect for composing perfectly balanced shots.
• Multi aspect ratios – Photographers can select from four different aspect ratios, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 and 1:1 which will then be displayed on the screen to assist in framing each shot. When shooting in JPEG format, the image will be captured in the chosen aspect ratio, whilst images shot in RAW will be transformed to the chosen aspect ratio when using DPP.
31-point Hybrid AF System: The EOS M features a 31-point Hybrid AF System that delivers super-fast, accurate AF when shooting both images and movies. The EOS M’s CMOS sensor couples Phasedifference AF with Contrast AF to provide a fast and highly-accurate Hybrid Autofocus system. During both stills and movie shooting, Phase-difference AF provides high-speed focus, using the central part of the CMOS sensor. Contrast AF, which focuses using the wider scene, then provides the final stage of focusing for enhanced accuracy.
The EOS M offers photographers One-shot AF or Servo AF operation as well as a collection of different AF methods to ensure an optimised approach to focusing on every different subject. The AF methods include:
• Face detection and tracking – Automatically detects and focuses on faces in the frame and tracks movement by switching between AF points. Photographers can control where the camera focuses by selecting points on the camera’s LCD.
• FlexiZone – Multi – Automatically divides the frame into 31 different AF zones and uses an algorithm to prioritise focus on the centre and closer parts of the subject. Users can select one of nine AF zones to change the area of focus
• FlexiZone – Single – The standard AF mode that allows photographers to select any AF point on the LCD touch screen.
• Focus Adjustment after AF – Similar to Full-Time Manual focus found on EOS DSLR models, once the automatic AF has been established, the camera automatically changes to manual focus, allowing photographers to manipulate the image.
• Touch AF and Touch Shutter Release – photographers can simply touch the display to pinpoint the area on which the camera should focus and instantly capture a still image.
EF-M lenses and EF lenses: The EOS M features a new, bespoke EF-M mount diameter which has been optimized for APS-C sized sensors. However, photographers have the freedom to explore the Canon EOS System of more than 70 EF lenses thanks to the new Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. In addition, two new EF-M lenses have been specially engineered for the EOS M, offering photographers the ideal compact lenses to take with them wherever they go. The new lenses are:
• EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM – an 18-55mm standard zoom
• EF-M 22mm f/2 STM – a 22mm pancake lens
EOS Movie: allows users to record Full HD (1920x1080p) movies with full manual control of exposure and frame rates of 30, 25 and 24 fps at full resolution, with 60 and 50 fps available at 720p resolution.
The EOS M also features high speed AF in Movie mode, with three AF methods used to capture sharp, detailed movies. The AF in Movies functionality uses the phasedifference AF which uses the central part of the CMOS sensor to achieve rapid focus. AF in Movies uses the following AF methods to achieve optimal focus;
• Face detection and Tracking
• FlexiZone – Multi
• FlexiZone – Single
The EOS M features a built in stereo microphone in order to record sharp, crisp audio to compliment the visuals. The microphone is located to the left of the EOS M’s hot shoe so it can easily capture audio, while the sound recording menu features an attenuator to automatically reduce any sudden loud noises. Photographers can also enable a wind filter which works by reducing the recording level to below the 100Hz frequency. Audio is recorded at a sampling frequency of 48KHZ, 16-bit, and photographers have the ability to switch the recording level between Auto and Manual, the latter giving the choice of 64 sound levels.
For budding movie makes, the EOS M also features a 3.5mm Stereo mini plug which allows users to plug in a compatible external microphone.
Video Snapshot: enables the user to capture short video clips of 2, 4 or 8 seconds in length. These short snapshots are then stitched together into one file as a Video Snapshot Album, creating a dynamic, fast-paced movie sequence. Once video clip duration has been selected, every time the Movie shooting button is pressed a video clip of that length will be captured. For example, if a 4 second Video Snapshot is selected, the Video Snapshot Album will be created consisting of 4 second movie clips. When playing a Movie, Video Snapshot Album or Slideshow, background music (BGM) can be applied, whether on the camera’s touch screen, or on a larger HDTV using the camera’s HDMI connection. To do this, users must convert audio files to the supported .WAV format, before using EOS Utility software to upload the files to the camera’s SD card ready for selection during playback. A choice of five music tracks supplied with the camera can also be used. With the EOS M, users can now also edit video snapshots, changing the order or deleting clips in-camera.
Clear View LCD II Touch screen: The EOS M features a 3-inch (3:2) Clear View LCD II Touch screen which employs capacitive technology to support natural, gesture-based control during shooting and playback – providing support for multi-touch gestures including pinching, swiping and dragging. The new touch interface allows users to touch-select AF points, track faces and objects, use Touch Shutter to take pictures directly from the screen interface or adjust image settings instantly with the Quick Control screen.
The screen itself offers an approximate resolution of 1.04 million dots, allowing highquality viewing of images, and focus checks, in playback. A solid construction eliminates the layer of air between the LCD and its hardened glass protective cover, reducing reflections. Additionally, an anti-smudge coating ensures marks on the screen are prevented and colours on the monitor appear natural.
Multi Shot Noise Reduction: With Multi Shot Noise Reduction, the EOS M captures four shots in quick succession and combines them to produce a single image with minimal noise. This new function has been designed to be more effective than Strong Noise Reduction.
EOS Scene Detection Technology: automatically analyses faces, brightness, movement, contrast and distance in the scene, with information provided as feedback to the Scene Intelligent Auto mode.
Scene Intelligent Auto: takes the information gathered by the EOS Scene Detection System and determines the best settings to capture the scene. For example, when shooting portraits, the settings are adjusted to make skin tones appear more natural.
Picture Styles: presets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable preset, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s Standard Picture Style is designed to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without the need for additional processing. When shooting RAW images, Picture Styles can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software. The presets available with the EOS M are:
• Standard: For crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing.
• Portrait: Optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive, natural skin tones.
• Landscape: For punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines.
• Neutral: Ideal for post-processing.
• Faithful: Adjusts colour to match the subject when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K.
• Monochrome: For black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green.
The EOS M also features Picture Style Auto. This new Picture Style makes fine adjustments, based on the EOS Scene Detection System’s analysis, to create a Picture Style for the image. Three User Defined Picture Styles can be selected to store customised pre-sets created using the supplied Picture Style Editor, or any of the presets available for download from Canon’s web site.
Basic+: makes it easy for newcomers to photography to create different image effects, without changing individual settings, allowing users to shoot by ambience selection according to lighting or scene type.
When shooting according to ambience selection, users can select from one of nine effects: Standard Setting, Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool, Brighter, Darker, Monochrome.
When shooting according to lighting or scene type, users can select from one of seven which present white balance in a more user-friendly way: Default setting, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light, Sunset.
Creative Filters: The EOS M provides a range of creative effect filters which can be applied to Rimages and all JPEG images. Since the filter can be applied after the shot is taken, users can apply different filters to the same image and see the effects:
• Art bold effect (Low/Standard/Strong): Creates an “oil painting” type effect with the ability to adjust the contrast and colour saturation.
• Water Painting effect (Light/Standard/Deep): Creates a “watercolour painting” effect with soft colours. You can adjust the colour density according to three levels of intensity.
• Fish-eye effect: Creates a barrel-shaped distortion similar to a fish-eye lens. The effect can be adjusted, and, depending on the level of distortion, the image periphery may be cropped.
• Grainy B/W: Creates a grainy, black-and-white image. The effect can be emphasised by adjusting the contrast.
• Soft focus: Produces a soft result. This can be increased by adjusting the blur.
• Toy camera effect: Provides colour cast typical of toy cameras. The four corners are also darkened. The image looks soft with a subtle grainy look. The colour cast can be changed to cool or warm colours.
Miniature effect: Gives the effect of a very narrow depth of field, making the scene look like a small-scale model. When shooting, designated portions of the top and bottom of the image are blurred, while the rest of the image remains in focus. The orientation (vertical or horizontal) of the area can be changed by pressing the INFO button.
ImageBrowser EX: is a software programme for viewing, editing and organising images and is intended for users who shoot mainly in JPEG format. It merges the popular functionality of ZoomBrowser EX and ImageBrowser into one programme, enabling users to perform basic image editing, including brightness and colour balance, with an in-software connection to DPP for RAW image editing. Users can also select, rename, and resize multiple images at once, and print images via a range of simplified integrated printing options.
EX Speedlite flash compatibility: The EOS M features a hot shoe that offers instant compatibility with Canon’s range of EX Speedlite flash units. A new compact Speedlite, the Speedlite 90EX, offers a new a guide number of 9, as well as optional wireless control for more creative flash. (Sold in bundle format with Canon EOS M lens kit or purchase separately)
Canon EOS M Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera Press Release
Mississauga, ON, July 23, 2012 – Combining the perfect blend of advanced video features and excellent still image quality in a convenient size, Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M Digital Camera. Canon has made significant advancements in the realm of professional-quality HD video capture, from advanced CMOS sensor technology to smooth, quiet continuous autofocus.
Inspired by EOS technology, the EOS M Digital Camera leverages these core technologies and distills them down to provide outstanding video capture capabilities while retaining high-quality still image capture. When shooting still images, the EOS M camera’s 18-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor provides a shallow depth of field, incredible low-light image quality and a wide dynamic range to capture rich gradation and detail. This new addition to the EOS family offers a great solution to videographers and photographers of all levels, with two new lenses designed specifically for Canon’s new camera format – the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens – and the ability to use the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses through the optional EF-EOS M EF Lens Adapter.
“The EOS M includes a unique feature set making it an ideal movie-making tool while offering incredible still image quality on its APS-C-sized CMOS sensor. The camera’s size, image quality, advanced video capabilities and the versatility of Canon’s full lineup of lenses make the EOS M another great option to help our customers record and capture their creative vision,” said Ian Macfarlane, Senior Vice-President of Sales and Service Operations, Canon Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA.
Product Specifications and Features:
• EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects also includes: Manual exposure control, Multiple resolution frame rates, Built-in stereo microphone, Manual audio level adjustment, Video Snapshot mode with touch-screen editing
• 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
• ISO 100–6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video recording, ISO 100 – 12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for still image shooting from bright to dim light and a high performance Powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality video and photos
• Hybrid CMOS AF delivers fast autofocus speed for video and photos
• Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II (approximately 1,040,000 dots) with smudge-resistant coating features multi-touch operation allowing photographers to use familiar gestures such as “pinch-to-zoom” and “swiping” to scroll between pictures and Touch AF for an easy and intuitive video capture experience
• Scene Intelligent Auto mode delivers expertly optimized photos and scene detection for amazing results even when shooting at night
• Advanced imaging features like Handheld Night Scene mode, HDR Backlight Control mode, and seven Creative Filters provide added versatility
• Multi-shot Noise Reduction helps preserve precious detail in photos at high ISO speeds
• Compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards
• Compatible with all Canon Speedlite accessories including the new Speedlite 90EX
• Compatible with Canon’s GPS Receiver GP-E2
The EOS M utilizes Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF system to deliver fast autofocus speed for both video and photos. The Hybrid CMOS AF system truly shines when shooting video with EOS Full HD Movie mode including Movie Servo AF for continuous autofocus and tracking of moving subjects.
The Hybrid CMOS AF system is located on the CMOS sensor itself and combines phase-difference AF and contrast AF to achieve operational stability, speed and precision. The Movie Servo AF function on the EOS M is enabled by default which keeps images on the rear screen in constant focus, even before the shutter is pressed. This continual focus makes for sharp video capture in a snap or to help reduce shutter lag due to focusing when still images want to be shot. The camera employs three AF methods for video and photos, Face Detection & Tracking AF, Multi-Point AF for automatic selection and Single-Point AF, where users select one of 31 AF points.
Through the camera’s touch-panel operation, subject recognition and tracking is engaged at the touch of a finger, allowing users to track subjects accurately and focus on intended subjects with ease. In addition to subject tracking, the touch-panel LCD allows for simple, intuitive operation, menu navigation and touch features making it easy to shoot video and photos.
Thanks to Canon’s new Stepping Motor (STM) technology, when using either of the newly announced M-series lenses – the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens or the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens – the AF system remains silent, helping ensure users only capture the sound of the scene being recorded.
The EOS M also features manual audio level control to 64 levels and a built-in stereo microphone, which includes a wind filter and an attenuator function to reduce audio distortion in extra loud situations. The EOS M records MPEG-4 AVC H.”264″ video as an .MOV file in a range of NATSC and PAL professional frame rates, including 1080p Full HD video at 30p (29.97), 24p (23.976) and 25p, 720p HD video at 60p (59.94) or 50p and Standard Definition video at 30p (29.97) or 25p.
In addition to the creativity afforded by over 70 compatible lenses, the M also includes Picture Style settings when shooting video, allowing users to adjust colour settings the same as when shooting still images. The camera also includes Canon’s Video Snapshot mode for an easy way to record and create a fun highlight reel that can be easily shared. Video Snapshot mode combines a series of short video clips into a single file, all in-camera. Through the camera’s touch-screen controls users can delete, cut or re-order the clips in-camera for quick and easy editing.
Optical Diversity: New M-Series Lenses and Accessories
Along with the EOS M, Canon is also introducing two new M-series lenses with STM technology allowing for smooth and silent focusing when paired with Hybrid CMOS AF.
The EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens is ideal for shooting video and still images. The fixed focal length lens has a great capacity for gathering light with an incredible aperture of f/2.0 and when combined with the camera’s APS-C image sensor, provide beautiful bright images and background blur for both video and stills. For more focal range versatility, Canon is also introducing the new EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, which provides videographers and photographers with a variable zoom range for general use with video recording or photographing. Both lenses are designed specifically for use with the EOS M digital camera.
In addition to the two lenses, any of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses can be used with the EOS M with the optional EF-EOS M Adapter. The EOS M camera’s strong magnesium and stainless steel frame provide the durability and rigidity to support the full line of EF and EF-S lenses in a lightweight convenient design. Using the adapter allows the camera to be fully integrated into the EOS ecosystem of lenses, adding creative options and versatility to this powerful camera.
Ideal for use with the EOS M, Canon is also announcing a new compact and lightweight flash unit, the Speedlite 90EX, designed for the photographer on-the-go. The Speedlite 90EX is capable of coverage for 22mm wide angle lens shots with a maximum guide number of 57.”3″ feet at ISO 12800. The flash unit can be controlled wirelessly for creative multiple flash shoots and uses the standard Canon EOS hot shoe mount for compatibility with all EOS DSLR cameras and PowerShot digital cameras that include a hot shoe.
The EOS M Digital Camera will be available in October in two bundle configurations. For an estimated retail price of $829.99 the EOS M Digital Camera in Black will be bundled with the new EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens and a Speedlite 90EX; for an estimate retail price of $879.99 the EOS M Digital Camera in Black, White or Red will be bundled with the new EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens and a Speedlite 90EX.
The new EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, EF-M 22mm f/2 STM, Canon EOS M Mount Adapter
and Speedlite 90EX will all be available in Canada in October at an estimated retail price of $299.99, $249.99, $199.99 and $129.99 respectively.
To learn more about the new Canon EOS M mirrorless digital camera system check out the Canon EOS M specifications (PDF).