Northlight has posted 2 EOS M cameras potentially coming in Q3 of 2014, which would make it a Photokina camera.
The 2 models will be split into entry level and prosumer. Canon has said they’re committed to the EOS M system and will continue to develop cameras and lenses. Perhaps this will once again be the “relaunch” we were told was going to happen with the EOS M2, which turned out not to be the case.
The expected launch of the Canon EOS M2 appears to be happening in early 2014 according to a good source. The new camera won’t be much of a departure from the current EOS M, although it will be smaller and provide a better AF experience. It’s expected the 20mp sensor from the 70D will be present in the new camera.
Apparently this launch was delayed until the new year and was originally planned for August/September of 2013.
The EOS M2
The new version of DPP may have outed the upcoming new EOS M camera. It will have the sensible name M2 by the looks of it. I’m not too sure following the Leica naming scheme is a good idea.
From under the Auto Lighting Optimizer help section
If the shooting result is dark or the contrast is low, you can use the Auto Lighting Optimizer function to auto-correct the brightness and contrast, and obtain a more pleasant image. You can also change the settings of the image shot with the camera’s Auto Lighting Optimizer function. This function is compatible only with RAW images shot with EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 7D, EOS 70D, EOS 60D, EOS 50D, EOS REBEL T5i/700D, EOS REBEL SL1/100D, EOS REBEL T4i/650D, EOS REBEL T3i/600D, EOS REBEL T2i/550D, EOS REBEL T1i/500D, EOS REBEL T3/1100D, EOS M2 and EOS M.
The New EOS M
We’re told that an EOS M announcement is coming soon. This source believes two cameras will be announced simultaneously, although that is not yet confirmed. As mentioned previously, the first camera will be a minor upgrade from the current EOS M and priced much lower than the original EOS M. It will also be available in more colors than the previous model.
A second higher end camera will be have more accessories available for it, such as an EVF. The system will also get a new flash.
A longer telephoto zoom will also be announced alongside at least one of these cameras.
The EOS M update
We’re told that an announcement date hasn’t been finalized for the EOS M camera(s), but at least one camera will be available before Christmas of this year.
We’re told again, that there will be two camera bodies announced. One very similar to the current EOS M and a camera that is “higher end”, though it was noted that the “higher end” camera could be pushed into the new year.
Two more lenses are slated for release, a zoom telephoto lens and a macro. No timeframe was given on new lenses.
I’m still on the fence as to whether or not Canon is truly behind the EOS M system. Canon USA is currently not selling the EF-M 11-22 STM lens. That tells me there could be some internal discussion as to whether or not it is a viable global product line.