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Canon Looking Into a New Mount System

Canon Looking Into a New Mount System

According to an interview with Mr Makoto Sakaeta Masaya, the managing director of Canon Image Communication Business Division. Canon is exploring the possibility of a new lens mount. I suspect its application would be for a full frame mirrorless system of some kind.

Read the Interview (Google Translated)

Source: [NL] via [DCW]



Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official

Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17 June 2014 – Canon today announces a new addition to its EF-M lens range with the introduction of its first dedicated telephoto zoom lens – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. Designed for Canon’s Compact System Camera, the EOS M, the new EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon’s signature optical performance, advanced Stepping Motor Technology (STM), a 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, and provides a versatile 55-200mm focal range to help users get closer to the subjects they love
Taking you closer
The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM joins three existing lenses in the EF-M range, which together offer a diverse variety of focal lengths from 11-200mm. The perfect addition to any EOS M kit bag, the new lens opens additional creative possibilities for EOS M shooters through its suitability to capture a wide selection of scenes – from eye-catching portraits at 55mm, to wildlife at 200mm.
Leading optical technologies for incredible images
Developed using the company’s unparalleled optical expertise, the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon’s powerful optical Image Stabilizer and STM technology to deliver outstanding levels of detail when shooting stills and movies. When shooting movies specifically, STM technology ensures smooth focus transitions, as focus shifts from one subject to another. The STM mechanism also provides near-silent focusing, giving videographers the ability to shoot movie soundtracks which capture the natural ambience of the scene in front of them. Additionally, thanks to a highly-effective 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, which reduces visible camera shake, users can also shoot sharp stills while using the zoom, and steady movies while capturing action.
Designed to make great photography easy
Constructed of a high quality metal exterior – a trademark of the EF-M lens range – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is also compact, lightweight and portable, making it ideal for everyday use. Inside the lens, an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element delivers outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range. Furthermore, its non-rotating front element makes it easy to maintain a consistent effect when using filters, and the full-time manual focus ring offers greater creative freedom to adjust focus during shooting.
Key Features

  • Get closer to the action with your EOS-M camera
  • Image Stabilizer keeps images sharp
  • Compact enough to go anywhere
  • Smooth, near-silent STM focusing
  • Make quick adjustments with a manual focus ring
  • Shoot great quality images – full of sharp details and rich colour

Detailed specs are after the break.



Angle of view (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) 23 ° 20 ‘~ 6 ° 30′ · 15 ° 40 ‘~ 4 ° 20′ · 27 ° 50 ‘~ 7 ° 50′
Lens constitution 17 pieces in 11 groups
Number of blades diaphragm 7 pieces
Minimum aperture 2-32
Minimum focusing distance 1m
Maximum magnification 0.21 times
Filter diameter 52mm
Maximum length × diameter φ60.9 × 86.5 mm
Weight 260g
Camera shake compensation effect 3.5 stops


Source: [Canon NZ]



Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site

Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site

We were alerted to the fact that Canon USA has removed the EOS M camera from their web site. They still list two of the 3 EOS M lenses, but there doesn’t appear to be any reference at all to the EOS M camera.

Are we going to see a mirrorless from Canon back in North America? At this point, I wouldn’t think so. Unless they completely revamp the product concept, it seems to be a lame duck system for Canon shooters.

There’s the possibility we see an EF based mirrorless system, maybe an even smaller SL1 style DSLR. I love the SL1 and I think removing the prism and introducing a few more pancake style lenses with an EF mount would be welcomed.  I’m speculating, as I haven’t heard anything to actually support such a concept.

Or maybe Canon is going to concentrate on the prosumer level of cameras and lenses, as that appears to be where the money is for companies in this industry at this time.

thanks Tom



UPDATE: EOS M2 Not Coming to North America

UPDATE: EOS M2 Not Coming to North America

Imaging Resource received information from Canon USA after the story went to press stating the following:

“We received an update after we went to press that Canon USA does not have plans to sell the EOS M2 at this time. We’ll let you guys know if this changes!”

Original Story
Imaging Resource did an interview with Canon executive Mr. Go Tokura and they touched on the EOS M2 and its availability worldwide.

When asked if the EOS M2 would come to the USA, Mr Tokura stated “There are plans for the M2 to arrive in the U.S.”. We’re assuming this also means there are plans to bring it to Europe.

Canon also plans to release more lenses for the EOS M system, as Mr Tokura says “I can assure you that we do have plans to roll out some lenses in the future. As far as speaking concretely about a roadmap, I’m afraid that based on our company policy, we can’t make any concrete statements about that.”

We’d be told previously that the original EOS M’s very high stock levels at North American and European retailers played a big roll in the M2 not coming to these markets. Once those stocks are depleted, I imagine we’ll see the arrival of the M2, or possibly an M3.

Read the full interview



A New EOS M with EVF Second Half of 2014?

A New EOS M with EVF Second Half of 2014?

Interview with Mr Masaya Maeda
DCWatch has posted an interview (Google translated) with Mr Masaya Maeda from Canon Japan. He touches on the EOS M as well as a few other things in the interview.

The main points  from the conversation

  • A new EOS M3 camera could arrive in the 2nd half of 2014 with an EVF
  • New EF-M lenses are coming, though worldwide availability isn’t mentioned.
  • Canon is considering a prosumer/professional mirrorless camera
  • Video performance will be a key feature of future EOS M development.

Read the full interview

CR’s Take
It sounds like Canon has changed its plans with EOS M. It feels like the EOS M2 may just be a stop-gap between the EOS M1 and a more advanced EOS M body & system.

We’ve also heard more reports from Europe that the M2 is not coming to that continent and Canon USA is taking the “not at this time” approach.

Source: [DC] via [CW]



Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America

Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America

From Canon USA
Myself and Bryan over at TDP were told by Canon USA contacts that there was “no announcement of the EOS M2 by Canon USA planned.” I also spoke with contacts in Norway and the UK, and both also said the same thing. I spoke earlier today with a contact at Canon Canada, and he hadn’t heard about the M2 until I mentioned it.

So it looks like the EOS M2 is going to be an Asia only product for the foreseeable future.

I was so bummed about the news I went and picked one of these up……..



Canon EOS M2 Gets Official in Asia, Not Coming to the USA or Europe?

I’m starting to think we won’t be seeing the Canon EOS M2 released in the United States or Europe. No retailer has contacted us about preorders, there is no press release from Canon USA or Canon UK, and my contact at Canon Canada didn’t even know the camera was coming.

If you recall, the Canon EF-M 11-22 IS STM lens is not officially available in the United States, though you can buy it in Canada.

More to come…

The Canon EOS M2
Canon China and Canon Japan have outed the new Canon EOS M2. A slightly smaller replacement for the Canon EOS M.

The biggest new features appear to be the Wifi capabilities, Servo mode when shooting video and a faster autofocus system with the new “Hybrid CMOS AF II”.

The camera is set for a mid December release in Japan, There has been no official word from Canon USA as of yet.

Canon EOS M2 Front

Canon EOS M2 Front

Canon EOS M2 Back

Canon EOS M2 Back

Canon EOS M2 Top

Canon EOS M2 Top

Full specifications after the break

Type Single-lens mirrorless AF / AE camera
Recording media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
compatible with UHS-I ※
Image Sensor Size Approximately 22.3×14.9 mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF-M, EF ※ and EF-S ※ lens
mount adapter ※ need EF-EOS M.
(35 mm equivalent focal length is approximately 1.6 times lens focal length)
Lens mount Canon EF-M mount


Image Sensor

Type CMOS image sensor
Effective Pixels Approximately 18 million pixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Dust removal function Auto, Manual, add the dust data


Recording system

Record Format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
(Design rule for Camera File System 2.0)
Image Type JPEG, RAW (14 bit Canon original)
RAW + JPEG can be recorded simultaneously large
Recording Pixels L (large): approximately 17.9 million pixels (5184 x 3456)
M (medium): about 800 million pixels (3456 x 2304)
S1 (the small one): about 4.5 million pixels (2592 x 1728)
S2 (Little 2): Approximately 2.5 million pixels (1920 x 1280)
S3 (small 3): Approximately 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)
RAW: approximately 17.9 million pixels (5184 x 3456)


Image processing during shooting

Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
Basic + Shot by ambience selection, Shoot by lighting or scene type
Additional effects shooting With (Creative Auto mode)
WB Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash), user-defined
with the white balance correction and white balance bracketing function
※ with flash color temperature information transmission
Creative Filters Black and white particles, soft focus, fish-eye effect, painting effect, watercolor effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect
Noise Reduction Can be applied to long exposures and high ISO sensitivity shooting
Automatic image brightness correction Auto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight tone priority Have
Lens aberration correction Peripheral illumination correction, color correction



Type Hybrid CMOS AF II
(Face + tracking, multi-point freedom of movement, freedom of movement 1:00)
Focus 31 points (maximum)
Focus mode Single AF, servo AF, manual focus
Focus brightness range EV 1 ~ 18 (23 ℃, ISO 100)
AF-assist beam Built-in (LED lights)


Exposure Control

Metering Mode Using real-time image sensor metering
· Evaluative metering (315 zones)
· Partial metering (approximately 11%)
* Spot metering (approx. 2.8%)
* Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1 ~ 20 (23 ℃, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Program AE (Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Children, Food, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control, Program), shutter-priority AE,
Aperture priority AE, Manual Exposure
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
Basic Zone modes: at ISO 100 – 6400 set automatically between
※ Hand-held Twilight: The ISO 100 – 12800 set automatically between
landscape: 100 – 1600 set automatically
Creative Zone modes: in ISO 100 – Manual between 12800 set (one unit),
at ISO 100 – automatically set between 6400, ISO Auto can set the maximum ISO sensitivity,
or ISO expansion to “H” (equivalent to ISO 25600)
Exposure Compensation Manual: ± 3 to 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments 
AEB: ± 2 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments 
(can be used in combination with manual exposure compensation)
AE Lock Automatic: When focus is in the application of evaluative metering single AF mode
Manual: By AE lock button



Type Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4000 to 30 seconds, B (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
flash sync speed of 1/200 sec.


External flash

Compatible flash EX-series Speedlites
Flash metering E-TTL II automatic flash
Flash exposure compensation Interstage ± 2 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
Flash Exposure Lock Have
PC terminal No


Drive System

Drive Mode Single, Continuous, 10 seconds self-timer / remote control, two seconds and 10 seconds delay self-timer delay Continuous
Continuous shooting speed Single-shot AF / MF: up to about 4.6 / sec.
Maximum Burst JPEG Large / Fine: Approx 13 (about 17)
RAW: about 5 (about 5)
RAW + JPEG Large / Fine: Approx 3 (about 3)
※ values ​​8GB memory card based on the use of Canon’s testing standards ( ISO 100 and “Standard” Picture Style).
※ values ​​in brackets apply based on Canon testing standards UHS-I compatible 8GB memory card.


Still image shooting

Aspect Ratio Settings 3:2,4:3,16:9,1:1
Focus mode AF, Manual Focus (available for about 5 times, 10 times magnification confirmation), Automatic + Manual Focus
Continuous AF Have
Touch Shutter Have
Show gridlines 2 types
Depth of Field Preview Have


Movie Shooting

Video compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
variable (average) bit rate
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Record Format MOV
Recording size and frame rate 1920×1080 (Full HD): 30p/25p/24p
1280×720 (HD): 60p/50p
640×480 (SD): 30p/25p
※ 30p: 29.97 frames / sec, 25p: 25.00 frames / sec, 24p: 23.98 frames / sec, 60p : 59.94 / sec, 50p: 50.00 frames / sec
File Size 1920×1080 (30p/25p/24p): about 330MB / min
1280×720 (60p/50p): about 330MB / min
640×480 (30p/25p): about 82.5MB / min
Focus mode Hybrid CMOS AF II (Face + tracking, multi-point freedom of movement, freedom of movement 1:00)
Manual focus (can be about five times, 10 times magnification confirmation)
Focus brightness range EV 1 ~ 18 (23 ℃, ISO 100)
Focus mode AF, Manual Focus (available for about 5 times, 10 times magnification confirmation), Automatic + Manual Focus
Servo AF Have
Metering Mode Use the image sensor Center-weighted average metering and evaluation
※ AF mode is automatically set by the
Metering Range EV 1 ~ 20 (23 ℃, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Short Program AE and manual exposure
Exposure Compensation Between ± 3 in 1/3 increments
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
When using the auto exposure shooting: Automatically ISO 100 – 6400 set
when using manual exposure shooting: Auto / Manual ISO 100 – 6400 set, can be extended to “H” (equivalent to ISO 12800)
Digital zoom You can set about 3-10 times zoom
Video Snapshot Can be set to 2 seconds / 4 seconds / 8 seconds
Miniature Effect movie Have
Recording With built-in stereo microphone
External stereo microphone terminal
can adjust the recording level, with wind suppression function (when using the built-in microphone), with the attenuator function
Show gridlines Two types of


LCD Monitor

Type TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor size and dots Widescreen, 3.0 “(3:2), about 104 million points
Brightness adjustment Manual (7)
Interface Language 25 kinds (including Simplified Chinese)
Touch screen technology Electrostatic capacity mode
Features Can be displayed



Image Display Format Single image display, single image + information display (basic information, shooting information, histogram), 4
pieces / 9/36/100 image index
Enlarge Display About 1.5 times – 10 times
Image browsing methods Single image, jump (by 10 or 100 images, shooting date, folders, video clips, still images, score)
Image Rotation Can
Highlight alert Overexposed highlights blink
Score Have
Movie playback Allowed (LCD monitor, video / audio output, HDMI output)
Built-in speaker
Image Protection Can
Slideshow All images, by date, folder, video clips, still images or scoring
choose five kinds of transition effects
Background music You can choose to play as a slide show and video playback


Image post-processing

Creative Filters Black and white particles, soft focus, fish-eye effect, painting effect, watercolor effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect
Resize Can
Clipping Can change the view cut, cut orientation and aspect ratio, you can move the trimming frame


Direct Print

Compatible printer PictBridge-compatible printer
You can print images JPEG and RAW images
Print command Compatible DPOF1.1 edition


Custom Functions

Custom Functions Seven kinds
My Menu registration Have
Copyright Information This information can be entered and contain



Audio / Video Output / Digital Terminal Analog video (with NTSC / PAL compatible) / stereo audio output
for computer communication and direct printing (equivalent to Hi-Speed ​​USB)
HDMI mini output terminal C-type (automatic switching resolution), CEC-compatible
External microphone input terminal 3.5 mm diameter stereo mini-jack
Wireless Remote Remote control RC-6


Power supply

Battery Battery LP-E12 (1节)
※ You can use alternating current through the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E12
Battery Life
(Based on CIPA testing standards)
23 ℃ at about 230, 0 ℃ about 200 when
using a fully charged battery ※ LP-E12
Video recording time About 1 hour 30 minutes 23 ℃ when
about 1 hour 20 minutes at 0 ℃
※ use a fully charged battery LP-E12


Size and Weight

Dimensions (W × H × D) Approximately 104.9 × 65.2 × 31.6 毫米
Weight Approximately 274 grams (CIPA guidelines)
approximately 238 g (body only)

Operating environment

Operating Temperature Range 0 ℃ ~ 40 ℃
Operating humidity range 85% or less


Battery LP-E12

Type Rechargeable lithium batteries
Rated voltage 7.2 V DC
Battery capacity 875 mA when
Operating Temperature Range During charging: 5 ℃ ~ 40 ℃
during filming: 0 ℃ ~ 40 ℃
Operating humidity range 85% or less
Dimensions (W × H × D) Approximately 32.5 × 12.5 × 48.5 毫米
Weight Approximately 35 g


Battery Charger LC-E12C

Compatible Battery Battery LP-E12
Charging time About 2 hours (23 ℃ pm)
Input Voltage 100 – 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)
The output voltage 8.4 V DC/540 mA
Operating Temperature Range 5 ℃ ~ 40 ℃
Operating humidity range 85% or less
Dimensions (W × H × D) Approximately 65 × 25.5 × 90 毫米
Weight Approximately 76 g (without power cord)

Canon EOS M2 Specs Revealed?

Canon EOS M2 Specs Revealed?

Canon EOS M2
Below are the rumored specs of the Canon EOS M2 that will be announced for CES 2014 in Las Vegas.

There is no mention of new lenses for the system.


  • APS-C 18MP sensor
  • Hybrid CMOS AF II
  • AF Speed 2.3 times faster
  • AF Servo in Video Mode
  • Image processing engine DIGIC 5
  • 4.6fps burst rate
  • ISO range 100-12800 (25600 extended)
  • About a 10% smaller than the Canon EOS M
  • Wifi in camera
  • Can operate the camera with a smartphone.
  • Wireless image transfer to the smartphone

Source: [DCI]



Canon Teaser Appears in Korea

Canon Teaser Appears in Korea

Canon Teaser
Below is a link to the Canon Korea site showing a teaser for a new camera body.

Canon Korea Teaser

It looks to be a camera the same size as the Canon EOS SL1, perhaps an entry level version of the camera to replace the 1100D? Or maybe just a white version of the SL1? Whatever it is, I wouldn’t get too worked up about it. It won’t be a cool full frame mini camera, or a $1000 1D X replacement.

More information and discussion at DicaHub



An Announcement Coming in November? [CR1]

An Announcement Coming in November? [CR1]

Unconfirmed report of an announcement
I’ve been told that a major retailer will be doing a presentation showing off new gear from the manufacturers. When a third party asked about Canon stuff, he was told that he should attend as Canon folks will be interested. The retailer said they couldn’t say any more about what they’d be showing from Canon.

The mentioned presentation is the third week of November, so is it possible there could be an announcement the week of November 10, 2013?

This sort of thing does happen with retailers. They’re shown or told about gear behind an NDA to get ready for the marketing blitz and to get their orders in on the new products. We have been told previously that no new EOS DSLRs would be arriving in 2013, so perhaps this is for the expected EOS M2?

We have not seen any official invites to press events for that week yet, although Canon doesn’t always do that for a product announcement. We’ll try to get better information about this.

More to come…