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!”
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
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
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]
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……..
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 Back
Canon EOS M2 Top
Full specifications after the break
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