The little EOS is on its way We have various reports in Asia that the Canon EOS-M has begun shipping. This is good news, as the North America release for the EOS-M of October 15, 2012 should come to fruition.
We’re still waiting to see some good and thorough reviews of the new camera system, but they should be coming sometime in the next couple of weeks.
….. because you can A friend of mine had a chance to play around with the new Canon EOS M. He did what I would have done the second I got my hands on the camera…. mount it to the lovely EF 800 f/5.6L IS.
Here’s what it looks like. I must say this looks like an extremely comfortable setup for general walk around birding.
Canon EOS M with the EF Adaptor & EF 800 f/5.6L IS – Click for larger
More announcements coming I’ve been told to expect two more announcements before Photokina begins in September. It’ll be a nice mix of DSLRs and lenses, as well as the usual PowerShot upgrades.
We expect 3 more DSLR announcements before the end of 2012, however only two of the three may come before Photokina. One of the cameras will be the full frame camera we’ve talked about before.
Lenses We still think a bunch of new lenses are coming down the pipeline from Canon. How many? By our count we hear at least 6 new lenses for the EF & EF-M mount before the end of 2012. Right now, we’re not sure how many before Photokina.
We were recently told that a new EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS was coming sooner than we originally thought.
All of this would leave us with a record year at Canon, with 6 new DSLRs and 13 new lenses.
EOS M We do not expect any other EOS M bodies before the end of 2012. I do expect a lens announcement or two to rekindle the hype around the system when it hits the streets in October.
Lots of information out there Since you have to wait until October to actually buy one, at least you can kill some time reading about it.
Overall, the EOS M, with its slim form factor and large image sensor, would likely appeal to compact upgraders looking for dSLR-like quality minus the bulk as well as dSLR, users who have already invested in a stable of Canon glass.
The EOS M is a camera for the masses, a simple-to-use interchangeable lens camera that won’t intimidate, but doesn’t skimp on the components or build quality. Its similarity to the Canon T4i is going to make for some tough buying decisions for many people in the sub-$1000 camera market; for just $799.99 this October, you can likely get all of the T4i’s performance in a smaller package.
More Canon EOS M Coverage The folks at Tech Radar have posted a video and article hands-on of the new Canon EOS M System. It doesn’t appear that Canon has allowed any journalist to save and examine images taken by the Canon EOS M.
Early Verdict from Tech Radar
On the whole the Canon EOS M impresses. It’s a nice, solid-feeling camera that offers plenty of control to the enthusiast, without daunting its more novice target market.
We think that Canon has made the right move by using an APS-C sized sensor, and inevitably this means creating a new lens mount if the camera is to reap the size benefits of being mirrorless.