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.
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.
A patent which appears to be for the EF-M mount has appeared. In APS-C, this lens would be a 35-75mm f/3.5-5.6.
Canon has stated that more lenses are coming for EOS M, and that could potentially mean the North American and European markets are still on Canon’s radar for the EOS M system. My bet is we’ll see an EOS M3 to re-introduce the product line to a global market.
Patent Publication No. 2014-63025 (Google Translation)
- Publication date 2014.4.10
- Filing date 2012.9.21
- Zoom ratio 2.09
- Focal length f = 22.10-34.22-45.19mm
- Fno. 3.60-4.59-5.60
- Half angle ω = 31.72-21.76-16.48 °
- Image height 13.66mm
- 65.76-62.07-64.72mm lens length
- BF 28.16-36.88-45.09mm
TOKYO, February 28, 2014—Canon Inc. announced today that nine Canon designs were recognized by iF International Forum Design GmbH with prestigious 2014 iF Design Awards in the product design and communication design categories.
iF Product Design Awards went to the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 100D (EOS Rebel SL1 or EOS Kiss X7 in other regions) digital SLR cameras, the PowerShot N compact digital camera, the LEGRIA mini (VIXIA mini or IVIS mini) camcorder, the PIXMA MG7150 / MG6450 / MG5550 (PIXUS MG7130 / N/A / MG5530 in Japan) inkjet printers, the i-SENSYS LBP7680Cx / 7110Cw (N/A / imageCLASS LBP7001Cw or N/A / Satera LBP7110C) color laser beam printers, the WUX450 multimedia projector, and the LE-5W LED projector. The iF Communication Design Award went to the user interface for the EOS M compact-system camera.
A patent showing an EF-M 18-40 f/3.5-5.6 pancake has come to light. With this patent a bunch of other optical formulas also appear, such as an 18-55 pancake, 10-20, and a 9-18. We currently have an EF-M 11-22, which is probably rooted from the latter two optical formulas.
A zoom pancake would be a nice addition to the geographically fragmented and oddly marketed EOS M line.
- Patent Publication No. 2014-6275
- Publication date 2014.1.16
- Filing date 2012.6.21
- Example 7
- Zoom ratio 3.00
- Focal length f = 18.10-37.01-54.30mm
- Fno. 4.20-6.20-8.20
- Half angle ω = 36.92-20.17-14.06 °
- Image height Y = 13.60mm
- 64.74-56.63-62.13mm lens length
- BF 0.50mm
- Canon patents
- The possible vibration damping by the second lens group
- Feeding whole, front focus, focusing, rear focusing, etc.