And Now It Is Official: Canon EOS M Announced! (Sample Images, Hands-On Videos, All Pre-Order Links, Continously Updated With All The News)

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It is here! Canon’s jump on the mirrorless bandwagon is done. The camera has a price of $800/€850/£769.99 with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens and will soon be available. Black, white, silver and red are the colours of choice.
Sample images and movies on Canon JP (click here). For the first, comprehensive review of the EOS M by digitalcamerainfo click here, or jump directly to the conclusion (click here): “Simply put, the EOS M […] takes the guts of a DSLR and puts it in a body you can put in your pocket” and “The EOS M is […] a simple-to-use DSLR that won’t intimidate, but doesn’t skimp on the components or build quality“.
So, let’s go for the pre-order links (previews, videos, hands-on and more after the pre-order links). N.B: If you are seriously interested in the Canon EOS M, then act quickly. There will be lots (lots!) of pre-orders and the listed shops will, as usually, have a limited supply at the beginning:

Previews and Reviews:
Philip Bloom (The death of the DSLR  in it’s current form is inevitable), Dpreview and Techradar and Imaging Resource and Spanish hands-on at DSLRmagazine, and German at heise.de.

Press release:
Canon’s press release. The lenses at Dpreview. Press at Imaging Resource. Press at Photographyblog. French press at Lemondedelaphoto. Press at Engadget. Press at TheVerge. German press at Photoscala. French press at Focus Numerique. Press at Digitalcamerareview. Japanese press at Itmedia.

Canon’s official product teasers below

What do you think about the EOS M?

  • Cute little camera (45%, 195 Votes)
  • Don't care (29%, 126 Votes)
  • Piece of crap (26%, 113 Votes)

Total Voters: 434

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Official specs:

  • 18.0 MP CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • Full HD Movie with Focus Tracking
  • 3.0″ Touch Screen LCD with 1040K-dots
  • Touch AF and Multi-touch Operation
  • Hybrid CMOS Auto-focus for Photo & Video
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600 (H)
  • Canon’s First Mirrorless Camera
  • Includes Canon EF-M 22mm F/2 STM Lens

 


Canon’s press release…:

London, UK, 23 July 2012 – Canon today expands its award-winning EOS range with the launch of the new EOS M. The company’s first ever compact system camera (CSC), the EOS M is designed for those who use photography to share their everyday passions – from food, to fashion and culture, music and art. Offering DSLR-quality imaging, creative features and Full HD movie creation in a compact and easy-to-use model, the EOS M is the perfect, take-anywhere partner for a new breed of enthusiasts who chronicle their lives through images, without necessarily considering themselves to be ‘photographers’.

The EOS M is available in sleek black, glossy white, stylish silver or bold red colours, and condenses Canon’s renowned EOS imaging heritage into a stylish, compact design. The model launches alongside two new lenses, the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom, as well as a new compact EX Speedlite – the Speedlite 90EX – providing everything you need to capture stunning images every day. For those who want to push their images even further, the EOS M can also utilise Canon’s extensive range of EF lenses with the new Mount Adapter EF-EOS M, for even more creative freedom.

The quality of a Canon DSLR
Print your favourite moments in poster-size or crop your image for maximum impact – whether shooting the atmosphere of your favourite club or the intricate stitching of the latest must-have handbag – thanks to the EOS M’s high-resolution, 18 megapixel APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor. The large sensor also allows you to artistically blur the background for beautiful portraits, or for close-ups with impact.

With the inclusion of Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor, colours ‘pop’ and skin tones are beautifully natural, whilst a super-fast shutter allows you to capture split-second action. The atmosphere of evening shoots and challenging night-time scenes are also easily recorded in stunning detail thanks to the EOS M’s sensitive native ISO range of 100- 12,800 (extendable to 25,600).

For pin-sharp shots and professional-looking footage, this new design features a Hybrid AF System that supports super-fast, accurate AF when shooting stills and movies – allowing you to record any moment with confidence.

Shoot what you see and easily express your creative vision
Every aspect of the EOS M has been designed to make it simple to capture beautiful, creative, high-quality images. From the very first swipe across the bright, high- resolution, 7.7cm (3.0”), Clear View LCD II Touch screen, the EOS M gives you as much or as little control over your photos as desired. Simply select different shooting modes and settings via the on-screen icons, or let Scene Intelligent Auto adjust the camera settings according to the subject and shooting conditions, leaving you free to focus on composition and selecting the perfect moment to hit the shutter release button.

EOS M users can shoot with the confidence that comes from having the world’s most comprehensive photographic system behind them. Whether you want to capture every detail of a close-up or zoom in to frame a subject in the far distance, any one of Canon’s extensive range of EF lenses can be connected via the new

Mount Adapter EF-EOS M for photographic flexibility.
With one of Canon’s Speedlite flash units, you can also explore creative lighting techniques to add an extra level of interest to your shots. Alternatively, create unique images with a range of Creative Filters like Toy Camera effect, Grainy B&W or even a filter that mimics the distortion of a fish-eye lens. The filters can be applied before the shot is captured, with the result previewed in Live View, allowing you to experiment with different effects before selecting the perfect treatment for your final image.

Turn film-maker with EOS Movie and Video Snapshot
When a moment calls for more than a still image, the EOS M lets you switch easily to Full HD video with stereo sound for superb results. Video Snapshot mode also helps family and friends avoid long home movie viewing sessions, guiding you to create exciting movies in-camera, with a professionally edited feel.

Extending the EOS System with dedicated accessories
In addition to compatibility with Canon’s existing EF lenses1, accessories and Speedlites, the EOS M launches with its own bespoke range of compact accessories. Two new EF-M lenses offer portability and high performance when using the new model – the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom and the

EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens. Both feature new Stepper Motor technology for exceptionally smooth AF performance, as well as precision Canon optics, while their compact designs offer the perfect form-factor to complement the camera’s pocket-sized body.

Additionally, the EOS M will ship with the new Speedlite 90EX flash unit as standard. Lightweight and highly-compact, it offers a maximum guide number of nine and supports wide-angle lenses, making it an ideal general-purpose flash for everyday use. A wireless master function also allows the control of multiple flash guns wirelessly, allowing more advanced users to experiment with a range of creative lighting effects.

EOS M – key features

  • The quality of a digital SLR in a compact body
  • Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Be versatile with interchangeable lenses
  • Create out-of-focus backgrounds for high impact
  • Easy-to-use touch-screen
  • Atmospheric photos in low light
  • Full-HD video with Video Snapshot Mode
  • Tanglefoot

    Yup – the included EF mount adapter makes it a bit of a no-brainer for any canon shooters, especially because of the lack of compatability to use their lenses on NEX/NX etc.

    For everyone else it looks a bit ‘Meh’. The design is quite cheap looking – it looks like a point & shoot, especially with the 22mm attached. A huge chunk of this market is P&S upgraders where the fact that the camera LOOKS different to a P&S is a HUGE marketing win – the fact that NEX’s, PEN’s etc are visually obviously different to P&S cameras (i.e. they can show off that they have spent more cash & have a bit of kit that looks more serious than the P&S crowd)is Important. This , IMHO, is one of THE biggest selling points of this type of camera.

    I expexted Canon to introduce it with more than 2 native lenses as well. Perhaps they are testing the water before investing more seriously in the line… Perhaps lack of confidence from Canon that it will be a winner? More lenses would be an easy score over the market leader Sony NEX in this niche.

    No screen articulation is a let down. I bet that having a rear screen that you can angle is a huge point scorer when people are comparing different cameras in a store side by side

    No 60p could put some people off, but I doubt it is too important realisticall in this market.

    Everything elso looks ok…. no real shortfalls but nothing particularly outstanding as far as I can see.

    So… Existing Canon users may buy it – perhaps some swithching form other mirrrorless formats they currently have for convenience in being able to use their existing EF lenses. I’m sure some brand sheeple will buy it because it has a Canon badge. Other than that I think it is FAR from having Sony (or even Samsung?) beat.

    Just look at the flash 😀 It looks like it was designed in 1992!!! (& cheaply in 1992 as well!). This market is very visual sensitive with regards to design, wanting the latese bit of kit that has to look the part, & I believe Canon has made a bit of a whoopsie here.

  • tyler made

    SLOW. EXPENSIVE. OVERSIZE. FAIL!

  • Miroslav

    It is worth 400 euros with 18-55mm kit lens, not 850. Still better than Nikon 1, but needs massive price cut, a higher spec body and faster PDAF to be serious competitor to other mirrorless systems.

  • Bob B.

    Pretty funny…in the digitalcamerainfo conclusion the writer repeatedly refers to the Canon M camera as a DSLR? Huh? Lol!

    • Admin

      well, maybe because the performance is on DSLR-levels. 🙂

  • Bob B.

    I personally am non-plused at this offering. It is a camera aimed at beginners. Basically a P&S camera. Which is fine. It is just not a camera that I would buy. This is a really funny image…am I really going to attach my L glass to that?
    http://2.static.img-dpreview.com/files/news/1705465526/canon_EOS-M_with_70-200mm.jpg?v=1546
    Doubtful.

  • Svein

    Ouch… That shutter was LOUD! Probably a nice toy camera, but lack of buttons and manual dials makes this unusable for quite a few. Touchscreen LCD is just too slow to operate and forces one to let go of the lens with the left hand to change settings.

  • I have just tried a pre-production model. slow focusing on this unit, hopefully better when finished. Bigger thicker body size compare to olympus, panasonic sony etc.

    https://plus.google.com/115255826572441766446/posts/eo15VuJGeqV

  • please, post visual size comparision with some m4/3 cameras and sony nex 5n

  • Keith

    Seriously overpriced.
    UK dealers not expecting stock until October, not that I’m interested.

    I’ll Lang on to my Nex7 and EP3

  • dick ranez

    This is almost, but not quite, as big a joke as the Nikon
    J1/V1. Ridiculous price, no viewfinder – who needs it?
    Give me a Rebel with the new pancake lens, a Fuji X10, or
    even the Canon G1X or even an I-phone. At $400 to compete
    with the Panasonic/Olympus/Sony offerings this is maybe a
    consideration; at $800 plus lenses it’s laughable.

  • Bill_K

    FAIL

  • Virgil

    Wow! Without seeing any reviews, without seeing sample images from the review sites, some are already dismissing this camera as garbage. Why not wait and see what the “experts” have to say about it in their reviews????

    Personally, I hope the reviews will show it does a good job. And yes, I’d attach my L lenses to it if I decide to buy it.

    Because it’s a simple camera and may LOOK LIKE a P&S doesn’t mean it won’t do a great job with the thing that’s important… the quality of the image. Some folks would rather get a good image from 10 pounds of camera equipment than from a camera that doesn’t impress others as being professional. Me?… I’m not snobby.

    Yes, I’m a Canon addict with several L lenses. And, I’m looking for an addition to the “family”. I’ll wait until I read reviews and maybe handle the M before I decide what’s next. I’m leaning to the Olympus M5, but want to check this out before a purchase… or maybe the other new camera Canon’s rumored to be bringing out in the near future.

    Basically, don’t write off any new camera before you’ve had the chance to know what it can do. A particular style may not be for you, but that doesn’t mean it’s junk.

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