Canon EOS M2 Officially Announced (no Dual Pixel AF) – Update: Sample Pics and Full Specs

Update: see EOS M2 sample pics here, full specs at the end of the post. Auto-Focus test video here.

Here it is – the Canon EOS M2. Smaller size (8% smaller, 104.9×65.2×31.6mm. 238g), WiFi, faster AF (2.3x faster than EOS M with firmware update), Hybrid CMOS AF II (covers 80% of the area), same look as before. The successor of the EOS M is here and will be available starting from mid december. The following kits will be available:

EOS M2 · Body Black 64,800 yen
EOS M2 · EF-M18-55 IS STM lens kit EF-M 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM
Speedlite 90EX
Black / White 84,800 yen
EOS M2 · double lens kit EF-M 22mm F2 STM
EF-M 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM
Speedlite 90EX
Mount Adapter EF-EOS M
Black / White 104,800 yen
EOS M2 · Triple Lens Kit EF-M 22mm F2 STM
EF-M 11-22mm F4-5.6 IS STM
EF-M 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM
Speedlite 90EX
Mount Adapter EF-EOS M
Black / White 134,800 yen

EOS M (left) vs EOS M2 (right) (Image via Engadget JP)

The price should be around $600 for the body, and around $800 for the kit with the 18-55mm. Canon JP press release (text is machine translated):

Key Features

The new product is a model that inherits the concept model “EOS M” (9 January 2012), the balance of small size, light weight and high image quality equivalent to that of the digital single-lens reflex camera EOS series conventional. Evolved significantly AF performance from previous models, while equipped with a wireless LAN function anew, we are downsizing about 8% volume.
Users can in addition to fun to shooting full-fledged easily and comfortable, get the pleasure of after shooting to easily share with your friends and family a photograph by this.

Can be remarkably improved AF performance “hybrid CMOS AF II”

Over a wide area of ​​approximately 80% vertically and horizontally of the shooting screen, we have adopted to enable the combination of the imaging surface phase difference AF and contrast AF to “hybrid CMOS AF II”. As a result, in the ranging area wider than, enables fast focusing about 2.3 times ※ 2, it is possible to realize a shooting in the composition he wanted, ability to respond to a moving subject is improved conventional models ※ 1 will.

  • ※ conventional models that have been updated to firmware Ver.2.0 more than one comparison is “EOS M”.
  • ※ 2 One-Shot AF, Live AF multi-point, use “F3.5-5.6 IS STM EF-M18-55mm”, shooting at focal length 55mm.

High image quality equivalent to that of the digital single-lens reflex camera EOS series

By the deployment of the video engine DIGIC 5 and CMOS sensor APS-C size of about 18 million pixels, and has realized the continuous shooting performance of about 4.6 frames / second highest image quality and large-sized sensor only. In addition, you can be taken by commonly used ISO sensitivity of up to ISO12800 ※ 3 (extension ISO25600), with reduced noise even in dark.

  • ※ common ISO sensitivity of 3 movie shooting is the highest ISO6400.

Built-in wireless LAN function of the Wi-Fi enabled

Smartphone from a Wi-Fi enabled, remote operation ※ 4, such as the incorporation of still images that are recorded to the memory card in the camera and taking still pictures can be done.

  • ※ The operation from 4 smartphone, dedicated application EOS Remote (free of charge) is required. EOS Remote is compatible with iOS and Android, but it does not guarantee the operation in all models.

Market trend of interchangeable lens digital camera

Sales of interchangeable lens type digital camera of 2012 (worldwide) has reached to about 18 million units of about 13% increase over the previous year. I expect have been affected by the economic downturn in China and Europe mainly in 2013, but to maintain and about 18 million units, the same level as the prior-year level. (Canon research)

  • ※ I will include both single-lens reflex Non-reflex lens that can be exchanged digitally.

Full specifications of the Canon EOS M2:

Image Sensor
CCD pixels 18Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 5184
Pixels (H) 3456
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Size (width) 22.3mm
Sensor Size (height) 14.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 1,040,000 dots
Touch Screen Yes
Focusing
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Manual
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest 30sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted – Average
  • ESP Light Metering
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity 100 – 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp +/-3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Resolution No Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 4.6fps
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920×1080
Video FPS 30, 25,24
Stereo Sound Yes
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation No
Interface
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type LP-E12 Lithium Ion
CIPA Rating 230
Box Contents
Box Contents No Data
Dimensions
Weight 274g
Width 104.9mm
Height 65.2mm
Depth 31.6mm
[via DCI & DWI]
  • I don’t see a market for this. Who on Earth would want to have this ( I have no good names for it) by spending hard earned own money? idk.

    • Sky

      People with Canon DSLR who want an “emergency” body?
      IR photographers who don’t want to waste a DSLR?
      Majority of people buying mirrorless? You know – these that get a kit lens and never anything else than that? (at least – that’s the way Sigma describes them)

    • adqwedwq

      who would buy an idiotic nikon mirroless with a small sensor.. yet some people do.

    • tokugawa

      Honestly, if the EOS M had proper AF and some accessories such as EVF and features such as focus peaking and possibly in-body IS, it would be my prime choice, since it would be the only mirrorless system capable to control my EF/EF-S lenses electronically (adapter granted, of course) and thus use their in-lens AF, aperture, and IS.

      Currently, the usage of EF/EF-S lenses on my micro four thirds E-PL5 is rather limited (no aperture control, no IS, manual focus only, so the STM 40mm does not work either).

  • Charles

    I find it much more interesting than Nikons mirrorless stuff. Someone with Canon Crop cameras who wants a lighter camera, will like it.

  • bibi

    No Canon official announcement so far…just buzz & rumors !!

    • Admin
      • bibi

        I have the feeling (right or wrong…)that this EOS-M2 will be dedicated to the japanese & asian market only, as the first EOS M was a total marketing failure with poor sales on the other markets (USA & Europe)…Let’s see

      • jojo

        Too ashamed to release it to the world?

  • Beibs

    The grip area on the original M is too small, nice to see that they didn’t fix that in v2. And they made it slightly smaller, so it’s probably safe to assume we won’t be seeing better battery life this time around, either. Well, at least AF might not be completely broken this time around, right?

    Phone connection via direct wifi is a nice addition. But sheesh, what an uninspiring announcement. Where’s the dual-pixel AF sensor from the 70D? Larger grip/bigger battery? Even the small but excellent 22mm f/2 juts out a inch, no reason way they couldn’t have made the camera easier to hold and given it expanded controls. Here’s to hoping you can at least reassign the video record button to back button AF or some other user defined function via the custom functions menu this time around (it does nothing when in camera mode on the original M).

    • Sky

      I think Canon already got a camera to satisfy your needs – 100D. 😉

      • bibi

        totally agree !!!

      • Beibs

        The 100D still has the same depth and height as a standard DSLR. Have a look at the G series compacts – there is no reason why Canon couldn’t fit (or make room for) expanded manual controls and a more adequate grip in this form factor. Hopefully the rumors of a future enthusiast-targeted M model are true, because this entry is clearly not it.

  • I can’t believe this is the EOS M2… I really had high hopes it would be a much better camera… but this? This didn’t even scratch my most wanted features for the M2… I’m just disappointed. No need to upgrade. This camera will end dirt cheap for sale soon enough… what a waste

    • Admin

      I agree, rather disappointing (no Dual Pixel AF!). However, there should be another, more pro-oriented new EOS M body set to be announced in the first quarter of 2014. Let’s hope.

      • Sky

        No? Than what this “hybrid AF” is?

        • Admin

          It’s the AF featured on the SL1/100D.

  • MC

    Is it the second attempt of Canon to analysis how the customers see AF a matter on mirrorless camera? Panasonic and Olympic already get the crown of fast AF so what does it mean to release this semi-fast technology on the semi-new body? Canon knows that Dual Pixel AF would kill 70D if EOS M2 imply the same technology. I think that she is still hesitating to let mirrorless combine with this mighty AF system but I think it is a matter of time that Canon should let it happen finally.

    • Bob B.

      Correct. Olympus E-PL5 is year-old tech and has this “new” M beaten on all parameters that matter to a PHOTOGRAPHER.
      AF speed
      IQ (as good)
      Lens size and selection (incredibly extensive)
      Price
      Not to mention the you can attach the best electronic VF out there to the camera if you so desire.

      • adqwedwq

        get a life moron.. you are 24/7 on online on every forum… writing nonsense.. are you living from welfare bob “infrared”?

        • Bob B.

          🙂

          • Roger

            The guy absolutely spot on. Every post of yours is Canon bashing. Why would anyone actually sign up on a canon forum and create an avatar, just for the purposes of trolling? You seriously need to re-examine your life.

          • Bob B.

            I own a Canon FF system and am severely disappointed in Canon’s mirrorless offering, as are many others. I am entitled to my opinion.
            It just differs from yours. …but I am not bashing you. 🙂

      • tokugawa

        I have an E-Pl5 and am a Canon system user.

        I can tell you that the EOS M is still very attractive for me, because it would be the mirrorless option that could make me still use all my EF/EF-S lenses.

      • Cat.

        IQ of the m43 is way inferior to Canon EOS. Even on the Olympus E-M1. After owning all kinds of high-end Panasonic and Sony cameras with large sensors, I settled for the EOS M and sold all the others. There is no substitute for Canon colors, unfortunately. I prefer to live with a flawed autofocus mirrorless camera than to get bland and uninspiring pictures from cameras costing 3-4 times as much. While the competitors have very sharp images, their colors and tones are way inferior to Canon. And it is this that immediately makes the difference in pictures, not pixel peeping.

  • Bob B.

    “M” is for “Mistake”.

  • Eisenvater

    lol … to late folks, without EVF … outdated concept…

  • Sony developed a new 54 Megapixel Full Frame sensor and canon 18m 5y old senzor eos m2 =)))

  • Hachu21

    I can’t get it…. if the first “m” was a real failure on the sales side, Canon shouldn’t have produced… “this”.
    So, in real life, the first M had sold well around the globe or what?

    • adqwedwq

      well it was not a big success for CANON.

      but other manufacturers would be happy to sell as many cameras.

      canon was able to grab 9-12% of the mirroless market in asia with just ONE camera.

      • MC

        Yes, grab 9-12% by cutting the lens kit price down to $289, just like Nikon V1 what have done before. LOL

        • REVENGE

          Hell yeah, I’ll buy it for $289 anytime!

          • Hachu21

            I got my M1 double lens kit for 320€ (body+22mm+18-55mm+flash, used but as new condition)

  • Roger

    I don’t understand all the whining and complaining going on here. Ok, there’s nothing ground breaking about it, but so what? It’s still a good camera and there are plenty of reasons to chose this over the competition. To name a few;
    – bigger sensor than micro 4/3 cameras
    – much better pancake lens than what’s available for NEX series
    – smaller than fuji x-m1

    In any case, if you don’t like it, no one’s forcing you to buy one.

    • REVENGE

      Canon’s APS-C sensor tech has fallen behind so bad, it’s matched by m43.

      Since Canon still isn’t taking this market seriously, you better love that pancake lens for all it’s worth.

      Trade off a mm or two and you can get close to last year’s full frame image quality with X-Trans.

      Well Canon certainly won’t force you to buy it, unless you’re Japanese!

      • Roger

        Complete nonsense

      • Roger

        And a bit racist too

        • REVENGE

          Hey don’t blame me, it’s Canon that didn’t want a worldwide announcement!

          🙂

          • Roger

            Your ignorance about camera technology is only exceeded by your ignorance of other cultures.

  • adqwedwq

    well this is the basic M.

    what most people, who are interest in photography want, is the more pro M model announced later/next year.

    at least it´s amazingly small for an aps-c camera.

    im curios what canon will announce at the las vegas show.

    • REVENGE

      Try harder son.

      • Roger

        That doesn’t even make sense. Poor attempt at trolling

        • REVENGE

          Still not trying hard enough.

  • Doug

    I’m a long time Canon owner that’s very interested in mirrorless and VERY disappointed in this release. The controls are still largely touch driven instead of buttons and dials, the grip looks to be the same, the design is still bland, and while the auto focus sounds greatly improved, the bar was not particularly high. I wish they’d have included the 70D tech. Even the lens selection (with the exception of the 22mm) seems to be targeting someone who isn’t me 😉 I’d rather see small, fast primes than slower kit lens level zooms. And still no tilting screen? Oh well. This looks like a very mainstream, consumer point and shoot upgrade, not something aimed at the pro or enthusiast mirrorless crowd. That might make business sense, and I’m sure the IQ is great, but I wish they’d do something more adventurous. Even Panasonic has finally made two beautiful and boundary pushing little cameras with the GX7 and GM1. This was Canon’s opportunity to steal some thunder back from Sony, Fuji, Olympus and Panny, all of which are releasing captivating products. This isn’t so captivating. Kinda like a new Honda. Reliable. But not too sexy.

  • Manolito Pernambukano Dela Rose

    Boring!!!

  • Doug

    The SL1 camera, on the other hand, is pretty cool. I’d love to see Canon offer a tweaked model aimed and stealing some mirrorless thunder. Adding weather sealing, a tilting touch screen, faster flash sync and 70D live view focusing would make it pretty attractive next to Oly’s EM5 or PEN5 and Panny’s G6.

  • e

    Canon, you’re such a disappointment lately..

  • C

    EOS-M will just be the smaller version of a rebel with minimal upgrades each year. EOS-M will also be pushed more in Asia than in the states. When I was in parts of Asia there were gigantic billboards promoting the EOS-M when it first came out. It was plastered all over the place in subway stations, the airport, everywhere. People wishing for a “pro” version will also be sorely dissappointed. Canon has yet to announce any new EF-M lenses, which IMO is the more concerning downfall of this product. Only having 3 lenses on the market is a joke. Add two more pancake primes and a long telephoto zoom please.

    Anyway’s on a good note the IQ in a small package is pretty damn impressive. I would say if you shoot mostly static objects or landscape work this can be a great camera if you want a small reasonably priced package with superb IQ compared to other products similiar in size/price. Like I mentioned earilier they just need more lenses!

  • Garypen

    Compared to M1:

    Pros:
    -Wi-Fi
    -Hybrid AF

    Cons:
    -Smaller than M1
    -Mode dial still too limited
    -No EVF
    -Not available in US/NA

    When the price falls to $300 like the M1, it will be an excellent addition to a Canon kit as a backup, walkaround, or street camera.

  • Lake29

    The “M” has its limitations and poor design decisions, but as far as the results it can produce, it is, in my firm opinion, above any other mirrorless camera out there. I shoot film and digital, and the only digital cameras that satisfy me in terms of imaging and colors are EOS M, Fuji X100, and Fuji X10. I have all three and I’m not looking for anything else anymore. If I had to choose just one, it would be EOS M without much hesitation. Everything else, including Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic is distinctly digital and extremely boring. Sure you can draw whatever you want in Photoshop, but I’m talking about photography, not computer graphics.

    As far as “M2”, I will not be upgrading. The AF is fast adn accurate enough in the current M. Higher ISO values – good, but the current “M” is pretty clean at ISO 1600, and, if the light is not total crap, it’s more than good at ISO 64000.