December 3, 2013
Posted in News, Rumors

Canon EOS M2 To Be Sold Only In Asia?


The announcement of the Canon EOS M2 last night created a bit of confusion. Nothing leaked until the day before, and: only Canon Japan and Canon China made the announcement. No word came from Canon USA or one of the Canon’s EU branches. As for now a lot suggests that Canon may introduce the EOS M2 for Asia only, or at least wait for CES 2014 to make it available for the rest of the world.

That Canon could make the EOS M2 available only for Asia is more plausible than you may think at first glance, it’s an option to take in account. Mirrorless cameras sell pretty good in Asia (the EOS M did too), much better than in Europe or the US, so it could be possible that Canon decides to sell the EOS M2 only in Asia. Remember that the EF-M 11-22mm IS STM lens is still not available for the US (but can be ordered at DigitalRev). The 11-22mm is the most interesting lens among those (3 lenses) that are available, in my opinion.

December 3, 2013
Posted in Reviews

Canon EOS M2 Auto-Focus Test Video

Even if Canon didn’t built in the awesome Dual Pixel AF first seen on the Canon EOS 70D, the Canon EOS M2 promises to double AF speed compared to the EOS M with the firmware update. The short video above (by YouTube user kakakucommagazine) gives a first idea about how the EOS M2′s AF works. And, hey!, this is a small sized camera!

The EOS M is on sale for $299 at B&H.

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December 3, 2013
Posted in News

Canon EOS Cinema Cameras Capture Comet ISON from Space

No, they did not use the new EOS M2 :-)

Canon press release:

Canon’s Cinema EOS System contributes to video capture of comet ISON from space

TOKYO, Japan, December 2, 2013—Canon Inc. announced today that an ultra-high-sensitivity 4K camera was used to successfully capture video of the comet ISON from the International Space Station at approximately 7:08 p.m. JST on November 23, 2013. Canon technology contributed to this world’s-first achievement as video production equipment from Canon’s Cinema EOS System was used to record the astronomical phenomenon.

Comet ISON

 EOS C500 PL

 Comet ISON

CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP

 Comet ISON

CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP

Discovered in September 2012, ISON was unique in that, among the many large comets that have passed through the solar system in recent years, none had traveled so close to the sun. Accordingly, expectations were high that the “sungrazing” ISON would provide earthbound stargazers with a rare performance that would not likely be repeated anytime soon. After the video was shot, however, the comet is believed to have largely broken up and evaporated, meaning that it will no longer be visible in the night sky.

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December 3, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 6D – $1599

Top Rated Plus eBay seller qd_us (99.8% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 6D for $1599 (click here). There are still lots of Black Friday (click here) and Cyber Monday (click here) deals for you to check.


December 3, 2013
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2880


Top Rated Plus eBay seller qd_us (99.8% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $2,879 (click here). There are still lots of Black Friday (click here) and Cyber Monday (click here) deals for you to check.

December 3, 2013
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UK Deals: Canon EOS 60D, 14mm f/2.8, 24mm TS

A bunch of upcoming Amazon UK Gold Box Deals, all start at 11am UK time:

December 3, 2013
Posted in News

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 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
  • 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 Resolution No Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 4.6fps
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
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
Weight 274g
Width 104.9mm
Height 65.2mm
Depth 31.6mm

[via DCI & DWI]