Canon’s supersmall mirrorless camera, the EOS M (could be available on Amazon by third party sellers), is already ranked third on Amazon US’ compact camera best seller list. The big, authorized sellers are all taking pre-orders (Amazon | Adorama | B&H). But DigitalRev has various Canon EOS M kits in stock and ready to ship, click here to see all their EOS M related bundles and items. As usual with DigitalRev the price depends by your check-out location and is comprehensive of import taxes.
Digitalcamerainfo chose the EOS-1D X as the camera of the year, because:
While there were only a couple high-end cameras brought to market in 2011, this year saw the eventual release of some incredible full-frame models from each of the major players. With some fantastic mid-range bodies also seeing the light of day, the Canon 1D X had stiff competition for our top spot once it finally was released to the public. Despite the delay, the 1D X bested all comers in our lab tests, producing the highest overall score of the year. While it's certainly too big, too expensive, and simply too much for most people, the Canon 1D X is, hands-down, the best camera from 2012
Scott Bourne and the staff at photofocus chose the EOS 5D Mark III as the camera of the year:
This year our team tested many cameras and one really stood out. It was the Canon 5D MK III. [...] The 5D MK III is fast both in response time and frames-per-second (up to 6 fps.) It has much better chromatic aberration correction and it’s low-light performance is second to none. It has up to seven frame HDR/bracketing.
The biggest improvement in the 5D MK III is in the auto focus. The camera’s 61-point AF system has 41 cross-type sensors and is miles ahead of its competition and only a hair slower than its big brother the Canon 1DX which in my opinion, has the best DSLR AF system in the world. [...]
Ultimately for our team, the selection boiled down to amazing low-light performance, super fast and accurate AF, premium build quality, and incredible DSLR film capabilities. If we had a nit it’s the price, but nothing is perfect.
- Video Comparison Of The Blackmagic Cinema Camera Vs The Canon EOS 5D III –> read it here
- Canon Cinema prime lenses –> read it here
- Canon C500 with Gemini 4K hands on –> read it here
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III Lens Guide – Which Lens Suits my Canon Best? –> read it here
- Iconic Images – Namibia. Beautiful little film shot on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III (specs&price) –> read it here
- Amazing Photo of Ice Halos Captured in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy –> read it here
- Enter To Win Your Choice – Nikon D800 (specs&price) or Canon 5D MK III –> read it here
- Hurricane Sandy before And after in 100 Pictures & Latest Videos –> read it here
- Photog Archiving 100 Images for Billions of Years by Sending Them to Space –> read it here
- Flash photography tips: external flash techniques anyone can understand –> read it here
Limited quantity but ready to ship. Canon’s heavily discussed EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II is back in stock at B&H for the usual $2,299.
Now that the Canon EOS M, Canon’s first attempt in the mirrorless market, is going on sale (mainly in Asia, for the time being neither Amazon nor Adorama and B&H have the EOS M listed as in stock), there are more and more reviews showing up in the web. Shawn Low at c|net Asia reviewed the Canon EOS M and he has some good things to say about. The highlights, according to c|net Asia are excellent low-light performance and image quality, compact size and a responsive touchscreen interface. It is interesting to see that all reviewers are impressed by the small size of Canon’s foray into the mirrorless camera world.
The autofocus system doesn’t get much appraisal here neither, yet the accuracy is confirmed. Quoting c|net Asia:
In terms of autofocus (AF) performance, we were quite disappointed by the EOS M’s general sluggishness. In indoor lighting, the EOS M (in “Single” AF mode) took about one second to get a focus lock on our subject; speeds will differ in different lighting conditions as well. Also, we realized that the camera’s focusing speeds also varies according to the AF mode that you’ve set, with the “Single” mode setting being the fastest.
The video below gives an idea:
From the conclusion:
The EOS M should appeal to beginners looking for dSLR-like quality minus the bulk, as well as Canon users who require a secondary body–especially when they already own an existing stable of Canon dSLR lenses.
[...] We were impressed by the EOS M’s excellent low-light performance and fluid touchscreen interface, but were let down by its slow autofocus performance–a factor which prevented us from awarding it with our Editors’ Choice.
I guess it will not be possible to update the AF performance with a firmware update. The AF definitely appears to the Canon EOS M’s weakest point. The small size, the image quality and the possibility to use all of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses (through an adapter) are its winning points.
Canon Rumors reports that it
was recently told that a new 55mm f/1.3 lens would be announced on March 26, 2013. This is the first time I have ever seen an announcement date called this far off. Although, I tend to believe something is probably going to happen in March of 2013. I find it odd that Canon won’t be doing the announced firmware for the 5D Mark III until April 2013, I’m not sure if that’s tied to other new products coming.
It’s not sure which mount type the 55mm f/1.3 lens will have, CR speculations consider an EF-M mount lens for the Canon EOS M
Lenrentals owner Roger Cicala got a batch of Canon EOS M cameras and immediately tried out what this cute little mirrorless camera has to offer. Very few spoilers here since I think Roger's hands-on is worth to be read. Just some excerpts…
For those who don’t want to read this but do want to tell everyone what I said later, here’s the summary: it is the best of mirrorless, it is the worst of mirrorless, it is the camera of wise choices, it is the camera of foolishness, it is the epoch of accurate autofocus, and it is the epoch of slow autofocus. In other words, I’ve got mixed emotions.
Unfortunately, the auto-focus sluggishness is confirmed, but also its high accuracy. The Canon EOS M features an auto-focus system that isn't best suited for fast paced street photography, but works perfectly fine for portraits and landscape. The AF works best with the EF-M 18-55mm lens. Indeed, it looks as if the AF is acceptably fast when used with the EF-M 18-55mm lens (at least au pair with other mirrorless cams).
The EF adpater gets an appraisal:
No one has done adapters better. No one. We shot a variety of Canon EF lenses on it and they all were flawless. Autofocus like a dream, at least as fast as the native EOS-M lenses [...], automatic vignetting control works perfectly, it was wonderful. Even some third-party lenses adapt rather nicely.
That's good to know, I ordered the EOS M with the adapter and I am happy to learn that Canon did it right. Another thing that positively impressed is the very small size of the EOS M, it may be the smallest mirrorless camera around.
DigitalRev has the Canon EOS M in stock and ready to ship. Various kits are offered, click here to see all their EOS M related bundles and items. Prices look good, also if shipped to Europe. I contacted DigitalRev and they confirmed me that the price you see in check-out is actually the price you have to pay, taxes and customs included. That sounds good.
[via PetaPixel/Roger Cicala]