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]