[Review] Canon EOS M Production Model Reviewed By Engadget (IQ superb, AF not so much) – Update

Update: If you can’t wait to get the  and on Amazon Japan (click here).

Now that the Canon EOS M (click here for specs and kits) is shipping in Japan (and other parts of Asia) Engadget got a Canon EOS M production model reviewed and felt the pulse of Canon’s somewhat timid (some may say half-hearthed) approach to mirrorless system cameras.

Don’t get me wrong, the EOS M is an excellent little camera sporting an 18MP APS-C sensor and all the latest of Canon’s digital photographic technology, and it can mount the whole range of  the outstanding EF lens line-up. At the EOS M’s core you’ll find a lot of the technology employed in Canon’s DSLR line-up. The sensor, the touchscreen and user interface, the cpu and more are shared with the Rebel T4i/EOS 650D DSLR. Nevertheless, while having a price tag of $799, there are some shortfalls that let us a little puzzled. Auto focus is not as quick as you may expect (or want). The AF issue was known, but so far tested only in pre-production models. It’s sad to learn that it didn’t change in production models. This is probably the most criticized shortfall of Canon’s mirrorless attempt. And even if it will be cause some passionated flamewars in dedicated forums, this is an annoyance and not a real problem. Not enough problem for me: I am looking to get an EOS M for a trip I am planning in November.

The other one, already discussed issue, is the missing of a more powerful control dial (something you may miss, especially if you are accustomed to Canon’s DSLR’s, even if entry level). Liking or not liking to have to interact with a touchscreen is a subjective matter. I for myself prefer control dials. But that’s just me.

Enough of the bad news. Image quality is superb (as you can easily see in the samples), high ISO performance is as excellent as always with Canon (12800, 25600 expanded). Low light performance, sharpness, dynamic range are all outstanding. Just check the review. The EOS M is not disappointing if you are looking for outstanding IQ in a compact body.

The real question is: could Canon have done it better? And if yes, why didn’t they do?

Get Engadgets interesting and not always generous (towards Canon) review clicking here.

EOS M price check and availability: [shopcountry 6091]

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[Video] The Making of Canon’s EF 500mm F4L IS USM (from the scratch)

Ever wondered how a Canon L lens is made? Well, there is a three part video series (by RazorFantasy) that covers each and any aspect of the manufacturing of the EF 500mm F4L IS USM lens. Above is part 1, below part 2 and 3. Enjoy!

 

Canon EOS M Hand-Ons And Previews Round-up (first impressions, videos, pictures)

Image courtesy of Photographyblog

Now that Canon is starting to ship the EOS M, its entry in the mirrorless market, it’s time to round up the latest Canon EOS M hand-ons and previews. For pre-order links click here.

Photographyblog has a series of pictures of the cam itself, with different lenses mounted. ephotozine has another round of EOS M pictures and some first impressions to share. Next, let’s see some videos showing the EOS M’s features and interface. Please keep in mind that these are all pre-production models of the EOS M. First video comes from London Camera Exchange.

A Photokina related video by Thaiphoto DE. It shows also the Powershot G15 ($499 click here for spec), the EOS M with the 200-400mm mounted, and the new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM.

 

[Review] Canon EOS 6D vs Nikon 600D Comparisons Videos And Round-Up (and 6 reasons to take the EOS 6D)

Some comparisons between the two new entry level full-frame DSLRs: the Canon EOS 6D (click here for specs) vs Nikon’s D600 (click here for specs).

Thenewcamera analyzes and compares the specifications of the two cameras. Their conclusion:

Features and core specifications make [the] Canon 6D more attractive. […] Both DSLRs have full frame sensor […] Nikon offers advance AF system […] Canon offers you more AF working range and built-in GPS and WiFi

Photographer Benjamin Kanarek is considering to buy one, and hence discusses the pro and contra of each brand. Check his post if you’re in a similar dilemma. He concludes:

I really love the ergonomics of the Canon and find the look of the Nikon a bit plastic. I know it isn’t but it sure looks like it in my opinion. I do like the fact that the Canon sensor is only packing 20 megapixels thus more real estate per pixel which translates in to better noise performance, generally speaking.

Looking for the right reasons to get an EOS 6D? Have a look to the video below (to be honest, in Kanarek’s post there is also a video showing 6 good reasons to get a Nikon D600; won’t feature it here :-) )

Canon’s EOS 6D can be preordered at the following shops:

 

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Field Review And Test

EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM settings. Image courtesy of Digital Photography School

This is a good and instructive review of the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM ($11,500, click here) by Digital Photography School. Let me first list the specifications of the lens:

  • L-Series Optics
  • Optical Image Stabilization – 3 Modes
  • Fast Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM) Autofocus
  • Full-time Manual Focusing Functionality
  • High-speed CPU
  • Autofocus Stop Feature
  • Dust and Water Resistant
  • Fluorite Glass for Improved Quality
  • Protective Fluorine Lens Coating
  • Security Slot for Wire-Type Locks

The review comes with lots of samples (wildlife shots in Alaska). From the conclusion:

The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a treat to use but not a treat to carry around. It is best used when a base of operations can be established, like a boat or near a campsite. The sharpness from side to side is impressive but needs to be balanced with the general aspect of it being a fixed focal length lens. This is fairly easily overcome with cropping final images, especially as the pixel count on future cameras climbs.

EF EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA

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[Review] EOS 6D First Thoughts Review (and comparison with Nikon D600)

Image credits: Digitalcamerainfo

Let’s start with a Digitalcamerinfo’s first impressions review of the EOS 6D.

The Canon EOS 6D is designed to be a lighter, cheaper alternative to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. To that end, it accomplishes its goals, squeezing a 20.2-megapixel full-frame sensor and updated autofocus into a relatively small body. […]

The EOS 6D does, however, seem much simpler to use at first blush than either the EOS 5D Mark III or its predecessor, the venerable EOS 5D Mark II. The 6D’s inclusion of Canon’s now-ubiquitous “Q” quick control menu and a physical mode dial chock full of automatic shooting modes should make novice shooters feel right at home. The “Q” menu, in particular, makes adjusting settings much easier, taking full advantage of the large 3-inch, 1.040 million-pixel display.

Next, lets have a look at a comparison by Digitalcamerainfo between the EOS 6D and Nikon’s D600. Both cams have a price tag of $2100, have similar specs and aim at the same target (customers). Are they so much different (beside the fact that the EOS 6D has built-in GPS and WiFi)?

On the Nikon side, the D600’s top plate is pulled almost directly from their top APS-C model, the D7000; the back control scheme, on the other hand, is largely based on their recently released full-frame body, the Nikon D800. On the Canon EOS 6D you can see bits and pieces that are clearly culled from the high-end APS-C EOS 7D, while the body’s silhouette is reminiscent of a smaller Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Won’t anticipate more, since it is a well made article you should read. So if you want to learn about the little details that differentiate one camera from the other you where to go.

Canon’s EOS 6D can be preordered at the following shops:

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