[Review] Ken Rockwell Spoke About The EOS M

Just a quick post I shamelessly “stole” from my friends over at mirrorlessrumors.com. Ken Rockwell gave us his word and thoughts about the newly released EOS M: No one made it right but Canon, EOS M is the “world’s first serious mirrorless camera

By “serious,” I mean professional grade. Sony, Samsung, Olympus, Panasonic and other third-tier brands offer lots of mirrorless cameras, but then aren’t pro grade; they are just consumer electronics products and usually only with smaller 4/3 sensors (or smaller) and/or lens mounts often with few advanced lenses available.

No comment. :-)

Canon EOS-M preorder links:

EOS M page on Amazon (click here), Adorama (click here), B&H (click here)
If you live in Germany: wexcameras.de (click here)

EOS M page on Amazon (click here), Adorama (click here), B&H (click here)
EOS M Black at Amazon (click here), Amazon UK (click here), Adorama (click here) and BHphoto (click here).
EOS M White at BHphoto (click here).
EOS M 22mm pancake at Amazon (click here), Adorama (click here) and BHphoto (click here).
EOS M 18-55mm kit lens at Amazon (click here), Adorama (click here) and BHphoto (click here).
EOS M adapter at Amazon (click here) and BHphoto (click here).
EOS M Flash at Amazon (click here), Adorama (click here) and BHphoto (click here).

More pre-order options here. The image of the EOS M chassis below comes via CSCmagazine.



Big EOS M Competitors, Reviews And Hands-On Survey

Pre-orders: EOS M page on AmazonEOS M search on Amazon UKEOS M on B&H and Adorama. If you live in Germany stop by at wexcameras.de. For more pre-order links (US, UK, DE, world-wide) and specifications click here.

After the heat of Canon’s EOS M announcement (and related server crashes :-)) it’s time to round-up the available news, reviews and hands-ons. Canon’s first attempt in the mirrorless market is a consumer oriented camera, it will typically be sold as a kit with the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens for $799 (B&HAdorama). Canon also announced another lens for the EOS M, the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, sold for $299.99 (AdoramaB&H). Various accessories are also available (click here for Amazon’s EOS M page). Nevertheless, while aiming at the consumer market the EOS M has all the advanced/manual controls needed for a creative approach to photography. And there is more: the EOS M can use Canon’s whole lens line-up with the EF-M Lens adapter for EF/EF-S lenses ($199.99, Amazon and B&H). Canon wanted to keep things simple, aiming at users who want high quality images without the complexity of a DSLR. As you probably know, a more pro oriented mirrorless camera by Canon is expected to be announced for Photokina, in September 2012.
Compared to its direct competitors, the EOS M costs $50 more than the Panasonic GF5 with 14mm f/2.5 pancake and $400 more than the Panasonic GF3 with the same 14mm lensPanasonic’s GX1 with 14-42mm kit lens is $250 less, with the 14-42mm Power Zoom lens the GX1 is $50 more expensive than the EOS M. Compared to Olympus, the EOS M costs $200 more than the E-PL3 with the  17mm pancake. Compared to Sony’s more pro oriented NEX7 (body only), the EOS M is $ 400 less, compared to the recently released NEX F3 with the 18-55mm it’s $200 more. Finally,  there is Nikon, the EOS M costs $50 more than the 1 V1 with the 10-30mm lens, and $300 more than the 1 J1 with the same lens.

Let’s go for the reviews. Engadget (video below), The Verge, comprehensive hands-on at pocket-lint and digitalcamerainfo. Another hands-on at whatdigitalcamera (second video below), preview at C|Net UK. The filmmakers at EOSHD also had their hands on the EOS M. Philip Bloom (The death of the DSLR  in it’s current form is inevitable), Dpreview and Techradar and Imaging Resource and Spanish hands-on at DSLRmagazine, and German at heise.de. More and more EOS M clips on youtube.

Let me know your thoughts….

[Video] EOS M First Hands On Video

While we are waiting for the official announcement of the EOS M, Canon’s mirrorless camera, there is already a first hands-on video that showed up on youtube (thanks to reader Mitch!). The video is in Italian (I speak it). Surprise surprise: the camera comes in different colors. The Canon guy says that «a lot of prototypes have been tried out in Canon – we think we achieved a good product with the EOS M». When asked about a model with viewfinder, he basically is saying that «a viewfinder is something that only DSLR shooter would miss», and: «Maybe there will be a camera with viewfinder in the future». Still no information about the price. Basically, the specs I posted yesterday are confirmed. Moreover…:

  • Manual controls (exposure and aperture) are available through the touchscreen
  • Shutter can be released through the touchscreen, after focus has been locked (2:28″ on the video)
  • 14 bit RAW header
  • External microphone
  • Phase and contrast detection AF
  • Different colors available

The touch-screen seems to be very functional, clean and easy to use. The EOS adapter is huge, but, i guess, that’s the price for being able to use EOS lenses line-up.

[Review] Another EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Review

Canon’s new, cute EF 40mm f/2.8 STM ($199, click here) is getting lots of reviews, and most of them are more than just positive. The review I cover today comes from fstoppers, and it is the most critic review I saw so far (although it is outlining the strengths of the lens). Sample pics shot with an EOS 7D, a Rebel T4i/650D and a EOS 5D are available for download (scroll down to the end of the post).

[via fstoppers]

[Review] EOS 1D-X: Best DSLR Ever Made (According To Scott Bourne)

While still being on backorder everywhere, Canon’s new flagship, the full frameEOS-1D X ($6,799), is already getting enthusiastic reviews. Scott Bourne raves about this camera (emphasis mine):

This is without a doubt the most impressive camera I’ve seen since I went digital. There: You have the executive summary. The Canon 1D X is a certified monster of a camera. It’s the biggest, the fastest, and if you’ll permit me to create a word that is illegal in Scrabble, the bestest 35mm DSLR I’ve ever seen or used.

The EOS 1D-X features the same AF system as the EOS 5D Mark III, with just ome difference: the 1D-X has a dedicated CPU for this task. On the EOS 1D-X…

The autofocus is the best you can buy in this format. I’ve tested and used the 5D Mark III, so I was already familiar with Canon’s excellent new 61-point autofocus system. But on the Canon 1DX the autofocus gets a boost with its own dedicated DIGIC processor. This makes the AF even faster and more accurate than the 5D Mark III’s AF — and that is no small accomplishment.

I suggest you have a look at the original article. For the time being the EOS 1D-X can be pre-ordered for $6,799.00 at Adorama (click here)B&H (click here)Amazon US (click here) and DigitalRev (click here). Canon 1D-X features:

  • Newly designed 18.1 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-51,200 (L:50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800) for shooting from bright to dim light and next generation Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors for enhanced noise reduction and blazing processing speed
  • New 61-Point High Density Reticular AF including 41 cross-type AF points with f/4.0 lens support including 5 dual diagonal AF points (sensitive to f/2.8), plus EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF for accurate subject tracking
  • EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) powered by Canon’s DIGIC 4 Image Processor, featuring a 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor with subject and color recognition for reliable AE
  • EOS HD Video with manual exposure control and multiple frame rates (1080: 30p (29.97) /24p (23.976) / 25p, 720: 60p (59.94) / 50p, 480: 60p (59.94) / 50p) with 4GB automatic file partitioning (continuous recording time 29 minutes 59 seconds) with selectable “All i-frame” or IPB compression
  • Outstanding shooting performance: up to 12.0 fps continuous shooting (14.0 fps in Super High Speed Mode) using a UDMA CF card
  • Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability tested up to 400,000 cycles, exclusive dust-and-weather resistance and new Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning (UWMC) for improved vibration-based dust removal
  • Intelligent Viewfinder with superimposed LCD display, approximately 100% field of view, wide viewing angle of 35 degrees and 0.76x magnification
  • 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD monitor, 170 degree viewing angle, 1,040,000-dot VGA, reflection resistance with multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing
  • Improved handling with the addition of new customizable controls and enhanced recording options with Dual Card Slots, Gigabit-Ethernet terminal and compatibility with optional Canon Wireless File Transmitter and GPS Receiver

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