The announcement of the Canon EOS M2 generated some confusion. 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.
But it appears that Canon doesn’t have plans to release the EOS M2 in all of Asia either. According to exposure-magazine Canon will not introduce the EOS M2 in Indonesia and in the rest of South and South-East Asia. Quoting Sintra Wong, Canon Division Manager, PT Datascrip Indonesia, “there is no plan until today for EOS M2 to be distributed in South and Southeast Asia region, inclunding Indonesia“. Mr. Sintra Wong says: “Not every Canon products are distributed globally. It is based on product strategy and market demand”. If it depends by the demand there is a possibility to see the EOS M2 in EU and USA too.
The EOS M2 is available for pre-order at Amazon JP, but will not ship out of Japan. The EOS M, on the other hand, can be had for a bargain: $279 at newegg with the 18-55mm IS STM lens.
It appears that all answers given to the question “will the EOS M2 be announced in the US?” start with “At this time, we have no plans to announce in the U.S” – the highlight is on “at this time”. I asked some of my sources and was told that so far nothing suggests Canon will not announce and therefore sell the EOS M2 in the US and in Europe. One source pointed to CES in Las Vegas (January 2014) for the announcement. So, for the time being I would not say that the EOS M2 is for Asia only. What I can say is that it appears that the announcement of the EOS M2 came as a surprise also for some Canon reps: it looks as if even some Canon people in the EU and US were surprised by the announcement.
Similar information are showing up also on other sites. The Phoblographer asked Canon directly and they got the same answer: “At this time, we have no plans to announce in the U.S”. C|net asked Canon spokeswoman Ellen Heydt and once again the same answer: “At this time, we have no plans to announce in the U.S” – sounds all a bit synchronized, doesn’t it? Finally, Engadget backs the possibility that the EOS M2 will be announced at CES 2014. So, as you can see nothing is definitive here. The EOS M2 may well be announced and sold in the EU and in the US.
A future launch in the UK has not been ruled out. A Canon UK spokesman told Amateur Photographer: ‘Currently, it is not planned to range the EOS M2 in Europe.’ However, he added: ‘Distribution and demand will be constantly reviewed and the situation may change in the future.’
We have to wait to see what happens. However, don’t forget that Canon never announced (and is not selling) the EF-M 11-22mm IS STM lens in the US (but can be ordered at DigitalRev). The 11-22mm is a lens every EOS M owner would want to own, so not selling it in the US means something. For the time being the 11-22mm isn’t even available on Amazon Canada.
Canon’s new mirrorless camera , the EOS M2 has been announced a few days ago.
Found this video (YouTube user kOrBeN DaLlOz) and it looks like an official Canon Japan product video. It is mostly about the auto-focus of the EOS M2, and there are AF performance comparisons with the EOS M.
The EOS M2 is here, did disappoint many people, will (most probably) not been sold in Europe and the US – never the less it is a cute little mirrorless camera and we won’t fail to cover it :-) So, here is another short AF test video.
Itmedia has some EOS M2 sample pics for you to view.
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.
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!