Canon EOS M mirrorless digital camera arms-on (video)

Canon EOS M mirrorless camera hands-on (video)

There have been loads of false alarms in current months, however Canon’s first mirrorless interchangeable lens digital camera (ILC) is lastly right here — actually, we’re holding it in our arms. The EOS M is clearly harking back to some extent-and-shoot, akin to the corporate’s excessive-finish PowerShot S100. Positive, Canon might have added a few of the devoted controls that its skilled consumer base would demand, however photojournalists aren’t the goal right here, for a number of causes. Canon’s main motivation, at the least from an official perspective, was to create a digital camera that serves to bridge the hole between pocketable compacts and full-measurement DSLRs with a easy consumer interface designed to teach, not intimidate. Additionally key, nevertheless, was avoiding cannibalization of the corporate’s low-finish and mid-vary Digital SLR fashions, which clearly nonetheless have a spot within the lineup one tier above this ILC.

Shoppers prepared to sacrifice hardware controls for a touchscreen-pushed UI will not be lacking out on a lot else — functionally, the EOS M is a close to-clone of Insurgent T4i with the identical 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor and three-inch touchscreen. Even the superior two-stage focusing system has made its means from the T4i, which makes use of each part-distinction and distinction AF as a way to obtain focus extra effectively when capturing video. The housing design and lens mount are in contrast to some other that Canon has produced, nevertheless, combining options from different fashions with out utterly eliminating the necessity for a DSLR, or a compact for that matter. If you will get by with out granular controls, you will do exactly positive right here — the design actually is spectacular. With an $800 price ticket, the EOS M falls inside the higher tier of the mirrorless class, and it stays to be seen whether or not it is going to be an apparent decide when it lastly hits shops in October, a month after rivals tease their very own merchandise on the large Photokina expo in Germany. How does it fare immediately? You will discover our impressions simply previous the break.%Gallery-160939%

The compact system digital camera designation lives as much as its identify with the EOS M — it is no Pentax Q, however you would not need it to be. What we have now as an alternative is a strong interchangeable lens digital camera that is considerably smaller than even the PowerShot G1 X, falling in someplace between that mannequin and the pocket-sized S100. In different phrases, it is very small. With the 22mm package lens hooked up, you will simply overlook that you simply’re holding a digital camera that sports activities an APS-C sensor and a detachable lens mount. However pair it with the EOS adapter and one in every of Canon’s monstrous “L” lenses and the M seems fairly paltry — that duo’s as unlikely a pair as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito.

Canon EOS M mirrorless camera hands-on (video)

The EOS M feels fairly good in hand, with a clean, however strong, end on the black mannequin and a shiny, reflective magnesium alloy coating on the white model. The show is sharp and vibrant, and the contact performance is correct and responsive — which is essential, contemplating you will be doing far more tapping with the M than you’d with some other Canon EOS, or perhaps a level-and-shoot. The contact-heavy interface reminds us of the Panasonic GF3, although the few devoted buttons and wheel make it potential to enter key alternatives when tapping is not very best, comparable to when navigating the multi-degree settings menu. As with different cameras, Canon has enabled the touchscreen to help faucet-based mostly focusing, publicity and shutter launch, making it straightforward to pick particular parts within the body.%Gallery-160940%

Talking of focusing, our expertise was surprisingly sluggish, even with the 22mm and 18-55mm package lenses. Utilizing full-measurement EF optics, such because the 400mm f/2.eight L, was virtually painful, with the digital camera struggling to regulate when capturing in a dimly lit room. Like picture high quality, which we weren’t permitted to evaluation on a pc, Canon says that the digital camera’s efficiency is way from ultimate, and given the October ship goal, it is affordable to anticipate vital enhancements earlier than the EOS M makes its solution to shoppers. Nonetheless, if speedy focus is crucial, you will in all probability need to go for a full-measurement DSLR, or maybe the Olympus EM-5. General, our expertise was usually constructive, although it ought to be abundantly clear that the EOS M is not going to switch your excessive-finish digital SLR rig. In case you’re trying to complement your assortment, or contemplating a leap from some extent-and-shoot, that is definitely one to observe. You’ll be able to take a better look in our arms-on video under.

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