Canon has been sitting on the fence when it comes to mirrorless system cameras and at last the major manufacturers of cameras has taken the pain to launch their own system. Many had feared that the Canon PowerShot G1 X turned out to be Canon’s only contribution in this class, but this morning Canon announced that Canon’s new offering, which will be named EF-M.
With it we have a new camera, two lenses and a flash light. In addition, there is an adapter that means the new camera can use both EF and EF-S lenses.
And then you may have already guessed that we are talking about a camera with APS-C sensor? For the reason, the EF-M system will have the same size image sensor that Canon has in their amateur and enthusiast models, and thus potentially the same excellent image quality. Thus, Canon has not attempted to immitate the similar work done by Nikon or Pentax (if one disregards the latter’s K-01), and many companies will be there breathing a sigh of relief.
Here are the new products being launched today:
Canon EOS M
Canon EOS-M is a 18-megapixel hybrid CMOS chip, which means that just as many expected, similar to the recently launched Canon EOS 650D. The camera gets in other words, contrast based auto focus, thanks to small auto-focus sensor that sits in between the common image sensors on the chip. These allow for a total of 31 focus areas, and since the focus sensors located on the chip, eliminating sources of error found in SLRs – including certain forms of wrong calibration.
Canon EOS-M will be good for 4.3 fps for 17 JPEG images or 6 RAW images. The storage takes place on the SD card and camera to support both UHS-1 for speed and for capacity SDXC. Video recording is also in place, and in 1920 x 1080 are stored camera MOV files in H.264 and with your choice of 29.97 frames per second (fps), 25 bps or 23,976 bps. In 1280 x 720, the speed is increased to 59.94 fps or 50 fps if you wish. The maximum duration is 29 minutes and 59 seconds, or earlier if the file size reaches 4 GB before that time. The camera is equipped with a jack for external microphone and sound level can be adjusted manually during filming.
The screen is 3 inches (7.6 cm) and touch sensitive. It supports multi-touch, as the readers with smart phone should be familiar with, and resolution is 1.04 million pixels.
ISO range on the new camera will be from 100 to 12,800, which is also expandable to 25600. Auto ISO will have to stay within 100-6400. The shutter is of a hybrid-type, in that the first curtain is electronic while the other is mechanical.
Early types of information on the battery life by CIPA standard is a bit disappointing, with only 230 shots per charge. This is not much, especially for a camera that has flash, but until we eventually get it confirmed at the press conference later this morning.
Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
The EOS-M and the Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM are naturally being launched simultaneously. This lens is STM-engine just like the lenses that were introduced with the 650D. This is a type of electric motor which is very accurate and quiet, and is especially intended for video.
Stabilizer is in place, and optical lens comprises the 13 elements in 11 groups. All in all lens weighs 120 grams.
Canon EF-M 22 mm f / 2 STM
Canon has been smart and also released a smaller, fixed lens with the EOS-M, and this is the Canon EF-M 22 mm f / 2 STM. This will be smaller, but more than zoom, with respectively 105 grams weight and a brightness of f / 2 No image stabilization, unfortunately, but here it’s probably mostly just the size and brightness that have been prioritized.
Also this lens is an STM-engine, and optical will be constructed of 6 elements in 7 groups. Minimum focusing distance is 15 cm.
Canon Speedlite 90EX
Canon Speedlite 90EX, we have not yet received much information, but it seems by the look that it does not a very big flash, and thus not that powerful in low light conditions. EOS-M will also have built-in flash, but will be compatible with external flashes, and the rest of Canon’s flash range.