Canon EOS M

Estimated Street Price: $799 (with 22mm EF-M lens)

INTRODUCED 7/2012

Canon’s long-anticipated mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera finally materialized in Summer 2012. The new EOS M is built around an 18-megapixel APS-C image sensor and DIGIC 5 processor (similar in performance to the new EOS Rebel T4i DSLR).

The EOS M has a new EF-M lens mount, which takes new EF-M lenses (of which there are two at introduction: the 22mm ƒ/2.0 sold with the camera and an 18-55mm zoom). With the optional EF-EOS M adapter, the new camera can use the full range of EF and EF-S lenses for EOS DSLRs—more than 60 of them, from fisheye and superwide-angle to supertelephoto, including macro and tilt-shift lenses.

The EOS M has a versatile video mode, using the same Hybrid CMOS AF system to provide Movie Servo AF, with touch-screen AF when you want it. You can record 1080p full HD video with adjustable stereo sound using the built-in microphone or an optional external stereo mic via the camera’s 3.5mm miniplug jack. Video is MPEG-4 AVC H.264, saved as MOV files.

STANDOUT FEATURE: Hybrid CMOS AF combines the best of phase-detection and contrast-based AF, all done right off the image sensor.

1. Images are stored on SD, SDHC or SDXC cards, including UHS-I (fast cards recommended).

2. The big, 3-inch touch-screen LCD monitor takes up most of the camera back and is used to make most camera settings and check images. There’s no other viewfinder, even as an accessory, but the camera can be connected to an external monitor through its mini-HDMI jack.

3. The EOS M’s hot-shoe provides E-TTL II flash control with dedicated Speedlite external flash units, including the new Speedlite 90EX designed for the M system.

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