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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 8:59 am 
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[list][color=#0000BF]Put Your Creativity Into Motion With The New EOS M Digital Camera

The Newest Camera in Canon's Lineup Delivers Exceptional EOS Full HD Video Quality with Continuous Autofocus and an Expansive Selection of Lenses

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 23, 2012 – Combining the perfect blend of advanced video features and excellent still image quality in a convenient size, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M Digital Camera. Canon has made significant advancements in the realm of professional-quality HD video capture, from advanced CMOS sensor technology to smooth, quiet continuous autofocus. Inspired by EOS technology, the EOS M leverages these core technologies and distills them down to provide outstanding video capture capabilities while retaining high-quality still image capture. When shooting still images, the EOS M camera's 18-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor provides a shallow depth of field, incredible low-light image quality and a wide dynamic range to capture rich gradation and detail. This new addition to the EOS family offers a great solution to videographers and photographers of all levels, with two new lenses designed specifically for Canon's new camera format - the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens and the optional EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens- and the ability to use the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses through the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M.

"The EOS M includes a unique feature set making it an ideal movie-making tool, while also offering incredible still image quality on its APS-C-sized CMOS sensor. The camera's size, image quality, advanced video capabilities and the versatility of Canon's full lineup of lenses make the EOS M another great option to help our customers record and capture their creative vision," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Product Specifications and Features:

[list][*]EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects also includes:
Manual exposure control
Multiple resolution frame rates
Built-in stereo microphone
Manual audio level adjustment
Video Snapshot mode with touch-screen editing
[*]18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:01 am 
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Was replying to Maestro's comment and upon hitting submit the thread was locked...

The EOS M and G1X have the same list price. From the marketing press for the Canon EOS M it appears this camera is aimed at people who want a better IQ-wise compact camera than your standard point and shoot but still use it as a point and shoot. The G1X was aimed at people wanting better IQ in a compact, but is unfortunately hobbled in some regards. I don't really think they fully addressed these issues and the EOS M now has tradeoffs versus the G1X, e.g. loss of tilt swivel, loss of 3 Stop ND filter, loss of manual control rings. Would have been interesting if Canon had released a collapsible lens zoom a la the G1X focal range for this new M series. I guess I'll hold out hope the G2X or whatever to have improvements in close focus and shot to shot raw capture speed.

I would have seriously considered the Sony RX100 if it had tilt swivel, it is something I have found invaluable in a number of photo situations.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:20 am 
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Sorry about that but we usually lock down the rumour thread once a camera is officially announced.

There's a hands on video of the EOS M over at YouTube which gives a good idea of the size of the EOS M with various lenses which you can watch here.

Until the reviews come in we'll be clutching at straws trying to evaluate the EOS M but, with the caveat that the video must have been made using a pre-production camera, I think this gives a good idea of how fast the camera will be to use in practice and some idea of how fast the AF system will be. Enjoy. 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:07 am 
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Looks like a cool camera! In a league far beyond the Powershot series, if you ask me.

I just can't wait to see one with a 580ex and a 70-200mm 2.8 attached!

Looks like there's a white one available too, which is interesting...I guess. :roll:


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I'm more curious about putting the price in perspective. With a press release indicative price of $800 for the 22mm kit, that compares with current B&H prices for the T4i/650D of $850 body only and $950 kit zoom. So it is priced lower than the 650D and there's hope for the street price to drop more also. The T3/1100D kit is $500 so for now the M isn't going for the lowest end of the price scale.

And claimed October availability?... why the ~3 months gap?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:36 pm 
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The price completely rules it out as a second camera option for me (£900 minimum for it to be compatible with my existing lenses) though I can't say I'm hugely surprised with it to be perfectly honest given how much the Nikon 1 series cost when it hit the market.

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Man, Austin beat me to it. I want to see the first person that throws on a big huge white L on it :lol:

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While UK pricing might still be an unknown, if you extrapolate from the US list pricing relative to other kits street pricing, I think we could be looking at a kit price of around £600, an perhaps £200 for adapter. That's my launch price estimate... should go down from there.

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Ok, forget what I wrote above since there is UK pricing that I missed previously. It looks like the worldwide default bundles may vary not helping compare things... I have seen a couple references to suggest the UK bundles include the flash unit, although nothing definitive.

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Interesting news, it would be great second camera for my 15-85 efs if price would be around 500 euros, even that adapter doesnt seem to change focal length of ef lens (so it will be same like on aps-c cameras)

from some canon magazine i would write here two great features - 31 AF points (31!), and wireless flash support :)

but then again there is always question - this, or 24-70 F2.8L? :D

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somewhere in that video -
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We didn't have prices at the time this video was made, but we now have the following information:
Canon EOS M & 18-55mm lens £769.99
Canon EOS M & 22mm & adapter £879.99
Canon EOS M & 22mm $799.99
Canon EOS M & 18-55mm & 22mm £949.99
Adapter £129.99, $199.99
Flash £119.99, (included in UK kit)
Flash $149.99
The camera is available from September

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From what I have read so far, all of these cameras will come with a flash unit initially.
It does make sense as most people who come from point and shoots are used to having a flash and would want it with this unit.

Since this is also aps-c, I wonder if this line will eventually kill the XXXD/Rebel line for Canon.

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I could actually see some novices that don't fully understand the use of flashes being turned off to the fact of an external flash. I think it is nice and may concider it for my wife depending on the cost of the adaptor

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I'm still a bit confused by Canon's strategy - they release the G1X, a large sensor compact with a non-removable lens and a plethora of manual controls, and then a mirrorless with basic P&S-esque handling, but interchangeable lenses and better IQ.

If you ask me, Canon's done a nice job creating a product that can threaten the entry level DSLR market in the sense that it's less intimidating for people who just want a simple camera but with better IQ than their compacts (I do agree with Mike about the external flash being a little intimidating, though). However, they've really dropped the ball for enthusiasts, let's hope that the G2X is similar to this in the sense that it has a similar or the same sensor, but more manual controls, an EVF à-la V1.

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Don't forget the M has touchscreen controls. Makes more sense than trying to cram more buttons onto a body which doesn't have room for them.

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Hi folks,

To get an idea of the size of the EOS M in comparison to other APS-C CSCs I used Camerasize.com. Check out this comparison.

OK, I also snuck the G1 X into the comparison because it has been mentioned a few times in this thread. I'm no particular fan of the NEX-7 but it does show that one can get a hugely different ergonomic package in something that, when a lens is added, isn't that much bigger than the EOS M.

For those not familiar with the size comparison site you can get different views by clicking on the appropriate camera icon in the panel near the top right of the page (just above the text "Click here to send us your lens photos!")

The EOS M is just Canon's first iteration in the CSC market, although I wonder what their future naming strategy will be? :lol: In the excitement of seeing the first in a new line of cameras it's easy to forget that the most critical long term aspect of this launch will be the quality of the M-Series lenses. Canon can easily launch a more enthusiast oriented body in the next year or two but the newly announced lenses will be there for rather longer, either as a blessing or a curse. IMHO Sony took their eye of the ball in that regard - hopefully Canon haven't!

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