Canon M – The M is for Mirrorless


My journey back into photography and specifically full on digital photography started with a mirror-less system, specifically the Panasonic G line of micro-four thirds cameras. The advantages in size and cost are substantial. My micro-four thirds system – body and several lenses, fit in the space of my full frame Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF24-105mm IS Lens Kit.

The cost of this lighter system comes in the sensor size. Small sensor means less of an ISO range, smaller files and less forgiving when it comes to post-processing. Plus it means a whole new batch of lenses that only fit in the micro-four thirds cameras from Panasonic and Olympus.

But now there is a new option for Canon uses who have a collection of Canon EF lens. The Canon EOS M 18.0 MP Compact Systems Camera compact camera using the 18MP APS-C ‘Hybrid CMOS’ sensor. This camera has two lenses specifically made for it or you can us an adapter and use the Canon EF mounted lenses you already have. Like perhaps the small Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens or “pancake”.

Is this first version of the Canon M ready for prime time?  Well not exactly.  The autofocus is slow compared to other mirrorless cameras.  Maybe in the next go around or perhaps a firmware upgrade will solve the problems.

Essential Equipment

Selling Points:

  • Small size, lightweight
  • Large sensor size
  • DSLR quality for stills and video
  • Can take Canon EOS lenses
  • Simple controls
  • Great menu system
  • Touch screen
  • Live View focusing
  • Great video in a small package

What’s Missing?

  • No viewfinder – just non-rotating LCD
  • No built in flash (who cares about an under powered flash anyway)
  • Slow focus

Inspired by EOS technology, Canon developed the new EOS M Digital Camera. Canon introduced the market to Full HD video capture with smooth, quiet continuous autofocus made possible by Movie Servo AF and STM lenses, advanced CMOS sensor technology, and the processing power of DIGIC 5. The EOS M Digital Camera leverages these key technologies to deliver high-quality moving and still images with creativity provided by Canon’s extensive family of interchangeable lenses.




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