Canon distils the power of a DSLR into its new mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera

23 Jul 2012

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Canon’s new EOS M packs the specs of the brand’s latest entry-level DSLR into a compact system camera – a first for Canon – for those seeking great pictures and high-quality video without the need for any photographic expertise.

The features of the EOS M are remarkably similar to the recently released EOS 650D, coming with an 18MP APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 5 processor, Hybrid AF System, a super-fast shutter and sensitive ISO range of 100 to 12,800 (extendable to 25,600).

The large sensor and powerful image processor allows for images with artistic flair, like blurred backgrounds, close-ups with great detail and colours that pop, while the Hybrid AF System supports fast and accurate auto-focus whether shooting stills or video in full HD with stereo sound. Users will also be able to edit movies in-camera with Video Snapshot mode.

Also like the EOS 650D, the EOS M comes with a 3-inch touchscreen LCD that lets users change settings and modes using on-screen icons.

Canon EOS M

The Canon EOS M

Built for those with no background in photography, the compact camera comes equipped with Scene Intelligent Auto, to gauge the best settings required for a shot.

Users can also have fun with filters to apply toy camera, grainy black and white or fish-eye effects even before shooting with a preview supported in Live View mode.

A range of new accessories for the EOS M will also launch with the camera, including two new lenses, the EF-M 22m f/2 STM pancake and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom, and a new compact EX Speedlite, the Speedlite 90EX. The EOS M will also be compatible with Canon’s range of more than 70 EF lenses using the EF-EOS M lens mount adapter.

Coming in black, white, silver or red, the EOS M will be available in Ireland from October this year, prices starting at €909.99.

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Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com

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