Canon now in compact interchangeable lens category with the Canon EOS M

Imaging giant Canon has finally joined the mirrorless interchangeable lens compact camera system bandwagon with the introduction of the new Canon EOS M.

The new EOS M is for enthusiasts who are into photography to express their passion for creativity but do not like carrying the cumbersome DSLRs.

This camera offers DSLR-quality images; it uses a high-resolution 18 megapixel APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor, which is much larger than the sensors used by the micro four thirds systems of Lumix and Olympus.

Complementing its large sensor is the powerful Digic 5 image processor, which enhances the image processing speed and reduces noise to produce vivid, sharp and fine quality images.

Also, the DIGIC 5’s ability to handle large amounts of data also results in a high speed continuous burst mode at 4.3 frames per seconds and 3 fps with autofocus tracking.

One interesting feature of this camera is the new high resolution 3 inches Clear View LCD II Touch screen display fitted on this camera which allows the user to access frequently used adjustments or controls such as exposure and shutter speed conveniently by simply swiping or tapping the screen display.

Another remarkable feature of the EOS M is the ability to allow the user to switch from still image to Full HD video recording and the Video Snapshot mode feature guides the user to record and create movies with a professional look and feel. This camera can record Full HD videos at 1080 pixels in 30, 25 and 24 frames per seconds in MPEG-4 or H.264 standard video formats.

Canon introduces two new EF-M lenses for this camera, the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens. These two new EF-M lenses offer portability for easy handling and high performance. Both feature new Stepper Motor technology for exceptionally smooth AF performance. This camera can also accommodate the whole of Canon’s existing range of EF and EF-S lenses with the use of EF-M lens mount adapter.

Canon also introduces the new Speedlite 90EX flash unit for the EOS-M. Its lightweight and compact body construction offers the right form-factor to complement the camera’s pocket size body. It also offers a maximum guide number of nine meters or 30 feet and supports wide-angle lenses, making it an ideal flash for everyday use.

A wireless master function also allows the control of multiple flash guns wirelessly, allowing more advanced users to experiment with a range of creative lighting effects.

With its simplicity in design and diverse functionality the new Canon EOS M is a remarkable camera designed to deliver high quality images comparable to a Canon DSLR picture quality in every aspect.


Body Type Compact mirrorless interchangeable lens
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C (22.3 X14.9 mm)
Effective Pixels 18.5 megapixels
Processor Digic 5
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Canon EF-M mount
Number of Focus Points 31
Focal Length Multiplier 1.6 times
LCD Screen Type Clear View II TFT LCD
Screen Size 3 inches
Touch Screen Yes
Live View Yes
Built-in Flash No
External Flash Unit Yes (via hot shoe)
Minimum Shutter Speed 60 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds
Continuous Burst speed 3 frames per second
Video Format MPEG 4 ; H.264
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage Types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB Connectivity Yes (USB 2.0)
HDMI Connectivity Yes ( HDMI mini)
Battery Type Lithium-Ion LP-E12 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 230 shots
Weight (battery included) 298 g (0.66 lb / 10.51 oz)
Dimension 109 x 66 x 32 mm (4.29 x 2.6 x 1.26″)