Four years after the first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, Canon has finally stepped up to the plate with the newly-announced EOS-M.
Photography pros, amateurs and general enthusiasts alike will most likely appreciate this camera for what it is, as it successfully bridges the gap between SLR and compact cameras. As other, already existing mirrorless cameras, it’s significantly smaller than any other interchangeable lens camera, makes use of a large enough sensor (equivalent to an APS-C and about 4 times larger than most standard compact cameras) and maintains the simplicity of a compact camera.
Even though it comes with its own native EF-M mount, an appropriate adapter was presented alongside it, which will allow users to attach any EF and EF-S lenses they wish. Although this option adds versatility, it certainly makes AF speeds a viable concern (not to mention how silly the camera will look when attaching a 70-200 lens to it, but that’s another story!).
The first primary innovation about the EOS-M is that it seems to have addressed the poor AF focusing abilities of other cameras of the same category. If you remember, mirrorless systems tend to be unable to auto-focus with fast moving subjects, especially ones that move to and from the camera, thus making action shots almost impossible to achieve. The EOS-M makes use of a hybrid CMOS AF that may be able, at least up to a certain degree, to overcome that problem. Of course, that remains to be seen upon some hands-on testing.
Furthermore, it has kept the interface very simple by getting rid of most of its control buttons and replacing them instead with a very comprehensive, easy-to-use touch screen. It’s fast and responsive and will not scare away compact camera users.
All in all, the new EOS-M seems promising. If you think it fits the bill based on your requirements, do some more research and and get yourself one to play with.
DISCLAIMER: I am in no way affiliated with Canon Global nor any of its subsidiaries. I am merely informing my readership about a new product that may be of interest to some.