New Canon EOS M To Feature 24mp Sensor and Integrated Viewfinder?

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(Video above is endgadget’s review of the original EOS M mirrorless camera from Canon – It’s here to server as a reminder of the numerous reasons why we consider the EOS M to be a very forgettable camera).

Looks like Canon may have an update their first entry into the mirrorless camera market.  Canon Rumors is reporting that a new EOS M could be in the works.

Rumored Specs Include…

  • 24mp APS-C Sensor
  • New generation AF system
  • DIGIC V
  • Removable Electronic Viewfinder (Very high resolution)
  • Optional grip attachment
  • 5fps
  • Slightly larger than the current EOS M
  • Introduced with 3 more lenses
  • $999 USD

My 2 Cents

The original EOS M was/is a major disappointment to everyone who views Canon as the top level camera maker that they are.  With it’s slothful autofocus performance, lack a quality native lenses and on body controls, it falls drastically short of it’s mirrorless peers in virtually every category and it is thoroughly outclassed by mirrorless cameras that come in at roughly half of the EOS M’s hefty $700 to $800 USD price (the Panasonic Lumix GX1 and Sony NEX 5n come to mind).

The above specs basically look like a wishlist of features that disappointed Can-fans would like to see on a new EOS M, and even Canon Rumors lists this as a ‘C1’ – meaning that it’s about as likely to happen as a blizzard in Hawaii.  BUT…  Make no mistake.  The latest generation of top line mirrorless cameras – like the Panasonic Lumix GH3, the Olympus OM-D E-M5, the Fuji X-E1, the Sony NEX 6 and even the Panasonic Lumix G5 – have opened the eyes of a growing number of pro and enthusiast photographers and videographers.  They are recognizing that the image quality gap that once existed between DSLRs and their smaller sensored mirrorless cousins has all but been eliminated.  They are also recognizing that mirrorless cameras have faster autofocus – especially in video, where mirrorless cameras shine – and advanced features like face detection that you just can’t get on a DSLR.  Hybrid Photography is coming (fast!), and so is a shift away from large, cumbersome DSLRs to smaller, lighter, less expensive yet equally powerful and technologically superior mirrorless camera systems that will be necessitated by the new art form.

Up until now, we have not seen many indications that Canon, and to a lesser degree Nikon, have taken mirrorless cameras seriously.  If there is any truth to the above rumor, then that assertion may be changing.  Stay Tuned…

Comments

John Hine says:

This review / article was written some time ago and is certainly out of date. With the new firmware the M’s focusing speed is perfectly adequate – unless you are a professional sports photographer. No quality lenses? The 22mm M lens is superb. Just a trace of pincushion distortion but sharp enough to be called an L-series lens. The 18-55 zoom is also brilliant at the price. I might, if peeping pixels, see a slight difference between the 18-55 M and the 15-85IS USM that I use on my 550D but I’m not even sure about that. And, of course, the price has changed drastically during 2013. At £299 the M with 18-55 is unbeatable. My 550D is now not getting much use and my camcorder is redundant. I shall be tempted to get the later version of the M (if and when) for the sake of the viewfinder but the immediate plan is to take the M on my upcoming Australia trip.

HI John,

Thanks for your feedback. Yes, it has been a while since we originally posted this article and I really appreciate your updates about the firmware, etc. on the EOS M. We always considered it to be a good to very good camera, and while improvements have certainly been made, it’s also true that Canon are not exactly focusing on their mirrorless division. You’ll get some great quality images and videos from your EOS M, but we just feel that it’s not on the same level as the competition at this point in time. Yes, there are some good lenses for the EOS M too, but again, there are many more for say, a micro 4/3 system, and most of those cameras can be purchased as a lower price than the EOS M.

Please don’t misconstrue our article as an attempt to knock the EOS M… On the contrary, we know what Canon are capable of and we have high hopes for what they’ll bring to the table when they finally do jump into mirrorless with both feet. Until then, enjoy your EOS M, and send us some sample images if you get a chance. We’d love to see them!

SG

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