(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
- 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…