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Canon Announces the Mirrorless EOS M Camera with Extended Video Recording Times

07.23.12 @ 1:03PM Tags : , ,

Canon, after seemingly endless rumors, has finally revealed their mirrorless offering, the EOS M. Though it’s not the retro design some were hoping for, it does pack a nice sensor inside very similar to the new T4i (if not the same exact one). If you’re already a Canon shooter, this body can be as professional or slimmed down as you want it to be, and you can shoot with the lenses you already own, or get into the new Canon mirrorless lenses. The big question is performance, does it stack up to the DSLRs when it comes to video and photos?

Here is a release video from Canon:

Some of the specs:

  • 18.0 MP CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • Touch AF and Multi-touch Operation
  • Hybrid CMOS Auto-focus for Photo & Video
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600 (H)
  • Includes Canon EF-M 22mm F/2 STM Lens
  • EF-M to EF/EF-S Adapter with Full Lens Control: $200
  • Price with Kit Lens: $800
  • Availability: October

According to Canon, this is a video camera first, and a stills camera second, which is an interesting marketing strategy considering that this is going to be rather difficult to shoot handheld with. It doesn’t seem like there is a record limit on the video, unless Canon is fudging the numbers and using the maximum compression scheme as their recording time limit. Here is a little bit on the video function:

When recording you have the option to choose from a variety of resolutions and frame rates, including 1920 x 1080 at 30, 25, or 24fps.  Continuous shooting can last up to 44 minutes on a 16 GB memory card, and half that with an 8 GB card. Full manual control over exposure settings and focus is also supported, providing you with the ability to more easily dictate focus and creative exposure techniques.


The EOS M will do 720p 60fps and will also allow manual audio control. Unfortunately, the video-centric nature also means that it doesn’t include an electronic viewfinder, which forces you to use the large back LCD to take photos and videos. As I’ve said, the most interesting possibility for this camera has nothing to do with the camera at all — it’s the new mount Canon has created that is adaptable with full lens control to the standard EF and EF-S lenses. This is the mount that Canon should be using on their next lower-end digital cinema camera, because of the almost limitless lens choices. There are plenty of cheap adapters for cameras like the FS100 and  the GH2, and since those cameras are mirrorless, you can adapt a staggering amount of lenses.

There will be more to come on this camera, but if you’d like to pre-order, you can do so from the links below. The EOS M will come with the 22mm pancake lens and Canon will also be releasing an 18-55mm lens for $300 and a new flash, as well as the EF-M to EF/EF-S lens adapter.

Links:

[via The Verge]


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  • Can it shoo up to 126 minutes (if I did the math right) of continuous footage on a 64gb card or is 44 the limit? This matters to me. I’m interested if I can continue with my T3i for short shoots and have an EOS-M for longer shoots which I can supplement with my T3i and use all the same glass.

    • That’s what the specs would seem to indicate, Canon hasn’t definitively said if there is a record limit or not.

  • Interesting! If they were “smart” there would be a “battery grip” with additional controls to make this easy to use hand held, and provide a place to really “grip” the camera, looks a bit small for my hands. Why a battery grip can’t have mini xlr imputs and any hose of other accessories is beyond me. The camera can be small, for still shooters one grip, for video shooters another! All that would be needed is a “port” at the bottom of the camera to interface with the electronics directly. Real ports on a small camera would then be possible. HD SDI, mini xlr, etc, etc.

    My $0.02

    M

  • Is the video quality better than the other EOS cameras which don’t come up to the GH2 level?

  • Well, there it is, a compact camera/camcorder that accepts EF lenses across-the-board via adapter, shoots AF 24p up to the card’s limit, has a mic input and manual level controls, probably a decent MOV codec, etc., and it’s video-centric. I see this as a very serious challenge to M43, particularly those who have dual systems. Replace my M43 rig with Canon? Something to ponder.

  • Looks like Cinema5D got there hands on this camera early, and are reporting that it’s the same old 7D sensor with the same old aliasing/moire problems:
    http://www.cinema5d.com/news/?p=12393

    • Yeah Sebastian sent me that, the post with his thoughts and some others is going up a little later today.

  • Now that many of us are spoiled with the idea that only a perfect camera is worth investing in, compared to the T4i it isn’t the worst thing that canon could come up with mirroless wise. Obviously things like aliasing/moire, being able to plug in an xlr mic without an adapter, and having a perfect grip to be ready to use out of the box aren’t things they will accomodate. There is a reason consumer and prosumer cameras exist. To separate professional equipment from low budget equipment. You get what you pay for. It is quite obvious that you can make great videos with low budget equipment, but the work around is usually a little more stress for or complicated. You have to get tons of accessories and other things to get the type of shot you want, but at the same time, this holds true for professional equipment. This conversation can go round and round.

    Over all, I think in comparison to the T4i, based on the (expected) performance, compact size, and price it doesn’t seem like a bad idea for a secondary camera both video and photography wise. I would not make this my first choice due to the touch screen. It just seems to unreliable with the current technology we have and how easy it is to get damaged either in the field or during transport.

    I think it would be cool to put a pistol grip on this baby and go to town bolex style though. haha. just seems like a fun time.

    I am definitely looking for a smaller camera for my light weight flycam nano though. this may fill the slot. We will see though. Real world tests and hands on interaction are always a must for me.

    thanks for the EOS M update Joe! I am always a fan of your posts. Love your feedback in the comments.

    • Thanks! Always appreciate the support – we work hard to try to get people up-to-date and relevant information.

  • Does the HDMI out support full-resolution monitoring while recording?

  • saw this yesterday and god its tiny! people might want to think about replacing gopros if the video quality/battery life is up to scratch