Canon’s First Mirrorless Camera, the EOS M


The new EOS M is Canon's first mirrorless EOS camera. Combining the imaging quality of a DSLR with the convenience of a point and shoot, it features an 18MP APS-C sensor, a DIGIC 5 image processor, and a 3.0" 1,040k-dot touch-screen LCD. It comes bundled with a 22mm f/2.0 STM lens for continuous and quiet autofocus when shooting video or stills. It has an expandable ISO of up to 25600, and full HD movie mode with the recently introduced Movie Servo AF system.

Canon EOS-M Digital Camera

Mirrorless Design

While the idea of a mirrorless camera is not entirely new, the EOS M is Canon’s first step into this particular arena. Although Canon has just entered the ring, they have come out swinging, and introduced an entirely new lens mount for the mirrorless design, the EF-M. While the EF-M is the proprietary line of lenses for Canon’s mirrorless cameras, there will be an optional lens adapter that will provide expanded compatibility with the entire line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

One of the most noticeable aspects of a mirrorless design is its size; it is portable enough to be carried with you at all times. While not quite as compact as a point and shoot, it is significantly smaller than a DSLR due to the removal of the mirror inside the housing. The interchangeable lens capability allows for you to choose various sized lenses depending on your desired shooting situation, and provides better designed optics than a built-in lens. Also in opposition to a point and shoot camera, by using lenses with potentially larger maximum apertures with the camera’s a large APS-C sensor, you will have much greater control of depth of field and selective focus, thereby allowing you to more easily blur backgrounds and isolate your subject matter.

Also well-integrated into the design of the camera is a large, vivid 3.0” Clear View II LCD monitor with a 1,040K-dot resolution. This display features touch screen functionality with a smudge-resistant coating, to maintain a bright and clear display even in sunny outdoor settings. The touch screen supports Touch AF, allowing you to choose your focus points by simply touching specific areas of the image. Menu navigation is also simplified and more intuitive throughout since you can tap to select options rather than relying on a scroll wheel.

18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor

At the core of the EOS M lies a remarkable 18-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor (1.6x crop factor) that is well-complemented by the quick-performing DIGIC 5 processor. Together, these combine to provide excellent image quality, as well as smooth color transitions and gradations across your entire image. The camera records these in JPEG, RAW, or JPEG+RAW formats.  The DIGIC 5 image processor provides increased low-light sensitivity from ISO 100-12800, which is further expandable to ISO 25600 for shooting in incredibly dim situations. For countering the inherent noise when working at such high ISOs, Multi Shot Noise reduction can effectively lessen the appearance of image noise by combining several images together to effectively build up to a sufficient, well-detailed exposure.

The processor also lends itself to giving the camera fast operational speeds, in both how the camera records images and how it functions during navigation. With its remarkably short shutter lag, it can turn on and capture images between 0.2 - 0.5 seconds; while its maximum burst speed captures up to 17 JPEG or 6 RAW images when saving to a fast UHS-I memory card.

A new Hybrid CMOS AF system is another product of this increased performance. This AF mode combines both contrast and phase detection AF technologies for faster and more precise focusing. By utilizing specific pixels on the CMOS sensor, this focusing system is also able to assist in more predictive means of determining focus for subject tracking or work in continuous shooting situations. The built-in Autofocus assist beam aids in achieving quick and accurate focus, however with an EOS-dedicated Speedlite attached to the camera, it will switch to emit the Speedlite’s AF assist beam instead.

EOS Full HD Movie Mode and Continuous Autofocus

Featuring the ability to record full HD movies in 1080p, the EOS M can record well-rendered video in great detail to an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card, or through the video out and two mini-HDMI out ports. These HDMI ports also allow you to easily display your photos and videos directly onto an HDTV in real-time. 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.

Manual audio adjustment is possible across 64 different levels, and sound is recorded via a built-in stereo microphone or with an external microphone using the 3.5mm mic input. Another recently introduced feature unique to video shooting is Video Snapshot; this mode captures short video clips at 2, 4 or 8 seconds and automatically combines them into one reel, giving you something reminiscent of a highlight reel or album.

The most significant technology the EOS M supports in relation to video recording is the Movie Servo AF system, providing continuous focusing and full-time subject tracking while recording. This focusing mode is further benefited by the use of an STM lens with an integrated stepping motor. Aside from quick and precise focusing, the stepping motor is also incredibly quiet while acquiring focus, which is something especially necessary for recording the highest quality video.

Creative and Intelligent Modes

While the EOS M does support fully manual operation, you can also employ the Intelligent Auto mode in order to quickly and seamlessly determine the best exposure settings depending on a range of pre-configured settings. When working in this mode, the camera will automatically determine the scene-type you are working in and apply different settings in order to render the scene as best possible. This mode can prove to be exceptionally useful when working at night or during other difficult situations.

Before you take the shot, you can view cropping lines for various aspect ratios, right in the Live View mode of the LCD, so you know exactly how much of the scene will fit into the photo. The camera's Live View function provides Canon's Aspect Ratio feature that allows you to view 1:1, 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios in addition to the standard 3:2 ratio. These cropping lines make it easier to compose images, and they can help to expedite printing. Custom aspect ratios are also applied to JPEG images captured directly in-camera.

In addition to the Intelligent Auto mode, there is a range of other features designed to improve how you work with your camera in depicting scenes. Modes like Handheld Night Scene and HDR Backlight Control will help to modify your exposure by combining separate frames together in order to cover a wider range of exposure values. The Handheld Night Scene mode will build up the effective exposure by layering several shorter exposures together rather than one long one. 

HDR Backlight Control mode works similarly, however it is combining exposures of differing amounts in order to control highlights and shadows into a single exposure. For even greater creative applications, seven different Creative Filters, including Miniature Effect, Art Bold Effect, and Water Painting Effect, have been incorporated allowing you to modify your exposures in a more wide-ranging and versatile manner.

Once you have captured your scenes you can make adjustments to the look of an image without having to understand complex adjustment options or using a computer and editing software. The strength of the adjustments can be changed between Low, Standard, and Strong, and you can also get away from fully automated white balance by adjusting the look to your taste with the Shoot by Lighting or Scene Type option. These features allow you to get more creative with the look and tone of your images, without having to dive deep into the camera’s menu options or any computer software.

EF-M 22mm f/2 STM and EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lenses

Two lenses are being released in addition the EOS M body, a 22mm f/2 wide angle and an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens. The 22mm f/2 STM lens is equivalent to that of a 35.2mm lens in full-frame format, and offers a moderately wide angle of view. This lens’ bright maximum f/2 aperture aids in low light and action shooting as well as providing greater room for selective focus. The lens construction features one aspherical element for aberration reduction and a circular aperture with 7 diaphragm blades for a soft out-of-focus quality.

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens

Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is a standard length zoom lens equivalent to a 28.8-88mm lens in 35mm format, giving you an apt range of focal lengths for many different situations.  This lens features 3 aspheric lens elements for minimizing lens flare and ghosting throughout the entire zoom range as well as providing greater image clarity and fidelity.  It has Dynamic IS that provides the image stabilization needed whenever you record video while walking, and this built-in image stabilization, provides up to a 4-stop equivalent reduction in camera shake.  It will prove to be especially useful when working at longer focal lengths or when working in dimly lit situations as well.

Both of these lenses feature Canon’s recently introduced STM stepping motor for improved autofocus capabilities that are especially prevalent when working with HD video.  The stepping motor provides extra smooth, quiet auto-focusing so there is a noticeable lack of recorded internal noise and smoother transitions while changing focus while recording.

These two lenses provide a solid introductory point for Canon’s mirrorless entry, however they still lack in comparison to the wide range of lenses Canon offers for its general EF lens lineup.  However, you can make use of the entire Canon EF range with the EF-M Lens Adapter for full compatibility with both EF and EF-S lenses.  The design of the adapter incorporates a tripod collar for use with some of the longest telephoto lenses and it also fully supports all image stabilization and autofocus types found throughout the EF series.

  Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
Focal Length 18-55mm 22mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length 28.8-88mm 35.2mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5-5.6 f/2
Lens Construction 13 elements in 11 groups 7 elements in 6 groups
Aspheric Elements 3 Not Specified by Manufacturer
Diagonal Angle of View 74°20′ – 27°50′ 63°30'
Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system Inner focusing system
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8" / 25cm 5.9" / 15cm
Zoom System Rotating type N/A
Filter Ring Diameter 52mm 43mm
Dimensions 2.4 x 2.4" / 60.9 x 61mm 2.4 x 0.9" / 60.9 x 23.7mm
Weight 7.4oz / 210g 3.7oz / 105g

Speedlite 90EX

Lastly Canon is also introducing a new Speedlite, the 90EX, which has been designed with the EOS M’s stature in mind.  This compact and lightweight flash still features a sufficient guide no. of 30’ / 9m (at ISO 100) and has enough coverage for use with a 24mm (35mm equivalent) lens.  The 90EX can also serve as a master transmitter to wirelessly control multiple flash units for more creative lighting setups.  Through a 4-channel optical pulse, this flash can control up to 3 other flash groups from 8:1 to 1:8 power setting in 1/2 EV steps from distances of 16.4’ indoors and 23’ outdoors.  Even though this flash is specifically designed for the EOS M, it can also be used equally effectively with any other EOS Canon camera with a hot shoe.

The EOS M is debatably overdue from Canon; however their entry into this realm of camera type is certainly worth noting.  Pulling features from their DSLR line and inserting them into a body slightly larger than a point and shoot is impressive alone.  The large sensor and quick-performing image processor result in exceptionally high quality imagery that is further aided by the use of interchangeable lenses.  This camera will certainly serve as a stepping stone for Canon to enter a new market of photographers looking to have the performance of an interchangeable lens camera with the convenience of having something you can carry at all times.

Compatible Cameras EOS cameras (ETTL II/ETTL Autoflash)
Guide Number 30' / 9.0 m at ISO 100
Number of Flashes Approx. >100 flashes
Recycling Time Approx. 0.1-5.5 sec.
Flash Range (at Manual) f/1.4: 21.2’ / 6.0 m
f/2: 14.6’ / 4. 5m
f/2.8: 10.6’ / 3.2 m
f/4: 7.4’ / 2.3 m
f/5.6: 5.3’ / 1.6 m
AF Assist Beam System Intermittent flash firing system
AF Assist Beam Effective Range At center: 9.2' / 2.8 m
Periphery: 8.2' / 2.5 m
Channel Receiver 4 channel optical pulse
Slave Speedlites Controlled Up to 3 flash groups
Controlled Power 1:8, 8:1
1/2 EV steps
Controlled Distance 16.4' / 5.0 m indoors
23' / 7.0 m outdoors
Compatibility Any EOS system camera with hot shoe
Custom Functions Auto power off (ON/OFF)
Power Source 2x AAA / LR03 batteries
External Power Source N/A
Dimensions 1.7 x 2 x 2.6" / 44.2 x 52 x 65 mm
Weight 1.8 oz / 50 g

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Wouldn't it be more accurate to call this "Canon's first mirrorless EOS camera", "Canon's first mirrorless changeable lens camera" or "Canon's first mirrorless APS-C camera"? They've been selling digital P&S cameras with no mirror in them for well over a decade.

so, no mic-in :-(

Can two of these camera be connected to take a photo at exactly the same time?

Please explain about the finder.
No finder?
If no finder---- I am not intersting.
Anyway please tell me about finder.

Stop with the crop sensors already! Full image now!

Will it have the capability of at least three bracketed exposures? 3,5,and 7 would be even better. Sony certainly missed the mark with the NEX 7.

And when will there be a viewfinder (digital to accommodate the zoom) available? Without, the thing is like all the other mirror-less cameras, guesswork in sunlight! I had the Sony NEX-5 and it was hopeless until the NEX-7 came which is a delight to use.

This camera and nascent system sound potentially exciting. They ought to be interesting to a number of photographers, since the camera certainly sounds user-friendly.

Me, I still wish Canon would build a mirrorless camera that is fully manual in its focusing and has the option to let one use FD lenses. No, I don't eat sabre-tooth tiger, but the idea sounds kind of good. Where's my hunting club?

Um... this is meant to cause excitement? Maybe three or four years ago... and then only maybe.

In all seriousness, how can Canon offer a camera in the EVIL segment without an EVF?

Oh wait... let's see, it's a P&S without the convenience of a P&S. That sounds innovative. To use a phrase from Canon's press release "a great solution to videographers and photographers of all levels." Well, this photographer didn't realise there actually was a problem to solve.

It seems that manufacturers don't get it... a small body that can connect to SLR lenses. WHY? It's the lenses that are bulky, not the camera so if you have an SLR system just take the SLR camera.

Thank you Canon, but no thank you.

No viewfinder? That is a deal killer for me and others I know.

But the camera will have available lens adaptor to be able to use any ef lens. The new mount is so they can miniaturize the whole camera setup

Wannabe? Dork? Dude lighten up, it ain't for you but it will work for others. Not everyone wants to be a pro. I think it's a good first effort and, I am sure Canon will quickly get the the lead with this one too.

Sounds to me that the "pros" wanted to get away with a smaller camera which meets what some might call a "pro" camera - whatever that is. That sounds like "********" - wanting to use a small camera as a pro substitute. Don't know whatever happened to the pros who used non-auto film cameras 30 years ago? Was Ansel Adams not a pro then?

I'm not a "real" "pro" 'cause I've only sold a few prints in and photo gallery and "only" used my Canon G models for community paper shots. But I got good shots which a professional printer could use and make look good.

For me, I want to "upgrade" from a G12 which I'm really pushing both macro (love the 1 cm focus but have to use manual which inevitably brings up the flash setting) and tele. I'm really more into the Nikon mystique because their "semi-pro" cameras are great in my experience. But then, arguing is sorta like Mac vs Windows or Lamborghini vs Ferrari. You like what you like and you then go and be an photo artist.

Don't want a viewfinder, get something else. But I'll bet you aren't any better with you mini-cams than you are with your DSLRs. You're just struttin' by denigrating a camera you haven't even tested. Hey, with a most viewfinders you don't see what you've taken and have no idea how it turned out. With a so-called "live view" screen, you can see. And if you need to be sure, just shoot a dozen shots and one'll be good, or not.

Stop complaining and go try another brand. Maybe you might like it. Try a Nikon "real" DSLR and get rid of your Canon antiques. Otherwise, just shut up. The JPEGS and Raw images come out of the card from all cameras the same. The tech is just tech. If you can get good photos from a jellybean, use a jellybean. The Canon or Nikon names mean nothing if you can't get photos. Oh. Maybe you're just boasting about how good you are because you use the "best" pro equipment. Continual negativity repetition doesn't help me. My response would be No if there was a vote choice of whether your comment helped me.

Another on for the consumer. I will stick with the 5DMKII and 5DMKIII, or my 60D or 7D.
This camera is for sure not for the professional videographer or photographer. What is next Canon....

Bubble Gum..

Could be great for low profile run and gun B-roll cam, with out drawing a lot of attention or a good crash cam option. Definitely not an "A" Cam setup but I'm sure someone will want to rig it up that way.

Well... the point of having a mirrorless camera is that it's small, has good image quality and is fully functional. Canon has gone one better than the Olympus and Panasonic versions by squeezing an APS-C sized sensor into what look like a very small package, and it's a bonus if uses the full range of Canon lenses. What's been sacrificed is the viewfinder, which is a significant loss. A clip-on viewfinder would be the logical solution. Let's see whether the next iteration adds that feature. But at least there's a Canon alternative to the growing number of 1" sensor point & shoot cameras and ILCs like the Oly-Panasonic range. This first effort doesn't match up well against the Sony NEX series, but it's not a bad start.

I'm getting a little tired of comments about what this camera isn't.
It is what it is and if it doesn't suit you, they evidently didn't make it for you.
It is a new camera and if you don't like it, don't buy it.
Clearly Canon has customers in mind when it releases products and given the vast variety of cameras there are lots of choices.

Enticing a pro to this camera is gonna be a tough sell without a viewfinder...
Fuji X-1Pro gets my vote for the money especially if I need an adapter for my Canon EF lenses with this beastie....

Did Canon actually do a focus group within the pro and prosumer markets before building?

I like a viewfinder... Why not rangefinder? I am sitting here looking at my Canon G-III QL 35mm rangefinder shaking my head...

Hello, you are all missed the fact that isn't a mirror inside, this will increase the quality and of course the portability, it isn't to made as an replacement of your beloved DSRL, but as a complement, like the iPad it's for the PowerMac.
This it's an advance, don't be affraid of changes.

The lack of an eye-level finder is the reason I would never buy this camera and the reason, IMO, it is really more like an interchangeable lens P&S. I realize that there are many people who like using the LCD for viewing. Heck, you see them all the time with one handed, two finger grips squinting at the LCD which has been washed out but the sun shooting their snapshots. IMO, this is a fairly nice toy, but little more than a toy. If all digital cameras lacked eye-level viewing, I would definitely still be shooting film. I am sure that the image quality is fine, but, IMO, the ergonomics sux. BTW: does the accompanying flash tilt? It doesnt look like it does. If I needed a small and compact camera to replace or augment my several Canon DSLR cameras, I would probably look seriously at the Panasonic Lumix FZ200. It is a bit bigger but, there is a point of diminishing returns when it comes to camera sizes.

You think Michelangelo first impression of a new paintbrush was met with such negativity? NO! I'm sure he embraced the opportunity to paint in ways never known before. How small you must feel to really believe you guys really love photography.

Hear, hear, it has to have a viewfinder to be considered an option for the professional. Pretty impossible to shoot in anything but ideal circumstances without a viewfinder. didn't they have any feedback on this when designing this camera? Other than that, I like the adapter for EF lenses, and the the 2 lens options are good, so far. I use a Lumix for my carry around camera, but it is limited because of no viewfinder (and extreme shutter lag), but otherwise a great secondary camera. Just not a professional camera.

Ok I see your point... But.... but why not utilize the "no vibration" Pellicle mirror like they used in the EOS RT?
One could still achieve small size, no vibration AND with a rangefinder... Again I reference the Fuji X1 Pro...
If Canon "Had" included this feature, Canon wuld get my money not Fuji. Remember business minds out there, this is about the money and maintaining market share not losing it....

Bah :
What a let down...
FUJI X100 for the win!!!!!!!!!

C'mon Canon: An APS-C "Cannonet" would simply rock!
Agree no "real"( optical /GLASS) vf no payola!
Yes: Kids we actually took pictures by individually manually focusing and exposing each shot!

Now we gotta' go through the whole: "internet Rumor; confirmation; press release;wait for us introduction and inherently disappointing first review; firmware update "v.nth"; production".Product development cycle from my beloved Canon.

Can't we all just get a real ILC range finder for less than the price of a Landrover?( Leica ? are you listening?)

Surely FUJI could resurrect the old 670 rangefinder body with the leaf shutter fixed lens ; stuff in a kickass sensor...

Better luck next time Canon...sigh. I will continue to lug around my 1d and sit on my "disposable" cash.

It's nice that Canon has finally got into the mirrorless game, but too late for me. My main camera is a 5DII but my little camera is a Sony NEX-7, which has the built-in EVF. The reason I paid over a thousand bucks for the little Sony is because it had a built-in EVF. I keep it with me most of the time, or in my car. It saved me on a recent commercial video shoot where I was in a situation where the 5DII with Zacuto LCD viewer on the back and 24-105 on the front was too long for the tight spot. If this new Canon had an EVF like the Sony, I'd probably sell the Sony and get it. But without the built-in EVF, it won't work for me.

Still, it looks to be a decent camera that will find a market. Lots of pros who shoot video with the 5DII want a second camera that's smaller and lighter. Generally they go for the T3i, but that also requires an LCD viewer on the back to use effectively for video, and once you do that, it's not a camera you can stick in a briefcase--which is why the mirrorless concept is good. I'm assuming this camera will give you full manual control in video mode, but that bears checking out.

I am interested in this camera bacause it enables me to use my EF lenses for taking videos up to 44 min., although 44 min. is not really long enough and this stupid limitation will be lifted soon.

Not a compelling proposition to own one!
The lack of a viewfinder is a serious impediment (in my opinion) to me buying this camera because I do not want a point-and-shoot type camera with the ability to change lenses. Which consumer base is this camera released for??? Really!!

Yeh? So what ...

I gather Canon didn't even provide for a optional EVF. the EVF for the Sony NEX cameras is fantastic and permits the camera to be small and very pocketable yet very usable in the bright light. It seems that canon based their design on the Sony NEX 3 or 5 but not the 5N or F3. They had so much to look at from everything already out there but somehow went for minimum buttons and direct control, a real shame.

The ability to use legacy glass sounds great but until you try using it and the constraints THAT WEIGHT AND SIZE put on using the camera with that glass and the adaptor, it quickly becomes most awkward. I found it unbearable which is why I sold my Sony e2 adaptor.

Finally a ILC from Cannon. Like my father always told me "better late than never!" Will be awaiting the reviews of different buyers and professionals alike. However my dream camera is a software driven camera. No more lenses. No more bulk. No more constantly buying cameras to acquire upgraded features. Its a waste of $$$ and natural resources.

Fantastic news!

So when I need a light second camera body, I can attach one of my L lenses and away we go.

This is awesome.

Will this qualify for the CPS program?

Don't never buy a camera without a view finder. Might look good in the store, but as soon as you get outside, you are going to miss it.

Assuming that this 1st gen camera is as good as its specs sound it may be good competition to the CASIO, but not to the Panasonic. We will see. Those focused on view finders are left over luddites and technophobes—assuming that the LCD is adequate, quite a few aren't.

Love the camera, and the fact that I can use my Canon lens, hate the fact no view finder have the original NEX-5 and it stinks in the bright sun but works great otherwise, looking at the NEX-7, was hoping that Canon would have built a better one, NOT

Basically, the same specs as the Canon T4i but without the mirror/viewfinder. I make documentaries with a variety of 5Ds/7Ds with L and Zeiss glass. As a 3rd or 4th camera, this little guy might work for pick-up shots. Sensor is not full-frame but OK, relatively high ISO is good, and new servo AF with stepping motor lens may allow me to avoid focus-pulling. And HDMI out to a 6" SmallHD motor and external recorder uncompressed mounted on a tiny rig might be beneficial. But at this point, there are more questions than answers. We shall see...

Nice try Canon, but, as they say at the carnival, "No cigar!" For me, a view finder is absolutely essential and I will not purchase a camera that lacks one. Also, from what I can see, there is no printed user manual. There are times when a computer is not handy to allow me to read a manual so, if you think so little of your customer that you fail to include a user manual at the price, then I shall not purchase this camera. And lastly, hanging this small camera on the back of a big Canon DSLR lens by using an adaptor makes little sense as the balance will be poor. Got the big lens; might as well use a full size DSLR. If you want to go to the head of the pack in this mirrorless field, you had better incorporate an optical viewfinder. At least for photographers who find it a handy way to frame a shot in bright sun, at night, or when you are in a crowd and care not to share your photo framing with those around you or when you want the added intimacy with your subject that only happens in a viewfinder. Carry on with your second edition.

All right, then. WHERE is the FD-EOS M adapter?

This looks like a great opportunity to revive my old FD lenses.

Alright. I’m going to try to approach this as best as I can.

I’ve been a believer of the mirrorless system ever since its introduction back in 2009 (don’t burn me if I got the year wrong, that was when I was 1st introduced to it.) The system appealed to me because of the size, the weight, and the control that it had over a traditional point and shoot. I started out with a Lumix G1 and then made me way to a Samsun NX10, then finally to a Nikon V1.

Eventually though, I gave up on all of them because they were all trying too hard. And what I mean by that, for a student who’s going to college, there’s a reason why I have the Sony A77.

Why I invested more money and time into DSLRS (I know the A77 isn’t a DSLR) but I’ve had other cameras that were. What I’ve been looking for (and this is based on the mirrorless cameras that I used) is a camera that’s dumb enough for me to pick up, put in my bag, and take it out to enjoy the day with. I’m not looking for the professional operations and settings. I’m not looking for the complete manual control. I’m not looking for a backup. I’m looking for a camera that isn’t my A77, the camera I use for my work. I want a toy, a camera to play with, a camera to work on a daily blog and share daily photos. The reason why this camera appeals to me because I think here Canon wasn’t trying to make this into another source of photography that you could take out to the field or in the studio.

I am sure that there will be those who make it work but the appeal to the mirrorless system is its simplicity. A day to day kind of camera and when I look at these specs and what the camera has to offer, it’s pretty **** simple. This to me is a winner where the Nikon V1 failed me, where the rest of the cameras failed me because they all tried to be more instead of being what they were actually meant to be. Simple, easy to use, small and portable.

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No sale Canon, need a view finder out here in the bright desert sun.

Looks convenient for personal, non professional photography. And if you're complaining about not having a Single Lens Reflex viewfinder, then get a DSLR! You can't have your cake and it it too.

All those people complaining about the lack of a viewfinder and saying that the LCD screen will washout under the bright sun... go buy a LCD viewscreen hood.

Having a viewfinder adds more weight and the camera will be bigger and won't fit inside a large carrying pocket.

Looking forward to test reviews of this camera.

Alot of the comments above seems to be from pro photographers. This camera from Cannon is probably not meant for the pros. Just like Sony NEX lines are marketed toward casual photographers that are looking for an upgrade without breaking their "back". :D

I just got to laugh at a lot of the comments on these threads. I've been using a lumix gh2 since it came out, and I could never go back to one of those bulky DSLRs. Granted, most of my work is for documentary video work for nature films and I shoot everything from wildlife to timelapses. Best part is few people can tell any difference between my little mirrorless GH2 from a Canon 5mark2 or 7d.

These things rule if you aren't a road photographer, and want to get into the backcountry to shoot. These systems are about 1/2 the weight of the old DSLRs and they are also fast, and while they aren't "full sensor" they still provide really nice photos, and do very well on video. Also, TTL is pretty much dead. I can't recall when I've used TTL and i'm out shooting in the daylight, and in bright mountain sun all day long. Never had much of an effect on the quality of work i've been able to get out of my Lumix.

Too much gearfaggotry in this thread and not enough artists. This camera sounds pretty darn good to me, and i'd buy it just for the price to see what it can do. Mirrorless (ie pure digital) is the future. Keep sticking with the horse and buggies.

No way if there is no viewfinder.

no view finder / no go - oh well....

4.3 frames per second???? and it's mirrorless???

I've been led to believe that the mirror is the biggest hold back to increasing the frames per second (Canon Dx - basically 10 fps unless the "mirror" is "locked up" then you can get 14 fps -- how useful is this when you can't see anything with the mirror locked up - not to mention focus on a moving subject).

Maybe in couple of years it may have its advantage, but when I compare the price to the basic entry level DSLR(and the variety of lenses that fit it), this camera doesn't appear to be worth the money (unless of course you're into the newest and neatest [not necessarily the most useful]).

I don't get all the grief here. If even 90% of what Canon has claimed about this EOS M is accurate, then it's like the best thing that they've ever done. Seriously.
It's a fun camera that doesn't pretent to be anything other than what it is.
I bet all you gear-heads are just dying to hange your 400 2.8 on it, right? Oh wait, you don't have one - I forgot. Sorry 'bout that.

I think everyone complaining here must be that type that stands around the camera store with the new gear-bag and highly-polished UV filtered L lenses hanging on the latest D-whateva with a battery pack stuck on the bottom to make it look like a real camera.

Here's a newsflash - Canon hasn't made a real camera in a long time. They make computers now. They shape them like cameras so all of the photographically challenged trust-fund babies can get a job at their local weekly.

Normally, I'd say go get a hobby but you all seem to have found one.
Complaining online.

Get over it - this M thing is a nice little camera. I would bet that Kertez, Brassai, or Bresson could shoot the pants off ya with it.

Yeah, I said it. Now go prove me wrong Bucky.

Vibrational sensor-cleaning? I HATE manual sensor cleaning with a swab!

Manual focusing? AF doesn't always work, and some adapted lenses will be manual-focus anyway.

Aperture-priority exposure mode with manual / non-Canon lenses?

** Maybe I missed them, but I didn't see any of these. **

So there is aperture-priority auto-exposure, and the specs say manual focus is possible.

I'd like to see a peaking focus indication with highlighted edges in manual, like the Sony NEX cameras.

Still haven't seen vibrational sensor cleaning in any announcement.

This camera will be fantastic for me. I need to shoot concerts for the New York Summer Music Festival, and a good number are chamber music and small ensembles. The irritating and totally unnecessary whine and slap of the mirror in my T3i is ridiculously loud and interferes with the recordings of every concert. A camera that has NO mirror, NO extraneous noise, that can still use my thousands of dollars of Canon lenses, will be hugely appreciated by myself and by the audiences.