Canon Announced the EOS M5 Mirrorless Camera With EVF

Canon EOS M5 with EF-M 15-45mm IS STM
Canon EOS M5 with EF-M 15-45mm IS STM

Canon has announced the EOS M5, a new addition to the EOS M line-up with a much requested EVF. Like other contemporary mirrorless with EVFs, the one on the EOS M5 has a resolution of 2.36 million dots. There is no mention of the refresh rate, though.

The EOS M5 features a 24.2MP CMOS sensor, with image processing duties performed by a DIGIC 7 image processor. ISO range can be set between 100 and 25,600. With Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the M5 is the fastest focussing EOS M camera made to date. A Touch and Drag AF feature allows you to adjust the focus point by dragging the AF frame around the rear LCD, even when looking through the EVF. There is also focus peaking to assist in manual focussing.

The design of the camera has also been changed from the previous EOS M cameras. It now looks like one of the smaller Canon DSLRs instead of a large compact camera. On the back of the camera is a 3.2″, 162K-dot LCD screen which flips up 85º and down 180º, great for the selfie-loving crowd. Continuous shooting speed is up to 7fps (9 fps with AF lock). There is also an in-body, 5-axis digital image stabilisation for smoother video recording, even without IS glass. With compatible lenses, both in-body and lens stabilisation can be employed simultaneously.

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On the connectivity side of things, the M5 features a low-energy Bluetooth Smart feature which maintains a persistent connection with your smart device. There is also NFC and WiFi as well.

Along with the EOS M10, Canon has also announced the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens which features 4 stops of image stabilisation. Used on the EOS M10, it gives an equivalent of 29-240mm.

Like the Nikon 1 series, the previous EOS M series of cameras have been rather lacklustre, with Canon not wanting to cannibilise the sales of their DSLRs. On paper, this seems like a big improvement. This being Canon’s 5th version of the EOS M, it remains to be seen whether this will finally be as good as the mirrorless cameras from the likes of Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji and Sony.

The EOS M5 will be available from November 2016 at US$980 for the body alone, or US$1099 with a 15-45mm lens. It’s also available with the newly announced 18-150mm lens for US$1479 from December.

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Three Guys’ First Thoughts: Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM
Canon EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM

So here it is, the other shoe to drop in the mirrorless market, so to speak: The Canon EOS M. After Nikon was ridiculed (wrongly, I feel) for the sensor size and for the atrocious UI on the 1 system, will the Canon be able to avoid the pitfalls the Nikon encountered with their own launch?
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Canon EOS M Available in Singapore from 20 Oct 2012

Canon EOS M with the EF-M 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM lens

According to Hardwarezone, the new Canon EOS M mirrorless camera system which was announced back in July this year will be available in Singapore from this Saturday, 20 Oct 2012 onwards. This will give Singaporean buyers another choice when buying their mirrorless camera systems.

The camera is available as 3 different kits, depending on your needs.

  • EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM: S$1,149 (available in black or red)
  • EOS M with EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM & EF-EOS M mount adapter: S$1,219 (available in black only)
  • EOS M with EF-M 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM, EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM & Speedlite 90EX: S$1,349 (available in all four colors: black, silver, white, red)

YS: I really hope they tweak the AF system on this – the EOS 650D (of which the EOS M is heavily based on) had lacklustre AF in live view. To be precise, the AF was above average compared to other DSLRs, but very much slower than many mirrorless system cameras. That large sensor is of no use if the camera cannot focus well!

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