Long-Awaited Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera Officially Unveiled

It’s finally here. After many months of rumors and the now-typical day before announcement leak, Canon has officially announced the EOS M mirrorless ILC — and fortunately, all evidence points to the little camera being worth the wait. So buckle up and let’s dive into the specifics.

As far as hardware is concerned, the EOS M is essentially a smaller Rebel T4i. It sports an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, 3-inch 1.04-million dot smudge-resistant touchscreen, 100-12800 ISO range (expandable to 25600 in H mode) and the same hybrid AF system found in the recently released Rebel. The M also comes with a full-sized hot-shoe, 4.3fps continuous shooting and 1080p 24, 25 and 30fps video capability including manual audio controls.

Obviously, being a mirrorless camera, some compromises in functionality had to be made to maintain the tiny form-factor (which, at 14.18oz, falls somewhere between Canon’s G1 X and S100). While the hardware is essentially the same as the T4i, buttons have for the most part been eschewed in favor of touchscreen controls and no electronic viewfinder is included. But even though serious shooters will have to familiarize themselves a little bit with the Canon point-and-shoot style menus, the hardware and the ability to control the M in full-manual should keep everyone happy.

The Canon EOS M will ship in October alongside a few new accessories created just for this occasion. The black EOS M will ship in a kit with the all-new EF-M 22mm f/2 STM lens for $799.99. Getting your hands on the pretty white version pictured above, however, requires that you order the camera through Canon’s online store.

The other accessories — the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, the EF-EOS M Mount Adapter and the 90EX Speedlite — will be available for $299.99, $199.99 and $149.99, respectively. And, of course, if you want to read through all of the press-release-y details on the camera and all of the goodies coming with it, you can check out the entire thing over in Canon’s Press Room.

  • freeboprich

    So, no sign of an EVF to adapt it then?

  • Zta

    I told you the official press release would eventually leak too! =)

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    EVF will no doubt be on a later pro-sumer model, this model is definitely tailored to the average buyer

  • TrollDaddy

    Stereo sound much?

  • Mansgame

    So do you see a future where APC sensors will be almost exclusively used on mirror less cameras while full frame being reserved for DSLRs?

  • MD

    Agreed. This camera might look a bit underwhelming to those looking for something a bit more serious (myself included), but it sure seems like Canon has laid a pretty awesome foundation for future bodies to build upon.

  • High Rock Media

    I was really excited about the EOS M but with no EVF, it’s not for me. Hopefully in future versions, there will be an EVF. So for now, move on, nothing to see here…

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    I like the design, it’s in-between the simplistic and over complicated so design wise I think It looks good. I’m sure everyone is looking for a retro/vintage-styled camera since that seems to be very in vogue at the moment but I’m not sure Canon will be that obvious, maybe we’ll see something like that at a later date, something similar to the G12 or G1-X maybe.

  • MD

    For myself, at least, the appeal of the retro designs is less about aesthetics and more about functionality (or lack thereof?). My first real camera was a Pentax K1000. After two crop DSLRs, one full-frame DSLR, a handful of medium format systems, and a 4×5 view camera, not one of them has even approached that first camera in terms of simple back-to-basics enjoyment of photography. At this point, cameras like the X100 hold more appeal for me than anything else on the market thanks solely to this time-tested user experience. Beautiful…

  • It looks okay but…

    Meh. Sounds like a stripped down canon rebel. $1100 with an adaptor? For that money I’d get a D3200 or K-01. Neither is quite as small, but both are more capable, and don’t need an expensive adaptor to access tones of great lenses.

  • Guest

    I see you point.. just remember that with the D3200 you don’t get AF with all of those great Nikkor lenses :(

  • casualshooter

    With a viewfinder, you can substitue AF with patience, in most situations. ;)

  • Sol_Invictus

    Yep. That was the deal killer. I want something for travel but without an EVF I’ll just stick with the iPhone.