Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The EOS M: Canon's first mirrorless compact camera

Canon, Japanese camera and optical products maker, has announced its first compact mirrorless camera, The EOS M. The EOS M will come with a 18.1-megapixel image sensor, the DIGIC 5 imaging processor similar to other Canon DSLR cameras. The compact 108.6mm x 66.5mm x 32.3mm camera weighs 265g and is equipped with a 3-inch touchscreen panel.

Some of you may ask what is mirrorless camera? Unlike a compact digital camera, a mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital camera (MILC) is equipped with an interchangeable lens mount and unlike a digital single-lens reflex camera, a MILC does not have a mirror-based optical viewfinder. This enables manufacturers to keep the camera body smaller and lighter.[1]

In Japan, where consumers tend to value easily portable products, mirrorless cameras account for around a third of all interchangeable lens models. In the United States, their market share is closer to a tenth.
Canon’s move will ratchet up competition with Nikon, its main rival for hefty single-lens reflex cameras used by professional photographers and enthusiasts.[1]
The Canon EOS M
The Canon EOS M - Source :
The first mirrorless camera in the market was Panasonic’s DMC-G1 in 2008. The Nikon 1 system introduced last September left Canon as the last holdout, a lag it attributes to the additional time spent on development.

Singapore pricing for The EOS M has not been announced yet. The camera will be sold for around US$800
(Singapore $1,010) with the 22mm pancake lens in USA. The EOS M will be available in Singapore in 
early October 2012. A zoom and pancake EF-M lens will be launched together with The EOS M. Plus, an EF-EOS M mount adapter makes the camera compatible with Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses, 
including all their autofocus functions.[2]

[1] - Canon to enter mirrorless camera market
[2] - Canon goes mirrorless

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