Canon announces today the mirrorless EOS M, an interchangeable lens camera with a PowerShot-like form factor. It boasts an 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a brand new, compact M-mount. Full 1080 HD video is a key selling point, as is a 3.0-inch touchscreen. The EOS M uses a combination of phase and contrast detection auto focus, providing continuous focusing during video capture.
All of the trappings of an advanced compact camera are here, including manual exposure modes, compatibility with a new Speedlite 600EX flash unit and manual audio level adjustment. ISO range starts at 100 and stretches up to a 12800 (expandable to 25600). No viewfinder, electronic or otherwise, is incorporated into the camera design, however the touch monitor will allow use of "pinch and zoom" type navigation, familiar to anyone who has picked up an iPhone.
Two lenses are introduced at this time, the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM and EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. An optional EF-EOS M mount adapter will be sold to extend compatibility to existing Canon lenses.
Pricing and Availability
Look for the Canon EOS M to become available in October. Bundled with the 22mm lens, it will cost an estimated $799.99. An EF-EOS M mount adapter will cost $199.99, while the 18-55mm lens and 600EX flash unit will cost $299.99 and $149.99, respectively.