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Love It or Hate It

Canon announced the October 2012 release of it's first mirrorless, DLSR style camera, the Canon EOS M. People seem to fall into a couple of camps on this camera. Either (1) This makes a great, small, portable backup camera, or (2) Why can't Canon push the envelope?

Personally, as a Canon 7D and C300 owner/user, I haven't decided on this camera. For most of the shooting I do the camera seems to solve a problem that doesn't exist. Since the EOS M has similar internals to a T4i I'm not sure why I'd want it. If I need a DSLR camera I'll grab my 7D. If I want to shoot long interviews I'll grab the C300. If I need something quick and dirty I'll grab either my cell phone or my Canon Powershot (yes, I'm in bed heavily with Canon...). 

My one wish was that Canon would build the camera with EF mount. That would make it an ideal backup camera to any 5DII, 5DIII, 7D, or 60D owner. Instead it has its own mounting system, EF-M, that will handle corresponding lenses (currently only 2). The EOS M can, however, handle EF mount lenses with a forthcoming adapter.

Here's the highlights of the camera (for an in-depth breakdown go here; for hands-on reviews check here here or here):

  • New EF-M lens mount (optimized for APS-C sensor size)
  • 18MP APS-C 'Hybrid CMOS' sensor
  • Continuous autofocus in movie mode with subject tracking
  • 14-bit DIGIC5 processor
  • ISO 100-12800 standard, 25600 expanded
  • 4.3 fps continuous shooting, 3 fps with autofocus tracking
  • 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound (with 25p or 24p options)
  • External microphone socket and adjustable sound recording level
  • 1040k dot 3:2 touch-sensitive ClearView II LCD (capacitative type, multi-touch support)
  • Standard EOS hot-shoe for external flash (no built-in flash)
  • 'Creative Filters' image-processing controls, previewed live on-screen