Canon EOS M Review

December 17, 2012 | Gavin Stoker |

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Reviews of the Canon EOS M from around the web. »

Canon hasn't exactly been quick out of the blocks in the race to launch compact system cameras and its first, the EOS M, comes four years after Panasonic kicked-off the whole shebang back in September 2008 with the launch of the Lumix G1.
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The compact system camera market has, by some distance, been the fastest growing segment within the digital camera market in the past few years, and while most of the major manufacturers have rushed to get on board and share the spoils the one notable exception has been Canon. That changed earlier in the year when the company announced it was planning to launch the EOS M. From the beginning Canon has made it quite clear that the EOS M isn’t targeted at traditional or existing Canon DSLR users, but rather at attracting new users into the EOS system, with the camera primarily aimed at novice, first-time users.
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The EOS M is Canon's long-awaited entry into the mirror-less compact system camera market. Announced in July 2012 it employs an 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor and a new EF-M lens mount with a 1.6x field-reduction factor. Canon launched the format with two native M-mount lenses, a 22mm f2 pancake prime (35mm equivalent) and an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 stabilized zoom (29-88mm equivalent), both of which feature STM stepper motors for quick and quiet movie AF. Meanwhile, the entire Canon EF and EF-S lens catalogue is supported with autofocus and auto exposure using the optional EF-EOS M adapter.
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Canon made its loyal customers wait quite a long time before it finally joined the mirrorless camera revolution, announcing the Canon EOS M back in June. The camera comes nearly four years after Panasonic kicked things off by “friending” Olympus - forming the Micro Four Thirds alliance - and introducing the Lumix DMC-G1, making Canon the last major DSLR maker to join the fray.
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