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Canon EOS M is Canon’s first compact system camera

18Mp compact system camera from Canon

Canon EOS M

Canon has finally entered the compact system camera market with the announcement of the Canon EOS M, available from October 2012. 

Canon was, until now, the only major photography brand not to have a compact system camera – a type of camera that aims to replicate the image quality of a DSLR in a camera a fraction of the size and weight. Read our compact system cameras explained guide for an in-depth explanation 

But its effort won’t come cheap – when it goes on sale in October it’ll cost £769.99 for the body with the standard zoom lens and £879.99 for the body supplied with the pancake lens. That’s a lot more than competitors like the Samsung NX200 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5, which generally cost around £300 to £500 at most. And there’s no viewfinder, though one can be added to the hot-shoe mount at the top of the camera.

Canon EOS M first impressions

Katie Waller, Which? camera expert, says ‘Canon’s entry to the compact system camera market has been long awaited and it’ll be interesting to get the camera into testing to see how it measures up against Canon’s much larger digital SLRs and its compact system camera competitors. 

The layout of the controls will look far more familiar to someone looking to trade-up directly from a compact camera to a more powerful interchangeable lens model, but the lack of dials and particularly the lack of a viewfinder may put off serious photographers. It’s a shame not to see a viewfinder on the EOS M when Canon included one on its most recent bridge camera the Canon G1X.’

Canon EOS M key facts

  • 18Mp APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor that’s the same as that found in the Canon 650D DSLR
  • 100-12,800 ISO range at full quality, extendable up to 25,600 ISO
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD screen
  • Standard EF-M lens has 18 to 55mm range, built-in image stabilisation and f-stop of 3.5-5.6
  • Pancake lens is fixed at 22mm with f-stop of 2
  • Compatible with Canon EF lenses using adapter

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