If you skipped out on the EOS M because it was a tad bit too pricey, you’re probably not alone. I’m sure plenty of other people wish it was maybe a couple hundred bucks cheaper. Now’s your chance to purchase the mirrorless digital camera for $299, a whopping $300 less than its original price of $599. Canon has recently addressed the slow autofocus issue in the new firmware update, making the camera even more of a bargain. You might want to hurry though, B&H may run out of stock at any time.
The Canon EOS M was a long-awaited entry into the mirrorless compact camera system market. It was announced in July 2012 boasting an 18-megapixel APS-C sensor with an EF-M lens mount. The format was released with two M-mount lenses, namely the 22mm f/2 pancake prime which is a 35mm equivalent, and a standard 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 stabilized zoom which works out to a 29-88mm equivalent. Both lenses feature STM stepper motors for quick and quiet movie AF.
Those who already own the Canon EOS T4i may notice some similarities between the two, especially when it comes to movie functionality. Canon users had to wait considerably longer for the EOS M’s release, which made its pitfalls all the more disappointing. Competing manufacturers had more time to develop a more comprehensive range of native mount lenses as well as other accessories.
If you’re looking for a compact camera with a responsive touchscreen and decent photo quality, the Canon EOS M may be a worthy investment if you’re making the jump from a point and shoot. Is this price drop a sign that a newer EOS M model is coming? It’s likely, so that’s another matter to consider before purchasing.
Some product highlights:
Sensor and Image Processor
High resolution 18.0 MP CMOS APS-C (1.6x crop factor) sensor and high performance DIGIC 5 image processor equal fast functional response, exceptional image quality and sharp detail in both photo and video.
Full HD (1080p) Movie
The EOS-M offers Full HD (1080p) Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, manual exposure control, multiple resolution and frame rates, built-in stereo microphone with a wind filter, manual audio level adjustment, and Video Snapshot with editing. Combined with STM lenses, such as the included 22mm f/2 STM lens, the Movie Servo AF provides smooth, silent auto-focus function, a great benefit when shooting video. The camera automatically splits files larger than 4GB for extended, uninterrupted recording and offers a jack for compatible external microphones. The file format for shooting video on the EOS-M is MOV with H.264 compression standard. Video can be recorded in Full HD, HD and SD and at Full HD the possible frames rates are 30, 24 and 25 frames per second. Auto exposure and manual exposure control are both possibe on video as well as photo capture.
Normal ISO sensitivity on the EOS-M ranges from 100-12800 but expands in High Sensitivity Mode to 25600 for faster shutter speeds and sharper details in low light.
Touch Screen LCD with Touch AF
Thanks to a new construction between the its resin-coated cover and the liquid crystal display, the 3.0″ Clear View LCD monitor keeps glare to a minimum and makes it easy to see your images even in bright light. The 1,040,000-dot resolution is ideal for playback and focusing and the smudge-resistant coating on the LCD preserves the luminosity after multiple touches. Numerous camera operations can be handled by the touch screen including Auto-focus control, whereby you touch the LCD screen on the part of the image you want in focus. Two-finger (multi-touch) control allows you to zoom, scroll images and navigate the menus as you would with a smartphone.
Continuous Shooting and Burst Rate
For still photography, the EOS-M can shoot up to 4.3 frames per second for up to 15 shots utilizing an SD card in JPEG. With a UHS-I card that number lifts to 17 shots at 4.3fps. For video, the continuous shooting time in Full HD based on a 16GB memory card is 44 minutes.
Advanced Imaging Features
Handheld Night Scene and High Dynamic Range are assistive functions that allow all levels of photographers to take advantage of digital advancements to improve their shooting results. HDR, for example, shoots three images of the exact same image simultaneously in various exposures and combines the three into one perfectly balanced photo. This is ideal when shooting images that have both shadow and bright light and those whose subject is lit from behind. The EOS-M also offers seven Creative Filters to enhance your images, including Toy Camera Effect and Art Bold Effect, which makes your photo look like an oil painting.