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Canon celebrates 14th consecutive year of No. 1 share

Canon Inc recently announced that their company’s interchangeable lens digital cameras have maintained the number 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016.

I was one of those that used the Canon EOS 300D, the DSLR camera that made the breakthrough and changes to the DSLR market in 2003. This particular DSLR camera was the start of a very eventful and exciting photography journey for me, starting from 2004 (and still ongoing) when I started using my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 300D for taking photographs and also for my holiday trips to Tokyo, Japan and Penang, Malaysia in 2004.

While I started entering into the world of photography way back in the analogue film SLR days, starting from my primary school days when I played and damaged my father’s SLR camera. I only got into more serious photography starting from 2004. From then on, I never look back, my relationship with Canon DSLRs blossomed with the upgrades from the maiden DSLR, the EOS 300D, followed by -> EOS 30D -> EOS 1D Mark III -> EOS 70D -> EOS 1DX, over the years from 2004 to 2017 (and still counting).

Beside owning the various Canon DSLRs that I wrote down, I also had the honour to be given many opportunities to test and review other Canon DSLR models, sharing the photographs, my reviews, thoughts, views and experiences with them right here on my photography and travel site. There is a particular Canon DSLR model that I really like, yet I didn’t own it, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This Canon EOS 5D Mark III allowed me to produce some photography works that were instrumental and significant during my photography adventures.

Over all these years for me, partnering with the various Canon DSLR models, I had learned a lot, grown and improved my photography together with them. At this stage in time, I am now in a new phase of my photography adventure, the start of a new era, striving even higher benchmarks, goals and objectives for myself, in both a personal and professional capacity in my photography.

This is my personal (rather lengthy) Canon DSLRs story, now let me share with you, the Canon Inc story –

Canon Inc. announced that the Company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016*.

Canon develops the key components featured in its interchangeable-lens cameras— CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses— in the pursuit of “Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality, the core concept of the EOS series.” The Company employs these cutting-edge technologies across its entire lineup, from entry-level models that achieve high image quality with easy operation to flagship cameras trusted by professionals, effectively responding to the needs of a wide range of users.

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS 300D Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS Kiss Digital in other regions). This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market.

Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of epoch-making products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series which paved the way for digital SLR video recording.

In 2016, Canon introduced an impressive lineup of interchangeable-lens camera products that supported the Company’s achievement of a 14th consecutive year at the top of the global market. In the first quarter of 2016, the Company unveiled the flagship model, the EOS-1D X Mark II, which wields significant clout in the sports photography world thanks to its 14 frame-per-second continuous shooting. This was followed by the EOS 80D for advanced-amateur users, which features excellent still image quality and superb operability when shooting videos. The EOS 5D Mark IV, capable of 4K video, was released in second half of the year. Additionally, the Company’s interchangeable-lens camera lineup was further expanded with the introduction of the high-end EOS M5 compact-system camera in September.

Canon will continue to respond to the needs of its wide range of customers by further bolstering its lineup in 2017. Earlier this February, Canon announced the introduction of n three cameras equipped with the cutting-edge and highly accurate autofocus technology, Dual Pixel CMOS AF: the EOS M6 compact-system camera and the EOS 77D (EOS 9000D in other regions) and EOS 800D (EOS Rebel T7i or EOS Kiss X9i in other regions) digital SLR cameras.

Through the further refining of its diverse imaging technologies based on the Company’s core optical technologies, Canon will further strengthen and expand the EOS lineup through the integration of still image, video and network functionality. Canon will continue striving to create attractive and reliable products aimed at contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

*Based on a Canon survey

 ** Information and picture courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations ** 

Canon launched EOS M5

Canon recently launched a new mirror-less camera to their EOS family line up, the Canon EOS M5. The Canon EOS M5 is the fifth EOS M model till date since the launch of the Canon EOS M1, followed by the M2, M3 and M10.

Personally, I have used the EOS M1 (belongs to my dad), reviewed the EOS M3 and EOS M10. Over the years, I had seen improvements to the Canon EOS M family through their camera body designs and EF-M lenses for the EOS M series. When I saw and read the official news on the Canon EOS M5, my initial impressions from it were – Canon is serious about their mirror-less camera line up, the EOS M series. During my recent trip to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, listening to the top Canon Inc executives sharing on the next wave and trends, I wrote the points that were shared and discussed at the media interaction here in an article here on my photography website.

In my article, I wrote

“From the media interaction sessions, Canon remains committed to the EOS M mirrorless line up. We should be able to see more of EF-M lenses, EOS M accessories and maybe a new EOS M mirrorless camera body in the near future.”

Today, we can see the new Canon EOS M5 and the new EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM. I really welcome the built-in Electronic View Finder (EVF), yes, finally, there is EVF! Along with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, my gut feel (without an actual hands on yet) is that this Canon EOS M5 auto focusing is going to be faster and improved from the Canon EOS M3 and EOS M10 models.

When the opportunity arises that I am able to review the Canon EOS M5, I would share my experiences with everybody here.

Now, let me share with you more information, details and photos of the Canon EOS M5 from the press release information below –

Press Release 15th September 2016

Canon today announced the launch of the new EOS M5, the latest addition to the Canon EOS M mirrorless interchangeable lens lineup of cameras. As a premium flagship model in the EOS M range, the EOS M5 boasts several firsts for the EOS M line to support discerning users who desire a mirrorless camera which delivers superior image quality, with the versatility of interchangeable lenses. Key technologies include Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology drawn from the EOS DSLR range, the cutting-edge DIGIC 7 image processor, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and also in-camera RAW conversion.

“Drawing on the rich heritage of Canon’s EOS DSLR imaging technology, the EOS M5 heralds a new era for fans of mirrorless photography. The compact-sized EOS M5 empowers photography enthusiasts with greater control of their photography, with advanced capabilities like in-camera RAW conversion and enhanced Autofocus with Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS technology to deliver top notch image quality. With the option of interchangeable lenses, EOS M5 bring forth the versatility for users to compose their desired shots.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore

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A new era of firsts to showcase outstanding EOS quality

At the heart of the EOS M5 is a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. Drawn from the professional EOS DSLR range, the cutting-edge Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is equipped for the first time on the EOS M lineup, enabling EOS M5 to achieve fastest AF performance in the EOS M lineup to date. With approximately 24.2 million phase-difference sensors in place, phrase-difference AF is possible over almost the entire view area so users will have more flexibility in framing creative compositions and a variety of scenes.

For the first time in the EOS M lineup, the AF has now been enhanced with predictive AF technology, enabling high precision tracking of the subject’s movement in the depth of direction from the camera. Whereas older AF systems can only track the subject’s direction of movement, up or down and left or right. The newly-enhanced AF system will now also track them as they move closer or further from the camera. Predictive AF analyses the subject’s movement and speed, and automatically adjusts itself accordingly to maintain the focus on the subject. Also, the EOS M5 is able to achieve up to approximately 7 fps when shooting with continuous AF, or even 9 fps if the focus is locked, ensuring the perfect moment in a high speed action can be captured and frozen in time. 

DIGIC 7 underpins the power of image expression

With DIGIC 7 supporting a more advanced AF, tracking performance is now more dynamic and is able to track several people or even animals simultaneously as they move around the frame. The sophisticated AF system also supports an even smaller AF frame size to enable users to have precision control to focus on very fine details.

When shooting with small apertures, the image correction properties on the DIGIC 7 enables a high level of image clarity and achieves optimal level of brightness and contrast. With diffraction correction, the loss of fine details is minimised and is especially useful in shooting bright landscape scenes. Higher image clarity can be obtained through diffraction correction, which works to minimise the loss of fine details when shooting with a small aperture.

New to the EOS M range is the Panning function which allows users to express themselves creatively and have fun shooting fast-moving objects such as cars or trains while panning to keep the subject in view. The DIGIC 7 keeps the subject in sharp focus, while the background is subjected to motion blur to emphasize the sensation of speed.

A true DSLR feel with EVF shooting

The EOS M5 has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a high-resolution OLED of approximately 2.36 million dots. For the user, the EVF reflects a highly accurate image representation of what is seen by the camera sensor without interference from glare. The experience invokes the intimate engagement of using a DSLR camera and enhances the joy of image composition with true colour fidelity and clarity. Designed for users’ comfort, the eye point of approximately 22 mm ensures optimal ergonomics such that even bespectacled users will find it comfortable for use. 

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The 3.2” high-resolution LCD with touchscreen functions enables a tilt range from 85 degrees upwards and 180 degrees downwards for framing shots from unusually high or low angles. This allows for flexibility in creative expressions and is also perfect for selfie shots.

When shooting both stills and videos using the EVF, users can make use of the new intuitive Touch & Drag AF function to compose their images. With Touch & Drag AF, the user may look through the EVF and intuitively control and change the focus areas by touching the LCD screen. Touch & drag is customisable to suit a user’s dominant hand, hand size, and method of aiming the AF, and can also be quickly toggled on and off with a dedicated button on the camera body.

Complementing the EVF function is the inclusion of four easily-accessible operating control dials to give the user full control while using the EVF. The dials are the mode dial, an exposure compensation dial, a main dial to control aperture or shutter speed, and a new quick control dial. The quick control dial comes with a dial function button that can cycle through several functions like white balance, ISO speed, and AF mode, while the dial itself adjusts the settings of the currently selected function.

High performance cinematic expressions with EOS movie

With the combination of a supported IS lens with in-camera digital image stablisation, five-axis image stabilisation is achieved for countering camera movement and also dramatically reduces camera shake when shooting from unstable positions or while walking. This results in smooth and high quality videos. With the power of the DIGIC 7 image processor, 5-axis IS is possible even with lenses that do not support IS by using the in-camera digital IS to achieve a similarly stable video.

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For the first time in an EOS M camera, the EOS M5 is able to record videos at Full HD 60p. This is double the frame rate of the other EOS M cameras, and the additional frames allow for much smoother videos.

Edit and connect while on the move

A new feature that appears in an EOS M is in-camera RAW conversion. Users are able to adjust their RAW images and even in batches immediately after shooting them, without the use of a computer. The before and after images can be easily compared on the screen, allowing users to do proper edits and adjustments on the spot.

For easy file transfers, the EOS M5 is equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC technology to connect smartphones, tablets and computers via Canon Image Gateway. Once connected, users can transfer images and videos to these devices and immediately upload them onto the Canon Image Gateway, social media services, and cloud storage. With the connectivity features, remote shooting via a smart device offers users greater creative possibilities especially when shooting at unusual angles or taking group pictures. Using a smart device and the Canon Camera Connect app, users have real-time control of camera settings such as shutter speed, focus selection, self-timer and more. The EOS M5 can also use this connection to make use of a smart device’s GPS to geotag the images.

The EOS M5 is also supports the use of Bluetooth low energy technology. With Bluetooth, the EOS M5 can be constantly connected to a device with low power consumption. It also allows remote shooting whereby users can use their smart devices to shoot images or movies. With this technology, users can use their smart devices as a controller when browsing the images on television.

EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Available in Graphite and Silver, the new EF-M high-zoom kit lens is also launched to complement the high quality and wide spectrum of imaging possibilities that the EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM can deliver. Compact and stylish, the EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM has a high zoom ratio of 8.3 x and delivers high quality imaging over a broad focal length, making it highly versatile for wide angle landscapes to telephoto shots of distant subjects. The versatile nature of the zoom range makes it well-suited for all kinds of users, from entry-level users to photography enthusiasts who need more advanced equipment. Its advanced design also makes it compatible with the EOS M5’s above-mentioned Combination IS and Panning functions.

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Aside from the EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM, the EOS M5 is compatible with many other M-series lenses, and using a mount-adapter will also make it compatible with over 70 EF/EF-S lenses.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS M5 and EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM will be advised at a later date.

Product specifications

EOS M5

Image sensor: 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

Focal plane AF: Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Max frame rate: 9.0 fps (AF fixed), 7.0 fps (AF tracking)

Max standard ISO speed: ISO 25,600

Monitor: 3.2-inch tilting touch panel LCD, approx. 1.62 million dots

Movie: Full HD 60 fps

Connectivity: Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth

EVF: Approx. 2.36 million dots

Dimensions: Approx. 115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6mm

Weight: Approx. 427g

EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Focal length: 18-150mm

Maximum aperture: f/3.5 – 6.3

Minimum focusing distance: 0.25m (at 18mm), 0.45m (at 150mm)

Maximum magnification: 0.31x

Filter size: 55mm

Aperture blades: 7

Length: 86.5mm

Weight: Approx. 300g

* Information, details and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon Announced EOS M10

Canon recently announced the Canon EOS M10 to their line up of digital cameras. I had some prior experiences with the Canon EOS M family of cameras and recently completed the Canon EOS M3 review here. With the announcement of the Canon EOS M10, I am reading with interest and might review the Canon EOS M10 down the road when the opportunity arises.

Look no further, allow me to share with you more information on the Canon EOS M10 from the press release information below ~

Canon launched the EOS M10, the newest addition to the EOS M range of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. Pairing superior image quality associated with an EOS DSLR with the convenience of a point-and-shoot compact, the chic and light weight design (approximately 301 grams) makes it the perfect companion for urbanites.

The EOS M10 is paired with the new compact EF-M15-45 mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens that ensures high image quality in every shot. Equipped with a tilt-type LCD touchscreen that extends to 180 degrees, the EOS M10 has an intuitive user interface that also enables selfies from varied angles. Photographers also benefit from an enhanced user experience with its Creative Assist editing capabilities and connectivity features.

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“The fashion-forward user dedicated to posting everyday moments on his or her social media accounts will find the EOS M10 a sleek and handy companion,” said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director, Consumer Business Marketing, Canon Singapore. “The camera has high usability, delivering superior DSLR quality photos and videos for easy sharing on various social media platforms. With a range of interchangeable lenses to choose from, the chic EOS M10 opens up endless creative possibilities.’’

Smart design for fun and seamless self-portraits

The intuitive and user-friendly 3.0’’ touchscreen LCD enables quick and direct access to functions, allowing users to change camera settings such as shutter speed and aperture at the tap of the screen. The EOS M10 introduces features that enhance image quality for taking creative and convenient self-portraits. When the LCD screen is angled to 180 degrees, a shortcut option to activate the self-portrait mode enables adjustments to parameters for taking the best selfies – brightness, smooth skin effect, background defocus, flash and self-timer.

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Users can have fun with the EOS M10’s Creative Assist feature, consisting of six sliders such as Blur /Sharpen (Aperture), Darker/Brighter (Exposure), Cool/Warm (White Balance) that enables even the new photographer creative control of their pictures and the fun of experimenting. Users can easily make adjustments and see the effect of these settings on the images, providing amateur photographers with a keener appreciation for photography.

Cutting-edge technology in stylish form

Modern technology has made waves with the advent of mobile devices that we carry around for daily organization. The EOS M10 complements this lifestyle with Canon’s imaging technology to deliver superior quality images, which may be challenging to achieve with non-dedicated imaging devices.

Powered by the advanced Canon DIGIC 6, the processor handles images quietly at swift speed and ensures high speed processing with low power consumption. Paired with the 18.0 megapixel CMOS sensor, high-resolution and clarity in images will stand out. Even in dim lighting, the high ISO speed performance from 100 – 12800 on the EOS M10 will capture rich colours and details.

The enhanced Hybrid CMOS AF II system uses a combination of phase-difference detection AF and traditional Contrast AF for focusing and tracking subjects with precision.

The EOS M10 uses an APS-C sized sensor, commonly used in the EOS DSLR range of cameras. The larger sensor size powerfully captures more light during exposure, ensuring higher image quality typically associated with DSLR cameras.

Connectivity without boundaries

Wi-Fi connectivity on the EOS M10 serves as the conduit for fast sharing to social media platforms via online cloud storage, Canon iMAGE GATEWAY (CiG) after a one-time registration on CiG.

With NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity, remote operation of the camera via a smart device offers users convenience and versatility. Once connected via the Camera Connect app, the EOS M10’s live view from the LCD screen is beamed to the smart device’s screen in real-time. A variety of shooting modes, different aspect ratios, focus selection, self-timer and more can be adjusted – all from the smart phone while shooting superior quality images from the EOS M10. The remote shooting feature is ideal for taking group portraits or shooting at unusual angles, allowing easy control of the self-timer and shutter release.

Different styles for different personalities

The EOS M10 is offered in two versatile colours of black and white. Users can have fun expressing themselves through customisation of their camera with a selection of compatible jackets available in a range of striking colours such as a classic Navy, a sweet hue of Pink, and whimsical Aqua. At launch, the EOS M10 will be bundled with a complimentary and limited edition jacket in Border, which puts a mod spin on the timeless and classic colours of black and white in a chic striped design. 

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black aqua

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New EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens

The new EOS M10 features three lens kits, which offers consumers more options and access into the world of EOS interchangeable lenses. All three kits feature the new EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.

With a lens retraction mechanism, the EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is the lightest, most portable, and compact standard EF-M zoom lens at just about 130 grams. With a focal length equivalent to 24mm – 72mm on a full frame, it produces high quality images favourable for travel, landscape, and even everyday moments. The Stepping Motor (STM) technology ensures silent and smooth AF especially during movie recording.

A Sleeker EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens in Silver

The second bundle includes the reintroduction of the EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens for telephoto coverage, which will feature a sleek silver finish.

The third bundle features the two aforementioned lenses and the ultra compact moderate wide-angle EF-M22mm f/2 STM pancake lens for landscape and street photography.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS M10 will be announced at a later date.

Product Specifications

EOS M10

Image sensor:                         18.0 mega-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor:                 DIGIC 6

ISO speed:                              100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)

Continuous shooting speed:   4.6 fps

Maximum video quality:           1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

AF:                                          Hybrid CMOS AF II

LCD:                                        180 / 45 degrees tilt type touch screen, approx. 1.04 million dots

Connectivity:                           Wi-Fi, NFC-enabled

Dimensions:                             108 mm in length, 66.6 mm in breadth and 35.0 mm in depth

Weight:                                    Approx. 301 g (CIPA standard)

EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens

Focal length:                                     15-45mm
Maximum aperture:                        f/3.5-6.3
Minimum focusing distance:        0.25m
Maximum magnification:   0.25x
Lens Construction:                         10 elements in 9 groups
Filter Size Dimension:        49mm

Aperture blades:                 7
Dimensions:                                     44.5mm in length, 60.9mm in width
Weight:                                  Approx. 130g

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon announced EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM telephoto zoom lens

Canon, a world leader in digital imaging, is proud to introduce the EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM; the long-awaited telephoto zoom lens for its EOS M series of cameras. The addition of this telephoto zoom lens complements the existing range of wide-angle, pancake and standard zoom lenses, allowing for coverage across the entire zoom spectrum while still retaining the compact nature of the EOS M system.

“We are proud to announce the launch of the powerful yet compact EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM telephoto zoom lens. This addition to the EF-M line of lenses will empower EOS M users with the freedom and convenience of expressing creativity in their shots from a greater variety of angles, said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director, Consumer Business Marketing, Canon Singapore. “Canon will continue to stay committed to developing new technologies to meet the demands of our EOS M users.”

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Compact and lightweight
The EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM offers a fine balance between telephoto power and portability. While the new EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM shares many features and attributes with the larger EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens, it is significantly reduced in size, measuring merely 86.5mm and weighing approximately 260g, to suit the compact EOS M range. True to the spirit of the EOS M series, users will be able to achieve high image quality without compromising on portability.

High image quality

Designed to deliver high image quality, the EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM efficiently arranges the aspherical and UD lenses within its body to achieve an increase in contrast and minimal color blurring. Chromatic aberration is thus effectively corrected; achieving excellent image quality known only to be delivered by Canon. Additionally, the EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM’s 7-blade circular aperture conveniently brings out the soft focus effect often desired when shooting portrait photography with its distinctive circular blurs.

Built-in image stabilizer for clear and sharp photographs

The EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features a powerful Image Stabilizer (IS) unit that automatically determines the current movement of the lens and selects an appropriate IS mode to counter the challenge of shooting without shaking, which comes with capturing sharp images from long distances. This ultimately results in sharper images, even when zoomed in, due to the advantage of a shutter speed 3.5* steps faster which aids in shake correction.

 *based on CIPA standards.

Movie recording advantage

Taking into consideration the importance that users are placing on movie recording functions these days, the EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM has been optimized for video shooting with the inclusion of a lead screw type stepping motor (STM) drive and a rear focus system that allows a silent and smooth auto-focus process which also intelligently tracks subjects.

Price and Availability

The EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM will be available in early July 2014 at Canon’s authorized dealers at the recommended retail price of $499.

* Information and Picture Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon Announces the new Canon EOS M2

Canon Inc and Canon Japan recently announced the new Canon EOS M2 to the Japanese market, featuring significantly improved AF performance. The Canon EOS M2 inherits from her predecessor, the Canon EOS M that was released in September 2012. Compared with its predecessor,1 the new EOS M2 realizes dramatically improved autofocusing performance and newly incorporates built-in Wi-Fi while achieving a body that is approximately 8% smaller in volume.

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Photograph Source: Canon Japan 

Employing Hybrid CMOS AF II, the M2 combines high-precision contrast AF and high-speed phase-detection AF for high-performance autofocusing across approximately 80% of the width and height of the sensor’s imaging surface. Compared with the EOS M, the technology makes possible AF across a wider imaging area than that offered by the earlier EOS M and is approximately 2.3 times2 faster, letting users realize improved focusing performance and compose shots with greater flexibility while enabling improved tracking response when shooting a moving subject.

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Photograph Source: Canon Japan 

 Equipped with an approximately 18-megapixel APS-C-size CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 5 image processor, the EOS M2 achieves a high level of image quality that only a large sensor can make possible while delivering a maximum continuous shooting speed of 4.6 frames per second. Additionally, offering a maximum standard ISO of 12800 (expandable to ISO 25600), the camera lets users capture images with reduced noise even in low-light conditions.

* Information Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide *

The Canon EOS M2 is not available in the North America, Europe and Asia markets. Let’s wait and see if they will announce their availability in other markets at a later stage in time!

Canon EOS M is available !

Today, on the 20th October 2012, the long awaited Canon EOS M is officially available at authorised Canon dealers. The Canon EOS M was announced to the public on 23rd July 2012 and I was part of the milestone event witnessing Canon’s addition to the wide and diverse range of the EOS family. Here is a recap of the Canon’s milestone event that I attended and today, the Canon EOS M is now available!

For the Canon fans out there who are eagerly waiting for the pricing and availability, here’s the good news and information for the EOS M pricing and packages!

1.             EOS M Kit: Body with EF-M18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM lens (Body available in Black or Red) – S$1,149 (inclusive of GST)

2.             EOS M Kit II: Body with EF-M22mm f/2.0 STM lens and EOS M adapter (Body available in Black only) – S$1,219 (inclusive of GST)

3.             EOS M Kit III: Body with EF-M18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM lens, EF-M22mm f/2.0 STM lens and 90EX flashlight (Body available in Black, Red, White and Silver) – S$1,349 (inclusive of GST)

I am looking forward to do a hands-on review of the Canon EOS M someday soon and share my experiences with my readers and supporters! Enjoy and have fun shopping and photographing with the Canon EOS M !

A New Milestone : Canon EOS M

On the 23rd July 2012, I was invited by Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations to witness a new milestone in the history of Canon’s legacy of cameras. It was a great event to be there and being able to witness a new milestone, the arrival of the Canon EOS M, the smallest camera in their EOS family. The event was held at the Stellar @ 1-Altitude, with great food and hospitality, a great time to chat and catch up with fellow friends from the social media circle and friendly staff of Canon Singapore’s marketing and corporate communications department.

Before the official announcement of the Canon EOS M, Mr Andrew Koh, Senior Director and General Manager of the Consumer Imaging and Information Products Group, Canon Singapore, showed and shared the timeline of the EOS camera system from 1987 to 2012. Finally, the Canon EOS M was revealed by Mr Andrew Koh and this marked the start of a new milestone in Canon’s history.

While lunch was being served, we were given a short introduction on the technical specifications and functionalities of the Canon EOS M. During the main course, we were all eagerly waiting to grab hold of the Canon EOS M and wanting to feel, touch and play with the latest toy! When the Canon EOS M finally made its way to our table, we had a fun time photographing with the latest addition of Canon EOS family. We also had a glimpse of a new series of EF lens for the Canon EOS M, the EF-M 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM and the EF-M 22mm f/2.0 STM.

The EOS M bears the EOS lineage not only by name, but also by containing the best features of its larger DSLR cousins. With the powerful combination of an 18.1-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 image processor packed inside the Canon EOS M, it is also able to access Canon’s entire arsenal of EF/EF-S lenses. The Canon EOS M has Phase-difference AF and Contrast AF built into a Hybrid CMOS AF system, the EOS M is able to achieve high speed and high precision focus in both still and video modes. There is also the Multi FlexiZone method where the EOS M divides the scene into 31 AF zones as well as the Single FlexiZone where users can move the AF point via the LCD touchscreen. It’s definitely a small lightweight camera with powerful features along with great support and accessories from the EOS family!

Here are some key specifications of the Canon EOS M –

  • 18.1MP APS-C-sized CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor
  • Full EF/EF-S compatibility with the largest range of interchangeable lenses and accessories
  • Available in four stylish colours: black, white, red, silver
  • Weight: 265g
  • Dimensions: 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3mm in size
At this current point in time as this post is being written, the EOS M, EF-M lenses, EOS-EF M mount adapter and Speedlite 90EX will be available from early October at all Canon authorized dealers. As for the pricing, it will be confirmed at a later date.
What do I think of the Canon EOS M ? Here’s my initial impressions and thoughts on the Canon EOS M from my short stint handling the Canon EOS M during the official launch –
Pros
– Lightweight and portable
– Suits existing EOS users with EF/EF-S lenses and Speedlites
– Ideal second camera for backup or daily carry around usage
Cons
– No viewfinder (photography purists especially those from the film SLR era would not like that)
There are many views, debates, enquiries and thoughts on Canon’s entry into the mirror less market with the Canon EOS M. In my personal humble opinion, I feel that the Canon EOS M can attract a new group of consumers and also from their existing pool of EOS, digital camera users. I will share more about the Canon EOS M once I have the opportunity to have a review set on loan and share my experiences here with my readers. Maybe if my budgeting and photography planning allows, who knows, I might own a Canon EOS M someday!