updated 10:55 am EDT, Mon July 23, 2012
Canon last of four largest camera makers to use mirrorless system
Canon has officially unveiled its previously rumored mirrorless camera, the EOS M. The launch makes Canon the last of the large four manufacturers to use such a system, with Sony's NEX-C3, Nikon's J1 and V1, and Fujifilm's X-Pro 1 reaching the market earlier this year and late last year. Using an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with the DIGIC 5 image processor, the EOS M appears to match many of the specifications the Rebel T4i uses, if not sharing the physical appearance.
Both the EOS M and the Rebel T4i use Canon's new nine-point autofocus system with cross-type sensor array, hybrid CMOS autofocus, and a three-inch touchscreen. The available ISO range, up to 25,600 for stills or 12,800 for video, represent an improvement over the Rebel T4i, however the EOS M suffers from a slower 4.3 FPS continuous shooting speed. It retains the ability to record 1920x1080 resolution video at 24, 25 and 30 FPS.
The Canon EOS M initially will go on sale sometime in September in Japan for 79,800 yen ($1,020), including the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens It will become available in the US in October for around $800, while a white version will also be on sale through Canon's online store. [via Engadget]