Canon Unveils EOS M Mirrorless System

Canon EOS M

Product summary

Key Features:

  • Manual exposure control
  • Multiple resolution frame rates
  • Built-in stereo microphone
  • Manual audio level adjustment
  • Video Snapshot mode with touch-screen editing
  • 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video recording, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for still image shooting from bright to dim light and high performance Powerful DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality video and photos
  • Hybrid CMOS AF delivers fast autofocus speed for video and photos
  • Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II (approximately 1,040,000 dots) with smudge-resistant coating features multi-touch operation allowing photographers to use familiar gestures such as “pinch-to-zoom” and “swiping” to scroll between pictures and Touch AF for an easy and intuitive video capture experience
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode delivers expertly optimized photos and scene detection for amazing results even when shooting at night
  • Advanced imaging features like Handheld Night Scene mode, HDR Backlight Control mode, and seven Creative Filters provide added versatility
  • Multi-shot Noise Reduction helps preserve precious detail in photos at high ISO speeds
  • Compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards
  • Compatible with all Canon Speedlite accessories including the new Speedlite 600EX and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
  • Compatible with Canon’s GPS Receiver GP-E2


Unleash Your Creativity Into Motion With The New EOS M. It is the Newest Mirroless Camera in Canon’s Lineup Delivers Exceptional EOS Full HD Video Quality with Continuous Autofocus and a huge Selection of Lenses. The Canon EOS M is an entirely new MILC system based on an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor that can produce image quality that is comparable to that obtained by Canon’s best DSLRs.

Canon is emphasizing the EOS M primarily as a movie-making tool and secondarily as a still camera, but its specifications make it impressive in both. It has a built-in stereo microphone (with manual audio adjustment), manual exposure control and multiple resolution frame rates, as well as a video snapshot mode with touch-screen editing. The Movie Servo AF mode, which is the camera’s default setting, is claimed to be able to track moving subjects. The two new lenses introduced with the EOS M use STM (Stepping Motor Technology) for virtually silent autofocus that won’t be picked up by the camera’s internal microphone.

The Canon EOS M features a hybrid CMOS AF system that employs both contrast detection and phase detection autofocus techniques. In competing systems this hybrid approach has allowed for minimal focus time, and indeed, Canon claims speedy snap to focus for the M system with reduced shutter lag. Face Detection, Tracking AF, Multi-Point AF with 31 autofocus points as well as single-point AF are all user-selected focus options. Touch-screen operation activates subject recognition and tracking; users can use touch-screen to navigate the menus for both still and video.

A new camera mount and short flangeback design (which brings the rear lens element closer to the surface of the sensor) means a new lens system based on the EF-M mount, and the EOS M arrives at birth with two lenses, an EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens (35mm equivalent: 29-88mm) and the new EF-M 22mm (35mm equivalent: 35mm) f/2 STM pancake lens. Owners of Canon EOS DSLR systems can also rejoice: Canon also announced the Mount Adapter EF-EOS M, which allows you to mount any Canon EOS EF and EF-S lens. With over 70 lenses currently available, the Canon M becomes another part of the Canon EOS ecosystem.

Finally, Canon also announced the Canon Speedlite 90EX, which is closely matched to the Canon M but can also be used with other Speedlites. The Speedlite 90EX boasts a 24mm angle of coverage, and a maximum guide number of 30 feet at ISO 100. The M is fully compatible with the entire Canon Speedlite line, and can control multiple speedlites wirelessly.

Canon EOS M is ideal for snapshooters, travelers, and first-time interchangeable-lens camera users. Measuring 4.3×2.6×1.3 inches (without lens) and weighing a mere 10.5 ounces (body only, with battery), the camera is small and light.

The top of the camera, from left to right, features left and right microphones, a flash/accessory mount (yes, you can mount the Canon TK GPS system), an on/off switch, and a shutter release surrounded by a rotating switch that lets you choose Auto+, still camera or video modes; choices within each mode can be found within the menu structure. A nice design element: The shutter release is nestled in a comfortable tilt within in a carved out wedge. With the flash mount so close, this makes sense because it reduces the likelihood that your shooting finger will bump up against the bottom of the mounted flash.

The back of the camera is dominated by the 3 inch LCD monitor which is built in and doesn’t rotate, but which boasts a very high 1.04 million dot resolution. A menu button accesses menu controls, while a preview button lets you look at stills and videos. A “Q” button also doubles as a feature set button, and is surrounded by a four-way circular toggle switch to control burst rate and self-timer, EV control, image delete, and an assignable function option indicated by an asterisk. An info button lets you control what information appears on screen during shooting or preview modes.

On the left side of the camera a door opens to reveal AV/Out digital and HDMI ports, as well as an external mic jack, and the front of the camera simply has a small grip protrusion, the lens mount and release button, and the infrared focus aid. There is no eye-level viewfinder option.

Despite its simplified layout, the Canon EOS M is solidly built. Its chassis is constructed of magnesium and stainless steel, and Canon says the body can, via the EOS lens adapter, be fully integrated into the entire line of Canon DSLR lenses.

Sample Images by EOS M on Flickr

Canon EOS M Specifications

FormatAPS-C (1.6x Crop Factor)
ResolutionEffective Pixels: 18.0 Megapixels
Other Resolutions: 17.9 MP: 5184 x 3456
Other File Sizes: 8 MP (3,456 x 2,304) 4.5 MP (2,592 x 1,728) 2.5 MP (1,920 x 1,280) 0.35 MP (720 x 480) RAW – 17.9 MP (5184 x 3456)
Sensor Type / SizeCMOS, 22.3 x 14.9mm
File FormatsStill Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Bit Depth14-bit
Dust Reduction SystemYes
Noise ReductionYes
Memory Card TypeSD
AV RecordingVideo Recording: Yes, NTSC/PAL
Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length: Up to 44 Minutes
Audio Recording: With Video, Stereo, Via Optional External Mic
Focus ControlFocus Type: Auto & Manual
Focus Mode: Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M) , Focus Lock AF Area Mode
Autofocus Points: 31
Viewfinder/DisplayViewfinder Type: LCD Display
Display Screen: 3.0″ Rear Touchscreen Live Preview LCD (1040000)
Live View: Yes
Exposure ControlISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100-6400 (Extended Mode: 12800-25600) Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical / Shutter Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec 10
Metering Method: Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering, Average metering
Exposure Modes: Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority / Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes: Auto, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (White), Shade, Tungsten
FlashBuilt-in Flash: None
Dedicated Flash System: eTTL
External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
PerformanceIn-Camera Image Editing: Color Balance, Edit Movie, Filter Effects, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, Monochrome
Start-up Time: 1.6 Seconds
Shutter Lag: 0.05 Seconds
Self Timer: 10 sec, 2 sec
Connectivity: AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0 (out)
Wi-Fi Capable (With Optional Transmitter): No
PowerBattery: 1x LP-E12 Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
AC Power Adapter: ACK-E12 (Optional)
Operating Temerature32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)
Humidity: 0 – 85%
Dimensions4.28 x 2.62 x 1.27″ / 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3 mm
Wt9.24 oz / 262g without battery
Kit Lens SpecsFocal Length: 22 mm / Comparable Focal Length: 35 mm
Aperture: Maximum: f/2 / Minimum: f/2
Angle of View: 63°
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.49′ (0.15 m) Groups/Elements: 6/7
Diaphragm Blades: 7
Autofocus: Yes
Image Stabilization: No
Filter Thread Front: 43 mm
Dimensions: (DxL) Approx. 2.40 x 0.93″ (60.9 x 23.7 mm)
Weight: 3.70 oz (105 g)


Additional Images

Canon EOS M Hands On

Purchase options

Canon EOS M with 22 f/2 STM Black at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | DigitalRev
Canon EOS M with 22 f/2 STM White at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon Speedlite EX90  at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EF Adaptor at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon 18-55 IS at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon LP-E12 Battery at B&H | Amazon | Adorama