Canon EOS-M camera review by Ken Rockwell: The world's first serious mirrorless camera. (Ed: Thank you, i'll throw my E-M5 and X-E1 away now)

Straddling the border between sober reporting and being the Fox News of photography is a hard thing to do, and this time Ken leans towards the latter:

"The Canon EOS M is the world's first serious mirrorless camera that actually gives good images, and by good images, I mean images with fantastic color as shot. Other brands like Sony, Fuji and LEICA don't give me the colors I demand unless I fiddle with them afterwards, and doing this for a living, I can't afford to fix something afterwards that shouldn't have been broken in the first place. I love the colors I get from Canon right out of the camera as JPGs.


By "mirrorless" I mean modern digital cameras with DSLR image quality, live through-the-lens (TTL) viewing and interchangeable lenses, just without the flipping mirror. Obviously 4x5" cameras have no mirrors, but I'm not referring to them.

By "serious," I mean professional grade. Sony, Samsung, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic and other third-tier brands offer lots of mirrorless cameras, but then aren't pro grade; they are just consumer electronics products and usually only with smaller 4/3 sensors (or smaller) and/or lens mounts often with few advanced lenses available. (First tier is LEICA, classic Hasselblad, Contax and others. Second tier is Nikon and Canon. THird tier is Panasonic, Samsung, Fuji, Olympus etc., and fourth tier is Vivitar, Sunpak, Coby and so forth.)

While a serious camera with a big sensor and no mirror; the LEICA M9 doesn't count: it has no TTL viewing, so you never really know what's in your picture until after it's taken!

The Fuji X-Pro1 is the next best thing to the EOS M, but again limited by too few lenses and a weird custom mount and only so-so color rendition. It's a great start, but lacks Canon's color savvy and system breadth. The limited lens selection is OK since it has everything I need, but the sloppy colors are almost as bad as the LEICA M9's

Up until now, there have been no serious professional mirrorless camera systems.

Compared to the solid mostly metal EOS-M, the Sony NEX-5R feels like a toy.

The Nikon 1

The Nikon 1 is a toy with a tiny 8.8 x 13.3mm (2.7x) sensor only half the area of 110 film, and only about one-third the area of the 22.2 x 14.8 mm (1.6x) sensor of the EOS M.

The Nikon 1 offers an F-Mount adapter, but it is only partially compatible with AF-S lenses and won't autofocus at all with traditional Nikon AF lenses.

Even if you could use all of your Nikon lenses on it, because of the tiny sensor of the Nikon 1 system, there are no very wide angle lenses available. The widest lens available is equivalent only to 28mm on full-frame. Pull out an unobtainable 13mm f/5.6 NIKKOR ultra-ultrawide (118º undistorted on FX), and you get only the equivalent of a 35mm lens on the Nikon 1!

Contrast this all to the EOS M, with which your existing EF-S 10-22mm works great when you use the adapter and covers the equivalent of a 16-35mm lens, and so do all of your teles, fast primes, macros and other Canon lenses.

You don't have to go buying more lenses with the EOS M; if you shoot Canon, you probably already have exactly what you need. The EOS M is part of your pro system already."

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