Good news for the few among you daring enough to buy into Canon's half-baked mirrorless proposal. News from Canon Rumors:
"We’re told new firmware for the EOS M will be coming “soon”. Possibly in the next two weeks. The firmware will address various things in the camera, the biggest being improving AF performance. Do not expect miracles about how much it can be improved, but the camera should “hunt a lot less” in lower contrast situations. We’ll also see an improvement in AF tracking."
Joshua takes kind of a pity of the EOS M, a camera that-in my personal opinion, can take excellent images (of not too fast moving, but preferably totally inanimate objects) but sucks at pretty much everything else. But no need to worry my dear Canonistas, before this year ends we'll be blessed with at least a new, more capable mirrorless body + a couple of matching from Canon. Plenty of high-res jpegs and raw files accompany this review:
"There are cheaper competitors available than the Canon EOS M, with quicker focus, a larger choice of lenses, as well as features including Wi-Fi. In addition, the other systems available either feature a built in pop-up flash or smaller external flashes.
The Canon EOS M has a small well designed body with an easy to use 3 inch touch screen, however the limited number of lenses, as well as the extremely slow focus and short battery life are rather frustrating limitations holding the camera system back. It would be nice to see some of these issues resolved . . . read more
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. . . . read more
This Canon EF-M 18-55 IS STM is the best 18-55mm lens I've tested for Canon. This makes perfect sense because the EF-M format allows the lens designers the freedom to place the rear elements much closer to the sensor than the EF-S lenses which have to be designed around avoiding the flipping mirror of DSLRs I'm sort of ashamed on Sony's part, but the Sony DT 18-55mm SAM and Sony NEX E 18-55mm OSS are poor by comparison. The Sony lenses are much softer and more distorted. Canon doesn't screw around when it comes to lenses; Canon is an optical company first and foremost, not a stereo equipment company like Sony. . . . read more
Canon EOS M. The camera everybody loves until they check out the AF speed:
"As its first compact system camera, Canon has done a reasonable job with the EOS M. It is a good size for those who are looking for a pocketable DSLR alternative. Similarly, the initial lenses are quite small given the APS-C-sized sensor, and they are of a good quality. More importantly, the image quality of the EOS M matches that of Canon's EOS DSLR cameras. Those who are wary of touchscreens shouldn't worry too much about the unit fitted to the EOS M. It works well and the only time it is regularly needed is for changing the AF point, and then it is quick and easy to use. . . . read more
"With the fancy “hybrid autofocus” name, I expected the Canon EOS M to focus very quickly before I received the camera. I thought it would be as fast as the Nikon 1 system, which is still among the fastest in terms of autofocus, especially continuous AF. Unfortunately, the EOS M is a huge disappointment in terms of AF speed, so the fancy name is just a marketing gimmick. It certainly did not live up to my expectations and this was the deal breaker for me. Autofocus speed was poor in both daylight and low light conditions, especially with the 22mm pancake lens. The camera often makes the lens . . . read more
Not only that, the EOS M barely matches much smaller older micro 4/3 sensors and gets beaten by the latest crop, like the Olympus E-M5 (65 points vs 71).
"Canon was late to introduce a hybrid or mirrorless camera, but it was probably inevitable the firm would chose to revamp its three-year old APS-C sensor design to keep the body size to reasonably compact dimensions while at the same time offering good image quality. It doesn’t match the best sensors used by the Sony NEX hybrids by quite a margin in some . . . read more
Interesting quality to weight/volume ratio reference. This excellent review offers a lot in the way of EOS M vs all Canon cameras size and bulk comparisions, pictured with, or without lenses. Also, Bryan seems to have a soft spot for Lowe Pro, since he managed to squeeze 11 links to various L-P cases and bags within the review. But the most important question is if he liked the EOS M, and hes he did, very much so, maybe because its no bigger that a pocket Jeebers book:
"The on-sensor phase-detection AF quickly brings the subject into near-accurate focus and contrast detection more slowly . . . read more
For those interested, this review contains sections with comparisons to the Olympus EM-5, the Sony NEX-5R, and the Canon EOS M. Of course, being equipped with a much smaller sensor, the Nikon 1 J2 is no match for these cvameras when it comes to high iso performance, but the little guy does have a couple of aces under its sleeves:
"The Nikon 1 system has an interesting story to tell. When Nikon initially launched its first mirrorless system, it positioned two cameras for different segments – the Nikon 1 J1 for beginners and those who wanted to move up from a point and . . . read more
"Canon’s debut take on a compact system camera in the EOS M was always going to generate big interest, even if its own manufacturer’s introduction of it has seemed oddly muted and lacking in fanfare to date. Is the reason obvious because Canon simply wants to avoid cannibalising sales of its own DSLRs and the likes of the PowerShot G15 with the EOS M, or will a bigger promotional push come early in the New Year?
Whatever the backroom thought processes, we are left with a reasonably successful if slightly quirky blending of a Canon . . . read more
I really respect Mr. Mansurovs musings and reviews, but this 'battle' comes straight from the land of bloody obvious. There's a mini sensor (the Nikon 1 J2), a bit larger one (Olympus E-M5) and then a whole bunch of Aps-c sized ones. At least throw in a Fujifilm X-E1 in the mix for some real fun. I guess part 2 (Dynamic range) will be more interesting.
"As I have already mentioned before, I will be measuring dynamic range myself going forward without having to rely on other websites for the data. It will be interesting to see how my data compares to other sites like DxOMark. I am not . . . read more
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.12.52 Updater:
- Supports images taken with EOS 6D.
- Supports new lens (EF24-70mm F4L IS USM).
- Supports read-in of Picture Style files (.pf3) created in Picture Style Editor 1.12.2 and later.
- Corrects shooting date error in other manufacturer`s image files when sent to Easy-PhotoPrintEX from Digital Photo Professional via plug-in print.
Changes in Canon RAW Codec 1.11.0: . . . read more
"At the beginning of the planning that somehow I will discuss this movie, but after some thought, I leave it - mercifully - no comment . Just one note: it was a battle of the Olympus E-M5, but just as quickly set the focus two new PEN E-PL5 s and E-PM2. Also, a comparison with Panasonikiem G5, or GH3 would GF5 very similar result.
Well, the first Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras also were not as fast as the latest models. What remains is to wish Canon to the rapid development of the system." . . . read more
"Essentially, the EOS M is just the beginning to what we hope will develop into a fully-fledged system that offers at least one body for serious photographers. In the interim, anyone considering the EOS M as a DSLR replacement will be less than satisfied with the lack of a viewfinder and the camera's relatively sluggish response times, even though they will have no complaints about the quality of either still pictures or video clips.
If you're considering the EOS M as a compact back-up body for an EOS DSLR user, it's certainly a contender – provided . . . read more
"With a little guesswork, we were lucky to notice that on the inside, the little EOS-M is very similar to the 5D Mark III. So, with a few tricks we were able to dump the firmware and print the familiar "Hello World" message – the proof that Magic Lantern will work on the EOS-M. In his review, Roger Cicala said the EOS-M is "a firmware update and a price drop away from being a great camera". We, the developers of ML, will try to address the first issue. . . . read more
"Chris and I were discussing how the EOS M seemed ‘really late to the mirrorless party’ when he realized we could convey that idea in a little more interesting way. So we decided to shoot our first stop motion film. The script came together very quickly, and we grabbed a bunch of mirrorless cameras to stage our little skit. The setup was simple, we had extra tile for a floor and some dollhouse props. We lit the scene with a single Lumahawk 3K daylight balanced LED, which let us keep from moving lights around as much as possible." . . . read more
"Okay, maybe the Canon marketers can help me out. This is straight from the main copy on their site: "Canon introduced the market to Full HD video capture with smooth, quiet continuous autofocus made possible by Movie Servo AF and STM lenses, advanced CMOS sensor technology, and the processing power of DIGIC 5. The EOS M Digital Camera leverages these key technologies to deliver high-quality moving and still images with creativity provided by Canon's extensive family of interchangeable lenses." Wait, what, it's a video camera that takes stills? Sure enough, in the feature list, the first . . . read more
"From the point of view of a compact upgrader, the Canon EOS M and Olympus E-PL5 offer two very different propositions. Despite the different sensor size - the 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor in the EOS M is a little larger than the PEN E-PL5's 16 Megapixel Four Thirds sensor - in quality terms there's actually little to choose between them.
In terms of native lenses, the PEN E-PL5 is an easy winner, with access to over 30 options from the mature Micro Four . . . read more
"The Canon EOS M is a camera that falls one big step short of being a fantastic mirrorless camera. If only it had an autofocus system as solid as its other specs and attributes, it’d be a camera that we’d recommend in a heartbeat to both serious photographers and casual consumers.
Unfortunately, its major flaw lies in a feature that’s absolutely critical for most photographers, so unless you know for a
"Canon's Hybrid AF system isn't as fast as Panasonic or Olympus's contrast detection systems - or Sony's Hybrid AF system - and the M isn't suited to shooting anything other than stationary subjects. We'd also like a less reflective screen to provide a better view in bright sunlight. As yet Canon only has one CSC and two compatible lenses (plus and adapter), . . . read more
wellity wellity wellity, the elusive and much delayed EOS M is finally put to the test:
"We like the Canon EOS M -- far more than we might have expected, given its mediocre performance during our hands-on -- but the company's first mirrorless ILC falls short on several fronts. Professional photographers can affix their pricey L lenses, . . . read more