Canon EOS M: Honey, I Shrunk The 650D

What you're looking at is Canon's latest golden child, the EOS M. What is it you ask? It's essentially all the goodness of the EOS 650D crammed into a great looking compact body.

"Tell me more" I hear you saying. Well I will!

It's a mirrorless 18-megapixel, interchangeable lens camera (which we flagged would come out a while back), powered by an APS-C sensor, rather than Micro Four Thirds. It's half the weight of its big brother, the EOS 650D and it's half the thickness too thanks to the elimination of the traditional mirror system.

It also features a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen on the rear of the unit that allows the user to tap, pinch-in, swipe and slide the camera, rather than fiddle with all the buttons or fish around inside the menu system.

The EOS M uses a slightly different lens mount to the rest of the EOS family. You'll still be able to use your old EF and EF-S lenses though thanks to a handy mount adapter bundled into the body-only kit. Why just the body-only kit? Mostly to placate the existing EOS owners that want to buy the EOS M and still use all their existing glass. It still has a full hot shoe, though, so you'll still be able to use your existing accessories with the EOS M.

It's set to go on sale in early-October, and while Canon weren't upfront with the recommended retail price today, they did indicate that the body-only kit would slot in, price-wise, between the 650D and the 600D. Based on my quick maths, that's somewhere between $681 and $900.

Three kits will be available from launch day, including a body-only kit mentioned earlier, a single IS lens kit which includes the black EOS M bundled in with the new 18-55 EF-M lens and the tiny new addition to the Speedlite family, the 90EX.

A twin lens kit will also be available, which includes the EOS M body in either black, white or red bundled with the 18-55 EF-M lens and a 22mm EF-M pancake lens and the cute Speedlite 90EX flash. With the lens kits, you'll have to buy the EF lens mount adapter separately.

So why shrink the 650D? Canon says that the camera is designed to fit seamlessly into the lives of people who want to take photos of everyday events without having to lug about a hefty interchangeable lens camera and a bag full of glass -- people who like photographs rather than photography.

It's being pitched at first-time interchangeable lens camera owners who are sick of the rubbish photos that their compact camera or smartphone camera usually capture.

It's designed to be easy to use for this particular market of amateur upgraders, too, with a live view function and several scene modes that show off what the shot will look like before they release the shutter.

Is the EOS M your kind of thing?



    Oh my... the appeal of buying this for those times when I don't want to lug around my 600D, but still want some decent pics from a somewhat compact camera... plus being able to use all my existing lenses is just making my wallet cringe in fear.

    "Is the EOS M your kind of thing?"
    Reviews will be interesting - NEX-5 apparently performs well but is fiddly to use; various similar(ish) Olympus, Panasonic and Samsung cameras have their quirks. But it's about bloody time Canon got in on this game. I love DSLR quality but I hate the bulk and weight. Bundling the adaptor with the body-only package is the best idea.

      so far the OM-D has my vote for its stabilisation. a feature i can actually make use of. but imagine everyone will want this because of those 5 letters on the front.

    Been waiting a week for this announcement as I'm in the market.
    This is really awesome because I can get use out of my existing lens's. I think I'm still going to stick with getting the Fuji X100, it's such a great camera. Maybe when the 2nd or 3rd iteration of this Canon bad boy comes out I'll jump on board.

    I actually wished they'd done something like this... would have been SUCH a winner IMO.

    Excellent, I love the micro 4/3rds form factor and the like, and this just seems to be exactly what Im after, and available just in time for my birthday, how nice is that?!

    Maybe I'm missing something - but I don't get it.
    With the interchangeable glass, it's still too big to fit in your pocket, so you need to carry it around in a bag. And if you're going to do that, why not use your original DSLR? Besides, most of the weight is in the lens anyway.

      It look pocketable with a fixed lens (e.g. 22m) but bulky if you want a zoom. This seems to be the standard trade-off for quality. You can't have high quality glass, zoom and small size. You can choose 2 of 3. The physics just doesn't work out.

      You'd be suprised how much a mirror array and penaprism will weigh.

      Yeh I agree. At a stretch, if you only have a couple pancake lenses with you traveling, but then why bother? Get a powershot s100 instead. I mean I am positive this is all the camera that most people need/want and there's a massive market for it, but i just don't get it either. If you need to carry lenses, then it's pointless. Also, I can't imagine doing any serious photography without a proper view finder. it's as if they haven't thought about my needs at all!! :)


        I do see where you are coming from so perhaps this could shed some light into why mirrorless lens cameras...
        For me, I have an old pentax SLR and have been long overdue to upgrade to a DSLR. The one thing I've hated is lugging that thing around to take social snaps...but I've always been against snap-shot cameras when my phone can take why carry around my phone AND a camera. What i realised is that the photo capability on camera phones is pitiful. My friend bought the panasonic gf2 and I, a small camera that is capable of so much more! This way I have a small camera I can carry around (with a pancake lens) for snap shots, but chuck on a lens when I want to take some better shots (I'm a fan of taking open shutter night photos). This camera is a good option because (I am someone that hasn't dabbled in photography since high school) I can start accumulating lenses and accessories that when I am ready, can use on a DSLR when I'm better skilled and feel this camera isn't up to par.

        Unfortunately, while I'm a big fan of canon DSLR's (and kinda loving the retro look of the Olympus OMD) my only option is the panasonic gf2. The reason being, the gf2 has a built in flash (that you can actually tilt!) while the canon does not. Without a built in flash, the canon fails for my "snapshot" purposes and then not only would you have the issue of carrying lenses if you needed, but you'd need an external flash.

    It seems that Canon have been watching pentax closely and copying their K-01

    Having a touch screen on a camera is something I've been waiting for for a while though. Hope it has on screen dials for aperture and shutter either side. Just thumb up what you want and shoot.

      I was hoping for touch screen for the 5d mk3 :(

      I guess I can see this as an option for people to upgrade from a point-and-shoot, but I'm not convinced that it's got much value for people who currently have a DSLR and want something more portable.

      I'm currently using a EOS 550D where the body weighs in at 736g all up with body, battery, memory card and kit 18-55mm lens. If I were to get an EOS M (with the idea to use my own lenses) then I'd be looking at 298g (for body, battery & memory card), 40g (that's a guess - I couldn't find specs) for the mount adaptor, and 200g for that same EF-S 18-55mm lens. So that's 538g right there.

      So I don't know about others, but I wont be paying ~$750 to save less than 200g for a camera that I still won't be able to fit in my pocket.

    Have to agree with Dave... also given the weight is in the lens how do you hold it (as you have to hold it away from the eye to see the screen, get the impression one hand is going to have to hold the lens with the other simply trying to finger shutter buton). Show me video of someone using it out and about, then well see why this is a good idea that fails in practice

      That's they way we used to hold the OM2, back in the days of manual controls and expensive motordrives. This looks to be very similar weight and dimensions.

        However, the difference is you didn't have to hold the OM2 at arm's length to compose your picture. I think Matt is trying to say that given a relatively heavy lens, it will be hard to hold use and hold steady at arm's length (rather than braced against your face).

          That's exactly it... the people that will buy this will be the people that buy a camera from looking at the box (anyone that holds it with a lens will think twice at purchase time)

    Awesome. Now i can plug this into my 600mm f4.0L to take discreet papparazzi pics of celebs!

    /added to my shopping list

    I wonder if one has the time to make a cup of coffee between pressing the shutter button the the picture being taken, like one has with all the other mirrorless cameras. Here's looking at you Panasonic!
    Needless to say, this is just another way of eating into the consumer surplus before they realise that they need to get a real camera.

    I'm concerned that the expansion of the mirrorless market is going to result in proper SLR cameras being pushed back up in to a higher price bracket as a more premium offering. I would hazard a guess that camera makers have a lot more margin on an $800 mirrorless camera than they do on an $800 SLR.

    so i take it the world will now notice mirrorless IL cameras.

    No flip out touch screen... ? Like the 650D

    I'd want to see how the touch interface works before I'd commit to buying that camera. I'm very interested in the Olympus OM-D EM5 to the point of being ready to buy one in the next week or so, mostly due to the dual dials on top and the in body image stabilisation.
    The thing I see with the EOS-M is that it's very dependent on the touch interface for operation so for me it'd be critical to get that interface right.

    I don't see how this would be better then say a Olympus omd em5 , sure if you have the lenses but its ugly. Serious doesn't anyone think this is ugly? I can't imagine mounting my 17-40L lens on a tripod with this to front heavy

    I'm not sure what the market is for this. Right now I've got a stack of Canon L series glass and a 7D. When I want a "go anywhere" camera I have a G12 and a D10. I can't see myself taking the EOS M plus (say) the 24-105L or the 70-200L 2.8 IS as opposed to taking the 7D. Not a big enough gain in portability to compensate for what you lose in flexibility and ergonomics.

    The only group that I can see buying it have an older or less capable DSLR like a 40D or 1000D where the EOS M looks like a potential replacement.

    the point is that you put on a pancake for hi quality snapshot work and its a great second body for doing macro and tripod work - even though i shoot canon i got a nex for this task and its been great...

    its not a replacement for my dslr for big lens work but it does allow me to get a wide angle or macro going without having to switch out the telephoto.

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