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Canon’s entry into the mirrorless market starts with a camera aimed at entry level DSLR and advanced compact camera users.

With the launch of the EOS-M, all our mirrorless rumours (from 2009) are now on the Mirrorless camera rumours page. This is where rumour info about additional models and lenses will be placed.

This page contains assorted info that I find and receive about the new EOS-M camera.

Updated Dec 3rd,2013 with EOS M2 information in info section. Initial launch only in Far East, no UK/US info.

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canon EOS M

EOS M information (M2 below)

This page has full specs and links to reviews and information about Canon’s new ‘Mirrorless camera

EOS M Reviews/previews

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Headline Specifications

  • 18mp APS-C
  • ISO 100-12800 (25,600 Expansion)
  • 3 inch Touchscreen 1.04million pixels
  • Phase & Contrast AF
  • Video Servo AF
  • 1920×1080 Video 30p/25p/24p
  • 128×720 Video 60p/50p
  • MPEG-4, AVC/H.264
  • SD Card
  • Adaptor for EF lenses
  • Hand-held Twilight mode, to help with long exposures in low light.
  • Multi-shot noise reduction function that helps reduce the noise by combining four images.
  • Creative filters
  • HDR mode to synthesize three different exposures
  • Camera size: 66.5mm (width) 108.6mm (height) x 32.3mm (depth)
  • Weight (body only) 262g, (including battery and memory card) 298g

Latest info

2016 November

14th EOS M firmware 2.0.3

Corrects a phenomenon in which when using the camera with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens, even if lens aberration correction is set to “Enable”, correction will not be applied.

2015 February

6th The M3 is launched

2014 October

1st After nothing at Photokina, it looks like no new ‘M’ cameras until 2015


17th An EF-M lens is announced, the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM

2013 December

3rd A partial announcement for the M2 at via Canon China and Canon Japan
EOS-M is being heavily discounted elsewhere.
As you can see, not muc change – the EOS-M is the red one

eos m and m2 comparison


21st An EOS M2 is noticed in the listing of supported cameras in the latest version of DPP
Rumour info on the Mirrorless page


18th The EOS-M is starting to show up as discontinued at some dealers – a replacement is widely expected before too long (see mirrorless rumours for latest).


27th EOS-M firmware 2.02

Improves focusing speed in One-Shot AF mode.

Supports EF-M11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. (When placing the EF-M11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM without conducting the firmware update, at times the EOS M will not function. However this is rare)

Corrects errors in the Simplified Chinese, Hungarian, Traditional Chinese and Korean language menu

19th AF testing – set of YT videos comparing performance (V2 firmware is noticeably faster.
6th New 11-22 EF-M lens announced and also new V2 firmware is on its way (better AF amongst other things) –


11th Firmware update to improve AF performance amongst other tweaks should be announced before too long.

>> Older notes and EOS M launch info after specs table

Initial EOS M2 specs

Note that these are translated, so use your imagination with the precise meaning ;-)

Type Single-lens mirrorless AF / AE camera
Recording media SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
compatible with UHS-I
Image Sensor Size Approximately 22.3mm x 14.9mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF-M, EF and EF-S lens
mount adapter need EF-EOS M.
(35 mm equivalent focal length is approximately 1.6 times lens focal length)
Lens mount Canon EF-M mount
Image Sensor
Type CMOS image sensor
Effective Pixels Approximately 18 million pixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Dust removal function Auto, Manual, add the dust data
Recording system
Record Format Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image Type JPEG, RAW (14 bit Canon original) RAW + JPEG can be recorded simultaneously large
Recording Pixels L (large): approximately 17.9 million pixels (5184 x 3456)
M (medium): about 800 million pixels (3456 x 2304)
S1 (the small one): about 4.5 million pixels (2592 x 1728)
S2 (Little 2): Approximately 2.5 million pixels (1920 x 1280)
S3 (small 3): Approximately 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)
RAW: approximately 17.9 million pixels (5184 x 3456)
Image processing during shooting
Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
Basic + Shot by ambience selection, Shoot by lighting or scene type
Additional effects shooting With (Creative Auto mode)
WB Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash), user-defined
with the white balance correction and white balance bracketing function
with flash color temperature information transmission
Creative Filters Black and white particles, soft focus, fish-eye effect, painting effect, watercolor effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect
Noise Reduction Can be applied to long exposures and high ISO sensitivity shooting
Automatic image brightness correction Auto Lighting Optimizer
Highlight tone priority Have
Lens aberration correction Peripheral illumination correction, color correction
Type Hybrid CMOS AF II
(Face + tracking, multi-point freedom of movement, freedom of movement 1:00)
Focus 31 points (maximum)
Focus mode Single AF, servo AF, manual focus
Focus brightness range EV 1 ~ 18 (23 ℃, ISO 100)
AF-assist beam Built-in (LED lights)
Exposure Control
Metering Mode Using real-time image sensor metering
· Evaluative metering (315 zones)
· Partial metering (approximately 11%)
* Spot metering (approx. 2.8%)
* Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1 ~ 20 (23 ℃, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Program AE (Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, Children, Food, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control, Program), shutter-priority AE,
Aperture priority AE, Manual Exposure
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
Basic Zone modes: at ISO 100 – 6400 set automatically between
Hand-held Twilight: The ISO 100 – 12800 set automatically between
landscape: 100 – 1600 set automatically
Creative Zone modes: in ISO 100 – Manual between 12800 set (one unit),
at ISO 100 – automatically set between 6400, ISO Auto can set the maximum ISO sensitivity,
or ISO expansion to “H” (equivalent to ISO 25600)
Exposure Compensation Manual: ± 3 to 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
AEB: ± 2 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
(can be used in combination with manual exposure compensation)
AE Lock Automatic: When focus is in the application of evaluative metering single AF mode
Manual: By AE lock button
Type Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4000 to 30 seconds, B (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
flash sync speed of 1/200 sec.
External flash
Compatible flash EX-series Speedlites
Flash metering E-TTL II automatic flash
Flash exposure compensation Interstage ± 2 in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
Flash Exposure Lock Have
PC terminal No
Drive System
Drive Mode Single, Continuous, 10 seconds self-timer / remote control, two seconds and 10 seconds delay self-timer delay Continuous
Continuous shooting speed Single-shot AF / MF: up to about 4.6 / sec.
Maximum Burst JPEG Large / Fine: Approx 13 (about 17)
RAW: about 5 (about 5)
RAW + JPEG Large / Fine: Approx 3 (about 3)
values ​​8GB memory card based on the use of Canon’s testing standards ( ISO 100 and “Standard” Picture Style).
values ​​in brackets apply based on Canon testing standards UHS-I compatible 8GB memory card.
Still image shooting
Aspect Ratio Settings 3:2,4:3,16:9,1:1
Focus mode AF, Manual Focus (available for about 5 times, 10 times magnification confirmation), Automatic + Manual Focus
Continuous AF Have
Touch Shutter Have
Show gridlines 2 types
Depth of Field Preview Have
Movie Shooting
Video compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
variable (average) bit rate
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Record Format MOV
Recording size and frame rate 1920×1080 (Full HD): 30p/25p/24p
1280×720 (HD): 60p/50p
640×480 (SD): 30p/25p
30p: 29.97 frames / sec, 25p: 25.00 frames / sec, 24p: 23.98 frames / sec, 60p : 59.94 / sec, 50p: 50.00 frames / sec
File Size 1920×1080 (30p/25p/24p): about 330MB / min
1280×720 (60p/50p): about 330MB / min
640×480 (30p/25p): about 82.5MB / min
Focus mode Hybrid CMOS AF II (Face + tracking, multi-point freedom of movement, freedom of movement 1:00)
Manual focus (can be about five times, 10 times magnification confirmation)
Focus brightness range EV 1 ~ 18 (23 ℃, ISO 100)
Focus mode AF, Manual Focus (available for about 5 times, 10 times magnification confirmation), Automatic + Manual Focus
Servo AF Yes
Metering Mode Use the image sensor Center-weighted average metering and evaluation
AF mode is automatically set by the
Metering Range EV 1 ~ 20 (23 ℃, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Short Program AE and manual exposure
Exposure Compensation Between ± 3 in 1/3 increments
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure Index)
When using the auto exposure shooting: Automatically ISO 100 – 6400 set
when using manual exposure shooting: Auto / Manual ISO 100 – 6400 set, can be extended to “H” (equivalent to ISO 12800)
Digital zoom You can set about 3-10 times zoom
Video Snapshot Can be set to 2 seconds / 4 seconds / 8 seconds
Miniature Effect movie Yes
Recording With built-in stereo microphone
External stereo microphone terminal
can adjust the recording level, with wind suppression function (when using the built-in microphone), with the attenuator function
Show gridlines Two types of
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color LCD monitor
Monitor size and dots Widescreen, 3.0 “(3:2), about 104 million points
Brightness adjustment Manual (7)
Interface Language 25 kinds (including Simplified Chinese)
Touch screen technology Electrostatic capacity mode
Features Can be displayed
Image Display Format Single image display, single image + information display (basic information, shooting information, histogram), 4
pieces / 9/36/100 image index
Enlarge Display About 1.5 times – 10 times
Image browsing methods Single image, jump (by 10 or 100 images, shooting date, folders, video clips, still images, score)
Image Rotation Can
Highlight alert Overexposed highlights blink
Score Have
Movie playback Allowed (LCD monitor, video / audio output, HDMI output)
Built-in speaker
Image Protection Can
Slideshow All images, by date, folder, video clips, still images or scoring
choose five kinds of transition effects
Background music You can choose to play as a slide show and video playback
Image post-processing
Creative Filters Black and white particles, soft focus, fish-eye effect, painting effect, watercolor effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect
Resize Yes
Clipping Can change the view cut, cut orientation and aspect ratio, you can move the trimming frame
Direct Print
Compatible printer PictBridge-compatible printer
You can print images JPEG and RAW images
Print command Compatible DPOF1.1 edition
Custom Functions
Custom Functions Seven kinds
My Menu registration Yes
Copyright Information This information can be entered
Audio / Video Output / Digital Terminal Analog video (with NTSC / PAL compatible) / stereo audio output
for computer communication and direct printing (equivalent to Hi-Speed ​​USB)
HDMI mini output terminal C-type (automatic switching resolution), CEC-compatible
External microphone input terminal 3.5 mm diameter stereo mini-jack
Wireless Remote Remote control RC-6
Power supply
Battery Battery LP-E12 (1)
You can use alternating current through the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E12
Battery Life
(Based on CIPA testing standards)
23 ℃ at about 230, 0 ℃ about 200 when
using a fully charged battery LP-E12
Video recording time About 1 hour 30 minutes 23 ℃ when
about 1 hour 20 minutes at 0 ℃
use a fully charged battery LP-E12
Size and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approximately 104.9 × 65.2 × 31.6
Weight Approximately 274 grams (CIPA guidelines)
approximately 238 g (body only)
Operating environment
Operating Temperature Range 0 ℃ ~ 40 ℃
Operating humidity range 85% or less
Battery LP-E12
Type Rechargeable lithium batteries
Rated voltage 7.2 V DC
Battery capacity 875 mA when
Operating Temperature Range During charging: 5 ℃ ~ 40 ℃
during filming: 0 ℃ ~ 40 ℃
Operating humidity range 85% or less
Dimensions (W × H × D) Approximately 32.5 × 12.5 × 48.5
Weight Approximately 35 g
Battery Charger LC-E12C
Compatible Battery Battery LP-E12
Charging time About 2 hours (23 ℃ pm)
Input Voltage 100 – 240 V AC (50/60 Hz)
The output voltage 8.4 V DC/540 mA
Operating Temperature Range 5 ℃ ~ 40 ℃
Operating humidity range 85% or less
Dimensions (W × H × D) Approximately 65 × 25.5 × 90
Weight Approximately 76 g (without power cord)

2012 December

31st 2nd Alpha release of Magic Lantern software for the 7D [ML] and 1st Alpha for the EOS-M and 650D [ML] – just remember that it’s Alpha level software and read all the instructions/warnings.
21st A wide range of 3rd party lens to EF-M mount adapters from German company Novoflex [NF]

Canon FD (not EOS) EOSM/CAN 119.00 Euro
Contax/Yashica EOSM/CONT 119.00 Euro
Leica M EOSM/LEM 149.00 Euro
Leica R EOSM/LER 119.00 Euro
Minolta MD and MC EOSM/MIN-MD 119.00 Euro
Minolta AF/Sony Alpha EOSM/MIN-AF 169.00 Euro
M42 EOSM/CO 89.00 Euro
Nikon EOSM/NIK 169.00 Euro
Novoflex A-Mount EOSMA 69.90 Euro
Olympus OM EOSM/OM 119.00 Euro
Pentax K EOSM/PENT 169.00 Euro
T2 EOSM/T2 89.00 Euro
39 mm Schraubgewinde EOSMLEI 89.90 Euro

20th Lots of suggestions of a higher end EOS-M next year, but with an elctronic viewfinder (EVF)
More lenses would be likely – probably at the time we see another camera.


26th EOS-M Hacked by Magic Lantern team


19th Canon UK announce a ‘winter’ cashback scheme for various printers/lenses/cameras including the EOS-M
15th Should be shipping soon – we’ve an EOS-M manual (PDF)
3rd A review of a production EOS-M at EG


29th In Japan, it’s suggested that some EOS-M items will be for sale from today (double lens kit), whilst single lens and body only will appear on the 12th of October.


10th A Japanese article [DCW] recounts an interview with Canon about the EOS M strategy.
This might partially explain it being described as:

The main target is “Women’s Camera” in their 20s and 30s

OK, let’s be generous and assume that this was not meant for worldwide release…
detachable base for EF-M lens adapterKey points of the interview were:

EOS-M to be as good as a DSLR, but small and light

Canon wants to take initially 15% of the Japan mirrorless market

The normal DSLR EOS shutter was miniaturised for th EOS-M

The GX1 is being produced at 30k units per month

A four thirds sensor would have made the camera smaller, but not fully EOS compatible

Phase detect AF on the sensor is considered better than contrast based AF for moving objects.

The EOS-M mount cannot fir a full frame sensor and there are no current plans for a full frame mirrorless

There is no plan to make an adapter for older FD lenses

Expect smaller DSLRs as well

The EF-M lens mount specs are not planned on being published

See google translation for more
Meanwhile, I note that the base of the adapter -is- detachable.


25th Detailed view of the lens adapter. It’s not clear from pictures I’ve seen if the tripod attachment at the bottom is removable.

canon ef to ef-m lens adapter

24th The EOS M is firmly aimed at the ‘enthusiast’ market, and we’re told that a higher end model won’t be along this year.
A view of the EOS M chassis
eos m chassis
An EOS M cut in half
sectional view of the eos m with 18-55 lens
23rd Camera announced – Press textFull specifications
The new mount’s flange distance is 18mm and from the size, there doesn’t look to be any space for a bigger sensor.

70-200 lens on EOS M

22nd Specifications widely leaked via Asian sites
21st A dedicated EX-90 flash for the EOS M
EOS M flash
18-55 IS EF-M for the Canon EOS M

20th Here’s a view of the new Canon EOS mirrorless, with its 22/2 EF-M STM lens
Note the name ‘EOS M’ on top of the camera.
Canon EOS mirroeless with EF-M 22/2 lens
Appeared on Japanese Digikame site
We’re told not to expect a high end version for a while yet.

More pictures appear at [CPW]

11th We’re told (thanks) that the first new mirrorless camera from Canon will feature a near identical sensor to the recently announced 650D.
This is due to the new inbuilt phase detect system – although we’ve had suggestions of both 15MP and 18MP.

Shouldn’t be long to wait, although don’t forget that Canon has new printers to announce before Photokina too.

2nd Several suggestions [thanks] not to expect the ‘best’ camera for some time with Canon’s new mirrorless offering. A lot depends on market reception.

I’m curious myself as to what we’ll get, and whether it tempts me to find ‘new uses’ for my big chunks of EF glass (particularly since I decided to cancel my 1D X order)

1st We’re told [thanks] to expect the Canon ‘mirrorless’ entry to debut with a kit zoom and an adapter for EF lenses such as the new pancake 40mm lens – likely the first of several new small primes.
Given the info from the Canon adapter patent last year, the overall thickness of the two, would be something like this (mouse over image to see)

The patent from March 2011

Older mirrorless camera rumours (various makes) are now on the Mirrorless camera rumours page

Press Information

London, UK, 23 July 2012 – Canon today expands its award-winning EOS range with the launch of the new EOS M. The company’s first ever compact system camera (CSC), the EOS M is designed for those who use photography to share their everyday passions – from food, to fashion and culture, music and art. Offering DSLR-quality imaging, creative features and Full HD movie creation in a compact and easy-to-use model, the EOS M is the perfect, take-anywhere partner for a new breed of enthusiasts who chronicle their lives through images, without necessarily considering themselves to be ‘photographers’.

The EOS M is available in sleek black, glossy white, stylish silver or bold red colours, and condenses Canon’s renowned EOS imaging heritage into a stylish, compact design. The model launches alongside two new lenses, the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom, as well as a new compact EX Speedlite – the Speedlite 90EX – providing everything you need to capture stunning images every day. For those who want to push their images even further, the EOS M can also utilise Canon’s extensive range of EF lenses with the new Mount Adapter EF-EOS M, for even more creative freedom.

The quality of a Canon DSLR

Print your favourite moments in poster-size or crop your image for maximum impact – whether shooting the atmosphere of your favourite club or the intricate stitching of the latest must-have handbag – thanks to the EOS M’s high-resolution, 18 megapixel APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor. The large sensor also allows you to artistically blur the background for beautiful portraits, or for close-ups with impact.

With the inclusion of Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor, colours ‘pop’ and skin tones are beautifully natural, whilst a super-fast shutter allows you to capture split-second action. The atmosphere of evening shoots and challenging night-time scenes are also easily recorded in stunning detail thanks to the EOS M’s sensitive native ISO range of 100- 12,800 (extendable to 25,600).

For pin-sharp shots and professional-looking footage, this new design features a Hybrid AF System that supports super-fast, accurate AF when shooting stills and movies – allowing you to record any moment with confidence.

Shoot what you see and easily express your creative vision

eos m rear screenEvery aspect of the EOS M has been designed to make it simple to capture beautiful, creative, high-quality images. From the very first swipe across the bright, high- resolution, 7.7cm (3.0”), Clear View LCD II Touch screen, the EOS M gives you as much or as little control over your photos as desired.

Simply select different shooting modes and settings via the on-screen icons, or let Scene Intelligent Auto adjust the camera settings according to the subject and shooting conditions, leaving you free to focus on composition and selecting the perfect moment to hit the shutter release button.

EOS M users can shoot with the confidence that comes from having the world’s most comprehensive photographic system behind them. Whether you want to capture every detail of a close-up or zoom in to frame a subject in the far distance, any one of Canon’s extensive range of EF lenses can be connected via the new Mount Adapter EF-EOS M for photographic flexibility.

With one of Canon’s Speedlite flash units, you can also explore creative lighting techniques to add an extra level of interest to your shots. Alternatively, create unique images with a range of Creative Filters like Toy Camera effect, Grainy B&W or even a filter that mimics the distortion of a fish-eye lens. The filters can be applied before the shot is captured, with the result previewed in Live View, allowing you to experiment with different effects before selecting the perfect treatment for your final image.

Turn film-maker with EOS Movie and Video Snapshot

When a moment calls for more than a still image, the EOS M lets you switch easily to Full HD video with stereo sound for superb results. Video Snapshot mode also helps family and friends avoid long home movie viewing sessions, guiding you to create exciting movies in-camera, with a professionally edited feel.

Extending the EOS System with dedicated accessories

In addition to compatibility with Canon’s existing EF lenses1, accessories and Speedlites, the EOS M launches with its own bespoke range of compact accessories. Two new EF-M lenses offer portability and high performance when using the new model – the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens. Both feature new Stepper Motor technology for exceptionally smooth AF performance, as well as precision Canon optics, while their compact designs offer the perfect form-factor to complement the camera’s pocket-sized body.

Additionally, the EOS M will ship with the new Speedlite 90EX flash unit as standard. Lightweight and highly-compact, it offers a maximum guide number of nine and supports wide-angle lenses, making it an ideal general-purpose flash for everyday use. A wireless master function also allows the control of multiple flash guns wirelessly, allowing more advanced users to experiment with a range of creative lighting effects.

EOS M – key features

The quality of a digital SLR in a compact body

Scene Intelligent Auto

Be versatile with interchangeable lenses

Create out-of-focus backgrounds for high impact

Easy-to-use touch-screen

Atmospheric photos in low light

Full-HD video with Video Snapshot Mode

1 Via Mount Adaptor EF-EOS M

US Press Info

Put Your Creativity Into Motion With The New EOS M Digital Camera

The Newest Camera in Canon’s Lineup Delivers Exceptional EOS Full HD Video Quality with Continuous Autofocus and an Expansive Selection of Lenses

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., July 23, 2012 – Combining the perfect blend of advanced video features and excellent still image quality in a convenient size, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M Digital Camera. Canon has made significant advancements in the realm of professional-quality HD video capture, from advanced CMOS sensor technology to smooth, quiet continuous autofocus. Inspired by EOS technology, the EOS M leverages these core technologies and distills them down to provide outstanding video capture capabilities while retaining high-quality still image capture. When shooting still images, the EOS M camera’s 18-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor provides a shallow depth of field, incredible low-light image quality and a wide dynamic range to capture rich gradation and detail. This new addition to the EOS family offers a great solution to videographers and photographers of all levels, with two new lenses designed specifically for Canon’s new camera format – the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens and the optional EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens– and the ability to use the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses through the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M.

“The EOS M includes a unique feature set making it an ideal movie-making tool while offering incredible still image quality on its APS-C-sized CMOS sensor. The camera’s size, image quality, advanced video capabilities and the versatility of Canon’s full lineup of lenses make the EOS M another great option to help our customers record and capture their creative vision,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Product Specifications and Features:

EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects also includes:
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

An Advanced Video Capture Device

The EOS M utilizes Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF system to deliver fast autofocus speed for both video and photos. The Hybrid CMOS AF system truly shines when shooting video with EOS Full HD Movie mode including Movie Servo AF for continuous autofocus and tracking of moving subjects. The Hybrid CMOS AF system is located on the CMOS sensor itself and combines phase-difference AF and contrast AF to achieve operational stability, speed and precision. The Movie Servo AF function on the EOS M is enabled by default which keeps images on the rear screen in constant focus, even before the shutter is pressed. This continual focus makes for sharp video capture in a snap or to help reduce shutter lag due to focusing when still images want to be shot. The camera employs three AF methods for video and photos, Face Detection & Tracking AF, Multi-Point AF for automatics selection and Single-Point AF, where users select one of 31 AF points. Through the camera’s touch-panel operation, subject recognition and tracking is engaged at the touch of a finger, allowing users to track subjects accurately and focus on intended subjects with ease. In addition to subject tracking, the touch-panel LCD allows for simple, intuitive operation, menu navigation and touch features making it easy to shoot video and photos.

Thanks to Canon’s new Stepping Motor (STM) technology, when using either of the newly announced M-series lenses – the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens or the optional EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens – the AF system remains silent, helping ensure users only capture the sound of the scene being recorded. The EOS M also features manual audio level control to 64 levels, a built-in stereo microphone, which includes a wind filter and an attenuator function to reduce audio distortion in extra loud situations. The EOS M records MPEG-4 AVC H.264 video as an .MOV file in a range of NTSC and PAL professional frame rates, including 1080p Full HD video at 30p (29.97), 24p (23.976) and 25p, 720p HD video at 60p (59.94) or 50p and Standard Definition video at 30p (29.97) or 25p.

In addition to the creativity afforded by over 70 compatible lenses, the EOS M also includes Picture Style settings – including custom Picture Styles – when shooting video, allowing users to adjust color settings the same as when shooting still images. The camera also includes Canon’s Video Snapshot mode for an easy way to record and create a fun highlight reel that can be easily shared. Video Snapshot mode combines a series of short video clips into a single file, all in-camera. Through the camera’s touch-screen controls users can delete, cut or re-order the clips in-camera for quick and easy editing.

Optical Diversity: New M-Series Lenses and Accessories

Along with the EOS M, Canon is also introducing two new M-series lenses – with new EOS M mounts –that include STM technology allowing for smooth and silent focusing when paired with Hybrid CMOS AF.

The EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens is ideal for shooting video and still images. The fixed focal length lens has a great capacity for gathering light with an incredible aperture of f/2 and when combined with the camera’s APS-C image sensor, provide beautiful bright images and background blur for both video and stills. For more focal range versatility, Canon is also introducing the new EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, which provides videographers and photographers with a variable zoom range for general use with video recording or photographing. Both lenses are designed specifically for use with the EOS M digital camera.

In addition to the two lenses, any of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses can be used with the EOS M with the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. The EOS M camera’s strong magnesium and stainless steel frame provide the durability and rigidity to support the full line of EF and EF-S Lenses in a lightweight convenient design. Using the adapter allows the camera to be fully integrated into the EOS ecosystem of lenses, adding creative options and versatility to this powerful camera.

Ideal for use with the EOS Mi, Canon is also announcing a new compact and lightweight flash unit, the Speedlite 90EX, designed for the photographer on the go. The Speedlite 90EX is capable of coverage for 24mm wide angle lenses (35mm equivalent) with maximum guide numbers of 30 feet (9 meters) at ISO 100. The flash unit can be controlled wirelessly for creative multiple flash shoots and uses the standard Canon EOS hot shoe mount for compatibility with all EOS DSLR cameras and PowerShot digital cameras that include a hot shoe.


The EOS M Digital Camera bundled with the new EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens will be available in October for an estimated retail price of $799.99. Also a white version of the EOS M Digital Camera bundled with the new EF-M 22mm f/2 STM kit lens will be exclusively available through the Canon Online store,

The new EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, Mount Adapter EF-EOS M and Speedlite 90EX will all be available in October at an estimated retail price of $299.99, $199.99 and $149.99 respectively.

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

A Speedlite is required for flash photography with the EOS M digital camera; this camera does not include a built-in flash.

Specifications EOS M

MSRP $799.99 with 22mm lens, €849 with 18-55mm lens, €1049 with 18-55mm + 22mm lenses, €979 with 22mm lens + EF adapter
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5184 x 3456
Other resolutions 3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
Effective pixels 18.0 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 18.5 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5
Color space sRGB,Adobe RGB
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
File format JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 compliant)
Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: 14bit RAW
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Optics & Focus
Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Selective single-point
Face Detection
Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 31
Lens mount Canon EF-M mount
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes Program AE
Shutter priority AE
Aperture priority AE
Scene modes Creative Auto
Night Portrait
Handheld Night
HDR Backlight Control mode
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via Hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Drive modes Single
Self timer
Continuous drive Yes (4.3 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes Multi
Exposure compensation ±3 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Format MPEG-4
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless EyeFi
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E12 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 230
Weight (inc. batteries) 298 g (0.66 lb / 10.51 oz)
Dimensions 109 x 66 x 32 mm (4.29 x 2.6 x 1.26″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes via GPE2

Lens specifications

Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
 Format  APS-C  APS-C
 Focal length  18-55mm  22mm
 35mm-equiv focal length  29-88mm  35mm
 Diagonal angle of view  74°20′ – 25°70′  63°30′
 Maximum aperture  1:3.5-5.6  1:2
 Lens construction  13 elements / 11 groups  6 elements / 7 groups
 Focus motor type  Linear Stepper Motor  Linear Stepper Motor
 Focus method  • Internal focus
• Focus-by-wire manual focus
 • Unit focus
• Focus-by-wire manual focus
 Zoom method  Rotary, extending barrel  n/a
 Minimum focus distance  0.25m / 0.82 ft  0.15m / 0.49 ft
 Filter thread  • 52mm
• Does not rotate on focusing
 • 43mm
• Does not rotate on focusing
 Dimensions  60.9 x 61mm (2.39 x 2.4 in)  60.9 x 23.7mm (2.38 x 0.93 in)
 Weight  120g (4.23 oz)  105g (3.7 oz)
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