Canon has finally announced a higher-end mirrorless camera in the body of the EOS M5, which comes packed with plenty of useful features, such as a viewfinder, touchscreen, and WiFi.
The mirrorless segment has been dominated by the likes of Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony for a number of years. These companies have been the “go-to” options for mirrorless adopters, while both Canon and Nikon have struggled to make a name for themselves.
These times may come to an end, as the Canon EOS M5 is official and looks like it is the MILC that the company’s fans want to use. It features a number of useful gimmicks along with tools that make photographers happy: optical stabilization support, viewfinder, and quick autofocus system.
Canon EOS M5 announced with Dual Pixel AF
A 24.2-megapixel APS-C image sensor has been added into the EOS M5. It delivers a maximum ISO sensitivity of 25,600, which may come in handy in low-light conditions.
The device is powered by a DIGIC 7 processor and has a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. The sensor-processor-AF combination provides a burst mode of up to 7fps, which increases to 9fps when AF is locked.
One of the biggest issues with EOS M cameras used to be the unreliable AF system. In the new Canon EOS M5, you will have to forget about them, as the camera will focus quickly and accurately when shooting both stills and videos.
Additionally, the footage will be blur-free and shake-free thanks to an digital image stabilization technology. It becomes even better by turning itself into a 5-axis IS system when the MILC is used alongside an optically-stabilized lens. In-body IS would have been great, but at least this is a step in the right direction.
Canon finally brings an integrated viewfinder to its EOS M line-up
This is the company’s first EOS M camera to feature a built-in viewfinder. It is an electronic model with a resolution of 2.36-million dots. The EVF supports Touch and Drag AF, a tool that makes use of the 3.2-inch touchscreen on the back.
The Touch and Drag AF feature allows users to manually focus by touching the display. Yes, this is possible even when looking through the viewfinder. As for the LCD, it has a 1.62-million-dot resolution and it can be tilted upwards by 85 degrees and downwards by 180 degrees.
All over the Canon EOS M5, photographers will find customizable buttons and dials. Each individual user can configure them to control their most used exposure settings, thus saving them a lot of time when they are on the field.
WiFi, NFC, and Bluetooth technologies are available in the camera. NFC is great for quickly pairing devices, WiFi is useful for transferring images and videos, while Bluetooth makes sure that there is a continuous connection between the camera and a smartphone or tablet.
Release date and price details have been confirmed, too
RAW files are obviously supported, while the built-in flash can light up dark environments. The Canon EOS M5 offers a shutter speed range between 30 seconds and 1/4000th of a second, while the maximum video resolution stands at 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The upcoming mirrorless camera weighs 427 grams, while measuring approximately 116 x 89 x 61mm. Its battery life is slated to last for 295 shots on a single charge, according to CIPA standards.
This device will become available in November 2016 for a price of $979.99 for the body-only version. It will also be released in a kit alongside the also new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $1,479 this December.
The all-round optic will be sold separately, too, for a price of $499.99. It is a compact and lightweight lens, which weighs 300 grams and measures 87mm in length. Among others, it offers a minimum focusing distance of just 25 centimeters.
EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens revealed for Canon DSLRs
In addition to this couple of products designed for the mirrorless segment, Canon has also unveiled the EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II USM lens for full-frame DSLRs.
The telephoto zoom lens supports high-speed, silent, and smooth autofocusing along with a 4-stop image stabilization technology. It is capable of reducing chromatic aberration thanks to an Ultra Low Dispersion element.
Its release date is set for November 2016, while its launch price tag stands at $549.99.