Canon Releases EOS M5 Mirrorless Digital Camera


New Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6/3 IS STM lens

Canon is hoping its latest mirrorless offering will appeal to professional photographers as a compact camera. Body-only pricing is expected to be in the region of US$980, while a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens should also be available at launch for around US$1,100. The EOS M5 with the new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens will be available from mid-December 2016 with an RRP of £1,399 / $1479. You can also pick up the 18-150mm lens separately at the end of the year for $499.99 (roughly Rs. 33,500).

With Photokina just around the corner, Canon has got in on the action early by debuting its new EOS M5 mirrorless camera.

We’ll start off with a quick look at the Canon EOS M5 before returning to the new lens. However, that starting price is just ideal if you already have a range of EF-M lenses. As with their flagship DSLRs, this sensor is also based on their Dual Pixel AF CMOS that enables snappy focusing while capturing both photographs and videos.

Bright moments, from summer days to backlit subjects, can be shot easily using the 24.2 Megapixel sensor, which includes gapless micro lenses to maximise the sensor area, increasing pixel light sensitivity while making the camera less susceptible to digital noise.

Canon’s early mirrorless cameras have had mixed responses, with slow autofocus being one of the big complaints; the Dual Pixel CMOS AF certainly ups the game, especially if Canon is going to compete against mirrorless APS-C models from Sony and Fujifilm.

The M5 looks like a Canon camera should.

While you can make the settings work for you, you can’t always control your subject.

Digital IS with 5-axis image stabilization ivwhen shooting movies plus increased image stabilization with both lens optical IS and in-camera digital IS when shooting with an IS lens. Additional optional Canon EOS M5 accessories include a Body Jacket (EM-E2) and Neck Strap (EH29-CJ) that come in black or brown. The in-built, large electronic viewfinder is centrally placed, for DSLR-like handling, as well as high resolution and fast 120 fps refresh rate for maximum comfort. You don’t have to swipe across the whole screen either – you can set this to half or a quarter of the display in the menu should you wish. For full control, the premium finish body has several customisable external buttons, including a new thumb operated dial for easy exposure control.

Canon’s mirrorless EOS M-series is growing up. This allows a low power, constant connection to be made between camera and smart device for what promises to be easy transfer of images between the two.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built-in.

Optical design helps provide excellent image quality across a broad zoom range comparable to the EF-S 18135mm f/3.55.6 IS USM lens. With four stop Image Stabilizer, camera shake is minimised in lowlight – even when shooting handheld, flawless for capturing night time cityscapes or festival fun. However, those other options will be made available in November.