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More Details Regarding Canon Mirrorless Release In 2015 Emerge

By Anthony Thurston on January 3rd 2015

We have talked before about the rumor regarding Canon taking mirrorless seriously in 2015, and today, we have some more details about that rumor.

eos-mAccording to a report over on Canon Watch, the new mirrorless camera will feature the same sensor as the 70D, which, of course, means the long requested Dual Pixel CMOS AF feature for EOS-M owners. Another big requested feature that will be added, according to the rumor, is an optional EVF. Sure, it’s not built in, but an optional one is better than none.

To go along with the camera release, the report over on Canon Watch states that there will also be several EF-M lens releases in 2015, on which the CW admin elaborates saying that there will be at least two EF-M prime lenses.


As for the camera, the rumor states to expect it to be announced before the summer of 2015, so sometime within the next 5-6 months. As a current EOS-M owner, I am excited to see where Canon takes the system now that they are ‘serious’ about it.

As bad of a rep as the M got, it really was a fairly solid camera for the most part. If Canon can address the shortfalls of the original M, and LISTEN to the tons of feedback they got from us owners, then this next generation of Canon EF-M cameras should be a great addition to the mirrorless marketplace.

Only time will tell…

[via Canon Watch]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Graham Curran

    Many astrophotographers use Canons DSLRs on their telescopes (they even made broad-band versions of the 20D and 60D to capture IR) but quite frankly a DSLR is overkill as you don’t need a viewfinder. The EOS-M promised much but ultimately failed to deliver in having an APS-C sensor but without the ability to do ultra-long exposures. If they can fix that then there would be a strong market for astrophotographers.

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  2. Phil Bautista

    I just got a Sony a6000 and I’m quite impressed with it. I’m still waiting on the adapter I ordered so I can use it with EF lenses while maintaining auto control but from what I’ve read and heard, I should expect AF to be slow. If Canon can make a better adapter than its first offering (which was also slow), I’m going to give it a try. If they can’t develop an adapter that delivers a better experience, then I don’t really see any reason to switch from what is already one of the fastest AF systems.

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  3. Dave Bellis

    A new EOS M isn’t showing the market they’re serious. It’s so typical of Canon to “make something new”, but really make a few small changes and call it something great, and once again they think releasing something that’s not going to be able to compete with what’s already out there. I owned an EOS M for a month. It was OK at best, but no true manual controls without using the touch screen, which quit working when in the cold winter weather (and requires no or “special” gloves to operate), and the point and shoot size factor doesn’t make it in my book. It’s a point and shoot, and is worth $200 like one. As for the Fuji XE2 and now the Sony a7 I own- those are real mirrorless cameras! Go competitive or go home Canon. Third try for this camera isn’t going to charm!

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  4. Dave Haynie

    Even a handful of EOS-M lenses and a new body isn’t going to show that Canon’s serious about mirrorless. And I’m not entirely sure they are. I can already use EOS lenses on my Olympus OM-D with a Metabones Speedbooster if I decide that’s important (I own both Olympus m43 and Canon EOS systems). But on micro-four-thirds, in particular, you have companies doing serious cameras — Olympus is making some of the best still-photographer-oriented cameras around, and Panasonic’s challenging Canon on video (no 29’59” limits on the GH4, and in-camera 4K, for half the price of a 5D mk III).

    Canon’s certainly mighty enough to go whole hog on mirrorless. But they seem to regard it as a hobby now. And having established the EOS-M as an APS camera for consumers, they’re not looking to mirrorless as a professional option. Of course, Nikon did worse yet with the overly tiny (1″) sensor in the Nikon 1, and yet, they’ve at least shown more dedication to the system. As Sony’s embraced, there’s little point in making a mirrorless fat enough to take your DSLR lenses, and they’ve got some serious growing pains of their own, even with some far more serious mirrorless models out there. Could be this isn’t a big enough market yet for Canon or Nikon to get serious about… after all, they’re still doing close to 75% of the whole ILC market .. add in Sony, and that’s more like 90% (and Sony claims to have about half of the mirrorless market). So maybe they just don’t see much “now” in mirrorless. Of course, just as some rangefinder camera companies didn’t see the “now” in SLRs back in 1960, you never quite know which way a market shifts, or how fast.

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  5. Chamith Siriwardena

    The main drawback in the original M for me is the slow focus and is mostly fixed in M2. I have both and I see a huge improvement when using side by side. They are very practical cameras and for more versatility you can also find a couple of new (considerably small) EF-M lenses (such as 11-22 & 55-200) in Japanese market.

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  6. John Priest

    Canon will make an small APS-C (EOS-M3) sized mirrorless camera AND a Full Frame mirrorless (Sony A7 sized)
    To compete in the mirrorless category. I will buy both. Better late than never! Just satin’

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  7. Robert Moura

    I agree with Mr. Harry Lim, to little to late plus if I have to change over to M Lenses, means of buying camera and lenses, I will switch over to Sony in which is far ahead in sensor technology.
    But for now I will still use my Canon Dslr lets see what happens

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  8. Eric S

    I don’t understand why they insist on a new mount. That’s what’s keeping me away.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Flange Distance, the distance from the lens to the sensor (which allows for focusing to infinity, would require larger camera bodies. So since Canon wants to go really small with their mirrorless lineup it requires a different mount. Same reason why you can’t use old FD lenses on EOS bodies.

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    • Eric S

      i see. but you don’t think they could engineer a body such that the mirrorless body has a built in ‘adapter’ (so to speak) where it could use the EF system while sporting a small size than the rebels?

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Then people would bash then for having this weird protruding lens mount coming off the camera. For me, a specialized mount is the best way to go, but they need to work on their adapter for the EF lenses so that they work better when adapted to these smaller mirrorless bodies.

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    • Eric S

      I see where you’re coming from. A good adapter might sell me

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    • Derek Schwartz

      I have a Fotasy generic EF to EF-M adapter, and so far, I’ve not found any problems with it. I also have an FD to EF-M adapter, letting me use old FD manual focus glass, which has also been trouble free (albeit much simpler).

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    • Arnold Ziffel

      When Pentax used the K-mount on it’s mirrorless K-01, the thing ended up… thick as a brick. Great camera, but not exactly “svelte”.

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  9. Harry Lim

    Too little. Too late.

    By summer 2015 Sony will probably be out with the a7000 and the next successor in the A7 line.

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