Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.
Entry-Level EOS-M Coming Next Month?
This is a really interesting rumor coming out of Canon Land. According to this new report, next month (just before PhotoPlus) Canon will announce several new products, among them is expected to be an ‘entry-level’ EOS-M body.
Given how the EOS-M3 compares to other mirrorless offerings, some might say that Canon already has an entry-level mirrorless. Since the EOS-M3 was only announced in Europe and Asia at the beginning of this year, and just this last month here in the USA, it would be really odd for Canon to make another announcement so soon.
But, given this rumor, one has to wonder about the comments made by Canon’s Masaya Maeda recently about them releasing a mirrorless camera soon that we ‘would really like’. I am hoping that an entry level EOS-M body is not what he was talking about (though if it is, it sure highlights the delusional state of Canon’s mirrorless strategy). Assuming this is not what he was referring to, what other mirrorless camera could be coming ‘soon’?
According to the rumor, this entry level EOS-M will come in around $200 less than the current EOS-M3 ($579), putting it in the $200-$300 range. Which, is VERY entry level. Personally, I feel like if this rumor is correct, that Canon is still going the wrong direction with their mirrorless offerings. Consumers want more powerful, advanced amateur/semi-pro or even pro level mirrorless bodies, not $250 glorified point and shoots.
What do you guys think?
Other Canon Announcements for October
In addition to the rumored EOS-M body above, Canon is expected to have several announcements ahead of PhotoPlus in NYC. This list may or may not be complete (it’s not official, just a list of rumored announcements):
- ImagePROGRAF Pro-1000 17″ printer
- PowerShot G16 Replacement
- PowerShot S120 replacement
- EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
- A second EF-M lens
What stands out to me is yet another slow EF-M zoom lens. When will Canon get it through their heads that these are not the sort of lenses that we want? We need more EF-M primes lenses, and come on, maybe at least one decently fast zoom. I’m not even being that picky, I would be happy with a constant aperture zoom, maybe a 24-70 equivalent with a constant F/3.5 or something. But this variable aperture, slow zoom is not what people need for the EF-M system.
The G16 is also a pretty good compact(ish) camera, so I am curious to see what this rumored replacement looks like and how Canon responds to tougher competition.
Samsung: “Withdrawing From The Camera Business Is Not True.”
Samsung has responded with an official statement regarding the rumor we shared a little while ago that they were preparing to leave the camera business. It is short, sweet, and to the point:
“Withdrawing from the camera business is not true and there is no official plan to stop production of cameras and lenses. Samsung continuously analyzes the varying needs and requirements of consumers in each market and region very carefully. However, we do not officially comment on rumors or speculation.”
The “there is no official plan to stop production of cameras and lenses” is an interesting way to phrase this (maybe it’s a language thing), because as I was reading this, my first thought went to ‘what about unofficial plans’? You would think that the company – if they really are sticking with the NX line – would want to shut that rumor down definitively. But maybe I am just reading into it too much…
I also hate to break it to Samsung, but since they just officially commented on rumor and speculation, so their last sentence is incorrect. Ha!
What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!