Canon EOS M Brief Review
Canon EOS M
18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor; Canon EF-M mount; 1080/30p HD video; 3-inch multi-touch LCD screen; 4.3fps burst; Manual controls; RAW capture; Lithium-ion battery
The most interesting thing about the new system isn't the camera itself but the lens it comes packaged with, a 22mm f2 pancake lens. This 35mm equivalent hearkens back to the old film days, when most people's "kit" lens was a simple fast prime. While image quality is bound to be better than with a standard 18-55mm lens, we're anxious to see how the market likes Canon not including a zoom. It will be a tough sell at the counter when the customer asks how much zoom the M has...none. For an extra $299 one can purchase the kit zoom, but now you're talking over $1000 for an entry-level camera. For the money, we'd still place our bet on Sony's NEX-5R or Olympus E-PL5 as the mirrorless of choice in this price range.