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The New Canon Mirrorless "SLR" Camera

Updated on April 6, 2013

EOS M is Canon's First Mirrorless Camera

Panasonic invented the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera a few years ago with the Lumix DMC-G1. Since then, most of the major manufacturers have entered the ring with a variety of models, but for a long time, Canon was standing on the sidelines. Now they've finally jumped into the fray with the new EOS M, a mirrorless camera designed to appeal to users wanting the quality of an SLR without the bulk. The EOS M is expected to ship in October. Here are some facts to get you ready for Canon's new camera.

(Image of Canon EOS M mirrorless camera from Adorama)

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Meet the Canon EOS M

The new Canon mirrorless "SLR-like" camera is designed to appeal to photographers who want to upgrade to better quality images without the bulk and complexity of a DSLR. Traditional DSLRs use mirrors to provide through the lens (TTL) viewing. The mirror reflects the image from the lens to the viewfinder and then flips out of the way when the shutter is released. The problem is that this setup requires a lot of space, adding to the bulk of DSLRs. Mirrorless cameras remove the TTL viewfinder and replace it with an electronic one. That allows for a much smaller camera body, but still allows more room for a larger sensor.

The new Canon EOS M has an 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. With a DSLR-sized sensor, the EOS M can produce images comparable in quality to Canon's DSLR models. It also uses the same DIGIC 5 processor found in Canon's EOS line of DSLR, providing good low-light performance. The camera offers ISO 100-12800, expandable to 25600.

The camera ships with an F-M 22mm f/2 STM 'pancake' lens, and EOS owners will be happy to know that the new EF-M mount is compatible with existing EOS EF and EF-S lenses, although you will need to buy an optional lens adapter.

This is Canon's first foray into the mirrorlesss camera market, so this is only the beginning of more good things to come from this manufacturer.

Read more specs on the Canon EOS M

Other Mirrorless Cameras - More options to choose from

Canon was the last big camera manufacturer to produce a mirrorless "SLR" camera, so there are plenty of others to review and compare before making a purchase decision. Here are some of the other mirrorless cameras on the market.

The release date for the new Canon mirrorless "SLR" camera is October 2012

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