Canon finally gets critical about mirrorless with a new M5

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Canon is finally prepared to get critical about mirrorless cameras. Today a association announced a Canon EOS M5, a new SLR-style mirrorless camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder that will be shown off during Photokina subsequent week. It’s a company’s fifth and many entirely featured transmutable lens mirrorless camera to date, and it will cost $979 (body only) when it goes on sale in Nov of 2016.

If you’re looking for something to review it to, a M5’s specs line adult flattering closely with Canon’s many new midrange DSLR, a 80D. It has a same distance 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor, a identical 49 cross-type autofocus points, and an ISO operation of 100-25,600. It also employs Canon’s “dual pixel” autofocus system, where any pixel is means of concurrently capturing light while focusing. Dual pixel is apropos a customary for Canon, and by many accounts, it’s fast and impressive, even if other Canon cameras (like a 7D Mark II) have some-more sum autofocus points. The M5 gets Canon’s newer Digic 7 picture processor, though, and so Canon says users should pattern a camera’s picture peculiarity to be as good or improved than what they can get on a 80D.

The M5 will also be sincerely quick when shooting. It can constraint stills during 7 frames per second with continual autofocus, or 9 fps yet it — yet that’s still slower than a some-more costly Fujifilm X-T2, or a similarly-priced Sony a6300. The M5 is also means of capturing 1080p video during adult to 60 frames per second, yet videographers should note that a 3.2-inch, 1.6-million dot behind LCD touchscreen usually tilts out 85 degrees and down 180 — it can’t pivot out and around like a shade on a 80D.


When compared to Canon’s prior mirrorless efforts, though, a M5 stands out. Those cameras — a EOS M, M2, M3, M10 — were compress bricks with no viewfinders. The M5 is anything but. It facilities a some-more classical SLR-style physique that looks like a chubbier Fujifilm X-T2 (especially around a grip). The additional space authorised Canon to build in a 2.36-million dot electronic viewfinder instead of pressuring business to buy an outmost EVF that plugs into a camera’s prohibited shoe. It also gave Canon room for some-more buttons and dials — there are 4 dials and buttons during a tip and a corkscrew circle with menu controls on a behind of a camera, and roughly all of them are customizable. To tip it all off, a camera is weather-sealed, yet Canon says it’s not as strong as a 5D Mark IV’s sealing, and notwithstanding a series of requests a association hasn’t pronounced what a physique is done from other than to make transparent it’s “not magnesium alloy.”

Canon says a M5 will be a initial camera in a EOS line versed with Bluetooth Low Energy, permitting for an always-on tie to a user’s smartphone. It sounds identical to Snapbridge, a always-on tie that Nikon started building into a cameras progressing this year, yet Canon was brief on sum about how a chronicle of a thought will work.

The M5 looks fast, light, and pretty priced

One thing that’s blank from a M5 is a joystick for selecting concentration points, like a one found on a X-T2, a Fujifilm X-Pro2, or even some of Canon’s DSLRs. Canon did contend that you’ll be means to drag your ride opposite a LCD shade to name a concentration point, though, a pierce that follows in a footsteps of companies like Olympus. There is also 5-axis picture stabilization, yet it’s digital — a distant cry from a automatic stabilization accessible in competing cameras from Olympus or Sony.

Perhaps a biggest hit on Canon’s mirrorless efforts so distant — even some-more than camera pattern — is that a association offers a scanty lineup of local lenses. Canon is adding one some-more lens to that lineup currently — a 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 lens with picture stabilization. It will sell for $499, and Canon will sell it bundled with a M5 for $1,479, yet it won’t be accessible until December. You can also use a bigger lenses meant for Canon’s DSLRs with a M5, yet we need to buy a $99 adapter.

Like Nikon, Canon has spent a final few years focused on a DSLRs instead of bettering to a flourishing mirrorless camera market. The M5 feels like Canon’s initial generous try during changing that. It mashes complicated facilities with normal character while gripping things tiny and light. (The M5 weighs 13.4 ounces, about half a weight of a 80D.) It’s not a digital chronicle of Canon’s classical AE-1 we hoped for late final year, yet it’s a company’s initial mirrorless camera that doesn’t demeanour like an afterthought.

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