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Canon announces EOS-M2, but should you even care?

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A year and a half after becoming the last of the major camera manufacturers to launch a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera in the form of its EOS-M, Canon has just announced an updated version of its original camera called, big surprise here, the EOS-M2.

So, what of the new camera?

For starters, this is not a revolutionary update, but rather an evolutionary one, and a mild one at that. New to the EOS-M2, and headlining the update list, is the new AF Hybrid CMOS II sensor, seen in the 100D and SL1 cameras. Needless to say, the '2' should have better AF performance than the original. Another plus sure to please some people: built-in wi-fi capability. Beyond that, the other changes are subtle as in a slightly redesigned body, slightly quicker burst speed, and digital zoom in movie mode.

First, unlike Nikon's mirrorless “1” line, Canon has chosen to retain the same sensor for its mirrorless line, the 18Mp, SPS-C chip that is already being used in its sub-frame dSLRs. So, for anyone wanting dSLR-like image quality out of a mirrorless camera, look no farther as the EOS-M2 should deliver the same quality of images as one would see out of Canon's dSLRs. For many looking to upgrade from a point and shoot and make a first foray into the mirrorless world, this fact alone makes the EOS-M2 a very attractive option.

For people who already shoot Canon, the retention of the APS-C sensor has yet another benefit: Canon has already designed an adapter so that people can use current EF lenses with full AF compatibility on the EOS-M2. Again, Canon deserves applause for this decision as it will prevent people from having to buy a whole new set of lenses and/or be forced to use only a couple of lenses until more can be designed by the company or a third-party manufacturer. The EOS-M2 is also fully compatible with other EOS accessories and flash units, too.

When it comes to look and feel, Canon has gone for a streamlined approach, with the camera only having a minimum of external controls. This can be good or bad, depending on perspective. For people moving up from a point and shoot, one will immediately feel at home. For dSLR (especially higher-end dSLR) owners, this will be a bad thing as a lot of menu diving is sure to be required for changing the majority of settings.

Moving onto fluff, the EOS-M2 features the same touch-capable LCD screen as seen on the original. With the touch screen, a lot of credit goes to Canon for, unlike many other companies, eliminating external controls altogether. For movie shooters, the EOS-M2 features full HD video capability with the option for in-camera editing. On the still end, the camera is capable of, at least according to Canon, providing the best auto-adjust feature possibler, doing all the work while simply allowing the photographer to press the shutter button.

As for pricing and availability, there's a problem here: the EOS-M2 is currently only available in Japan, and Canon isn't dropping any hints as to whether it will be released in other markets, either.

For more info:
Press release

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