It’s been four years since the first mirrorless cameras hit the marketplace, and only now is Canon entering the segment with its much buzzed about EOS M. What mirrorless technology allows for is DSLR quality photographs stuffed into point-n-shoot camera bodies, which are freed from the large mechanicals mirrors require. So Canon isn’t playing around — its first offering is a beast: an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor takes center stage, augmented with a DIGIC 5 processor, 4.3 fps continuous shooting and full HD video @ 24 fps with continuous autofocus. ISO ranges from 100-6400 for video and 100-12,800 for still shots, allowing for beautiful low light images — perennially one of Canon’s strongest attributes. Physically the Canon EOS M mirrorless camera comes outfitted with a 3.0″ smudge-resistant LCD touchscreen and either a wide-angle 22mm lens or a 18-55mm zoom. If you buy its adapter for an additional $200, you’ll also be able to use all the EF and EF-S lenses you’ve ponied up for over the years — a welcome relief for anyone who’s dropped many a month’s salary on glass. The Canon EOS M will be available in October for $800.
18-megapixel sensor, DIGIC 5 processor & up to 12,800 ISO