GAME ON!... CANON LAUNCHES EN­THU­SI­AST LEVEL MIR­ROR­LESS CAM­ERA

Camera - - WHAT’S NEW -

Pho­tok­ina al­ways pro­duces a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing new prod­uct an­nounce­ments, and this year was notable for the EOS M5 and EOS 5D Mark IV from Canon.

The M5 is Canon’s first se­ri­ous mir­ror­less cam­era (cue choirs of an­gels) and, con­se­quently sig­nif­i­cant not just for the com­pany, but for the cam­era in­dus­try as a whole.

The EOS M5 is es­sen­tially a repack­aged EOS 80D so it’s a highly ca­pa­ble cam­era and much more com­pact than its D-SLR cousin thanks to the elim­i­na­tion of the mir­ror box and pen­taprism viewfinder. Im­por­tantly, Canon has styled it to look like a baby D-SLR and it’s un­doubt­edly a pretty thing. It’s built around a 24.2 megapix­els (ef­fec­tive) ‘APS-C’ CMOS sen­sor cou­pled to Canon’s lat­est-gen­er­a­tion ‘DiG!C 7’ pro­ces­sor.

The sen­sor em­ploys the ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ ar­chi­tec­ture which de­liv­ers phase-dif­fer­ence de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing with 80 per­cent frame cov­er­age. The EOS M5 also has sen­sor-based im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion with five-axis cor­rec­tion.

The M5 has an OLED-type EVF with 2.36 megadots res­o­lu­tion and 100 per­cent scene cov­er­age. The cam­era’s large 8.1 cm LCD mon­i­tor is ac­tu­ally the same panel as is used in the EOS-1D X Mark II, but ad­justable to tilt. The touch­screen con­trols in­clude a clever ‘Touch & Drag AF’ func­tion for ad­just­ing the fo­cus­ing point, and the dis­plays (in­clud­ing in the EVF) ac­tu­ally re-ori­en­tate when the cam­era is held ver­ti­cally. Man­ual fo­cus as­sists are pro­vided via a mag­ni­fied im­age (up to 10x) and a fo­cus peak­ing dis­play. The M5 is ca­pa­ble of con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing at up to 7.0 fps with full AF ad­just­ment and up to 9.0 fps when the fo­cus is locked to the first frame.

The M5 records Full HD video at 60p/50p and has built-in stereo mi­cro­phones plus a stereo au­dio in­put. For movie shoot­ing dual im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion is avail­able us­ing both the body-based and lens­based sys­tems.

The cam­era ar­rives with a new EF-M lens – an 18-150mm zoom (equiv­a­lent to 27-225mm) which brings Canon’s mir­ror­less of­fer­ings to seven, but there is also an EF mount con­verter. The EF-M line-up in­cludes the in­no­va­tive 28mm f3.5 macro (equiv­a­lent to 42mm and an­nounced a cou­ple of months ago) which has built-in LED lamps.

The Canon EOS M5 will be avail­able in Aus­tralia in Novem­ber. It will be avail­able as a body-only pur­chase or pack­aged with ei­ther the 15-45mm or 18-150mm EF-M zoom lenses.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.canon.com.au

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