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