Canon has released details of its first mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, the EOS M, which has been developed alongside the EOS 650D and shares the same sensor, image processor and hybrid AF system.


The EOS M with the 22mm f/2 ‘pancake’ lens. (Source: Canon.)

The new EOS M has been designed for photographers who want the image quality and performance of a DSLR without its bulk and complexity.  It will be offered with two new STM lenses: a 22mm f/2 ‘pancake’ prime lens and an  18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 stabilised standard zoom lenses. 

A specially-developed EF-EOS M Adapter allows all EF and EF-S lens to be used with the EOS M body, making the EOS M an option for photographers who want a compact, lightweight body as a second string to an existing Canon DSLR  kit. This adapter is bundled with the body-only configuration but an optional extra when the camera is sold in one of the two lens kits offered.

Photo Review attended a pre-launch briefing on the new camera in Sydney. Hands-on experience and a generous supply of product images and technical information has enabled us to produce a detailed ‘First Look‘ at the new camera and its accessories, which is certain to create a frisson of excitement among camera buyers.

The EOS M and its accessories (including the new EF-M lenses) will be released through Canon retailers from early October 2012 in three configurations:

– Body only with Mount Adapter EF-EOS M (EOS M body colour Black only)

– Single IS Lens Kit (EOS M body in Black, bundled with 18-55 EF-M lens and the SpeedLite 90EX) 

– Pancake Twin Lens Kit  (EOS M body in a choice of Black, Red or White, bundled with 18-55 EF-M lens, 22mm EF-M pancake lens and the SpeedLite 90EX)


The three colour options offered in the Pancake Twin Lens Kit. (Source: Canon.)

The new EF-M lenses and Mount Adapter EF-EOS M will be available for individual purchase with pricing set at dealers’ discretion. According to Canon Australia, the EOS M body (with adaptor) should be priced ‘between the EOS 600D (RRP: $749) and EOS 650D (RRP: $999)’. By our estimate, the average street price for the body-only kit is likely to be in the vicinity of $800-$850.

For more information, contact Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the website at