Canon Announces the EOS M5 and EF-M 18-150MM F/3.5-6.3 IS STM
Great news for Canon fans today as the company has announced the latest model in their EOS M line of mirrorless APS-C cameras, the much rumored EOS M5, and a new member of the growing EF-M lens family, the EF-M 18-150MM F/3.5-6.3 IS STM.
Introducing the EOS M5
The EOS M5 arrives equipped with a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor complete with Canon’s Dual Pixel autofocus technology. This sensor is most likely the same unit that has already seen action in the fantastic Canon EOS 80D, and is mated to the DIGIC 7 image processing system, no need to worry about the potential for image quality here, the M5 has that base firmly covered. ISO range is 100-25600 and shutter speed is 1/4000 of a second to 30 seconds, complete with bulb mode and a maximum flash syncro speed of 1/200 second, reasonable, but as with the Recently released EOS 5D Mark IV 1/250 second would give greater flexibility here. Continuous shooting rates are up to 9 frames per second
Video capture is capable in Full HD at 60 frames per second, sadly no 4K here, but coupled with Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel autofocus technology, the M5 should still provide excellent recording performance for those who see no need to record everything in the highest possible resolution. Importantly, and for the first time in a Canon camera, the EOS M5 gets 5-axis electronic image stabilization, handholding whilst shooting video and capturing images in challenging conditions should still produce reasonable results.
Viewing duties are handled by a 2.36m dot, 120fps EVF, the specifications of which lead me that it could be the same unit that has already seen action in the G5X, a decent viewfinder in its own right, and a 3.2 inch 1.62 million dot tilting touchscreen LCD. The touchscreen features Canon’s first implementation of ‘Touch and Drag AF’, allowing for manual movement of autofocus points whilst shooting. Happily Canon has included built-in WiFi in the M5, a feature that was missing from early specification rumors, leaving us more than a little worried that Canon were going to strip out a few too many features in an effort to offer the M5 at a competitive price point. Bluetooth is also included, both of which can be used for quick image sharing between devices as well as remote control capabilities. Files are stored on UHS-1 SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, a little disappointing, but given the lack of 4K a lack of compatibility for fast onboard storage shouldn’t prove a problem for the majority of shooters.
Physically the EOS M5 measures 115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6mm and weighs in at 380g for the body only. It is certainly a svelte little camera, and unlike its older EOS M predecessors the aesthetic of the M5 is decidedly retro, with styling cues clearly taken from Canons early EOS cameras of the 1990’s. The EOS M5 is also the first Canon camera to feature three top-plate mounted control dials; On the left there is a standard shooting mode selection dial, and on the right of the viewfinder hump we get a multi-function dial, which can be switched between various modes using the provided mode selection button, Lastly we get a +3 to -3 exposure compensation dial. The shutter release also features a control dial surround as seen on the EOS M3 and as an added bonus a programmable function button. All controls can be re-programmed by to suit an individual shooters needs. Canon really have managed to squeeze a decent selection of physical controls into the little M5.
So there we have it, will the EOS M5 be the Camera which puts Canon back on the mirrorless map? There is no denying that is is a significant upgrade over it’s predecessors and more concerted effort by Canon to tap into the current market for feature packed, fashionably styled mirrorless cameras that feel more like mini DSLR’s than true compact systems. It faces some stiff competition, The Olympus OMD E-M1 is currently cheaper, and a rumored replacement is on the way, but the EOS M5 seems to offer enough features at a competitive price to hold it’s own, the fact that it can be mounted with any of Canon’s EF lenses with the use of as simple lens adaptor is a huge bonus, giving the M5 access to more parent company manufactured lenses than any other mirrorless system. My
The Canon EOS M5 will begin shipping in early November and is available as a body only, or packaged with either the EF-M 15-45mm or the new EF-M 18-150mm for $1,099 and $1,479 respectively. Pre-orders are live now from the following links:
- Canon EOS M5 Body only ($979) at B&H Photo, Amazon.com
- Canon EOS M5 with EF-M 15-45mm F/3.5-6.3 IS STM ($1,099) at B&H Photo, Amazon.com
- Canon EOS M5 with EF- M 18-150mm F/3.5-6.3 IS STM($1,479) at B&H Photo, Amazon.com
EF-M 18-150MM F/3.5-6.3 IS STM
The arrival of the EOS M5 isn’t the only good news for Canon mirrorless fans today, the company have also introduced a new member of the EF-M lens family, the EF-M 18-150MM F/3.5-6.3 IS STM. Featuring 17 elements (One UD, 2 aspherical) arranged in 13 groups, and a nine bladed aperture, the EF-M 18-150mm features onboard IS with 4 stops of movement correction, and Canons STM stepping motor design. Expect snappy, silent autofocus, great for those looking to shoot video on their EOS-M camera and being an STM lens shooters also get full-time manual focus override. The EF-M 18-150mm plugs a gap in the EF-M family, which has been lacking a wide, long range general purpose zoom lens since inception. It will most likely prove a popular choice with those looking for a little more versatility in their single lens kit than is offered by the EF-M 15-45mm, and more coverage at the wide end than the EF-M 55-200mm.
Make no mistake, this is very much a kit lens as is reflected by f/6.3 aperture at the tele end, but a usefully swift for the price point f/3.5 at wider focal ranges is welcome. Let’s hope that the EOS M5 is enough of a success for Canon to warrant the release of some EF-M L lenses in the near future! The EF-M 18-150MM F/3.5-6.3 IS STM will ship in early December and is available bundled with the EOS M5 for $1,479 or by its self for $499. Pre-order yours now from the following links:
- EF-M 18-150MM F/3.5-6.3 IS STM ($499) at B&H Photo, Amazon.com
- Canon EOS M5 with EF- M 18-150mm F/3.5-6.3 IS STM($1,479) at B&H Photo, Amazon.com
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the latest additions to its EOS M series system – the new Canon EOS M5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera and compact EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. The EOS M5 camera features a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 Image Processor and the fastest AF speed in the EOS M-seriesi, enabling photographers to capture clear, sharp, high-resolution images and Full HD videos. It is also the first in the EOS camera line to include the low energy Bluetooth® Smartii feature that can maintain a constant connectioniii with your compatible smartphone or tablet when you use the Canon camera connect application and both applications are active. The versatile EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is compatible with all Canon EOS M series digital cameras, and is a great option for photographers looking to capture scenic landscapes while traveling to close-up shots from afar.
“The new capabilities found in the Canon EOS M5 Camera and EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens set a new standard for our EOS M series of cameras and lenses, showing that Canon is constantly incorporating performance enhancements desired by our customers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “When paired together, the new EOS M5 camera and EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens provide image-makers of all levels with powerful tools that enable them to capture a variety of remarkable images and videos.”
In addition, advanced photographers will appreciate the improved operability of the EOS M5 camera. It has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) and Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF for capturing stills and shooting video with smooth and precise autofocus. This allows for Touch and Drag AF so users can easily switch the subject of their focus by dragging the AF frame directly on the LCD panel, even while looking through the camera’s EVF. Focus peaking allows users to highlight the area of the image that is in focus from within the EVF or LCD monitor. In addition to its touchscreen operability, the EOS M5 camera also has easily accessible dials that allow you to quickly adjust your settings on-the-go.
Key Features of the Canon EOS M5 Camera Include:
- 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100–25600.
- Fast and smooth Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps you capture stills and shoot video with quick and precise autofocus.
- High-speed continuous shooting at up to 7.0 fps (up to 9.0 fps with AF Lock) and new DIGIC 7 Image Processor with improved AF tracking performance.
- Full HD 60p helps capture fast-moving subjects and brilliant results in MP4 format.
- Digital IS with 5-axis image stabilizationivwhen shooting movies plus increased image stabilization with both lens optical IS and in-camera digital IS when shooting with an IS lens.
- Built-in high-resolution EVF (approx. 2,360,000 dots) with new Touch and Drag AF lets you manually move the AF frame displayed for more precise focusing in different shooting situations.
- Intuitive touch screen 3.2 tilt-type (85° up/180° down) LCD monitor (approx. 1,620,000 dots) enables flexible positioning and clear viewing.
- Easily customize functions while shooting using the Main Dial, Quick Control Dial, Dial Function Button and Exposure Compensation Dial.
- Built-in Wi-Fi®v and NFCvi allows for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos.
- Equipped with Bluetooth®iii Smart for smooth pairing with a compatible smartphone by powering on both devices for easy photo sharing and remote control possibilities.
- Shorter camera startup timevii and interval time between each image capture for a more efficient shooting experience.
- Compatible with EF-M lenses as well as the full line of EFviii and EF-Sviii lenses and Speedlites for expanded creativity.
The Canon EOS M5 also features Combination IS with in-camera 5-axis image stabilization, while capturing video, a first in the Canon EOS series. With a compatible lens attachediv, Combination IS leverages optical IS and in-camera digital IS to help create tremendously smooth videos. The DIGIC 7 Image Processor makes the 5-axis IS possible even with lenses that do not contain IS, because the in-camera image stabilization functions independently to help reduce camera shake when shooting videos.
Additionally, the EOS M5 camera shoots impressive time-lapse videos. The EOS M5 camera also allows for easy panning by setting the optimal shutter speed after analyzing the camera’s panning speed and how fast the subject is moving.
The new Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens offers a high-zoom ratio, expanding the range of photographic possibilities for EOS M digital cameras. Its image stabilizer helps with reducing image blur and making image and video shooting easier at longer focal lengths. Along with the enhanced performance, the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens is compact and lightweight, making it a versatile and convenient lens to carry.
Key Features of the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Include:
- Canon’s first EF-M high-zoom power lens covering a broad range of shooting scenes with a high-zoom ratio of up to 8.3x (29–240mm equivalent).
- Compact and lightweight design allows for easy portability.
- Optical design helps provide excellent image quality across a broad zoom range comparable to the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM lens.
- Maximum magnification of 0.31x at focal length 150mm.
- Image Stabilizer effect at up to 4ixstops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.
Pricing and Availability
The new Canon EOS M5 camera is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers or through the Canon Online store athttp://shop.usa.canon.com/ in November 2016, for an estimated retail price of $979.99 for the body only. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom kit lens (estimated retail price of $1,099.00, scheduled to be available early November 2016x), and with the new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for an (estimated retail price of $1,479.00x, scheduled to be available early December 2016x)
In addition, the new Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, available in graphite and silver colors, is scheduled to be available in December 2016 for an estimated retail price of $499.99x.
Additional optional EOS accessories include a Body Jacket (EM-E2) and Neck Strap (EH29-CJ) that come in black or brown.