Brand new – Exciting – Finally -Canon EOS M5, EF-M 18-150mm and EF 70-300mm Lenses

 To be clear, I did not write any of the article below.  I am writing this brief note to say how impressed I was yesterday at the Northern Virginia Nature Show where I had the opportunity look at and hold the new Canon mirrorless camera.
The digital camera market since it came to the consumer masses has been an ever evolving battle over my sensor is bigger and better than our sensor and my 150 menu items are better than your 75 menu options and my lenses focus at one billion of a second nano seconds compared to your one billion and one so mine is faster.  It has been one marketing hype after another because numbers sell numbers.
But today I honestly believe and as a matter of fact am one hundred percent certain that there is not a bad digital dSLR or Mirrorless camera with todays technologies out there anymore.  So hopefully things will settle down and we can now get to what is really important.
For me and I know for a fact, many others, it is not about image quality anymore.  It is not really about focus speed.  It is about the aesthetics of the camera and how comfortable that camera feels in your hands.  It is about how easy the controls are to reach so the photographer can control the triangle of exposure.  That would be Aperture, Shutter Speed and Iso.  And when it comes to comfort we are looking at size, weight, viewing capability.
Many people have been wondering when the top two camera manufacturers were going to bite the bullet and come out their own versions of mirrorless cameras.  One decided, at least as I write today that they would rather concentrate on 360 degree action cameras which happen to in decline in the market place and the other, Canon, after waiting and watching has introduced what appears to be an incredible combination of all of the above in a small, feels like hunk of iron in your hand, highly controllable mirrorless product called the M5.  Together with that they have also added two very compact high quality zooms and if that was not enough they have made their new mirrorless mount compatible, with an adapter, with the rest of their current line of lenses without a loss of performance.  Loss of performance is a quote from their tech rep.  That remains to be seen.
So please read the info I grabbed from the web.  If you are a Canon user, or simply looking for a new and classy way to produce quality images I think this new entry will be of interest to you.

I’LL SAY IT AGAIN.  I PUT THIS SUCKER IN MY HANDS AND FELL IN LOVE WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING WHAT THE IMAGES WILL LOOK LIKE.  I REALLY LIKE HOW IF FEELS IN MY HANDS AND HOW THE CONTROLS ARE SO EASILY WORKABLE.

Unveiled: Canon EOS M5, EF-M 18-150mm and EF 70-300mm Lenses

 

Adept in both stills and video arenas, the EOS M5 from Canon is a versatile mirrorless camera featuring a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor. Combined, these technologies afford a wide sensitivity range, from ISO 100-25600, along with quick performance for up to 9 fps continuous shooting and Full HD 1080p/60 video recording. The sensor’s design also provides Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which offers quick and accurate phase-detection autofocus for multimedia use. This focusing system is particularly well-suited to subject tracking, and pairs with Digital IS 5-axis image stabilization for steadier, shake-free video recording.

Complementing the imaging capabilities, the camera’s design is equally versatile due to the inclusion of both a 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder along with a large 3.2″ 1.62m-dot LCD tilting touchscreen. The touchscreen design enables Touch and Drag AF for intuitive focusing point control, and an array of additional physical dials and control buttons provide an efficient means for settings changes. Additionally, the camera sports built-in Wi-Fi with NFC for quick and convenient pairing with a smartphone or tablet for wireless image sharing, and Bluetooth is also featured for image sharing to and remote camera control from a mobile device.

24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 7 Image Processor
Both a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor are used to deliver high sensitivity and fast camera performance to suit both stills and video applications. A flexible ISO 100-25600 range suits working in a variety of lighting conditions, and the processing capabilities minimize noise for notable clarity. The processor also contributes to a fast 7 fps continuous shooting rate, which can be quickened to 9 fps with AF lock, for photographing fast-moving subjects. Full HD 1080p video recording is also supported in 60 and 50 fps frame rates. Additionally, the processor affords a fast camera startup time and short interval times between each frame for a more intuitive and efficient shooting process.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Dual Pixel CMOS AF offers smooth and fast focusing performance in a similar manner to how a camcorder acquires focus. This system integrates two separate photodiodes within each pixel to provide a broad and dense network of phase-detection gathering elements across a majority of the image sensor to reduce focus hunting for faster, more direct control of focus placement. When working with still imagery, this focusing system works to acquire focus quickly and accurately, making it ideally suited to shooting and tracking moving subjects so that critical focus is attained with each shot. When shooting video, a Movie Servo AF mode offers smooth and natural focusing when changing from different subjects or different distances within the scene, as well as the ability to specify tracking sensitivity, AF speed, and Face Tracking priority. Benefited by the Touch AF system, rack focus is possible simply by touching elements within the scene on the touchscreen in order to change focus in an intuitive manner. Subject tracking in movies is also heightened due to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system’s ability to recognize subjects and maintain focus when working within changing or cluttered scenery.
Digital IS
Supporting video applications, Digital IS with 5-axis image stabilization minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld shooting. This benefits recording while walking or moving, and can also be used in conjunction with lenses featuring optical IS for more effective overall stabilization.
Body Design and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • A high-resolution 2.36m-dot electronic viewfinder affords a bright, clear means for natural eye-level viewing to suit working in bright conditions.
  • Large 3.2″ 1.62m-dot touchscreen LCD provides an intuitive method for controlling focusing points, navigating menus, and reviewing imagery. This screen also features a tilting design (85° up, 180° down) to better enable working from high and low angles.
  • Touch and Drag AF lets you manually move the AF frame while shooting for more precise control.
  • Physical controls allow for intuitive settings adjustments, and include a front dial, quick control dial, dial function button, and exposure compensation dial. Each of these can be customized to adjust specific functions for more personalized control.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC allows for easy wireless sharing of both photos and movies to a linked mobile device.
  • Bluetooth permits linking a smartphone or tablet for quick image sharing between devices as well as remote control capabilities.”

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SPECIFICATIONS

Lens Mount Canon EF-M
Camera Format APS-C (1.6x Crop Factor)
Pixels 24.2 Megapixel
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 22.3 x 14.9 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MP4
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Image Stabilization Digital, 5-Way
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 50 fps
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Viewfinder Pixel Count 2,360,000
Display Screen 3.2″ Rear Touchscreen Tilting  LCD (1,620,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-25600
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Continuous Shooting Up to 9 fps at 24.2 MP
Up to 7 fps at 24.2 MP
Performance
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Power
Battery 1x LP-E17 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack, 7.2  VDC, 1040 mAh
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.4″ / 116.8 x 88.9 x 61.0 mm
Weight 15.1 oz / 428 g

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