Thursday, September 15, 2016

The New Canon EOS-M5

The original Canon EOS-M, introduced 4 years ago, was sort of a laughing stock among mirrorless cameras, especially when it comes to auto focus speed.  If you haven't watched the "Mirrorless Party" video, or its sequel, done by The Camera Store, you will get a good chuckle out of it.  You may not know it, but this is the 5th iteration of the M line.  We had the original M, M2, M3, M10, and now M5.  Why the fourth model was M10, only the genius of Canon marketing knows, but the M5 is back in the proper place, as far as model number goes.

I had zero interest in the previous M cameras, simply because none of them had built-in view finder, electronic or optical, and the feature set was pretty spartan with a lackluster sensor to boot.  I care not much the lenses, as I would be using manual focus lenses most of the time anyway, but it is always nice to have the option of auto focus lenses, especially primes.  The M line has no fast primes, except the 22mm f2, which I heard is actually quite a nice lens and is affordable.  Canon has many low cost and excellent primes for the EF line, and those can be used with an adapter that supports full AF operations, but then again, mounting those on the M with an adapter would make it look bulky.

One of the aspects of this camera that slightly interests me, is the improved sensor.  The dual pixel AF should speed up the focus speed  considerably compared to previous M bodies, but I would not expect it to be even comparable to the newest mirrorless cameras from Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, or Sony.  If the sensor in the 5D Mark IV is any indication, the one used on the M5 should have similar performances in terms of noise and dynamic range, which is definitely a step up from previous Canon sensors.

The downside?  It's not full frame.  I am not a full frame snob.  I still have the APS-C NEX-6, two M4/3 cameras, and now a Nikon 1 V1 with a one-inch sensor, but I have gotten so used to the look of full frame sensor that I use it most of the time.  I wish Canon would produce a full frame Mirrorless using current sensor technology.

So yeah, I won't be getting the M5, but it's getting interesting.  The build is definitely more robust than previous Ms and hopefully, this one will become the entry level model, and a more upscale, full frame M1 [note the missing 1 in the M line, reserved for the top of the line model :)] is in the works.

Blossom - Canon 35mm f3.5 from Prima Point & Shoot & Sony A7.

6 comments:

  1. just been discussing it and comparing another M to GX8

    nothing to startle

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    1. I was expecting better from Canon. They have been sitting on their ass for way too long.

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  2. 4 four sounds like a Chinese language word for Death. So, like the 13th Floor in hotels, it will soon cease to exist!

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    1. You are probably right! In many hotels, especially tourist areas, floor 13 is not there any more even though it's physically there. Who are they fooling!

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  4. Yu-Lin - Like you, I have an affection for the full frame sensor look. That said, I shoot a lot of macro so there there are advantages to smaller sensors that I like to utilize. With that in mind, I purchased a M3. It's really quite a nice camera. Much nicer than the M1 (I have an infrared). M1 really isn't that bad, just limited. I don't think the M5 is for me, even though it specs out rather nicely. When Canon does get off their ass and produce a FF mirrorless camera, I'll will give it serious thought. The Canon EF-M to EF adapter runs circles around any of the EF adapters I've used on the Sony a7 or Olympus EM-1. Come on Canon, give us what we want ;-)

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