Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras

Compact System Cameras




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Marketed September 2012
Original Price Open price

Inheriting the EOS series’s basic concepts of high speed, ease of use and high image quality, the EOS M delivers high-image-quality performance on par with the EOS lineup and, employing a non-reflex operating system, achieves a lightweight, compact body design. In addition, in response to entry-level users who wish to capture even higher quality pictures with more ease, the camera features an interchangeable-lens system that supports the use of not only new dedicated EF-M lenses, but also Canon’s extensive lineup of EF lenses.*1

Boasting a level of image quality that has come to represent the Canon EOS series, the EOS M incorporates an approximately 18.0-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor comparable to those used in EOS digital single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras. Canon’s proprietary CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 image processor make possible a maximum standard ISO sensitivity that has been expanded to ISO12800,*2 which can be extended to ISO25600, enabling high-quality image capture with reduced noise even in low-light environments. Furthermore, because high-sensitivity settings allow faster shutter speeds, users can curb hand-shake and subject blur during handheld shooting or when capturing moving subjects. The camera’s sensor employs Hybrid AF, which makes use of both phase and contrast AF to deliver smooth focusing performance that is fast and accurate. When capturing video, the Movie Servo AF function realizes continuous smooth focusing, even when shooting moving subjects.

Employing a non-reflex system and a newly developed lens mount, the Canon EOS M features a body design that is significantly smaller in size and lighter in weight compared with digital SLR cameras. In addition to offering a high-quality, stylish design, the new interchangeable-lens EOS M employs a shutter button with the same operational feel as the EOS series as well as a grip designed to provide optimal holding performance. Supporting a wide range of user preferences, the camera comes available in four body color variations: black, silver, red and white.*3

*1 Using any EF interchangeable lens other than EF-M lenses requires the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. When using the Mount Adapter EF-EOS M, focus is fixed at the first frame during continuous shooting.
*2 Maximum ISO sensitivity during video recording is automatically set at ISO6400.
*3 Available body colors may vary depending on the region.

Type Digital single-lens non-reflex AF/AE camera
Recording media SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card

* Compatible with UHS-I

Image sensor size Approx. 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Compatible lenses Canon EF-M, EF*, and EF-S* lenses

* Mount Adapter EF-EOS M required.
(35 mm-equivalent focal length is approx. 1.6 times thelens focal length)

Lens mount Canon EF-M mount
Image Sensor
Type CMOS sensor
Effective pixels Approx. 18.00 megapixels
Recording System
Recording format Design rule for Camera File System (DCF) 2.0
Image type JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon original)
RAW+JPEG Large simultaneous recording possible
Type Hybrid CMOS AF System
AF points 31 points (Max.)
Focusing brightness range EV 1 – 18 (at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Focus modes AF, Manual (MF), AF+MF
AF-assist beam Built-in (LED lamp)
Exposure Control
Metering modes Real-time metering with image sensor
Evaluative metering (315 zones), Partial metering (approx. 11% of Live View screen), Spot metering (approx. 2.8% of Live View screen), Center-weighted average metering
ISO speed (Recommended exposure index) Basic Zone modes*: ISO 100 – 6400 set automatically

* Handheld Night Scene:
ISO 100 – 12800 set automatically
Creative Zone modes: ISO 100 – 12800 set manually(whole-stop increments), ISO 100 – 6400 set automatically, maximum ISO speed settable for ISO Auto, or ISO expansion to "H" (equivalent to ISO 25600)

Type Electronically-controlled, focal-plane shutter
Shutter speeds 1/4000 sec. to 1/60 sec. (Scene Intelligent Auto mode),X-sync at 1/200 sec.
1/4000 sec. to 30 sec., Bulb (Total shutter speed range.Available range varies by shooting mode.)
Drive System
Drive modes Single shooting, continuous shooting, self-timer with 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay and 10-sec. delay with continuous shooting
Continuous shooting speed Max. approx. 4.3 shots/sec.
Movie Shooting
Movie compression MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Variable (average) bit rate
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Recording format MOV
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor size and dots Wide, 7.7 cm (3.0-in.) (3:2) with approx. 1.04 million dots
Brightness adjustment Manual (7 levels)
Feature guide Displayable
Audio/video OUT/
Digital terminal
Analog video (compatible with NTSC/PAL)/stereo audio output
Personal computer communication and direct printing (Hi-Speed USB equivalent), GPS receiver GP-E2 connection
HDMI mini OUT terminal Type C (auto switching of resolution), CEC-compatible
External microphone
IN terminal
3.5 mm diameter stereo mini-jack
Wireless remote control Remote Controller RC-6
Eye-Fi card Compatible
Battery Battery Pack LP-E12 (Quantity 1)

* AC power can be supplied via AC Adapter Kit ACK-E12

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3 mm / 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.3 in.
Weight Approx. 298 g / 10.5 oz. (CIPA Guidelines: including body, battery pack, card),
Approx. 262 g / 9.2 oz. (Body only, without lens cap)
Operation Environment
Working temperature range 0°C – 40°C / 32°F – 104°F
Working humidity 85% or less
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