Canon has announced its flagship EOS M5, a compact 24.2-megapixel APS-C camera designed for serious photo enthusiasts, and EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM ‘all-occasion’ lens.
This M5 is the first EOS to feature Canon’s DIGIC 7 processor for richer tones and subject tracking. It has Dual Pixel CMOS AF for sharp, precise photos and Full HD 60p movies
Canon says the camera is a ‘perfect companion for high-end photography’ or an alternative to mid-level DSLR cameras. It can continually shoot at 7fps or 9fps with fixed AF.
Many of the specs, such as the processor, are strikingly similar on what’s found in the Canon 80D.
Margaret Brown, technical editor at Australian Photo Review, said the M5 is a ‘potential game-changer’.
‘The EOS M5 is a very welcome addition to Canon’s product line-up and arrives at a time when many photo enthusiasts were starting to doubt whether Canon would ever produce a mirrorless camera that caters for their needs,’ she said. ‘Although the M5 doesn’t tick all the boxes (the limited buffer memory being a case in point), it is streets ahead of the previous EOS M models. It seems Canon finally has a serious contender in the burgeoning mirrorless market.’
The EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS II USM telephoto lens is the successor to a lens of the same name (without the II). Available from December, the lens utilises one ultra-low dispersion element to reduce chromatic aberration.