Canon Finally Releases Mirrorless Line of Cameras

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Canon has finally announced a line of mirrorless cameras which have a huge APS-C 18 mega-pixel sensor and a 3 inch LCD. The EOS M camera uses Canon’s new compact EF-M lens mount and it could signal a shift in compact camera design that may leave CCD chips in portable cameras behind.  But could it also greatly affect the design of DSLR cameras as well? Maybe, but not like you think.

The ability to put an APS-C Cmos sensor into a compact camera design has been a long time coming.  But it’s also been expected.  And in doing so, it may be leaving Canon with an opportunity to make their DSLR lines full frame centric.  We’ve already talk ed about the possibilities that the 7D (or is it the 6D?) may become an entry level full frame DSLR, abandoning the APS-C platform. And this may be why … Canon plans to make APS-C the new compact standard in point and shoots.  And that’ll be a boon to those who would love to have high quality video from a backup compact still camera that can interact with the video from a higher end model and not suffer too much quality loss across the board.

And it will also allow for easier entry into the DSLR market as users will be able to buy into full frame for far less than models like the Canon 5D mk. III.  And that’s a good thing.  But I’m also hopeful that the APS-C video quality will rival that of Nikon’s new NEX camera which will have Super35 capability.  Toss that in with Canon glass and you have an option for the YouTube/Vimeo crowd.

Additionally, Canon also released a firmware update for the EF 40mm pancake lens, which has been having trouble with bugs that affect the lens’ ability to autofocus.  The firmware update only pertains to users of the Canon EOS 1D X, 5D III (at v1.1.3 or later) or a Rebel T4i/650D.  Any other pancake users will have to send their lens into Canon for repair or replacement.

In other news, Canon also announced two new Super Zoom cameras, both with 16mp sensors and DIGIC IV processors. The SX160IS and the SX500IS will sport Canon SX advanced auto focus, and a 30x optical zoom with a focal length of up to  448mm.

Other features include:

Canon PowerShot SX500:

  • 24mm wide angle lens
  • 30x optical zoom
  • 16MP sensor
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • Intelligent IS system
  • 3-inch LCD screen
  • Zoom Framing Assis

Canon PowerShot SX160IS :

  • dynamic optical zoom range from 28mm wide up to 448mm
  • 16MP sensor
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • Intelligent IS system
  • 3-inch LCD screen

Add to that the recent firmware update to the Canon 7D and you can see that Canon is really putting a dent into high level video applications while getting some interesting designs out there.  But the question is … will Canon suffer from fragmentation like Android has in smartphones?  There’s so many different models that overlap and do similar things, it could lead the entry level user to some serious confusion.  And that’s where sticking to the main models serves you best until it all shakes out.

Source: Pro Photo Coalition

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.

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