Canon is finally bringing its considerable digital imaging expertise to the mirrorless camera segment. While there are already many such products from Panasonic, Olympus, Sony and Nikon, Canon's arrival in the space is something of a breakthrough. After all, the company makes some of the most highly-regarded professional digital cameras in the industry.
Canon's offering comes in the form of the EOS M, which has a compact body that is only slightly bigger than other point-and-shoot models. Like other mirrorless cameras, the EOS M uses a proprietary lens format, in this case Canon's EF-M mount. Two camera-specific lenses - a 22mm f2 and an 18-55mm f3.5 - are currently available, but a converter will let you use a regular Canon lens.
Image resolution comes in at 18 megapixels from a CMOS sensor and Canon's Digic 5 processor. As you would expect from a top camera maker, you get some impressive features, including ISO settings that go up to 25600, and super-fast shutter speed of up to 1/4000th second. You also get full HD video recording in 1920x1080 pixels with stereo sound.
What you don't get is a built-in viewfinder like you do with the Nikon 1 V1 or the Sony NEX-7, nor a built-in flash that is almost a given for this type of camera. But you do get a hot shoe that can be used to attach such accessories.
The EOS M is not yet available in Hong Kong, Pricing for the Canon EOS M in Japan is about HK$7,000 (body only) and about HK$10,000 with both lenses.
Pros: top quality sensor, fast processor, 18 megapixels
Cons: no built-in flash, no viewfinder