|Canon EOS-M camera with custom grip|
Remember the Canon EOS-M line of mirrorless cameras? Although this camera is not as successful as the Canon Rebel, EOS-5D and EOS-6D lines, Canon has not given up hope yet. Management realized the weakness of the EOS-M and has tried to remedy the situation, revive the entire line and give it another go.
Although the mirrorless camera market is doing quite well in Asia, especially in Japan where it is very popular with women, Canon is paying the price of playing catch up with their competitors in this segment. Being the only major manufacturer without a mirrorless camera, they rushed out a product last year to fill the gap and now realized the limitations of their hardware design.
On June 27, 2013, Canon released Firmware 2.0 to dramatically increase the AF speed and capability of the camera. The next EOS-M camera apparently will be called the EOS-M2. There may be two models. One is a basic model and the other one is a higher end product, complete with a viewfinder and new AF system. Both models will feature the DIGIC 6 processor and may share the same 20MP APS-C sensor as the recently introduced EOS-70D camera.
Canon may also announce a few new STM lenses, including a 55-200mm and 18-135mm zoom, and maybe a prime lens as well. For some unexplained reason, Canon is not releasing their recently introduced EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 lens in the United States. Look for Canon to make a splash with the relaunch of the new EOS-M models and try to re-energize this line of cameras.
In the meantime, for those who are happy with their current EOS-M camera, but perhaps find it too small for their hands, there is a custom grip available from Japan. Click on the previous link to visit the site.