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July 22, 2012

Canon EOS-M mirrorless camera specs leak on the internets! [updated with hands-on video]

UPDATE July-23-2012 at 12:12am NYC time
The new Canon Mirrorless Camera System is now officially announced. Check the official details in our Announcement Round-up.

This blog-post will no longer be updated. Leaks/rumors after the jump for reference purposes only...

UPDATE 7/22/12 at 10:24pm NYC time
An 8-minute hands-on video with the Canon EOS-M mirrorless camera is posted on YouTube by Italian YouTube Channel PM Studio News. You can find it embedded right below. The presence of a detailed hands-on video is also a sign that the camera is readily available for reviewers/previewers, and would suggest perhaps near-term availability (as Canon is usually able to do with sub-$1000 cameras) [via Canon Rumors]

The Canon mirrorless leak is now becoming a lake! Japanese website Digicame Info (computer-translated) has detailed specifications for the first mirrorless Canon iLC! (via Foto Act.)

It will have an 18mp APS-C CMOS sensor with hybrid phase detection autofocus first discovered deep inside the Canon D-Rebel T4i/650D. DiGiC 5 engine, 3-inch touchscreen with 1 million dots, 4.3 fps burst mode, 1080p video, SDXC support, ISO 100-12800 (25600), multi-shot noise reduction, etc.

Flash sync is 1/200, shutter speed is 1/4000 to 30 seconds (bulb).

It will also include consumer-popular features such as HDR, Twilight-something (it doesn't matter what it does, it simply panders to fans of the Twilight book/movie saga!), digital filters, etc.

Also coming with the initial announcement are the previously leaked 22mm f2 and 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM lenses, along with an adapter to let you mount EF lenses on the EOS-M mirrorless camera. Also coming is a EF-EOS M 90EX Speedlite flash.

It is interesting to see that Canon, once at the forefront of megapixel increases at the APS-C level, is now at the megapixel-restraint forefront as they continue with an 18-megapixel sensor.

Visual History: Mirrorless Camera System Launches (first camera announcements)
We have just created a brand new "Visual History" chart, showing the number of days since the announcement of the first camera of each new mirrorless camera system. The date is the date of the first camera announcement, not the vague announcement of a new system. As usual, typos, errors, and confusions are a possibility - please let us know so we can fix them - we love corrections!

As you can see, Pentax+Ricoh are the queens of mirrorless systems, with a total of three! Don't look now, but most of the major camera manufacturers are involved with a mirrorless system. Leica is planning to announce one by Photokina 2012. Not having a mirrorless camera system involvement are Casio, Sigma, and GE. (Kodak is out of the digital camera business, Zeiss and Epson haven't announced a new camera in a while).

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