Canon has announced the EOS M2 in Japan. An updated version of its EOS M mirrorless camera, the new model promises faster autofocus due to the use of a Hybrid CMOS II sensor, as seen in the EOS 100D / SL1. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and a slightly revised body design. It will be sold either body-only or in kits with one, two, or all three EF-M lenses, and be available in either black or white.

Aside from the sensor and Wi-Fi, the changes compared to the EOS M appear to be very subtle. The mode dial has been redesigned, with a separate position for the P/Av/Tv/M 'Creative' mode group, and the camera is slightly smaller in volume (by 8%). There are a couple of changes to movies - Canon's 3x-10x digital zoom makes a welcome reappearance, and the stereo microphones have moved to the front of the camera. Continuous shooting speed has also slightly increased, to 4.6 fps compared to 4.3 fps.

The EOS M2's built-in Wi-Fi can be used both for image transfer to a smartphone, and for remote control using Canon's free 'EOS Remote' app. The Hybrid CMOS II sensor promises 2.3x faster autofocus, and its phase detection pixels cover a substantially larger area of the frame - approximately 80% overall. This means that the EOS M should offer the same improved autofocus as we noted with the EOS 100D compared to the EOS 700D, although Canon fans will doubtless be disappointed that the EOS 70D's 'Dual Pixel AF' hasn't found it's way to the EOS M line.

Canon has confirmed that the EOS M2 won't be sold in either the European or North American markets.

Canon EOS M2 Kit configurations

Kit Bundled items Body Colour Price 
Body only   - Black ¥64800
18-55mm kit 
  • EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Speedlite 90EX 
Black / White  ¥84800 
Two lens kit 
  • EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
  • EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Speedlite 90EX 
  • Mount adapter EF-EOS M
Black / White  ¥104800
Three lens kit 
  • EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
  • EF-M 11-22mm f.4-5.6 IS STM
  • EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Speedlite 90EX 
  • Mount adapter EF-EOS M
Black / White  ¥134800 

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