It's true that a computer and software can take the fun out of anything. But what's killing cameras is that existing cameras are more than good enough.
Only on DPR can you read things like "The sensor is almost 2 years old." So what? This probably works in the fashion industry, where you can't afford to have last year's style.
loewena: 35 mm portraits are fine if you like bulby noses and small ears
I prefer a fisheye for portraits. It's all art so, like HDR there is no such thing as "wrong". Might look really bad, but it's not wrong.
I think Sachtler still has spring loaded QR releases that are basically instant. Expensive but nice if a simple Arca mount is too slow. Sachtler even had a release where you could tension the spring in advance and it would snap onto the QR plate when the camera was placed in the "socket." The idea is basically like RRS but with a spring loaded lever.
All the EOS M3 bodies can display multiple languages, including English. Doesn't matter where you get one.
Yes, you can use the EVF and flash simultaneously
No, the sensor is not made by Sony (wish it was.)
Yes, the focusing is faster than previous models but it's still not an SLR
No, the dynamic range is not improved and is typical of a Canon camera
Yes, it takes pictures comparable to a Canon APS SLR (which is fine for many people) but in a smaller package. The lenses, in particular are much smaller.
Yes, the focus peaking makes using uncoupled lenses very easy.
Yes, the price will go down. Like all digital cameras it will be replaced before long (already M4 rumors.)
No, it is not state of the art. But you have to wonder what Canon gains if a customer who was going to buy a Rebel buys an M3 instead. It's a wash.
MikeFairbanks: It's already available in the U.S. There's this thing called the internet and ebay, and....
No need to assume. Like all digital cameras, the menus are in multiple languages. It took 2 minutes to figure out how to set English although the Japanese did look awfully cool.
captura: Apparently, those lenses are to die for. Especially at that low price.
The 11-22 is quite good and because it's not fast, it's small, light and relatively cheap. The others are good but not spectacular. Reasonably priced, small & light for covering an APS sensor. A $1000, 2 pound Fuji bokeh-matic will perform better than these little Canon lenses, for twice the price and twice the weight.
The one thing almost all the commentators have in common is that they have not used the camera. Not that that stands in the way of declaring what is "best" not only for them, but for everyone else. (For the price Canon USA is asking, I'd get a Fuji, but I didn't pay anywhere near that much.)
There is also great concern for Sony's business and Canon's business; but I think they have employees to handle those concerns.
MidwestDad: It matters little if Canon's camera is inferior. It WILL steal market share from Sony, Micro Four Thirds, and others in the US. It will equate to few sales for competitors.
Make fun of them all you want, but Canon has a dedicated following, and many in the US believe that Canon makes the best cameras (try telling a Ford truck driver Chevy is better).
I see there are already over 250 comments. Like it or not Canon is the Gorilla and they WILL sell a lot of cameras. And didn't I just read Sony has dropped to only about 10% of ILCs sales world-wide now? Gains in mirrorless wiped out by bigger losses in SLT/DSLRs. Though like Olympus and everyone else they are making money now.
What has Canon got to lose? They already make the camera. They already make the lenses. They already have rebates 2-3 times a year which move a lot of stuff.
I doubt they have high expectations but the real question is why didn't they do this in the first place? We won't find out from one of those shockingly candid DPR interviews, that's for sure.
wb2trf: People write here as if Canon's only business was cameras. They have a huge portfolio of businesses and I think are managing cameras as a cash cow, which makes perfect sense from a business viewpoint. Cameras are a declining market that would require very high capital investment to lead technologically, in which they have a large market share position. That condition spells: milk it. That's good business and is what they are doing. It is quite obvious, and that is what I would do in their position. For Canon camera owners it is pretty clear now from the A7RII that you'll be able to transition your glass over to Sony, and probably others makers, for a long useful life on other camera brands. (There is every reason to suppose that the fast focus with Canon lenses offered by the A7RII+Metabones will perfect itself and migrate to other bodies and brands in a short while.) I wouldn't be surprised to see Canon just be a lens maker in less than a decade.
I have a theory. Canon wants to make money. I know it's crazy, but stay with me. They know that building a Fuji/Sony quality viewfinder will increase the price of the camera to where nobody will buy it.
Being a camera company and not an electronics company, they probably don't even like electronic finders but they realize some people want them. So they compromise, make an external viewfinder and to save themselves money, they make the same finder fit 3 different cameras. This is actually pretty clever.
dwill23: I should have added (below) that if they came out with something like my 18-135 EF-S 'vacation' lens in the "M" mount, (so even smaller than EFS) it would be fantastic. ANd I would like it a lot more.
I second rrccad's vote. But unfortunately, the bokeh-depth of field crowd will insist on a 1.4 zoom, then complain about the weight and price. The 55-200 for EOS M is really light, BTW. Has a crappy plastic mount, though.
No. Canon will make cameras because they have been in the camera business since WWII and the Japanese really hang on to tradition. You could ask why some of the smaller companies that aren't making much/any money stay in, and it's the same thing. Does anybody expect Olympus or Pentax to make a big turnaround? No, but they are great names with great histories.
darngooddesign: There really should be a discount kit price with the EVF.
You can get the X-T10/18-55 kit for the same money, and its a better lens.
If they need to, they can go back to the body + EVF kits they made to introduce it in Japan. If they need to (and they will) they can reduce the price.
photomedium: If I was working for Sony I'd be laughing at the news. First you don't sell, then you decide to sell...why? Is Canon using the US to dump his waste? People are wondering...what a blunder.After years of tired old sensors tech, even the marketing department at Canon is showing signs of fatigue.
Even if they only sell one, that's one less that Sony sells. Hilarious, right?
Interesting in that Canon already does an amazing job with CA.
Whatever you want to criticize about Canon, there are two things they do really well; sell more cameras than anybody else and make wide angle lenses with very low chromatic aberration.
R Stacy: It looks remarkably similar to Sony's A6000 except it's only half as fast.
What on earth does anybody need a compact camera that shoots 11 frames in a second? Is this for slow motion pictures of bees or something?
I bought one of the Japanese kits with the EVF and it was under $500. At that price, having an external viewfinder (which I have used just once) didn't seem like a big deal. The EVF weighs about as much as a postage stamp so I carry it even if I never use it.
With the stabilized 11-22 lens it's an excellent camera. Not in DxO terms but in actual picture-taking terms. Focus is still a little slow but much better than the EOS M1. It's built as well as the other EOS M except for the hinge on the LCD which is flimsy. In short, not cutting edge anything, just a big sensor in a small body with reasonably priced lenses.
CNY_AP: Saw it on ebay (I think from Japan), so we could buy one, but not sure if it's NTCS and 30FPS or 25FPS. M2 is on ebay too, of course.
Like all digital cameras, it can be switched to either type of video.
Can they tow a trailer? I think this translates as "the coatings on these filters are harder than the previous ones."
Ruy Penalva: Do we are in the XXI century? A 16 MP sensor sounds like a sub smart phone sensor. If it were only video dedicated may be but a mixed still and video sensor should have more pixels.
50 megapixels and 7-axis image stabilization. At a minimum.
Mike FL: So Olympus is leaning from SONY - King of the mirrorless for marketing strategy to make multiple OMDs just liking RX100s to block the competitions.
Better than Panasonic as Panasonic is still could not find one model that is real salable comparing to OMDs.
Panasonic needs to put some efforts for developing 5-axis IBIS which is at least as good as older EM5.
That would be bodies and cameras not "body's" and "camera's".