Since this is a Sony site, does it come pre-hacked? :-)
sh10453: Bummer! It is not micro 4/3ds. So we can't use our favorite m4/3 lenses.Good way to kill a camera before its birth.Perhaps Canon is hoping for more people (who are not already Canon users) to buy EF lenses for this camera, but I believe that this calculation is wrong.Buying just one "L" lens for it (like 24-70mm, f/2.8 L) would make the price well over $2,000.Being an APS-C sensor, I'm thinking this camera is competing with no one but Canon entry level cameras (which are relatively small in size nowadays anyway), and it's a lot more expensive than them, so it can't win.
I doubt very much that it will bring Canon new customers. An m4/3ds would have been a better direction for this particular camera, imho.
But it is good for Canon users who already have their collection of EF lenses and want the light weight.
That's how I see it, but others may see it differently.I will pass.
You can't use your favorite m4/3 lenses on Sony mirrorless cameras, and that didn't exactly kill them. To the contrary, they claim a (by value) 60% MILC market share, while the various m4/3 camera companies fight over leftovers.
Judging by B&H, the USA body-only price is a mere $16,900.
Theme Music: First Aid Kit's cover of the song America https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy70q_awGUk
tedolf: Too little too late. I wonder if this is the beginning of the end for the M?
Last time they brought a mirrorless camera to the U.S. is was to dump them all in a fire sale.
@Jim: The Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II isn't exactly a hot seller, but still goes for $749 on AmazonUSA. When limited demand is matched with limited supply, companies can still make a decent margin, and not significantly cut prices.
Fire sales only happen when there is an excess supply. If Canon USA imports a limited number of M3s, and sells a limited number of M3s, there will be no fire sale pricing. After what happened with the original M, I highly doubt that Canon USA will make the same oversupply mistake twice.
RichRMA: No one owes Canon or Nikon ANY favours for their lame, late-to-the-table mirrorless efforts. I would buy Sony, Olympus, Fuji or Panasonic before either of their offerings.
Canon has "late-to-the-table mirrorless efforts", because they aren't failures in the DSLR market. DSLR Failures were forced to turn to mirrorless, because they couldn't compete with Canon/Nikon in the DSLR market.
captura: There is no upcoming A7000. Just a rumor with no source to back it up.
According to SonyAlphaRumors, the A7000 shipped in February 2015, at CP+. SAR sounds like a reputable source to me. :-)
Potemkin_Photo: Can't wait for this to hit the $250 bargain bin like the original EOS-M. Bring it!
"Bargin bin pricing" is caused by oversupply. It's a safe bet that Canon USA won't make the same mistake twice. A prudent strategy would be to import a limited number of M3s, and sell a limited number of M3s.
Perhaps this announcement is a hint that Canon intends to take the mirrorless niche seriously. The design and performance of the M4 will reveal that, one way or the other.
technocamper: If Canon really wants to move these in the U.S., they need to slap a big "Rebel" badge on the front and hire the Williams sisters to replace Agassi. That's marketing gold, I tell ya!
At its USA launch, Ashton Kutcher did television commercials for Nikon 1. It's no wonder that Nikon 1 was a flop here. :-)
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.
Sony's weak (11%) ILC market share is pretty laughable. :-)
rrccad: canon USA needs to get a grip of reality as far as the price of the body (unless that also includes the EVF) - considering most of the people that actually wanted it in the USA already purchased it - with EVF for around 200 less than that.
all canon USA is doing is setting itself up for another firesale dumping in 4-6 months as they sit on their hands and wonder once again - what happened here?
the M3 doesn't deserve to be priced higher than a NEX-5 which is selilng for around 350 right now, as canon has way too many fundamental flaws in the firmware to even remotely suggest a higher price. unless also with this release they are releasing a new version of the firmware with a crapton of fixes - however I really do doubt that.
"all canon USA is doing is setting itself up for another firesale dumping in 4-6 months"
Fire sales are caused by overproduction. If Canon imports a limited number, and sells a limited number, they will be fine.
In 2016, I suspect that we will see, concurrently, a lower-priced M3, and a higher-priced, fuller-featured, M4.
mpgxsvcd: Why? It might have had a chance a year ago but not now with excellent fixed lens options from Sony and great Mirror-less options from Panasonic and Olympus.
It is almost as if Canon can't decide whether it wants their M-series to fail or not.
In the USA, most people don't even know that Panasonic and Olympus make digital cameras. Sony cameras aren't exactly a common item in store shelves either.
HaroldC3: I dont understand how Canon is still trying to sell this camera at a premium price. May be a good sign of things to come though in the US market.
The smaller-sensor PowerShot G1 X Mark II also has a suggested retail price of $799.99.
For comparison: On the Nikon USA web site, their D5500 currently goes for $849.95. That sounds like more bang for the buck to me.
"satisfy the customer"
Customers are more satisfied, when a lens includes glass. :-)
Create: 3 Sony cameras in the most popular cameras list, somebody likes them, need i say more.
Most Popular Camera means "clicked on an article about". That's different than actually buying the camera in question.
Viva Santo Nino: DSLR is a dying breed...
Poor Canon. They estimate that they will "only" sell 5.8 million DSLRs this year. Canon has had the #1 ILC market share for 12 straight years. Yup, that's dying all right. :-) And, of course, Nikon also sells millions of DSLRs per year.