justmeMN: I guess Real Photographers aren't supposed to use articulated LCD screens. I don't understand why.
(The Nikon D5500 has one, but this camera doesn't.)
articulated screens compromise weather sealing and durability of a camera.
When you speak to Fuji you have a courage to ask big questions. How come when you speak to Canon rep you seem to only ask what they want? And never ask the important stuff what about Canon scares you?
prossi: An R&D guy that doubles as marketing manager?!!? I am loving Olympus more & more by the minute. Definitely this one is low on the bs-ing and high on the doing. They need more of these at Canon.
Canon PR guy, that DP is afraid of asking him reason important questions.
luxor2: "By far the biggest lines at this year's CP+ show in Yokohama are at the Canon booth, and they're made up almost entirely of people eager to see just two cameras - the new EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R."
What is there to see that differs from the previous camera? The logo?
boring boring camera
Chuck is a joke...
Donnie G: IMO, the EOS M3 will be the dominate entry level enthusiast MILC camera in Asia and in Europe once Canon adds a few fast EF-M prime lenses to the system. I don't think Canon will bring an APS-C MILC to the U.S.. Instead, I'm guessing they will do a FF mirrorless hybrid stills/4k video capable camera to compete with the Sony A7 and Panasonic GH4. The other competitors are likely to just be caught in the crossfire between these 3 manufacturers, because it's gonna be brutal. :))
Canon full frame mirroreless will happen the same day when pigs learn to fly.
justmeMN: Canon estimates that they will sell 6.4 million interchangeable lens cameras this year. Not bad, for a company that does everything wrong. :-)
consumers are still misinformed and believe that Canon is still good like it was in past. Canon is lucky they have a good brand recognition because if consumers actually looked at specs they would be in deep trouble.
Randy Veeman: All you have to do is compare the EOS M3 to the Samsung NX500. Similar price and similar body style.28 vs 24 MPBSI vs no BSI4K vs 10801/6000 vs 1/4000 shutter speed9 vs 4.5 fps
Canon is not serious yet.
only reason why Canon EOS M sold well in Japan was brand recognition, nothing else.
Joseph Black: All Canon has to do is pull the mirror and shutter out of their Rebels, put in a hybrid or DP PDAF sensor, and maybe replace the viewfinder with an EVF. EF and EF-S lenses will work and they win.
hello no! Rebels can keep the mirror. Stay away from the ugly modern DSLR design. Instead take the Canon AE-1 and convert it to Digital.
Steve in GA: I’ve never really understood the fascination with the mirrorless concept. Other than offering a smaller body size than a DSLR with a comparable sensor, what advantages does mirrorless offer?
On the other hand, there seem to be a lot of mirrorless disadvantages when compared to DSLRs. For example,
a) DSLR technology is mature. It works, and it works well for almost any conceivable photographic need. Can mirrorless improve on this?
b) The existing catalog of lenses available for major brand DSLR’s is enormous. What can mirrorless possibly offer to compete with the hundreds of, e.g., Canon and Nikon lenses available for APS-C and full-frame DSLRs?
To me, a fairly advanced amateur who used to do pro wedding work back in film days, mirrorless seems like the answer to a question that no one asked.
how about less parts to break, how about faster continuous shooting, Samsung can do 15fps, show a DSLR that can match that?
antares103: "Nikon has, admittedly, made more of a go of it than Canon, producing 10 Nikon 1 series bodies since 2011"
really?! Wow. I would have guessed maybe 6. maybe. The only one I have really thought was noteworthy was the underwater one.
IMO, if you cant fit a wireless remote (with or without an adapter), the camera is a non-starter for me.
Nikon is trying to remedy this, the choice of super super tiny sensor was a mistake on Nikon part, there are patents that Nikon is filling out for new full frame mirrorless lenses, they might be working on a new system.
or maybe they think they are? but simply can't do it, look at Canon sensors, compared to competition they are pathetic.
jhinkey: The short answer to the article's title is: No.If Canon had introduced this with an EVF, set of excellent lenses, a couple of different models some with advanced features, then yes I would take them seriously.As it is they have to compete with Sony, Panasonic, Fuji, Olympus, etc. who have a distinct upper hand in both bodies and lenses.Can they catch up - sure if they really want to.
And to answer the whole "don't want to cannibalize sales of their own products" question - if cannibalization of your products are going to happen, who better to cannibalize them other than yourself?
I have a Nikon D800 + lenses and I've stopped buying Nikon gear because the m43 gear is that good. I would have loved to buy a Nikon mirrorless system (APS-C, FX, etc.), but Nikon is sitting on the sidelines (The Nikon 1 system doesn't count as it's a half-hearted attempt at best).
Cannibalize your own products or someone else will.
I got a 5DIII and I can't wait to get rid of it, I used E-M5, E-M1, E-M10 and Sony a7R, Mirrorless is the new future, before I finally sell of all my DSLR gear I'm trying to figure out who to go with. Maybe Fuji, maybe M43. But if this is the best that Canon can do, hell no to Canon.
Esign: I don't think that the M system needs a full set of lenses. If you’re a real enthusiast, you buy a real DSRL camera. The M is for those who want a lightweight, complimentary, less obtrusive system when traveling, but don’t want to compromise the picture quality you’re used to get. Or cannot stand the pain in your neck and shoulder from a heavy camera or system bag (like most older citizens). I own the full system, and I don’t know what more I need. I have an old long Canon zoom with adapter in a separate bag, and it works perfect and instant. I tried the largest Canon flash with extension cable the other day, camera set on “idiot-auto” and flash directed backwards-up in a large room, and all shots came out just perfect. So I think a large flash unit with cable soon gets into my second bag, but that’s all I need for a long time.
really" "If you’re a real enthusiast, you buy a real DSRL camera" what load of BS is that? Don't want to compromise picture quality? Mirrorless can match and exceed DSLR in that. And if you don't want to compromise quality, why would anyone use Canon now anyway?
Perfect article, thank you!
Olympus once again proofs they know how to make a camera, and Canon doesn't. When mirrorless is concerned.
nekrosoft13: good, hope it keeps going down, Canon needs to get off their lazy asses.
Yes it would be, since they are not capable of making a good sensor.
Mike FL: Game of the catch up.
this new M is catching up to 5 years old mirrorless cameras, good job Canon :)
prossi: Boy that red 'R' is really something and priced by weight. Good job Canon.
Those that stand for "Rice" like a R sticker on soupedup Honda Civic?
stevo23: Same DR as 5D3? Seriously? This implies a Canon designed sensor.
yap, another disappointment, typically what you can expect from Canon.