Photo 1: EOS M2
Compact lightweight body with an APS-C sized CMOS sensor with approx. 18.00 megapixels
Full-time ISO range of 100 to 12800 (with an extended ISO speed of 25600)
DIGIC 5 imaging processor, continuous shooting speed of approx. 4.6 fps
Hybrid CMOS AF II, enhanced image creation functions
LCD monitor touch panel
Built-in Wi-Fi functionality
This month's technical report brings you the latest information on the EOS M2.
As the successor to the EOS M, the EOS M2 (Photo 1) is a mirrorless camera developed to be more compact and lightweight than ever before and designed to give responsive, convenient performance.
• Compact, lightweight body
- Compact: approx. 104.9 x 65.2 x 31.6 millimeters (w x h x d)
- Lightweight: approx.274 grams (body + battery + SD card)
• Excellent image fidelity, picture quality, and ISO range
- Approx. 18.00-megapixel CMOS sensor
- DIGIC 5 imaging processor
- Full-time ISO range of 100 to 12800, extendable to ISO 25600
• Enhanced image creation functions
- Added the Kids and Food shooting modes
- Extra Effect Shot function lets users enjoy many different image effects
- Cropping function
- Creative filters can be applied while shooting and after shooting
- Handheld Night Scene and HDR Backlight Control modes
- Multi-shot noise reduction
• High-performance AF
- Hybrid CMOS AF II system
- Faster AF focusing speed
• Responsive, convenient performance
- Maximum continuous shooting speed of approximately 4.6 fps
- Release time lag of just approximately 0.05 seconds
- LCD monitor touch panel for intuitive, convenient touch control
- Built-in Wi-Fi functionality
The sections below give a general outline of the EOS M2, focusing on its improvements over the EOS M.
High-grade design and a more compact and lightweight form
1. Compact and lightweight
Figure 1 illustrates how much smaller the EOS M2 is, despite including new Wi-Fi functionality in a body equipped with an APS-C sized CMOS sensor.
Technically, this was achieved by shrinking the shutter unit, the CMOS package, and the self-cleaning sensor unit and by using a very compact Wi-Fi module.
Reducing the size of these main units also shaved about 24 grams from the EOS M's weight. Figure 2 indicates where the size reductions occurred.
2. Stylish design
The design preserves and condenses the EOS DNA into the compact body and retains the distinctive contour around the shutter button that recalls a key EOS design feature. Both the front and back outer covers are made from aluminum, and the camera is available in either black or white.
Switching between shooting modes is easier, because the Mode dial has separate positions for setting the Basic zone shooting mode and the Creative zone shooting mode (Photo 2). Another operability improvement is the ability to switch shooting modes from the menu (Figure 3).
Digital functions for fine detail and top picture quality
1. APS-C sized, approx. 18.00-megapixel CMOS sensor
The EOS M2 comes with a high-sensitivity CMOS sensor (Photo 3) with approximately 18.00 effective megapixels and a frame size of approximately 22.3 x 14.9 mm.
Although the imaging sensor's performance is equal to that on the EOS M, a new CMOS sensor was designed to accommodate the hybrid CMOS AF II system and the smaller body.
2. DIGIC 5 provides high image quality and high-speed image processing
The new DIGIC 5 imaging processor is essential for the camera's digital image processing functions, enabling fast, low-noise image processing and a maximum continuous shooting speed of approximately 4.6 fps.
3. Wide ISO 100 to 12800 range creates more shooting opportunities
The EOS M2 takes advantage of the DIGIC 5's low-noise image processing to deliver a full-time 100 to 12800 ISO range.
4. Lens optical correction
The EOS M2 can correct both the peripheral illumination and the chromatic aberrations of lenses while shooting.
Image creation functions
1. New Kids and Food shooting modes
The Kids mode keeps moving kids in focus and takes photos with healthy looking skin tones. The Food mode creates photos with fresh vibrant colors.
2. New Creative Auto function
Extra Effect Shot is a function that lets the photographer select the image effect (Table 1). The confirmation screen after the shot is taken shows the photo both with and without the image effect (Figure 4). The background blurring setting is a function that allows the aperture to be set between f/2.8 and f/11. Blurred-background photos can be taken while checking the amount of blurring (the depth of field) (Figure 5).
|Creative filters||Grainy B/W|
|Toy camera effect|
|Shoot by ambience selection||Vivid|
3. Cropping function
JPEG images (in sizes L, M, S1, and S2) can be cropped after shooting. Images can be cropped by aspect ratio (3:2, 16:9, 4:3, or 1:1), the cropping frame can be adjusted (in up to 40 steps), and the cropping frame can be rotated or moved. The cropped image is saved in a separate file from the original.
Live View shooting functions
1. Hybrid CMOS AF II
Thanks to the hybrid CMOS AF II system, the EOS M2 can quickly autofocus with contrast AF and phase-difference AF, covering approximately 80 percent of the shooting frame's area in both the vertical and horizontal directions (Figure 6).
2. Faster focusing
By increasing the image frame rate while autofocusing, the EOS M2 can achieve precise focus in a very short time. This, together with improvements to the AF algorithm, have sped up focusing over the EOS M by approximately 2.3 times in the FlexiZone - Multi AF mode and by approximately 1.7 times in the FlexiZone - Single AF mode (when set to One-shot AF).*
* When shooting at a focal length of 55 millimeters and using the EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Compared to an EOS M model with firmware Ver. 2.0.2 or later.
Movie shooting functions
1. Movie Servo AF
Movie Servo AF offers better subject-tracking performance due to faster focusing and the hybrid CMOS AF II's larger AF area. Movie Servo AF works even more quietly and smoothly when using a lead-screw type of STM lens, such as the EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
2. Movie digital zoom
The digital zoom can operate between approximately 3x and 10x when recording a full HD movie. (The larger the magnification, the grainer the image.)
3. Miniature effect movie
This is the movie version of the Miniature effect creative filter. It creates a fast-forward movie effect, as if miniature models are moving (no sound is recorded in this mode).
Faster, more comfortable operation
1. Maximum continuous shooting speed of approximately 4.6 fps
The EOS M2 reaches a maximum continuous shooting speed of approximately 4.6 fps with any lens when in One-Shot AF mode. Continuous shooting in Servo AF mode is possible when an STM lens is used (although the continuous shooting speed will be slower). If any other lens is while in Servo AF mode, the camera will lock the focus for the second and subsequent continuous shots and shoot at the maximum 4.6 fps speed.
2. Release time lag of approximately 0.05 seconds
The minimum shutter release time lag from the in-focus ready state of approximately 0.05 seconds rivals professional models.
3. LCD monitor touch panel for intuitive, convenient touch operation
Users can do most operations with their fingertips while viewing the monitor, such as menu operations, setting shooting functions, and scrolling through photos and magnifying / reducing photos in playback mode.
As on the EOS M, the LCD monitor is a wide 3.0-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with about 1.04 million dots. The monitor has a solid construction that eliminates the gap (air layer) between the monitor's surface layer and the liquid crystals to stop reflections.
4. Index displays of 36 and 100 images
The display can now show 36 and 100 index images (Figure 7) at a time, making it easier to search for images.
Figure 8 indicates the EOS M2's Wi-Fi functionality.
1. Image transfers between cameras
Images can be sent and received between EOS M2 cameras as well as with the EOS 6D, the EOS 70D, and other Canon cameras with built-in Wi-Fi functionality.
2. Smartphone connectivity
Users can view images on the camera and control the camera from their smartphone. Since the camera's Live View image can be viewed on the smartphone, users can take low-angle shots or self-timer shots while checking the composition on their smartphone. These functions require installation of the free EOS Remote app on the smartphone.
3. Image printing on a Wi-Fi-capable printer
The camera can connect to and print images on a printer that supports PictBridge (Wireless LAN), a Wi-Fi standard.
4. Send images to web services
Users can store images on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, Canon's online photo service, and show stored images to friends and family. Users can also send photos and movies to Facebook, YouTube, and other web services.
For information on countries and areas supporting CANON iMAGE GATEWAY services, refer to the Canon Web site (http://canon.com/cig).
5. Image viewing on a media player
Images on a memory card loaded in the camera can be played back on a TV via a Wi-Fi connection by using a DLNA-certified media player.
1. Power supply
The EOS M2 uses the same LP-E12 battery pack as the EOS M. The camera can take approximately 230 shots (at room temperature) on a full charge.
2. Body jacket and straps (sold separately)
The body jacket (Photo 4) designed specifically for the EOS M2 not only protects the camera; it also gives the user a better hold on the camera. The two straps — the neck strap and the wrist strap, both sold separately — also fit the EOS M.
3. Compatibility with EOS system accessories
The EOS M2 supports the Speedlite 90EX and all other EX series Speedlite flash units. It can also be used with the RC-1, RC-5, and RC-6 wireless remote controllers. And by pairing the camera with the GP-E2 GPS receiver, users can add shooting location information to their photos.
|Parameter||EOS M2||EOS M|
|Number of effective pixels [megapixels, approx.]||18.00|
|Imaging processor||DIGIC 5|
|Image creation and processing functions||EOS Scene Detection System||Yes|
|Shoot by ambience selection||Yes|
|Shoot by lighting or scene type||Yes|
|Creative filters [types]||7 (still images), 1 (movies)||7 (still images)|
|Extra Effect Shot||Yes||No|
|Check the effect of background blurring settings||Yes||No|
|Lens optical correction||Peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations|
|Highlight tone priority||Yes|
|Noise reduction||Long exposure, High ISO speed, and Multi-shot noise reduction|
|Recording media||Supported card types||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Autofocus||Type||Hybrid CMOS AF II||Hybrid CMOS AF|
|AF area relative to the frame (approx.)||80% vertical and 80% horizontal||26% vertical and 38% horizontal|
|Exposure control||Shutter speeds||1/4000 - 30 sec., bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec.|
|ISO speeds||100 - 12800 (H: 25600)|
|Drive||Continuous shooting speed [max. fps, approx.]||4.6||4.3|
|Max. burst size [frames]
(with an UHS-I compatible card)
|Large, Fine setting: 13 (17)
RAW: 5 (5)
|Large, Fine setting: 15 (17)
RAW: 6 (6)
|Movie recording||Movie recording sizes||Full HD, HD, SD|
|Exposure control||Auto exposure, manual exposure|
|Miniature effect movie||Yes||No|
|External stereo microphone jack||Yes|
|Wind filter / Attenuator||Yes / Yes|
|Movie Servo AF||Yes|
|ISO speeds||100 - 6400 (H: 12800)|
|LCD monitor||Screen size||Wide 3.0-inch (with a screen aspect ratio of 3:2)|
|Dots (approx.)||1.04 million|
|Playback functions||Number of index images displayed||4, 9, 36, 100||4, 9|
|Post-shooting image processing||Creative filters [types]||7|
|Power source||Battery pack||LP-E12|
|Shots per charge [frames, approx., CIPA standard]||230|
|Dimensions [w x h x d, millimeters, approx., CIPA standard]||104.9 x 65.2 x 31.6||108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3|
|Weight [grams, approx.]||CIPA standard||274||298|