January 2014


Photo 1: EOS M2

Photo 1: EOS M2

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.

Development objectives

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.

Figure 1: Size comparison with the EOS M

Figure 1: Size comparison with the EOS M

Figure 2: Size reductions on the EOS M2

Figure 2: Size reductions on the EOS M2

Figure 3: Menu screen

Figure 3: Menu screen

Photo 2: Mode dial

Photo 2: Mode dial

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

Photo 3: CMOS sensor

Photo 3: CMOS sensor

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
Soft focus
Toy camera effect
Miniature effect
Fish-eye effect
Picture Style Portrait
Shoot by ambience selection Vivid

Table 1: Extra Effect Shot image effects

Figure 4: Extra Effect Shot

Figure 4: Extra Effect Shot

Figure 5: Background blurring setting

Figure 5: Background blurring setting

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

Figure 6: AF coverage of the hybrid CMOS AF II system

Figure 6: AF coverage of the hybrid CMOS AF II system

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.

Figure 7: Index display

Figure 7: Index display

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.

Wi-Fi functionality

Figure 8: Wi-Fi functionality

Figure 8: Wi-Fi functionality

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.

System accessories

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.

Photo 4: Body jacket

Photo 4: Body jacket

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
UHS-I compatible Yes
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)
Built-in flash None
Movie recording Movie recording sizes Full HD, HD, SD
Exposure control Auto exposure, manual exposure
Digital zoom Yes No
Miniature effect movie Yes No
Video snapshots Yes
Built-in microphone Stereo
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
Touch panel Yes
Playback functions Number of index images displayed 4, 9, 36, 100 4, 9
Post-shooting image processing Creative filters [types] 7
Resizing Yes
Cropping Yes No
Ratings Yes
Wi-Fi functionality Yes No
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
Body only 238 262

Table 2: Comparison of the main specifications between the EOS M and the EOS M2