Finally — after a slew of leaks and rumors — Canon’s first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera has arrived with the Canon EOS-M. It’s hard to believe 4 years have already passed since the introduction of the first mirrorless cameras, but Canon has joined to the party, more than fashionably late, with the EOS-M. Its target user: an upgrade path for compact Canon shooters, or a portable way to mount all that dough you’ve plowed into Canon (L) glass.

The best way we can describe the EOS-M is this. Take the DNA of a Canon Rebel T4i (good DNA at that), the body of an S100, and send it to a year’s worth of CrossFit classes. The result is an impressive specification: 18 megapixel APS-C sensor, speedy DIGIC 5 processor, 4.3 fps continuous shooting, up to ISO 100-25600, full-HD @ 24 fps capture with continuous autofocus, and an external mic input. This is no lightweight.

As for the design, the M is quintessential Canon. Austere yet approachable (it looks sharp in white, too). Now it’s easy to hone in your complaints on the absence of a built-in flash or viewfinder, but in exchange for the kitchen sink Canon has kept the camera focused, tidy, and undeniably compact. If you’re afraid of the dark though, an optional compact SpeedLite 90EX flash is available (shown). The back is dominated by a massive 3″ 1,040k-dot touch-screen ClearView II LCD with simplified interface and multi-touch, and an all-new 22mm, 35mm equivalent, f/2.0 step-motored (think: quiet) pancake prime kit lens handles duty out front. An 18-55mm image-stabilized standard zoom has also been announced. The result is a camera you’ll spend less time lumbering around with and more on actual shooting — not to mention you’ll save on components if you shoot Canon. After all, that’s what these cameras are all about.

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