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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Canon Debuts EOS M10, GX 5 and GX 9 Cameras

Canon has released a trio of new cameras - the mirrorless EOS M10 and the G5 X, G9 X.

The EOS M10 takes over the EOS M2's position as Canon's entry-level mirrorless camera. Arriving alongside with the M10 is a new ultra-compact 15-45mm kit lens, which takes up very little space when in its collapsed position.

The EOS M10 is equippde with a 18MP APS-C-size CMOS sensor - the same 18 megapixel sensor that was on the EOS M2 and uses the same Hybrid CMOS II autofocus system. This AF system combines phase and contrast detection which allows for 'fast, accurate focusing', according to Canon. The phase detect points cover roughly 80% of the frame.

While the M10's sensor is the same as the M2's, it uses Canon's latest DIGIC 6 image processor, which the company says improves image quality.

The EOS M10 has a flip-up, 3-inch LCD with 1.04M-dots. It has also built-in Wi-Fi with NFC with available camera control apps for iOS and Android.

The EOS M10 camera is scheduled to be available in November 2015, at an estimated retail price of $599.99.

The M10 uses Canon's EF-M mount which has five lenses available. They include the new 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens along with a 22mm F2 STM, 11-22mm F4-5.6 IS STM, 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM, and 55-200mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM models. STM, by the way, stands for stepping motor, which allows for quick and silent autofocus.

If you want to use EF and EF-S lenses, you need only pick up the $50 EF-EOS M adapter.

Canon EOS M10 Digital Camera Specifications Summary:

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to H:25600)
  • Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • Hybrid CMOS AF II for accurate autofocus along with maximum continuous shooting speeds up to 4.6 fps
  • 3.0-inch tilt-type (180º up) LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots)
  • Full HD 1920x1080 movies at 24p and 30p in MP4 format
  • Self Portrait mode to adjust camera effects, including skin smoothness and brightness
  • Compatible with all EF-M lenses as well as full line of EF and EF-S lenses
  • 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.3 inches, and just over 10.5 ounces (including battery and memory card)
  • Built-in retractable flash
  • Built in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) plus Mobile Device Connect Button

The G5 X is offering an SLR-style design, electronic viewfinder and front control dial.

It looks like a G7 X with a grip and pentaprism bolted to the top. Except for the viewfinder and grip and a couple of other little touches the G5 X is basically the same as the G7 X: the same 20.2MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor, the same lens (24-100mm equiv F1.8-2.8), the same shooting features (including a selectable ND filter and Raw support). What differentiates the two cameras are the tools used to compose and control the camera.

A control ring is situated around the lens but now Canon has added an additional dial just above the large right-hand grip.

A 3-inch touchscreen display flips 180 degrees and can also rotate 270. Another feature exclusive to the G5 X is a mic input port, which pairs with the camera's 1080/60p video recording capability.

The large OLED electronic viewfinder on the back has 2.36M dots and an eye sensor for turning it on automatically.

Other items of note on the back include buttons for video recording, AE/AF lock, focus point selection, and opening up a shortcut menu.

The G5 X has the same battery life as the G7 X, meaning 210 shots per charge. You can grab a G5 X for your very own at a suggested retail price is $799, which is 100 dollars more than the G7 X.

The G9 X is the entry-level camera that puts that 1"-type sensor into a body resembling that of the PowerShot S120.

At $529 (MSRP) the G9 X is a little on the pricey side. The G9 X doesn't have the same lens as the G5 X and G7 X, making it slower (F2.0-4.9) and has a shorter focal length (28-84mm equiv.). Despite the change in glass the G9 X's lens continues to be optically stabilized and features a neutral density filter.

The G9 X is a stripped-down version of the G7 X, with the ring around the lens being the only way to quickly adjust settings. It lacks the dedicated exposure compensation control found on the G7 X, as well.

The camera has a 3-inch touch-enabled LCD (1.04M-dot). Video specs incude 1080/60p. It can shoot at 6 fps with AF lock and 4.4 fps with continuous AF. Speaking of performance, the G9 X is marred by the same battery life as the other two models, able to crank out just 220 shots per charge using the CIPA standard.

The G9 X will be available soon for $529 and will come in your choice of black or the fetching silver with tan leather accents.

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