By @SimonCocking. We spoke to David Parry Product Intelligence Consultant from Canon UK to find out a little more about the thinking behind the new Canon EOS M5 camera that we have recently been trialing (review to follow). See more about Canon’s products here. First impressions of the camera, with a bit of RTFM it grows on you and takes some lovely pictures.

Who is the EOS M5 aimed at?

The M5 is aimed at amateur and professional photographers looking for DSLR-like quality in a compact camera. We are expecting the buyers to already own or have experience of DSLR cameras and understand the benefits of the advanced controls. Existing Canon owners would really enjoy the similarities with the current canon DSLR and DSC range in that the menu and button layouts are very similar.

Do Canon think the different lens size could be a challenge for those with lens for the EOS series?

As we want current EOS users to enjoy the EOS M5 we have been including free of charge the adapter which allows you to use any of the 80+ EF lenses with the EOS M series. One of the main benefits of the EOS M5 is its size and the real advantage of this when used with the EF-M lenses. We currently have seven EF-M lenses covering the focal lengths from 11 to 200mm this also includes a unique lens which is the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM with built in light.

What’s the thinking behind the reduced options on the settings dial?

Due to the physical size we have had to remove bulb mode and no flash mode but have added the movie mode not normally found on the dial. The M5 does have two custom modes which is really useful when you shoot a variety of different subjects.

Can you tell me more about other aspects of the camera too, particular new/impressive features and highlights worth pointing out?

We have an number of features that are new on the EOS M5.

The sensor is from the same generation as the EOS 5D mark IV and EOS 1D X and is a 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor.

We have the latest DIGIC 7 processor ensures rapid camera performance and this coupled with Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables DSLR-like AF speed and accuracy for stills and precise tracking during movies.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF has never been seen on a Canon mirrorless camera before but is the best live view AF system we have. Intuitively switch AF point or zone via touchscreen when using the EVF by using the Touch and Drag AF system which is a first for Canon.

The viewfinder is our highest resolution 2.36 million dots OLED electronic viewfinder with 120 fps refresh rate for superb clarity and minimal lag

As well as Wi-Fi and NFC we have now included Bluetooth®  which enables constant connection between smartphone and camera for easy image transfer and remotely controlling the camera.

As more and more people use the display to monitor their shot before they take the picture is it possible that the viewer finder could become an optional extra rather than included as a default?

In the current line-up we have the EOS M3 which has an optional viewfinder available called the EVF-DC1. The EOS M5 sits above the EOS M3 and is aimed at users who are more likely to use the viewfinder. Having a built in viewfinder allows you to have a slightly smaller form than having a body with detachable viewfinder. We feel that having two models in the range allows the customer to have a choice on which is right for them.

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