The Canon EOS M at 10: An incomplete notice of mirrorless camera history

Ten years ago, Canon released its first mirrorless camera: the Canon EOS M. the Nikon J1 about what could have been.

The Canon EOS M was never really designed to take over the world. It was a classic defensive move by a tech holder, designed to avert photographers’ eyes from new mirrorless players like the Sony NEX-7, the charming Olympus PEN E-P3 and the impressive Samsung NX200.

But what’s fascinating about the Canon EOS M is how, almost exactly ten years later, history seems to repeat itself. Across the street from the Canon EOS M dive bar, the new Canon EOS R7 and EOS R10 – their spiritual successors – are celebrating their two-month anniversary in an elegant cocktail lounge.

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These two cameras are different beasts from the EOS M, most obviously because they share the same RF mount as Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. That makes sense; instead of separating its amateur and professional cameras into incompatible families, Canon is finally following the unique mounting strategy of its archrivals Sony and Nikon. That means its two new players must be among the best mirrorless cameras for beginners.

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