Canon EOS M2 to be sold only in Asia?

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It seems that the Canon EOS M2 announcement last night was only for Asia (the camera was officially announced only in Japan and China). It could be that Canon will introduce the M2 to the Western world during the 2014 CES show in early January. The second possibility is that Canon has decided to no longer market mirrorless products in the US. The EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens for the EOS-M was also not announced in the US few months ago. Mirrorless products sell much better in Asia - Nikon recently had to significantly cut their forecasts due to poor mirrorless sales in the US and Europe. In the future, camera manufacturers may have different product mix based on actual demand or specific area instead introducing new products globally. For now the Canon EOS M2 can only be ordered from amazon.jp and they will not ship outside Japan:

Few EOS M2 sample images can be found here. Here is video demo of the improved AF of the new EOS M2:

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  • Zos Xavius

    Hah. I’m sure all 5 owners of the EOS M in the states are greatly disappointed. :P

    • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

      It’s nothing like the Sony Nex market but like I said in the other post, number have been rising:
      http://www.flickr.com/cameras/canon/eos_m

      • Zos Xavius

        That’s because they are on fire sale right now. Those numbers weren’t so great until they dropped the price in half.

        • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

          So it’s not 5 users then? :)

          • Zos Xavius

            your sarcasm meter needs some work. :P

            136 daily users on flickr. not exactly setting the world on fire. then again there were some really nice shots there, so it is capable if decent looking IQ. I don’t think people like the body.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            Sarcasm meter? Lol I thought you could do better than that. Btw, flickr picks up on the number of unique users only if EXIF details are intact.

          • jb

            don’t Adobe products automatically strip EXIF data?

          • Corbin Dallas

            So a product’s usefulness is guagued by how many people own/use it? Sounds like Apple logic… I guess I have less faith in the average person. I bought my M before the firesale and don’t regret it one bit.

            The only reason it got such negative reviews were due to it’s initial AF speed and cost at launch. In just about every other way they hit the nail on the head IMO. This new one is launching at a much more reasonable price (about $600 USD, so NEX 5 territory) with more features to boot.

            Based on internet specs and reviews I was all but sold on a NEX 5 or EPL-5, then when I went to a store and shot with all 3 in person I realized that much of the negative stigma behind the Canon was totally misplaced. I found it’s build feel, menu system and above all, the screen to be FAR better than the other two cameras. Then I was completely surprised to find that the AF was perfectly capable of capturing images in decent light (and this was pre-firmware update).

            The fact of the matter is, the M launched and people expected it to be something else, so when it didn’t fit that bill they threw a fit (the way the internet always does). The fact that I can toss my M in a pocket with the 22mm on it is excellent. The fact that it takes up less space than a lens in my camera bag and yet can take ALL of my EF lenses if I need it to makes it the perfect emergency backup body and that’s even more excellent.

            I’m excited to see what they’ll do with the next M and I really hope they bring it to the states. I also really hope we get a few more of those amazing lenses!

          • Ross

            Don’t you wish they had a provision for an EVF?

          • Corbin Dallas

            Of course it’d be nice to have one, but given it’s only my secondary camera and I use my 6D for most things, I don’t think I’d spend the $200+ for an EVF (which is another reason I didn’t buy the PEN or NEX). If the NEX 6 or Fuji X-E1 had been priced around $600 at the time, I’d probably have opted for one of those and dealt with Sony’s weird screen res/colors, but I got my M for $400 and bought my EF adapter for $80, so for that price ($480) there really wasn’t a better option around imo.

  • TheFantasticG

    They made it for young japanese hipsters so it would make sense that is who they should sell it to.
    My hopes are pretty high for the Nikon V3. Any news on that one? I really want to like it as I the direction the V2 was headed is almost everything I’m looking for in a mirrorless body.

    • Meewok

      Here in Japan hipsters get Pentax, they’re the ones that go out with someone, and both of them would have a Pentax DSLR around their necks for show with the fancy individual colors they have. The EOS M series was popular with both women in general, and I’ve seen a lot of old guys touting the thing with big L lenses using adapters, acting like the small body is revolutionary and saves weight, when what they’re doing is utterly ridiculous… I can’t think of a camera any more pointless and overly bulky as an EOS M with a 24-105

      • http://shashinkaichiban1.wordpress.com/ 写真家

        +1

  • DTB

    No loss to the North American market. Until they produce something worthwhile, they should stop producing or announcing any new cameras. If I was working for them, I would be embarrassed at their lack of innovation and effort.

    • Ross

      If they made it with a provision for an EVF & faster AF, it might actually gain some interest. To me it just seems like they tried to discredit the CSC lines (to somehow show that CSC aren’t as good as DSLR’s), but only made themselves look silly. They need to try harder & embrace the mirrorless concept instead of trying hard at avoiding it.

    • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

      I’m sure you’re the spokesperson for everyone in North America, but for what it’s worth, the EOS M has had a steady increase in uptake:
      http://www.flickr.com/cameras/canon/eos_m

      I do agree about the lack of innovation part.

      • BP2012

        Pentax which is 0% market share brand and its camera which is out of production for 3 years has more uploads and similar number of daily users on Flickr like EOS M.

  • scoobydoo

    2 BIG NAME BRANDS THAT CAN MAKE AWESOME LENSES AND DSLR CANT DO MIRROR-LESS? WOW! DISAPPOINTMENT RIGHT THERE.

    • Ronan

      They can EASILY make the best mirrorless… but then bye bye budget DSLR’s.

  • Vlad

    Because, they know we want full frame, not that dreck!

    • Global

      I want a APS-C mirrorless that is full spec’ed out like a pro body. And I will probably want a Nikon 1 sized sensor 3-4 generations from now, when the lenses get even smaller and the sensors MUCH more efficient.

      No need for fullframe in too small of a small size, the lenses get crazy imbalanced, unless you decide to only go prime (which isn’t a terrible thing, but for such casual shooting, I think zooms will always be valuable).

      • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

        Even in 10 years, small sensors will be a certain factor worse than large sensors. Lenses aren’t getting smaller for the same sensor size at the fundamental level plus the trend is towards larger sensors. I’m sure in a generation or two a smart phone manufacturer will squeeze in a 1″ sensor somehow.

  • Kynikos

    This line is craptastic.

    • johnny

      It all depends on how you look at it. EOS M was on sale not long ago. It’s the cheapest APSC mirrorless camera, and way much better than those expensive point-and-shoot DCs. I won’t blame it.

  • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

    What this very likely means is that the M2 is the low-end version and a higher end version will likely be released with the 70D AF and EVF and the lot. Maybe it’ll be released as a “premium” kit with the EF-M 11-22mm IS that is also not released in the US.

    As for the importance of the US market… I got my Sony A7R on the 25th of November… and I hear it’s still not in stock in the US?

  • Frank

    For most of the market, pixel count has been and still is the single most important means of measuring a cameras performance.
    It’s obvious that the APS sensors are maxed out when it comes to pixel count. Just adding more pixels to these miniature format sensors has proven to be detrimental to overall IQ. The camera manufacturers need to go to larger sensors in order to keep improving on IQ. Which is why the market is moving towards FF sensors. This fact, coupled with the rumors that Canon is looking to get into medium format and it becomes obvious that the Micro 4/3, 4/3 and APS-C/H are all dead formats. Micro 4/3 cameras will be the first to go.
    I think for these reasons, Canon’s M series of cameras will continue to be avoided by the US market for as long as they don’t have FF sensors.

    • alreadyupsidedown

      While I tend to agree, especially in terms of Micro 4/3, and other small sensors, I think it’s likely that we will still be seeing APS-C for a while. It’s an ideal size for many entry level compact mirror-less cameras, and beginner DSLRs. Likely we will see the cost of FF dropping from about $1500 to sub $1000 in the next few years, but below that, APS-C will still be the bread and butter, I think.

      • Ross

        Where have you guys been!?! Open your eyes & take a little bit of a note of how many DSLR users are using their M4/3′s cameras instead. The OM-D E-M5 took off in sales & use quite well last year & now the OM-D E-M1 has attracted even more users. Sure, the latest FF mirrorless bodies will give great images, but they have their uses in certain situations & so does smaller & lighter kits too. Biggest isn’t always best or suitable for every occasion (unless you enjoy carrying heavy packs around)!

        • alreadyupsidedown

          Fair enough. My main point was mostly that APS-C isn’t going anywhere.

    • Ross

      Ever heard of portability? The bigger you go, the bigger the system becomes. The new Nikon Df looks nice & compact, but it still needs the lenses & they aren’t so small.

      “and it becomes obvious that the Micro 4/3, 4/3 and APS-C/H are all dead formats.” Who are you trying to kid? Micro 4/3′s is far from dead & is continually growing, even if you & CaNikon fans might wish it wasn’t so.

    • Zograf

      “It’s obvious that the APS sensors are maxed out when it comes to pixel count.”

      Not yet. The Nokia 41mpix phone camera gives plenty of possibilities and it is only 1/1.5″! I for once would love to have 48mpix camera (DX or FF) and scale it down to 12mpix true RBG pixels

      And the human eye has about 170mln photo “elements” (mostly B&W and capable to count even a single photon) — none of us feels like he or she is “maxed out”. Well, of course, only after few, too many drinks..

      Cheers

  • Linus

    “The second possibility is that Canon has decided to no longer market mirrorless products in the US.”

    Not only a disappointing thought to this eos m owner but also potentially crazy. The m2 (as described) is to be sure not the camera people are waiting for – it just has to have an evf, period – but not shipping it outside of Asia is bizarre.

    The future is mirrorless (even if dslrs and maybe hybrid viewfinder cameras continue to be made alongside them).

  • Jak Crow

    What’s that? Lackluster mirrorless cameras have poor sales in the U.S.? You’re kidding?!

  • FrugalJoe

    I would buy it if I needed it, but I don’t.

  • Morris

    hopefully

  • Mark

    Nikon mirrorless not selling???Maybe because it SUCKS.Nikon& Canon are afraid to come out with anything that might effect their DSLR sales.Too late.Fuji,Olympus,Panasonic,Sony all have them.Nikon’s dslr are sinking just like their point n shoot sales.Keep it up Nikon and you will be the next blackberry.If you don’t innovate you loose.

  • alexlhf

    people over there are stupid enough to buy an overpriced APS camera. Easy cash for the camera company.

  • alexlhf

    Micro 4/3, 4/3 and APS-C would soon come to extinction as they will be eventually replaced by mobile phones. Only formats like 35mm and Medium format can survive. You have my words.

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