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[Lesson 1] Introducing the Canon EOS M

If you intend to start using a mirrorless SLR, or have just purchased a new camera, below are easy-to-understand lessons on techniques for capturing charming photos using the EOS M, which boasts high image quality and is yet simple to operate even by beginners. By learning the basics of cameras and photos, you will be able to produce the shots you desire with ease. The first lesson explains the characteristics unique to the EOS M. (Photos by: Takeshi Akaogi, Written & Organized by: Camera Biyori Editorial Department)

Q: What is EOS M?

A: The EOS M is Canon's mirrorless camera well-known for its compact and charming design, as well as its high image quality. It comes with a touch screen that operates as swiftly as that of a smartphone, so even beginners would find it easy to use.

Canon's first mirrorless camera, the EOS M, comes in four color variations (black, red, white, and silver) so you can pick one according to your preference.

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Point 1: Large sensor produces high-resolution photos with charming bokeh effects

Equipped with an "APS-C" size sensor that is large for a mirrorless camera, high image quality can be obtained. Yet another feature of a large sensor is the soft ambience created by the significant bokeh effect.

The EOS M is built in with an "APS-C" format sensor, which has the next largest size after the full-frame sensor used on high-end cameras.
A: Full-frame = Same size as 35mm film cameras (approx. 36 x 24mm)
B: APS-C (approx. 23.4 x 16.7mm)
C: Micro Four Thirds (approx. 17.3 x 13mm)
D: 1/2.3-inch sensor widely adopted by compact digital cameras (approx. 6.2 x 4.6mm)

Point 2: Easy-to-use intuitive menus!

In the "Creative Auto" mode, the resulting impression is described using layman terms such as "Background: Blurred," allowing users to operate the camera smoothly. Also, by using the "Ambience-based shots" feature, which enables settings such as color and brightness to be adjusted, you can easily produce the intended shot simply by selecting a keyword such as "Brighter," "Darker," or "Warm."

"Creative Auto" allows you to view the resulting image by selecting a photo effect based on the easy-to-understand expressions. With the EOS M, you can do so easily by tapping the screen of the rear LCD monitor.

Point 3: Widen your scope of expression by changing to different lenses!

The EOS M supports the use of exchangeable lenses. It has three types of dedicated lenses, one of which is the "prime lens," which is slim but creates significant bokeh effects. The second type is the "standard zoom lens," which allows you to adjust the area you want to capture. The third is a "wide-angle zoom lens," which captures shots such as landscapes and indoor scenes with an angle of view that is wider than that of the standard zoom lens.

The EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom lens provides an angle of view equivalent to about 29 to 88mm in the 35mm format. Covering a focal length range from wide-angle to medium telephoto, this is the ideal choice as the first lens as it alone suffices for day-to-day use.

The EF-M22mm f/2 STM prime lens provides an angle of view equivalent to about 35mm in the 35mm format. Though this lens does not offer zooming operation, you may close up to the subject to achieve large bokeh effect. Also built very small in size, this lens is easy to carry around.

The EF-M11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM wide-angle lens provides an angle of view equivalent to about 18 to 35mm in the 35mm format. This lens can capture a very wide area, so the depiction is very much different from that of a standard zoom lens.

Point 4: Add a unique touch as desired using "Creative filters"!

"Creative filters" can be used to add effects to images. There are seven types of Creative filter effects in total. For example, “Miniature effect" makes the subject appear like miniature models, "Toy camera effect" darkens the peripheral areas of the image, and "Grainy B/W" produces monochrome images with a grainy look. Even for subjects that you are familiar with, applying the Creative filters changes the atmosphere of the image drastically to give a refreshing impression.

You can also select the Creative filter using the touch-screen. You can view the effect real time using the rear LCD monitor while shooting. Very helpful to get an idea of the resulting shot.

Miniature Effect

Toy Camera Effect

Grainy B/W

Point 5: Touch-screen operation similar to smartphones

You can capture shots as intended easily using the "touch shutter" feature, which automatically establishes the focus on the point you tap and releases the shutter. Also, you can pinch in or pinch out to enlarge or reduce the size of a playback image, or drag to play back images successively. The camera can be operated swiftly and intuitively in the same way as a smartphone, making it easy to use even by those who are new to cameras.

The EOS M offers the "touch shutter" feature, which automatically establishes the focus on the point you tap and release the shutter. Operation is intuitive in the same way as a smartphone. Friendly for users who are new to cameras.

you can pinch in or pinch out to enlarge or reduce the size of a playback image, or drag to play back images successively. The image quality of the LCD monitor is high so you can see the picture very clearly.

Takeshi Akaogi

As a photographer, Akaogi works mainly for magazines and writes books introducing photography and practical tips. He also teaches at photography workshops.

Camera Biyori

Camera Biyori is a Japanese photography magazine introducing charming photos and daily joy with cameras. Suggesting fun activities relating to cameras and photography, Camera Biyori editorial department also offer the "Camera Biyori Photography School" to recommend its readers to engage in photography and have fun.

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