Canon’s new EOS M will be an interesting camera for street photographers. The larger sensor size should allow for nice shallow depth of field and better performance in low light. But the lens range of Micro 43 is well matured with some lovely lenses from Olympus and Leica.
The Canon is launching into a crowded market. But in the end it will come down to whether it’s the right camera for your style of street shooting. The small size and high image quality is going to give micro four thirds cameras a run for their money.
As a street photographer I’m interested in:
- Small size
- Rugged exterior
- Fast operation
Canon seem to have delivered on the first two but the auto focus seems a bit slow based on the early product videos. We’ll have to see how it preforms on the street but it’s a great addition to the family of cameras that are perfect for blogging, street photography and upgrading from a point and shoot.
The pancake and prime lens options will make or break the system for street photographers. The 50mm field of view is a classic but lots of street photographers will be looking for a 24mm and the street portrait shooters will be waiting for a wide aperture 90mm prime.
I’ll wait to see more about the viewfinder options, lens options and operating speed under pressure. Would you use the EOS M on the street?