CP+ Interview with Canon: EF-M continues and IBIS is coming (sometime)
AmateurPhotographer sat down with Canon at CP+ and did an interview with them and someone finally asked Canon some questions that at least has been on my mind since the EOS R came out. Canon confirmed that they will continue to develop and manufacturer EF-M as long as there is customer demand. They see the two mounts EF-M and RF mount as being separate. EF-M focuses on APS-C and is lightweight and small, while the RF focuses on the best possible quality with lenses to match.
AP: Are you going to continue using the EOS M mount, as you now have the EF, EF-S, EF-M, and RF mounts?
Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi (YM): So yes, we have the M mount and also the RF mount launched last year. The M mount is, as you know, is for APS-C format sensors, so its small size and light weight are the key benefits here. The RF mount is for our full-frame mirrorless models, for customers who are looking for the higher image quality, functions and a variety of ways to express themselves visually. So to answer your question, the compact and light M mount will continue, so long as customers require it.
AP: Are you going to keep EOS M in its existing form, or are you going to make a APS-C camera with the RF mount?
YM: That’s a product development for the future so I can’t go into detail, and the market will dictate what sort of direction we should take. If the customers do want a small size, lightweight mount I believe there is room for that, so as we said in the previous answer, we will continue to work with the M mount.
So there you have it. All the doom and gloom over the EF-M mount dying a quick death because of the EOS RP can be put to rest. Then again, what really would you expect Canon to say, even if they are dumping EF-M fast. What Canon needs to do to reassure the EF-M community is to come out with some new nice EF-M primes like the 32mm 1.4 and also at the same time, release updated M5 and M6 camera bodies that are long overdue for an upgrade.
Canon also (for the second or third time) stated that yes, they know that users want IBIS and that IBIS is indeed coming (sometime). No mention of when and the answer was a lot vaguer than the leaked presentation a few weeks back.
AP: There have been quite a lot of requests from customers and reviewers alike for IBIS on the EOS R, not to mention dual card slots. How do you respond to this?
YM: Yes, we are aware of these voices… We are thinking how we can develop the line-up. With the R and RP we look at the entirety of the package, as mentioned. In terms of IBIS, we are looking into it for the future. We believe IBIS will work together hand in hand with optical IS lenses, such as the ones you see in front of you, to offer better features.
If you want to read the full article, read it here. Thanks to CW for the article.
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