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Canon have announced the new EOS M5 Mirrorless system camera as expected today. There have been a lot of speculation as to what this would bring and I think there are few surprises here. So what are the main additions and omissions with the new EOS M5?

The format as a mini-DSLR style has been introduced along the lines of the Powershot G5x with the same high-quality 2.36M dot Electronic Viewfinder. The screen, however, is not the same but tilts vertically up 85° or down 180° and is a 1.6M dot high-resolution capacitive touchscreen. One interesting use of the touchscreen is to select focus area whilst using the EVF by moving your right thumb over the screen area.

The image sensor is as was much hoped for the 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Dual Pixel sensor similar to the EOS 80D. This allows for the much-lauded servo-AF in both stills and video. This is tied to the new Digic 7 high-speed image processor that gives up to 7 fps with focus or 9fps with focus locked. In camera and lens, 5-axis image stabilization is added to help both stills and video sharpness.

Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth operation for control and sharing of images.

The EOS M5 will be offered as body-only or with two kits lenses, the EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom and a new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens. Prices are set at $979/£1049 for body only, $1,099/£1149 with the 15-45mm and $1,479.00/£1399 with the new EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. Units are due to start shipping in November 2016 but to get your hands on the new 18-150mm kit you will have to wait until December.