We sat down with Canon Small Project Manager Kawasaki Suzuki to discuss the EOS-M2, the highly anticipated* successor to the EOS-M1. Actually, it took some doing, as Suzuki avoided eye contact with us at the press launch, and would walk away with short, rapid steps whenever we tried to approach.**
So we enjoyed coffee and pastries as we sat through the technical and marketing presentation, learning all the key improvements of the EOS-M2 from key members of the EOS-M Small Project Team. The big change of course is the Hybrid CMOS AF II, which Canon claims is twice as fast as the AF system in the original EOS-M. We’ll have to wait until production units are available to test this claim.
There’s other improvements as well (“Background Bokaseru of clean fluffy so is the sensor size is large” and “Connected by wireless from the camera, a variety of fun.”)*** but the biggest question is about the AF of course–is it at the level of the well-regarded 70D? Alas, we were unable to find the time to speak with Suzuki as he always seemed too busy to speak with us.
As the press event ended and we were leaving the building, we spied Suzuki across the street. As we hurried across, he spotted us and with the look of a frightened deer, he dashed off into a nearby park. We set off in pursuit, finally cornering Suzuki in some tall grass.
NCN: Relax, Suzuki.
Suzuki: No, I cannot relax. I am ashamed of my behavior.
NCN: It’s ok, we didn’t tell anyone.
NCN: Of course not! We would not betray the trust of a friend.
Suzuki: Ok. Thank you.
NCN: So is the AF of the EOS-M2 improved, or is it still ‘Donkey Balls’?
Suzuki (visibly nervous and shaken): Please do not use that term. Please do not tell anyone that I said that term.
NCN: Of course, we are friends. Canon claims that the AF is 2x faster. So is it safe to say that the EOS-M2 no longer has ‘Donkey Balls’?
Suzuki: Stop! No more donkey balls!
NCM: You are nervous and sweating a lot. Let’s go get a drink.
And with that, Suzuki screamed and ran away.
* OK, that’s a lie.
** This may have had something to do with his reaction to NCN
*** Translations by Google