Recently Canon announced it’s all new EOS-M range of cameras, lenses and accessories – this is Canon’s first entry into this segment of the digital camera market, known as Compact System Cameras (CSC). With Canon being the last of the big camera manufacturers to enter the CSC market, here’s a quick overview of just what a CSC is.
The first difference between a CSC and the big brother SLRs (Single Lens Reflex) cameras is size, and that means weight too – like the name says, they’re compact – compact enough to fit in your pocket. But what makes them different to a regular compact camera? Well, first off, and perhaps the most obvious difference is that the lenses are interchangeable, just like an SLR. But the shooting mechanism is different, with no mirror or pentaprism, this allows the camera to be smaller and lighter. Add on accessories such as flash guns can also be added – so with all these optional extras, that’s where the “system” part of CSC comes from.
Typically the image sensors in CSCs are inherited from SLR models, so the quality of the resulting images are high, better than a regular compact. Some of the CSCs on the market today have no viewfinder, unlike SLRs – image composition being handled by viewing the LCD screen on the rear of the camera body. But apart from this, all the controls available to SLR owners are available on CSCs too – aperture and shutter priority, ISO selection, focus and metering modes for example.
All of these topics and more are covered on our Getting Started course and in more depth on our Next Steps course – so if you’re the proud owner of a shiny new CSC, perhaps the Nikon 1, Canon EOS-M, Sony NEX, Panasonic Lumix, Olympus or Fujifilm models, then one of our courses will help you get the most out of your Compact System Camera.