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Step into mirrorless photography with a Canon EOS M5 and 15-45mm lens for just $449

Canon's well-respected M5 borrows the best bits of DSLRs and includes a sharp, bright electronic viewfinder.

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In the same way that digital photography made film cameras obsolete, mirrorless cameras are inevitably replacing DSLRs. Old-guard camera-makers such as Nikon and Canon got off to a slow start, but the Canon EOS M5 was Canon's first serious effort to make a mirrorless model that could go toe-to-toe with DSLRs, and right now, you can get it for half price. B&H is selling the Canon EOS M5 with a 15-45mm lens for $449. That's the lowest price I've ever seen it sell for, by a wide margin. The camera lists for $900, and generally sells in the neighborhood of $600.

The EOS M5 is a fairly compact camera -- it can be pretty small, since it gets to dispense with the mirror assembly -- but retains the comfortable shape of Canon SLRs. It includes a 24.2-megapixel sensor and can shoot full HD 1080p video. The electronic viewfinder measures a generous 3.2 inches. You can read our first impressions when CNET's Lori Grunin went hands-on with the EOS M5.

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