Canon EOS M10 Review – A Close Encounter with a Precise and Compact Camera

This time around, we had the opportunity to have a look at the Canon EOS M10, which is one of the most reasonably priced entry-level mirrorless cameras currently available on the market.

It was released in 2015 and has a very compelling price point, and its goal is to attract more users to the world of mirrorless cameras and photography in general by providing enough features and functionality to make it easy to use, while at the same time giving you an image quality comparable to that of a DSLR, and the flexibility of changing lenses. This sets it apart from the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS, which has a fixed lens, and it aims to do so by offering enough features and functionality to be easy to use

When compared to the rest of the M range, which seems like the newest Rebel cameras squeezed into much smaller containers, the M10 feels more like an older model, which is to be anticipated given that it is priced so affordably.

It is certainly a good thing because the Rebel lineup has always been known to provide a good balance between its cost and its features and that is what potential buyers of the M10 will also look for in their next purchase. Potential buyers of the M10 will also look for a good balance between the cost and the features of their next purchase.

Because of the many benefits that the M10 has over small cameras, it would not surprise us in the least if someone who had been thinking about purchasing a compact camera eventually changed their mind and decided to go with the M10 instead.

Therefore, this camera has the actual potential to take over a significant chunk of the market for affordable cameras, and it also has the ability to make Canon’s greatest mirrorless camera range more popular than it has ever been.

Okay, enough with the preamble; let’s go right into this review by taking a look at the M10’s technical characteristics, which will give us a much better idea of what this product can do for us.

The Body And Its Manipulation

No matter how you turn your head, the Canon EOS M10 gives the impression of being a camera with very few bells and whistles. This is a reality that cannot be refuted. This is consistent across both the black and the white iterations of the product.

Its body is fairly uncluttered, with only a few controls tossed in here and there to maintain an acceptable degree of use. More significantly, when you hold it in your hand, it has a very decent feel to it, and it is obvious that Canon did not skimp on the build quality despite the fact that the M10 is priced in such a manner that makes it comparable with other products.

The weight of only 301 grams, which is so much less than the Canon Powershot G3 X, and the dimensions of 108 mm x 67 mm x 35 mm actually make for a very tiny piece of equipment, and it is one of the smallest mirrorless cameras on the market that comes with a big APS-C sensor.

You can choose to purchase an optional GR-E3 grip if you feel that the camera does not feel secure enough in your hand. By default, it does not come with any type of front grip, which does not significantly hinder its handling due to its small size. However, you can choose to purchase this grip if you feel that the camera does not handle it well enough.

We have previously brought up the fact that the M10 does not come with a large number of physical controls; nonetheless, those that are included can be quickly reached whenever the camera is in use, which results in a really pleasant and stress-free experience overall.

So, let’s have a look at what those controls are, and while we’re doing it, let’s also examine some of the other physical elements that make up the Canon EOS M10. The only things that are visible on the front of the camera are the button to release the lens and the focus assist lamp.

The memory card cover, the terminal cover, and the flash pop-up switch are all located on the left side of the device, whereas the NFC contact point, the HDMI port, and the digital video/audio ports are located on the right side of the device. The socket for the tripod and the storage for the batteries are both located at the bottom.

When you look at the top of the camera, you can see the pop-up flash unit, which is stored away inside the body of the camera when it is not in use; the two stereo microphones; the power button, which also functions as a mode switch (allowing you to switch between the Auto Hybrid mode, the other shooting modes, and the movie mode); the shutter button, which also holds the front control dial and the movie button; and the power button, which also doubles as a mode switch.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s examine the rear of the camera. A small grill that houses the speaker, the Menu, and the Playback buttons, as well as the primary navigation controller that contains a Q/Set button, can all be found in this area. The touchscreen display, which measures three inches and can be angled upwards by a maximum of one hundred eighty degrees, can also be found in this area.

Additionally, the navigation controller features shortcut buttons for things like AE lock, Info, Flash, and Exposure Compensation/Single-image delete, among others.

Therefore, without delving any further into the control scheme of the M10, we can already tell that going any further than the basic features will require an additional button press or two. This is due to the fact that the camera was designed to function more like a point-and-shoot compact camera than the mirrorless one.

The advantage of taking that approach is that users can start by learning how to take photos and get a sense of composition, and then they can choose to advance their knowledge by studying how to gain more control of their exposure, depth of field, and other aspects of their photographs if they so desire.

The user interface of the M10 is really polished, and it is clear that Canon has a great deal of expertise in the field of producing digital cameras. It is quite simple to locate or access any kind of function or feature by making use of either the physical controls or the touchscreen, since a lot of effort has been placed into making the navigation around the interface as smooth as it possibly can be.

On the Canon M10, therefore, the integration of the physical and virtual control functions works faultlessly. The usefulness of the camera, as well as the overall experience of using it, is largely determined by the features and functions that it possesses. The Q menu, often known as the Quick Set menu, is the first essential point to bring up.

This is the location where all of the essential features that often do not have a button devoted to them on the camera itself are stored, and it is also the location where these functions may be readily accessed and altered if necessary. In addition to the standard shooting modes that are typically available on a mirrorless camera, the EOS M10 also has the helpful shooting modes of Auto and Hybrid Auto.

The latter feature is particularly intriguing since it allows you to select a scene style of your choice, captures a still image as well as a video clip once you hit the shutter button, and then saves both of these media types in their own respective folders.

After you have used this model for the entirety of the day, it will compile all of those video segments into a single file, allowing you to create a single movie that is a living display of all of your still photographs. You will be able to do this after it has been running for the rest of the day. Another useful feature is called Creative Zone Settings, and it gives you the option to select from six distinct modes that each enable you to change a particular component of the image that you are working with.

You can, for instance, select the Background mode, which enables you to alter the aperture and experiment with the depth of field, or you can go into the Color tone mode, which enables you to adjust the white balance and make the picture appear either warmer or colder. Both of these modes are available to you.

A separate Self Portrait mode is also available, which makes it simpler for you to take pictures of yourself with the screen in the up position. It also provides you with some additional customization options, such as the ability to fine-tune the level of brightness or to apply skin smoothing effects.

Although there are not a lot of customization options available, you do have the opportunity to adjust the behavior of the shutter button, the AE lock button, and the movie button to some extent.

Only one more thing stands between us and the conclusion of this part of the study, and that is having a look at the M10’s Wi-Fi capabilities. They are arranged within the following five primary categories: mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), web services, media players, printers, and additional cameras.

This essentially means that you can use your smart device to remotely control the M10 or send images to it, upload and backup your pictures to Canon’s cloud service, connect the camera to a Wi-Fi-enabled DLNA device, and view your content in that manner, directly print your images with the use of a wireless printer, or send your images to another Canon camera that is also Wi-Fi enabled.

The connection between the camera and your Android smart smartphone may also be established even more quickly by utilizing NFC, which allows you to just touch the two devices together to create the connection. This is a really simple method.

We are extremely pleased that Canon took the wireless capability of the M10 to the same level of seriousness as it did with the M10, as it has left us quite satisfied with the amount of various Wi-Fi-related capabilities that you get with this camera despite its more cost-effective nature.

The Canon EOS M10 is a well-built mirrorless camera that is comfortable to hold and straightforward to operate, and we surely couldn’t have asked for much more from an entry-level model such as this one. In conclusion, we couldn’t have asked for much more from a camera.

Autofocus And Performance

We did not anticipate the M10’s 49-point Hybrid AF system to deliver the type of performance that would be considered a technological breakthrough; but, we did anticipate that it would operate adequately in all shooting settings, which it most definitely does.

When there was plenty of light, the focusing process took around 0.3 seconds, but it took significantly longer when there was little or no light. Although it is not the quickest autofocus system that we have ever seen on a mirrorless camera, this one is absolutely acceptable and works as well as it possibly can for a mirrorless camera that is in the entry-level price range.

We were extremely pleased with the accuracy, which was consistently excellent the most of the time, despite the fact that the speed wasn’t anything particularly noteworthy. In spite of the fact that the EOS M10 included a Hybrid AF System, the subject tracking ability was, at best, only average.

With this camera, you won’t be able to capture sports or any other type of movement, but it will work just fine for capturing photographs of your friends, family members, or anything else that isn’t moving too quickly. In addition, you have the choice between a number of distinct focus modes for the camera.

The first one is called 1-point AF, and it is characterized by the employment of a single AF frame by the camera to accomplish extremely precise focusing. After that, you are able to use the Tracking mode, which is very helpful when you’re shooting moving subjects because it places a white square on your subject and tries to track it around your frame, allowing you to focus whenever you choose prior to taking your picture. This mode is available after you have completed step 1.

You can establish focus by tapping anywhere on the screen with the Touch AF feature, exactly like you would do while shooting with a smartphone. Last but not least, there is the Servo AF mode, in which the camera will continually try to reacquire focus as long as you have the shutter button pushed halfway. This mode requires that you maintain the shutter button pressed halfway.

You can, of course, choose to focus manually instead, in which case you have two options available to assist you in reaching the desired result: you can either enlarge the frame or utilize the focus peaking feature.

In terms of performance in general, the Canon EOS M10 operates, at best, at a level that is considered to be ordinary. After it has been turned on, it functions really well regardless of what you do with it, despite the fact that turning it on takes some time. Concerning its burst pace, we have a range of feelings and reactions to choose from.

If you are content to shoot simply in JPEG format, then you will be more than satisfied with the buffer capacity of around 80 photos. If you exclusively shoot in RAW format, however, the buffer size of six RAW files is going to make you very unhappy. If you want to get great performance out of your camera, the only format you should shoot in is JPEG, and if you do so, you’ll be able to keep shooting at the claimed speed of 4.6 for a very long time.

The remaining life of the battery is the last issue that has to be discussed. Due to the fact that the EOS M10’s battery only allows for a maximum of 255 images to be taken before it has to be recharged, this is another area in which the camera performs below expectations at best. The good news is that this problem may be readily fixed by just obtaining an additional battery, which is not an extremely costly expenditure in any way.

Characteristics And Quality Of The Video.

The EOS M10 is not exactly a powerhouse when it comes to filming videos, but it does offer a few features that set it apart from the more fundamental cameras on the market.

Due to the fact that it is priced so competitively, Canon was forced to make a compromise somewhere, and they chose to limit the highest quality choice to just recording in 1080p at 30 frames per second.

Therefore, there is no setting that records at 4K quality or 1080p at 60 frames per second. You do, however, have full manual control over the exposure while the video is being recorded, as well as the ability to adjust the audio level, use focus peaking, and make use of Dynamic IS, which combines the image stabilization features of both your lens and the electric one that is included in the M10.

Additionally, there is the option of using Touch AF, in addition to continuous AF. We recommend that you focus by tapping the screen rather than depending on the camera to focus by itself since it isn’t dependable one hundred percent of the time and you may end up with certain areas in your movies that aren’t in focus if you rely on the camera to focus by itself.

We really can’t find a lot of fault with the M10 when it comes to the quality of the movies that it records, especially considering that it is an entry-level camera. The 1080p footage is not the greatest we have ever seen, but it is easily equivalent to what you can get from the Rebel cameras like the 750D or 760D.

The audio that is captured by the inbuilt stereo microphones is of satisfactory quality as well. In conclusion, despite the fact that you will not receive those more advanced features such as 4K recording or microphone and headphone jacks, the EOS M10 still appears to be a decent package when it comes to recording videos on a budget because of its respectable video quality and the control you get while recording. This is because the 4K recording is not supported by the EOS M10.

Image Quality

At long last, the moment has come to take a look at the image quality of the M10 and to find out what you can anticipate from the 18-megapixel APS-C sensor that it possesses. To put it another way, the performance is really comparable to that which you would get from something like a Canon 700D.

With typical ISO levels, the photos turned out crisp with a good amount of detail and very little noise. Up until ISO 1600, you should be able to capture images with a manageable amount of noise; but, if you want the highest possible image quality, you will need to do some post-processing in RAW after reaching that ISO.

The dynamic range is very good, which means that you will have a good amount of room to recover detail in either the overexposed highlights or the underexposed shadows. However, you should be prepared for a lot of noise if you try to recover too much detail from the dark portions of your image.

JPEG processing is pretty mature, and we did not see too many unpleasant artifacts, which come in cases of too severe sharpening, nor did we observe that the noise reduction was too harsh. These are both things that can occur in cases of too aggressive sharpening. When you shoot in JPEG format, you have access to a wide variety of special effects, many of which come highly recommended by us.

You have the option of selecting several color settings, such as Art Vivid, Bold, and Embossed, or selecting other sorts of effects, such as Fish-Eye, Water Painting, Miniature, Toy Camera, Soft Focus, or Grainy Black and White.

The image quality of the EOS M10 may not be the greatest that we’ve come to expect from a mirrorless camera, but it’s surely more than good enough when you consider how little you’re spending on this camera. The EOS M10 is available for a very reasonable price.

Autofocus

When shooting the same target multiple times with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens, the Canon M10’s full autofocus shutter response was slower than the average for a mirrorless camera. This made it more difficult for the camera to determine whether or not it had properly focused on the subject.

When utilizing a single point (center) AF, we were able to measure a full AF shutter latency of 0.345 seconds. However, turning on the built-in flash introduced a substantial amount of delay to the pre-flash metering process, which resulted in a capture lag of around 0.8 seconds.

The shutter latency while using manual focus was satisfactory at 0.155 seconds. The camera was “prefocused” by half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before the final exposure. This resulted in a lag time of 0.088 seconds, which is also slower than normal for a mirrorless camera but is still quite speedy.

We conduct our tests of AF-active shutter lag with the lens already set to the appropriate focal distance. This helps us reduce the impact that varying lens focusing speeds have on the results.

Battery

For its power source, the Canon M10 employs a specialized rechargeable LP-E12 lithium-ion battery, and it comes included with its own specific battery charger. The battery life is stated at just 255 photos per charge, with 50 percent of those images using the flash, which is below average for a mirrorless camera. We strongly suggest that you purchase an additional battery and always have one that is fully charged and ready in case you need it.

According to the CIPA battery life and/or manufacturer standard test settings, the number of photos that can be taken with a Canon M10 that has a fully charged rechargeable battery is presented in the table that can be found above.

(Here on this page, visitors who are interested can locate an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards paper. (180K PDF document))

Canon EOS M10 Specifications

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions5184 x 3456 (16:9), 4320 x 2880, 2880 x 1920, 2304 x 1536, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 6
ISOAuto, 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points49
Lens mountCanon EF-M
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, off, slow synchro
Continuous drive4.6 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneNone
SpeakerMono
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E12 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)255
Weight (inc. batteries)301 g (0.66 lb / 10.62 oz)
Dimensions108 x 67 x 35 mm (4.25 x 2.64 x 1.38″)
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Conclusion

So, is there anything further to discuss in regard to the Canon EOS M10? Whose eyes will this camera capture? The solution is actually fairly easy to comprehend.

It’s a camera for individuals who haven’t used anything like a mirrorless camera before but have decided to take their photography or filmmaking to the next level by moving away from using a smartphone or a point-and-shoot camera. This is the type of user who would benefit most from this camera.

People who still want something that is easy to use but that also delivers the flexibility of changing lenses or having complete manual control over their exposure are the target audience for this product. They want everything, and they want it at a price that won’t make them go bankrupt. If you believe that this describes you, then the Canon EOS M10 is most definitely the camera that you should be looking into purchasing.

Despite its limitations, such as the absence of a viewfinder and a hot shoe, the EOS M10 may be of some value to amateur photographers who are searching for a backup body to shoot with when they don’t want to bother lugging their primary camera about with them.

Overall, the M10 is without a doubt one of the most competent mirrorless cameras you can acquire at its price range, and as a result, there aren’t many other cameras on the market that can compete with it.

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Connectivity through NFC
  • Screen That Can Be Moved Around
  • FullHD Video Resolution
  • A Touch Screen Device
  • Putting a Focus on Face Detection
Need Improvement
  • Lack of Protection for the Environment
  • No Image Stabilization
  • There is not an external flash shoe.
  • No Built-in Viewfinder
  • No External Viewfinder Option
  • Short remaining battery life
REVIEW OVERVIEW
Image Quality
Video Quality
Focusing Performance
Low Light Performance
Dynamic Range
Battery Performance
Display & Viewfinder
User Interface
Physical Layout & Ergonomics
Both the original EOS M and the EOS M10 share many of the same internal components and physical layout, therefore there are numerous similarities between the two cameras. Even if it has advancements in focusing and wireless connectivity, it still has to contend with a great deal of competition in this day and age. And, unhappily, it makes it a decision that is tough to endorse above the majority of the other options available. If this is the only camera a newbie can buy at the moment, it is a decent camera overall. If you are looking at purchasing this camera on a serious basis, the fact is that the model that followed after it is the superior choice, given the very small price gap between the two.

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Canon EOS M10 Review - A Close Encounter with a Precise and Compact CameraBoth the original EOS M and the EOS M10 share many of the same internal components and physical layout, therefore there are numerous similarities between the two cameras. Even if it has advancements in focusing and wireless connectivity, it still has to contend with a great deal of competition in this day and age. And, unhappily, it makes it a decision that is tough to endorse above the majority of the other options available. If this is the only camera a newbie can buy at the moment, it is a decent camera overall. If you are looking at purchasing this camera on a serious basis, the fact is that the model that followed after it is the superior choice, given the very small price gap between the two.