Canon EOS M100 Review

The Canon EOS M100 is the entry-level mirrorless camera model in Canon’s EOS M mirrorless range of cameras. It’s created for smartphone upgraders or ‘storytellers’, with ultra-simple exterior settings and a smartphone-style touchscreen interface with a 180-degree flip-up selfie pivot.

It’s made for simple sharing of images on social networks, with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC and an always-on Bluetooth LE connection for automatic image transfer from your camera to your smartphone. If you feel Instagram rather than Lightroom, you won’t be far wrong.

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Inside, though, the EOS M100 offers Canon’s newest 24MP APS-C Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, the same technology that features in many of Canon’s DSLRs and mirrorless models much further up the product range. It delivers fast autofocus and great picture quality.

If there’s a problem with the EOS M100 it’s that in super-simplifying the outside, Canon has pushed all the technical stuff inside, where it can only be accessed by tapping on the interactive touch screen interface. This makes common changes like exposure settlement, white balance, exposure mode and many more simply a little trickier to apply.

The other issue is that there’s no viewfinder. It’s not the only budget mirrorless camera not to have a viewfinder, but we’d constantly recommend paying a little more for a camera that has one.

Designed for smartphone upgraders

Canon isn’t targeting professionals with the EOS M100. The handles have been kept deliberately simple so that photographers whose only other camera provides been their smartphone won’t feel too daunted. At the same time, Canon has included its latest 24MP Dual CMOS AF sensor, as found in its top APS-C DSLRs; the only way to get a better sensor than this in the Canon range is definitely to step all the way up to a full-frame DSLR.

24 megapixels is about as good as it gets for cameras of this size, and the Dual Pixel system on the sensor gives the Canon the same phase-detection autofocus as DSLRs. Compared to older, simpler mirrorless cameras the M100 should focus faster and more easily, both for stills picture taking and when you’re shooting video.

Interestingly, the M100 doesn’t shoot 4K video but sticks to 1920 x 1080 Full HD. Canon told us it wanted to concentrate on movie quality and overall sharpness, using a combination of the optical picture stabilizer incompatible lenses and the 3-axis Digital IS program in the camera.

We tested the EOS M100 with Canon’s EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.5 retracting kit lens, which may be the one most likely to be supplied with the camera. This has optical image stabilization built-in, and Canon’s most recent stepping electric motor STM autofocus for faster, smoother and quieter operation.

Other EOS-M lenses are available, but there’s not such a wide selection for Canon’s EOS M mirrorless models as for its DSLRs, although Canon does offer an adaptor for mounting its DSLR lenses.

You should push a button and twist the lens to extend it for shooting, but it does retract to a more compact shape than a regular zoom lens for carrying around.

Image quality

Canon’s 24.2MP sensor provides really clean, sharp images. The quality will depend on the lens you’ve got fitted, but even with the 15-45mm kit lens, our test shots were very clear and full of detail.

The lens’s built-in IS works well (Canon doesn’t use in-body stabilization systems), though it’s a good idea to set the camera to auto ISO or raise the ISO manually in low light to reduce the risk of camera shake, as the 15-45mm kit lens has a fairly restricted maximum aperture at longer zoom settings, which results in slower shutter speeds and increased risk of shake.

The sensor possesses good low-light performance, with well-controlled noise even at higher ISO settings. Various other factors creep in to affect sharpness, though, including camera shake and zoom lens softness.

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