Canon EOS M100 is a small mirrorless APS-C sensor, whose advantages are compact size, simple operation and a relatively low price. You can read about how the camera works in practice in our review.
The Canon EOS M100 debuted at the end of last year's holidays and it seems that we can call it the successor of the EOS M10 model – a cheap, though not very successful, mirrorless. How will the EOS M100 fall out from the predecessor? Let's see!
Small housing and simple operation
Taking the camera in your hand you immediately know that we are dealing with amateur equipment. The plastic casing does not look overly solid, and the camera's appearance itself, well, in my opinion it is a bit archaic. The Canon EOS M100 looks a bit like compact cameras from 10 years ago . There is neither simplicity nor minimalism known from the small mirrorless Panasonik, nor the retro design that Olympus gives us. Thanks to this camera is a bit lackluster, and the white-silver version (this is what we got for testing) looks not very interesting.Visual perception is obviously a matter of taste. The important thing is that the EOS M100 is rather similar to a compact – the body weighs only 302 grams with a battery . The lens kit attached to the kit is also quite small in size, and its part is only extended when we use the camera – when the camera is turned off, some of the lens can be inserted, which takes up less space. Small dimensions are a big advantage of this model, because we can practically put it in your pocket – maybe not trousers, but also jackets as much as possible. On the market, we can find smaller mirrorless cameras, such as the Panasonic Lumix GX800, but in the case of that camera we get the APS-C matrix, while here in a small size body the manufacturer has placed the APS-C matrix. The fact that the EOS M100 is a typically amateur bezlusterkowiec also provides the number of buttons on the housing – there are extremely few. At the top of the body you will find the shutter button (one knob around it), the REC button and the mode dial – Auto mode, Photo mode and Movie mode. On the front you will find menu buttons, preview or turn on WiFi. And at the end. On the top of the body there is also room for a pop-up flash that can be pointed upwards, holding it with your finger. In the place where the thumb is held, we have a rough surface that slightly goes beyond the casing, but it does not give a very comfortable grip. The camera holds in your hand not very comfortable – in this field the M100 is closer to the compact, not mirrorless. On the left side you will find a mini HDMI input of type C and a standard micro USB. Here you will also find a place for a memory card, which is a rare solution in small cameras, where the most often found card next to the battery. For this Canon has a great plus – usually wanting to replace the card you have to unclip the camera from the tripod, and in M100 this problem does not occur. The battery is small. Its capacity is suddenly 875 mAh, and on one charge we will not make even 300 photos , filming is not even worth mentioning. That's why it's worth having at least one spare battery immediately if you intend to use the camera for a long time. There are also several wireless modules in the camera. The standard WiFi is accompanied by NFC, thanks to which we can quickly pair the mirrorless with the phone. Using WiFi will allow you to control the camera from a mobile device – just install the free application of Canon. Wireless connectivity will also ensure the transmission of photos and videos from the camera without the need to connect the cable. In addition, the camera also supports Bluetooth 4.1.
A touch screen for selfies
The display in the tested model meets the current standards, which means that its resolution is 1,040 million points, so it is sufficient to ensure good image preview. We can adjust the brightness in five levels, although it could be slightly larger, because in the bright sun the screen is a bit dark. Which does not mean that we will not see anything on it – it could just be a little brighter. The advantage of the screen is that we can handle it with touch. And the possibilities of touch are quite big, because not only will we use it to select the focus point, but also we will be able to easily operate on the menu. This is a very helpful solution and quite pleasant, because most of us are today used to using touch screens, so probably this is how you will navigate the menu.It is worth mentioning that, similarly to other amateur cameras, the Canon M100 also features a 180-degree screen that allows us to take a selfie or help with cropping when recording a vlog. If you turn the screen, you can still touch various parameters such as the ISO value, and we can release the shutter by touching the screen. In addition, when you rotate the screen 180 degrees , selfie options automatically known from smartphones are automatically activated . Therefore, we can use, for example, the effect of beautifying the face. Menu in the EOS M100 model is very similar to that found in most Canon models for several years. The manufacturer does not change his appearance and layout significantly, so users of other Canon models will immediately find it. Others will not need too much time to deal with the menu, because it is quite instinctive, and because of the amateur nature of the camera, the menu item is not too much.
Does Canon M100 make nice pictures?
In a small body, we find a CMOS sensor in APS-C size and 24 Mpix resolution, the same as in larger SLRs. In turn, the image processing is equivalent to a powerful processor DIGIC 7. This set makes the image quality is not bad. Let's start with the ISO sensitivity (its range: 100-25 600) – here maybe there is no rage, although progress is visible in relation to previous models. The 3200 quality is quite livable and we'll use it for photos with no problem . The grain can be seen more clearly in the films, but by half the lower value is acceptable, and let us note that in some models raising the ISO above 800 may have already resulted in noise. This is how it looks in practice.Overall picture quality is good . They are sharp and clear, and the colors are well-mapped. Of course, we must remember that this is an amateur camera, so the tonal range of the photograph and their detail are not outstanding. In any case, the pictures look better than those made with a smartphone. Of course, there are plenty of RAW shooting options, but the camera is good at calling them, so you can shoot immediately in JPEG files, because I assume that nobody buys this model for professional use. For such a cheap model, autofocus is doing quite well . Of course, 49 focus points are not much on the current standards, but the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology allows you to sharpen the image well in a relatively short time. Together with the lenses created for the system, we get effective, but also almost silent sharpening. Let us add that thanks to the touch screen, the focus can be set with the finger on the screen, and it is a very convenient solution. Below are some example photos, and frames in full resolution – traditionally – in our gallery . Within a second we will take a maximum of 6 photos in a second (the buffer will hold over 80 JPGów and 20 RAWów), and in worse lighting conditions help us a lamp – it can be directed upwards, for example, the ceiling, making it easier to not x-ray the plan. Inside the camera, we do not experience the stabilization of the matrix, because it is difficult to expect in the model for such a small amount of money. The camera offers us a lot of creative modes, although relatively few really interesting. The HDR mode may be useful, and as I have already mentioned, we also have self-help modes for beautifying the face and similar treatments. However, the mode with vivid colors, which provides simply nice, well-saturated photos is enough.
The M100 film possibilities are not big
The film mode in the model may not provide such effects, so that the camera can shoot short films, but it will work well in everyday use, and thus shooting movies from trips or recording vlogs. The second model will work really well – it is lightweight and handy so it does not have a hand, it has a 180 degree screen, and the autofocus in the film mode is doing well enough that it's what's right – that's our face and not the background behind us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ7XWZsDb4Q The autofocus is doing well, and the automatic mode correctly selects the exposure, although we can of course also use the fully manual mode (unfortunately there are no priority modes). The picture resolution is Full HD at 50 fps. – not much, but not so long ago, Canon did not even give it – in the previous model, M10, in Full HD we got the speed of 25 fps. The picture quality in Full HD is not as good as in the case of the competition in the form of Sony or Panasonic. You can see that the picture is not so sharp, and the tonal dynamics of the image is a bit limp. Nevertheless, it's an amateur model, so I'm able to forgive him a lot. In the case of film applications, there is not enough entry into the external microphone, although the built-in one does not get too bad, if we keep the camera relatively close to the face. Unfortunately, of course, the microphone collects the wind, so recording the sound outside in case of a larger wind may be difficult.
Summary and evaluation
Canon M100 is a model that will not impress users who have a greater understanding of photographic and film equipment. But also not addressed to such people. It is simply an easy-to-use, small camera that works well in amateur applications. Compact sizes make it possible to take it with you anywhere, and thanks to intuitive handling, even a layman can handle it. Autofocus works not bad, photos come out pretty nice, and if necessary, we'll record decent quality movies. This is enough to allow the camera to find buyers at its relatively low price. [Show_rating]