The 24-megapixel Canon EOS M100 mirrorless camera is made for novices who yearn to capture more professional-looking shots or videos than they can use a smartphone or a point-and-shoot, but find most advanced cameras intimidating. Overall, the Canon EOS M100 ($600) produced very well still photos and video, actually in low light. It also includes intuitive ways to get creative, either while shooting or by editing the photos you shot, in-camera. While it lacks some features that may help you grow as a photographer, the EOS M100 is an inexpensive choice if you’re looking to ease into a canon mirrorless camera.
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Design, Controls and Features
The EOS M100 measures approximately 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 inches and is about 9.4 ounces, making it smaller, more compact and more lightweight than the Sony a6000, which weighs 10.05 ounces and measures 4.72 x 2.63 x 1.78 inches.
However, that convenience comes at a price. You’ll find fewer knobs and physical handles on the exterior of the M100 than you will on various other mirrorless cameras for beginners, like the a6000. That means you’ll need to find the settings you desire by hunting around in the menu system. Nevertheless, Canon’s done a decent job of making the interface fairly intuitive.
The M100 lacks an electronic viewfinder, which made it more difficult to compose an image or a video. Canon partially makes up for it by including a very clear, sharp and responsive 3-inch touch-display screen LCD. One great LCD feature is that you can use the touch screen to snap or focus your photos by touching the display.
Image Quality and Performance
The 24-megapixel EOS M100 includes a large, APS-C image sensor, which is the same as in many of its DSLRs. General, the sensor and the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens (two of the most important factors that determine image quality on any camera) worked well in lots of lighting scenarios: Whether I shot landscapes in brightly lit rural configurations, portraits on a wintry evening backlit with holiday lighting, or subjects in motion, the M100 did a fine job of capturing fine detail and dynamic range.
The M100 can capture full-HD-resolution video at 60p or 30p, but doesn’t include 4K video, as with Sony a6300 and Sony a6500. Although images get noisy at the top ISO of 25,600, they’re mostly noise-free, also at the second-highest ISO, 12,800 (although you will notice a slight increase in finer grain, that will obscure very fine details). Overall, most entry-level novices will become quite happy with the picture quality using almost any ISO setting.
Another great feature, useful for shooting sharp still photos and video, is Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology, which you’ll come across in pricier DSLRs such as the EOS 80D.
As should be expected, the M100 does a superb work in bright light. It captured exceptional details, and color fidelity was extremely good, as hues were accurate and radiant. The dynamic range was decent, but there could have been more differentiation in the dark tones.
Some photographers may steer clear of the M100 camera simply because it doesn’t shoot in 4K resolution. But it does give you the option of shooting 1080p video clips at either 30 or 60 fps, with the latter providing a somewhat smoother frame rate. In my tests, I found the M100 took videos that were clear and crisp.
The EOS M100 had some trouble adjusting to changes in light (like moving from indoors to outdoors). But I did find a workaround: If you alter the metering from evaluative metering (which determines the publicity by considering the entire frame of the image) to center-weighted average metering (which selects a smaller area), the change in direct exposure occurs more quickly.
When panning the camera from remaining to right or right to still left, the video’s image stabilization functioned adequately. Like most of Canon’s interchangeable-lens cameras, the M100 has a lens-based optical image stabilization system, which means the stabilizer is definitely positioned in the lens. Thus far, most of the new M-series Canon lenses, including the 15-45mm lens I used for testing, have a built-in optical stabilizer. In addition, Canon adds 3-axis digital IS as well, although it’s for video capture and not still photos. It’s meant to compensate for any handshake, which can end result in jittery video footage.
The Canon EOS M100 is definitely targeted at those who’ve never used an advanced camera or perhaps even a point-and-shoot before. For those people, this mirrorless camera can be an attractive choice if you are looking to step up the quality of your photos and video. But without an electronic viewfinder or sizzling shoe (for an external flash), as well as other advanced features found on competing for advanced digital cameras, just like the Sony a6000, your ability to fully grow with this camera will end up being limited. Overall, though, the EOS M110 is a relatively inexpensive, lightweight, easy-to-use and fun mirrorless camera.