The Canon EOS M10 is Canon’s least expensive mirrorless camera and competes directly with the extremely popular, entry-level Sony A5000. The Canon EOS M10 is an extremely compact camera that weighs in at a little over 300g, which is just about half the weight of your typical DSLR. The camera has a 15-45mm EF-M F3.5-6.3 IS lens which, covers its 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor. This is the same exact sensor you’d find on a DSLR like the Canon Rebel T5i (EOS 700D). So you’re pretty much getting DSLR quality images without having to lug around the extra weight. Well, at least that’s what Canon is trying to do.
The EOS M10 is taking up residence below the more advanced EOS M3 in that Canon’s mirrorless lineup. The M10 comes with two different color options: black or white. It offers 3″ 1.04M dot tilting touch screen LCD, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and 1080/30p video recording. The M10 provides a built-in flash, but no viewfinder or hot shoe for an accessory unit. Its Hybrid CMOS II AF system gets an upgrade over the EOS M2, jumping from 31 to 49 points. Its ISO range extends from 125 to a 25600 expansion.
Canon EOS M10: What is in the box?
When you buy the Canon EOS M10 mirrorless digital camera, the items in the box are as follows:
Canon EOS M10 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens (Black)
- EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens (Graphite)
- LP-E12 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 875mAh)
- Battery Charger LC-E12 for Battery Pack LP-E12
- R-F-4 Camera Cover (Body Cap) for EOS M Mirrorless Camera
- EM-200DB Neck Strap
Canon EOS M10: Body and Design
The body on the EOS M is made from plastic but is actually pretty well built. There isn’t much of grip on the camera, but since it doesn’t weigh very much and since its actually pretty well-balanced, it is surprisingly comfortable to hold. The Sony a5000 is a bit lighter than the Canon EOS M10 and definitely has a better grip. Nevertheless, the Canon is still very easy to handle. You have a mode dial, power button, shutter button and record button on the top face with the handy popup flash to left.
Another thing I really like about the EOS M10 is that they’ve left the SD card slot on the side of the camera, instead of burying it in with the battery on the bottom. This makes it very easy to pop the SD card out, especially when the camera’s mounted to a tripod. It also has a mini HDMI port to connect it to a TV or monitor and a mini USB port to connect it to a computer, on the left face.
Canon EOS M10: Touchscreen
The camera’s interface and the viewfinder are the 3” Color touchscreen on the rear face. I really like how sharp and bright this display is, even when using it outdoors in the bright sunlight. And the touchscreen is also very responsive almost like any smartphone with a touchscreen. The menus and options are laid out in Canon’s typical style and are very easy to navigate. The display also flips up, making it very useful for selfies and vlogs.
Canon EOS M10: Image Quality
In terms of still images, the camera shoots 18-megapixel stills in both the JPEG and RAW format. You can also simultaneously store both a JPEG and RAW file for the same image. When it comes to image quality the Canon EOS M10 really shines. Since most beginners will probably use the camera in the automatic mode I took all these shots in the auto mode just to see how the camera would perform right out of the box. The images were all very sharp well exposed and had a very pleasing aesthetic about them.
When working in continuous shooting modes, up to 1000 full-resolution JPEGs can be recorded in a single burst or up to 666 raw files. If shooting in raw+JPEG mode, 512 frames can be shot in a burst.
In Canon’s typical style the colors were all very natural and the white balance was pretty accurate. Thanks to that large APS-C CMOS sensor it produced a nice soft background for the shots. Personally, I prefer the aesthetic of the photos from the EOS M10 to that of the Sony a5100. Even with the low light without the flash turned on, EOS M10 produce pretty impressive images.
Canon EOS M10: Autofocus
However, the process of getting good pictures is a whole lot more irritating. EOS M series cameras ever since the original EOS M, which you can read its review here, have always struggled with focus speed and accuracy. The Canon EOS M10 has the same exact issues. The autofocus system is painfully slow and pretty inaccurate and this can get very irritating. Every now and then it will completely lose focus and then hunts to regain focus especially with images that have a lot of things in the scene. The focusing speed isn’t even remotely close to modern mirrorless cameras from Sony and Panasonic. This was frankly a huge disappointment.
Canon EOS M10: Video Features
When it comes to video the Canon EOS M10 can shoot Full HD video at 30 and 24 frames per second and 720p HD video at 60 frames per second for slow-motion shots. Just like the photos the videos it produced were absolutely gorgeous. Everything is sharp and the colors are very natural and you can shoot video with a nice soft depth of field for that cinematic look. But as with photos, the focusing system made the whole process very annoying. The continuous-servo autofocus is almost completely useless and I recommend turning that off entirely. What is really helpful though is that you can focus manually using the focus ring and Canon now has focus peaking built into the camera. This really helps a lot and folks who are willing to invest the effort of focusing manually can get really great results.
Thanks to the flip screen it’s an extremely useful vlogging camera the built-in microphone on the Canon EOS M10 is actually pretty decent and this is very important especially since the camera doesn’t have a port to plug in an external microphone.
Canon EOS M10: Other Features
The Canon EOS M10 does come with Wi-Fi so you can technically connect the camera to your phone or tablet and view pictures on the camera who control the camera remotely. However, the app is extremely clunky and loses connection to the camera often I wouldn’t even recommend using it.
Language support: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
Canon EOS M10: Performance
The Canon LP-E12 battery lives in the compartment on the bottom which is right next to a standard quarter-twenty tripod mount. This rechargeable lithium-ion battery allows you to record approximately 255 shots per charge or 360 shots per charge in ECO mode.
Canon EOS M10: Lenses
One thing to note though is that Canon EOS M10 uses Canon’s EF-M lens mount, which was is used on its entire lineup of EOS M series cameras. So if you do happen to have Canon EF or EF-S lenses you’re going to need an adapter to use those lenses on Canon EOS M10. The lens on this camera has a locking stow-away design, which makes it even more compact when you’re carrying it around and when you’re ready to shoot, press the button and twist the lens to release the lock.
The EF-M-mount 18-55mm IS STM lens that comes with the kit is very good. It does not offer a very wide maximum aperture across the zoom range at f3.5-5.6, like most consumer kit lenses. By no measure, distortion of the lens is not bad and it handles aberrations well. Canon knows what it does with lens design and when coupled with the sensor of the EOS M3, the 18-55 mm IS lens performs well.
Canon EOS M10 has a Canon EF-M lens mount and 20 native lenses for this mount are currently available. Because EOS M10 has an APS-C sensor, it has a 1.6x focal length multiplier so that you need to multiply the original focal length with this multiplier to find the lens’ full frame equivalent focal length when mounted on EOS M10.
Standard Zoom Lenses
- Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM
Standard Prime Lenses
- 7artisans 35mm F1.2
- Canon EF-M 32mm F1.4 STM
- 7artisans 35mm F2
Wide-angle Zoom Lenses
- Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM
- Canon EF-M 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM
Wide-angle Prime Lenses
- Canon EF-M 22mm f2 STM
- Samyang 12mm f2.0 / 35mm F1.2 / 10mm f2.8 / 16mm f2.0
Telephoto Zoom Lenses
- Canon EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM
Telephoto Prime Lenses
- Samyang 300mm f6.3
- Rokinon 85mm F1.8 Samyang 85mm F1.8
- Canon EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM
Wide-angle Fisheye Prime Lenses
- Kamlan 8mm F3.0 Fisheye
Canon EOS M10: Specs.
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||5184 x 3456|
|Effective pixels||18 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)|
|Lens mount||Canon EF-M|
|Focal length mult.||1.6×|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||301 g (0.66 lb / 10.62 oz)|
|Dimensions||108 x 67 x 35 mm (4.25 x 2.64 x 1.38″)|
So my overall thoughts about the Canon EOS M10. The EOS M10 is a nice compact camera that’s full of great and useful features and also produces amazing photos and videos. However, the autofocusing system is a real disappointment. It just makes the process of taking photos and video much slower and irritating. So I really can’t recommend the EOS M10 at this time for those who are upgrading from smartphones or point-and-shoot cameras and want an entry-level compact mirrorless camera I recommend the Sony a5000 or Sony a5100. Those cameras will get you very similar results without the sluggishness of the Canon EOS M10. If you’re looking to start out as an amateur photographer I’d recommend a DSLR like the Nikon D3400 which retails for around the same price as the EOS M10.
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