Canon EOS M100 review, are you ready to take your photography to the next level and are tired of shooting on your smartphone all the time? Well, this is the camera for you. It’s lightweight, compact, and has interchangeable lenses. The EOS M100 is Canon’s newest mirrorless release and it’s above the third mirrorless camera they released in the 2017 but unlike the EOS M5 and the EOS M6, the Canon M100 is aimed squarely at the entry-level market.
The Canon EOS M100 has a 24.2-megapixel APS-C size sensor and ISO up to 25600. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF makes focusing fast and seamless with a touch of your finger. The Canon M100 comes with Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth which makes it so easy to post on social media on the go.
Now as such for someone who’s a seasoned photographer EOS M100 is not going to be super exciting, it’s not a spec workhorse or anything like that. But for someone in the right audience, I think there are quite a bit of positive features about this camera.
Lastly, the camera is available in black or white colors and Canon is releasing a kind of funky colorful grips that you can swap around to give the camera a different look.
Canon EOS M100: Body and Design
Physically you know the camera feels pretty good. It’s almost the exact same size as the Sony a5100 but it does have a few difference. Personally, I prefer some kind of grip on the front of the camera and unfortunately, the M100 has a very flat body. I mean it’s not terrible, as there’s this grippy matte finished to make it a little easier to hold but I prefer having some kind of a grip. I don’t like when it’s just like flat it’s uncomfortable.
On the top, you’ll find the mode settings dial, shutter button, power button, and settings dial. On the left side, you’ll find an HDMI and USB port above the SD card slot. I like when SD card slots are on the side, it is really terrible trying to move a bottom seated SD card when your cameras on a tripod my camera is always on a tripod so it’s really terrible.
On the back side, the flip up screen is fully touch enabled. You may have noticed a pretty barebone lack of physical dials and buttons on the back now I’m usually pretty hard on cameras without those. However, when you can easily change the settings of the camera from the touch screen I think that’s a pretty good compromise. Canon you know in all fairness does a pretty good job at creating touch screen interfaces it’s not that bad.
One physical problem you might have noticed is there is no external audio input on the M100.
Canon EOS M100: Sensor and Processor
Inside this camera is a 24-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor. That’s quite a big sensor with a lot of resolution for a camera that’s this small. For comparison, that’s the same size sensor as what’s in a Canon 7D Mark II for example.
This camera is going to have comparable picture quality and low-light performance too many mid-range DSLR which is quite good and it will be much better than a compact camera or a smartphone which is probably what people who are interested in this camera are stepping up from.
Canon EOS M100: Photography Features
So if that’s the case it’ll represent a big increase in picture quality and low-light performance for something like that. The camera has a 49 point AF system and it also has Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel Autofocus system in it as well. That is a very good AF system, Canon is been putting in a lot of their cameras. It’s very tried and true, it’s very good at tracking subjects that they move across the frame. Now, don’t expect Canon 1DX Mark II performance out of this camera of course but for an entry-level camera, it does quite a good job. It’s also particularly useful at tracking faces so it’s very easy to take photos or videos of people which synergize is especially well with the flip up selfie screen on the camera.
It has a four frames per second burst shooting rate so that’s not blazing fast but again not bad for a camera like this and it’ll let you shoot some decent fast action shots as well.
Canon EOS M100: Sample Images
Canon EOS M100: Video Features
Looking at the video, the camera can shoot 1080p at up to 60 frames per second so you can shoot slow-motion footage at Full HD. This camera does not have a 4K video recording feature. Now that’s something Canon has taken a lot of hate for recently, not including 4K video recording in a number of their recent releases. In this case, though considering the market for the camera I think they can be forgiving here. I don’t think someone whose interest in this camera is gonna miss the lack of 4K even if they had it they likely wouldn’t have the editing rigs to deal with it so in this case that’s not a big deal I don’t think.
The camera does have a time-lapse video recording feature as well. Overall, the quality of the video is nice Canon has always had really nice-looking video and that carries over here.
Canon EOS M100: Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth Connectivity
It also has Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth making it very easy to transfer your photos to your smartphone and then share them on social platforms. It is a good thing for the audience that is aimed at.
Canon EOS M100: Lenses
Of course, this is an interchangeable lens camera so you can swap out lenses. Canon EOS M100 has a Canon EF-M lens mount and 20 native lenses for this mount are currently available. Because EOS M100 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 Canon M100.
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
So being a mirrorless camera one advantage, of course, is the size of it and Canon has really tried to capitalize on EOS M100. It’s a very portable camera, it’s not much bigger than a lot of compacts, it’s going to very easily fit in a small bag or a purse or something similar, great for travel and just general portability.
I really like about these small mirrorless cameras that they could just fit anywhere. They are so small, they’ve got such good autofocus. You can just take them and put them anywhere like on a random fence and you can just set them up and get really good image quality. Super easy to use, you just hit record and starts going. I love that about these small cameras, especially like the M100.
I really like the ease of use of the Canon M100 and it’s backed by a pretty good performance that 24MP APS-C size CMOS sensor, you’ve got the Dual Pixel AF system in here. You have Wi-Fi and social sharing settings, flip up selfie screen and so on. I think it’s a good choice for some budding photographers and the camera does not have 4K video and overall I do still wish that the lens lineup for Canon’s mirrorless cameras was a little more comprehensive. In this case, I think both of those points are fairly minor and forgivable.
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