Basic Specifications
Full model name: Canon EOS M100
Resolution: 24.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(22.3mm x 14.9mm)
Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom
15-45mm
(24-72mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 25,600
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 1/4000 - 30 sec
Max Aperture: 3.5 (kit lens)
Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in.
(108 x 67 x 35 mm)
Weight: 10.7 oz (302 g)
Availability: 10/2017
Manufacturer: Canon
Full specs: Canon EOS M100 specifications
24.20
Megapixels
Canon EF-M APS-C
size sensor
image of Canon EOS M100
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Canon EOS M100 Review -- Now Shooting!

by Jeremy Gray
Preview posted: 08/29/2017
Last updated: 01/10/2018

Updates:
10/12/2017: First Shots posted
10/12/2017: Performance posted
12/07/2017: Field Test Part I posted
01/10/2018: Field Test Part II posted

Click here to jump straight to our in-depth M100 Product Overview.

 

Canon M100 Field Test Part II

The M100 delivers impressive video for an entry-level camera

by Jeremy Gray | Posted 01/10/2018

Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM: 15mm (24mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 100.
Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image.

Recap of Field Test Part I

In my first M100 Field Test, I focused on the camera body itself, the image sensor and image quality, autofocus and performance. I was impressed by the M100 and found it offered a good amount of versatility in a compact form factor.

In this second Field Test, the focus will be on video and other features. I will also discuss the shooting experience more generally before wrapping up my Field Test and giving an overall view on the camera's performance in real-world shooting.

Video

The M100 follows suit with many recent Canon cameras in that its resolution tops out at Full HD. The camera can record 1920 x 1080 video at up to 60 progressive frames per second, which is competitive with other EOS M cameras, but the lack of 4K recording continues with this model. With that said, the M100 is an affordable camera, so 4K inclusion would be somewhat surprising, irrespective of Canon's previous cameras.

Videos are recorded as .MP4 files (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoding with AAC-LC stereo audio) with a maximum duration of 29 minutes and 59 seconds, and a maximum file size of 4GB. Resolution and framerate options include Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 60 (59.94), 50, 30 (29.97), 25, or 24 (23.98) fps; HD (1280 x 720) at 60 or 50 fps; and VGA (640 x 480) at 30 or 25 fps.

Full HD 60p Video
1920 x 1080 at 60p with Fine Detail Picture Control using Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens.
Download Original (89.6 MB .MP4 File)

There is also a time-lapse movie mode which captures stills at preset intervals and combines them into a Full HD 30p (or 25p for PAL) time-lapse video in-camera. You can choose from 3 Scene types (for moving subjects, slowly changing subjects or slowly changing scenes) which pre-selects the number of shots and interval which you can tweak, or you can select Custom and set the number of frames from 30 to 900 and interval from 2 to 30 seconds. You can also select whether exposure is fixed at the first frame or varies with each shot, and whether to review each image or not, to monitor progress or save battery life.

Time-lapse Video
1920 x 1080 at 30p Time-lapse Movie mode, Scene 2 option (150 shots at 5 second intervals) with Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens.
Download Original (15.2 MB .MP4 File)

The M100 has 3-axis digital image stabilization for videos, which works quite well. In the video below, I was steadying the camera a bit, but to be able to move the camera while shooting at 200mm (more like 400mm when considering the combined APS-C and digital IS crop factors) and not have terribly shaky video is impressive.

Image Stabilization Video
1920 x 1080 at 30p recorded with Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens
at 200mm with digital image stabilization enabled.
Download Original (68 MB .MP4 File)

Speaking of the crop, the camera does crop in from the sides and top when recording video, so you won't have the full width of the camera sensor for video recording, provided you are using the impressive digital image stabilization. If you turn image stabilization off, the width of the frame is the same for video as it is for stills, as you can see in the comparison below.

As you can see, enabling digital image stabilization does crop the video frame in from the sides, which makes sense. It's nice that you can record full-width video without the digital stabilization enabled for times when you want the greater field of view.

The M100 offers full manual video recording in addition to auto, which is great for a camera at this price point. Further, its autofocus performance proved pretty impressive during my testing, provided you have good light. If you are shooting in low light, focus can be rather sluggish. However it doesn't hunt very often once focus is locked in thanks to its Dual Pixel AF, which is very nice.

When looking at how the EOS M100 performs across different ISO settings, we see that the video quality varies quite a lot throughout the native ISO range of 100 to 6400. With that said, even at ISO 100, the video quality is not spectacular. The Full HD video is a bit soft, although the colors are quite pleasing, particularly in the Fine Detail Picture Style, which is my personal favorite with Canon cameras due to the good color reproduction and nice tone curve.

In the video below, I took the M100 through its entire ISO range in a scene with some highlight detail and shadow detail plus some very rich colors to see how the camera performed. At ISO 100 through 1600, the colors are quite nice. At ISO 3200 and 6400, the colors get a bit washed out. Noise becomes noticeable around ISO 800 and the contrast decreases, and as you increase the ISO further, the overall image becomes a bit flat. Very fine details become noticeably softer at ISO 800 and above. If you can shoot at ISO 400 or below, I highly recommend that you do.

ISO Test Video Compilation
1920 x 1080 at 24p recorded at different ISOs (ISO setting is labelled for each segment) with Fine Detail Picture Control using EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM.
Download Original Compilation (35.6 MB .MP4 File)

Overall

Overall, the EOS M100 is a decent video camera. Being able to set manual exposure settings is very nice but the M100 also does well with automatic settings across a wide variety of lighting conditions. It can shoot high ISO video with decent quality, but the Full HD video really shines at low ISOs. While I wish Canon would incorporate 4K recording into more of their cameras, I'm not holding my breath and I certainly wouldn't have expected the M100 to break the mold in their current EOS M lineup.

Full HD 24p Video
1920 x 1080 at 24p with automatic settings using Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens.
Download Original (49.3 MB .MP4 File)

Shooting Experience

I spent a lot of time discussing the M100's autofocus and performance in my first Field Test, so I don't want to retread too much territory. With that said, I want to reiterate how good the camera is at allowing you to simply capture nice-looking images without any fuss. If you want to leave the camera on an automatic or semi-automatic setting and fire away, that's fine and the camera will work well. I will suggest switching the Picture Style to Fine Detail, or at the very least avoiding "Auto," because you will get much better color reproduction if you stay away from "Auto" Picture Style.

Metering

The Canon EOS M100 offers evaluative, partial, spot and center-weighted average metering modes. Unfortunately, the spot metering mode is not tied to the active autofocus point but is rather is locked to the center of the frame. The exposure metering itself does quite well in many different lighting conditions, although its low-light performance comes up a bit short, particularly with respect to white balance.

Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM: 15mm (24mm equiv.), f/8, 1/5s, ISO 125, Auto White Balance. Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image.

As you can see, when metering an image in low light outdoors, the camera tends to deliver slightly dark, bluish images. This can be dealt with by using exposure compensation and a manual white balance, although that takes experience to correctly handle in the camera. It's easier to simply shoot RAW and fix the white balance after the fact.

Wireless Shooting

With its dedicated wireless communication button on the rear of the M100, you can easily connect the camera to your smartphone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The on-screen instructions are easy to follow and the process is pretty straightforward. Once connected, you can remotely control the camera and transfer images from the M100 to your smartphone, making it a quick and easy way to share your photos with friends and family.

One aspect that is particularly neat is that you can determine which images are viewable to the smartphone. Suppose you wanted to share only images captured on a specific day with someone else on their phone, it's a breeze.

The app also offers remote control shooting, which works pretty well and offers similar functionality as is found on other similar Canon cameras. You can use your smartphone to move the autofocus point around the frame, change some camera settings including drive mode and autofocus mode. The video feed quality is pretty good and the connection proved stable during my testing.

Overall, while you cannot control every aspect of the camera, including the shooting mode, which is an unfortunate omission, the remote control shooting and overall connectivity features work well and should serve many users quite well.

The M100 delivers pretty good wireless functionality with built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth. It also has a dedicated wireless function button on the rear of the camera.

Field Test Part II Summary

Compact entry-level camera delivers pretty good video features and performance

What I like:

  • Good video quality at low ISO
  • Supports fully manual video recording
  • Easy to use wireless shooting modes

What I dislike:

  • No 4K video
  • Metering, while good, falters in low light
  • Remote control shooting doesn't have many features

The Canon EOS M100 is an entry-level camera and as we saw in the first Field Test, it performs well as a compact stills camera. I looked at video performance in this second Field Test and the M100 performed well here too. The M100 may top out at Full HD resolutions, but the video quality is good and the camera is very easy to use with its dedicated video shooting mode and movie record button.

Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM: 22mm (35mm equiv.), f/5.6, 1/15s, ISO 100.
Click for full-size image. Click here for RAW image.

Overall, the Canon EOS M100 is an easy camera to pick up and use and it offers a comfortable compact form factor. It lacks many physical controls, but it doesn't lack good image and video quality and delivers good overall value. If you're new to the EOS M system or simply want to upgrade from an older entry-level model, the M100 is a great option.

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Canon M100 Product Overview

by Jeremy Gray

For photographers who want to step up from a smartphone or compact point and shoot camera, Canon hopes that the new EOS M100 will fit the bill. The M100 replaces the roughly two-year-old M10 in Canon's mirrorless EOS lineup. The M100 is the new "entry-level" model and offers the versatility of an interchangeable lens camera without the large size of a DSLR and without eliminating the user-friendliness that you find in your smartphone.

There are many new features in the M100 compared to the M10, so let's dig into the new Canon EOS M100 and see what it offers.

Canon M100 Key Features and Specifications

  • Compact interchangeable lens camera
  • Touchscreen-centric interface
  • Creative Assist function
  • 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Native ISO range of 100 to 25,600
  • DIGIC 7 image processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Continuous shooting at 6.1fps (One-Shot AF)
  • Full HD video recording at up to 60 frames per second
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth

The EOS M100 is a compact ILC with a touchscreen user interface

The M100 looks quite similar to the M10, but there are a few differences to point out. The M100 has a gripped surface across its front, replacing the smooth plastic surface of the EOS M10. On the rear of the M100, we find the same tilting 3-inch touchscreen with 1.04 million dots of resolution, but the M100 now includes a dedicated wireless button on the rear of the camera.

The M100 does not include an electronic viewfinder nor a hot shoe to attach an optional one (or an external flash). The M100 does have a built-in flash, however, and its guide number is 16.4 feet (5 meters) at ISO 100 with a maximum flash sync of 1/200s.

Alongside the similar appearance, the M100 is the same size as the M10 in terms of dimensions and weight. The M100 has dimensions of 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 inches (108.2 x 67.1 x 35.1 millimeters) and weighs 10.7 ounces (302 grams) with the battery and memory card inserted. We found that the M10 was a fairly sturdy-feeling, comfortable camera for its price point and the M100 looks to continue in that tradition.

User Interface and Creative Assist functionality

The 3-inch touchscreen on the EOS M100 is an important part of the camera's design and overall philosophy. The user interface is new and touch-based, which while not necessarily ideal for all situations, is likely a great way to ease a new photographer into a more advanced camera than their smartphone. The user interface is not just touch-based, but it is also customizable. You can toggle on and off different menu items to simplify or cater the user experience to your own knowledge level and preferences.

The simplified and revamped user interface also comes with Canon's Creative Assist functionality. With Creative Assist, you can select certain looks, such as capturing motion or blurring a background or brightening your image, without necessarily having the technical knowledge to change shooting settings manually. You select your desired look and then the camera adjusts settings as needed, letting you know what is happening. Canon hopes that the function will not only allow beginner photographers to capture their desired shots more easily, but also help them learn how the camera operates such that they can perform more settings on their own as they built their photographic skills. Further, you can save customized Creative Assist settings. In total, Creative Assist allows the user to select from blurred-sharp, dark-light, low-high contrast, neutral-vivid saturation, blue-amber color tone, magenta-green color tone and monochrome image parameters.

The M100 gains a new sensor, going from 18MP to 24MP

The M100 may share the same entry-level status as its predecessor, but it does not share the same image sensor. Whereas the M10 had an 18-megapixel APS-C sensor, the M100 gets the same 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor found in the M5 and M6 cameras. This sensor records 14-bit RAW files and includes self-cleaning capabilities.

The new sensor packs not only more megapixels, but it also has a wider native ISO range, going from 100 to 25,600. The M10, on the other hand, had a native ISO which topped out at 12,800, although it could be expanded to ISO 25,600.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF: EOS M100 shares the same AF system as the M5 & M6

With Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the M100 shares the same autofocus system as the M5 and M6. While the M10 used Hybrid CMOS AF II autofocus, both the M100 and the M10 offer 49 user-selectable autofocus points. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF is rated to work from -1 to 18 EV, and the M100 includes a built-in AF assist LED lamp for focusing in dim conditions.

Autofocus modes on the M100 include single-point AF, zone AF, automatic selection and Face+Tracking AF. The camera offers One-Shot AF and Servo AF modes as well. You can use the touchscreen to move the autofocus point when working with compatible modes, like single-point and group AF.

Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology has impressed us in the M5 and M6 cameras, so we expect more of the same from the M100, although we will need to use the camera in the real world to verify performance.

Better performance from latest DIGIC 7 processor

As an entry-level mirrorless camera, you do have to temper your expectations for the camera's speed to some extent. With that said, the M100 includes Canon's latest DIGIC 7 processor and, according to Canon, this leads to improved shooting speeds over its predecessor despite having more megapixels. The M100 can capture images with Servo AF at up to 4 frames per second and with One-Shot AF at just over 6 fps, per Canon's specifications. Canon says that the maximum burst for continuous highest-quality JPEG images is 89, and for RAW the buffer is 21 frames. We will have to test the camera in the lab to verify these numbers, of course.

Shooting Modes

The M100 includes numerous creative shooting modes and advanced filters, such as HDR shooting, a self-portrait mode and more. Further, the M100 also offers in-camera RAW processing.

The M100 includes the following Picture Style options: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, Smooth Skin, Self Portrait and three user-defined settings. Creative filters include: Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye effect, Art bold effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect and Miniature effect.

Metering modes available on the M100 include evaluative, partial, spot metering and center-weighted average. The metering system is rated for EV 1-20 for stills and 2-20 for recording video. Exposure control is available in Program, Shutter-priority (Tv), Aperture-priority (Av) and full Manual modes. The M100's shutter speed ranges from 30 seconds to 1/4000s, although bulb mode is also available, which was not the case with the EOS M10.

Video: M100 offers up to 1080/60p, but still no 4K

The ease of use for still image capture carries over to video on the M100, as the camera allows for single button video recording via the dedicated movie record button as well as a dedicated video mode. For users who want control, the M100 offers that as well, allowing for manual video recording as is found on both the M5 and M6 mirrorless cameras.

Full HD (1920 x 1080) video is recorded at up to 60 frames per second, twice as fast as the top Full HD recording speed on the M10, with stereo audio. Although like the M5 and M6, the M100 does not offer 4K video recording. Considering its price point, that would be a particularly noteworthy inclusion, so it is not surprising to see it omitted.

The M100 has 3-axis image stabilization built-in and also has a time-lapse movie mode. Additional movie features include a Hybrid Auto recording mode that lets you extract still frames from video recordings. Maximum video recording time with the EOS M100 is 29 minutes and 59 seconds and maximum quality 1080p video at 60p is recorded at a 35 Mbps bit rate. The M100 does not offer a headphone jack nor an external microphone input.

Ports, Power and Connectivity

The EOS M100 relies upon SD media (UHS-I compatible) and includes HDMI and USB ports on its left side. The camera uses an LP-E 12 lithium-ion battery, like its predecessor, but offers improved battery life. The M100 is CIPA-rated for 295 shots (or 410 in Eco Mode) or up 125 minutes of movie recording time (CIPA testing for video topped-out at approximately 80 minutes). This is 40 more shots in regular mode than the M10 and around twice the movie recording time.

With built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth, the M100 has been designed to allow for easy connectivity and sharing of your images and videos. When connected to a compatible smartphone using Canon's Camera Connect App (available on Android and iOS), you can remotely transfer and capture images. You can also get GPS information via your phone and use a separate Bluetooth remote to trigger image capture.

The Canon EOS M100 versus the Canon EOS M10

  • Image sensor: The M100 uses a 24.2-megapixel APS-C image sensor. This is over six more megapixels than the sensor found in the EOS M10. In addition to offering more megapixels, the M100's sensor has a wider native ISO range of 100-25,600 versus 100-12,800.
  • Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF has impressed us in the EOS M5 and M6 and the M100 uses the same autofocus system. This is a more advanced 49-point system than that found in the EOS M10.
  • Processor: With Canon's latest DIGIC 7 image processor, the M100 is more powerful than the DIGIC 6-equipped M10. The M10 topped out at just over 4 frames per second, while the M100 is said to shoot at 6 frames per second (with One Shot AF).
  • User Interface: The M100 has a new, revamped user interface and Canon's Creative Assist functionality, meaning it should be a more user-friendly camera.
  • Video: With Full HD video at up to 60 frames per second, the M100 is a more capable video camera than the M10, which had 1920x1080/30p video. Further, the M100 shares its video functionality with the EOS M5 and M6 cameras.
  • Connectivity: The EOS M100 has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. The M10 had only Wi-Fi.

Canon M100 Pricing and Availability

The M100 will be available starting in October in black and white colorways. The camera will be sold in a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for just under US$600, the same price the M10 launched at in November 2015. A second kit with the same 15-45mm lens plus an EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens will also be available for around US$950. For lens options beyond the EF-M lineup, there is the $200 EOS EF-M Mount Adapter available for using Canon DSLR lenses with the EOS M100.

 

Canon EOS M100 Field Test Part I

Canon's new entry-level mirrorless camera has many nice features

by Jeremy Gray |

Following up on the Canon EOS M10, the new entry-level M100 mirrorless camera is a solid addition to the EOS M lineup for Canon. The touchscreen-centric M100 does not include a lot of physical controls, but it is affordable, compact and can capture nice images. It is equipped with Canon's excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF and their latest DIGIC 7 image processor. Let's take a closer look at how the Canon EOS M100 does during real-world shooting.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Compact interchangeable lens mirrorless camera
  • 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Native ISO range of 100 to 25,600
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 3-inch tilting touchscreen
  • DIGIC 7 image processor
  • Up to 6 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Full HD video at up to 60 frames per second
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
  • Available for around $500

Camera Body and Handling

The M100 looks a lot like the M10 it's replacing. One immediately apparent difference when using the camera is that the M100 has a gripped surface across the front, whereas the M10 had a smooth plastic surface. While the grip does help a bit, the M100 remains difficult to firmly hold. The camera would be much easier to hold with a small front grip.

 

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