Canon EOS M10 Review: Entry-level mirrorless ILC offers simplified user experience, good image quality


posted Friday, October 21, 2016 at 5:59 AM EST


Last fall, the Canon EOS M10 joined the company's interchangeable lens camera lineup as its first entry-level mirrorless camera. Since then we have thoroughly tested the M10 in the lab and the field, and now we've delivered a final verdict.

Compared to the simultaneously-launched EOS M3, the M10 opts for a much simpler, more streamlined design. In particular, there are relatively few buttons on the camera. This doesn't mean that it feels cheap, though, as the three-inch tilting touchscreen mechanism appears particularly well-built. When shooting, you regularly interact with the viewfinder-less body through its touchscreen interface, which proved to be user-friendly and intuitive.

Image quality from the Canon M10's 18-megapixel sensor -- a step down from the 24-megapixel sensor found in its more advanced sibling -- is quite good across a wide range of sensitivities. And what about the Canon M10's Hybrid CMOS AF II autofocus system? Well in our experience, it was decent, although you can learn a lot more in our Canon EOS M10 Field Test

24mm equivalent (Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens at 15mm), f/3.5, 1/60s, ISO 250. This image has been modified.

The Canon EOS M10 offers competitive performance against its peers, although it isn't a camera well-suited for action photography. Its video capabilities are one of its biggest weaknesses, with the M10's video resolution topping out at 1920 x 1080 and its framerate capped at a somewhat low 30 frames per second.

35mm equivalent (Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens at 22mm), f/5.6, 1/80s, ISO 160. This image has been modified.

To read our final thoughts and see our score for the Canon M10, head on over to the Canon EOS M10 review conclusion. For the rest of our extensive coverage on the entry-level Canon mirrorless camera, see here: field test, image quality comparison, print quality analysis, testing results, sample shots and gallery.

Canon EOS M10 ReviewConclusion