I had already before the Canon EOS M ans as well the Canon EOS M3. With the M10 Canon has launched a new entry version as a replacement for the EOS M. The M3 is still playing in a different class, but as this is an entry level mirrorless camera we can compare it quite well with the EOS M. The biggest issue I had with the EOS M was the slow shutter. That much up front: this is not a problem any longer. The Canon EOS M10 is made for people who like to shoot in Auto mode but still like to change the lens every now and then to get better pictures.
- 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor
- Hybrid CMOS AF II
- Powerful DIGIC 6 processing
- Tilt type 7.5 cm (3.0”) Touchscreen LCD (TFT). 3:2 aspect ratio. Approx. 1,040,000 dots.
- 49 AF points (Maximum)
- Creative Assist
- Wi-Fi, Dynamic NFC, remote control and sharing
Design and Features
The Canon EOS M10 is made of plastic, but feels pretty sturdy. Basically what you would expect from an entry level camera. The display can be tilted up to a 180 degree. But not to the side as you can do with the M3. Still this works great for selfies. The grip is good and the camera is easy to handle. There is no mode dial on top to switch from manual to aperture priority mode and so on.
Instead you get a stills and video shutter button and a switch that flicks between video, stills and Auto. Enough for a beginner model I think. Different to the M and the M3 is that on the M10 there is no hot shoe over here. That said you cannot fit a different flash or an eyeviewfinder to it. Not a big deal for me as the most times using the M10 the display was good and clear to see even in difficult sunlight.
The new Basic Kit Lens
The M10 comes with a new Basic Kit Lens. The lens at first is smaller than the 18-55 standard lens from the other M versions. Here we got a 15-45mm focal length lens that comes in at only 150 grams. The Lens features a collapsbile design which means that it takes up little room only when not in use, but it also means you always have to unlock it and bring the lens into shooting mode. The Lens however is pretty good for Landscapes as well as portraits or normal street photography.
In case you are not happy with the 7 available EF-M lenses you can still use an adatper and use the full range of EF-S lenses.
Sensor and AF of the M10
While using the same 18-megapixel resolution as the EOS M of 2012 you may still not be convinced that enough has changed with the ESO M10 to finally be a good camera. Well, Canon has updated the focus system, too, using a 49-point hybrid phase-detection system to “fix” the bad AF performance of the old EOS M. Canon says it’s 2.4 times faster than that camera. From the feeling I would say that it is definitely faster.
In terms of pure image quality, you can expect the EOS M10 to be similar to the Canon EOS 100D DSLR. They share the same 18-megapixel APS-C sensor as well. You can hence achieve DSLR-quality images. The ISO range is a pretty usual 100-12800, with an extended 25600 mode that you will probably use very rarely. The processing brain of the Canon EOS M10 is a DIGIC 6 chip which lets if shoot at up to 4.6fps. With NFC and Wi-Fi on-board too the camera is quite well equipped even it does not really offer much more than the competition here.
The Canon EOS M10 is in every way better than the EOS M. The value for money is very goof and in my opinion it is a great camera for beginners and to slowly get into manual controls. It also works brilliant as a backup to your normal DSLR. I like to just have it with me easily without having to carry my DSLR bag around and being able to shoot pictures when I want to in a proper quality.