Canon is getting more serious in targeting low-entry mirrorless camera market. After releasing Canon EOS M10 some times ago, now the Japanese camera mogul is releasing another entry-level product called Canon EOS M100. This is a new product within EOS M camera ranges which is aimed for beginner photographer who just entered to the photography area and still not ready for heavy-duty DSLR equipments yet. Or, it is also perfect for someone who just moved from smartphone to more-advance dedicated-camera device. Then, how is the performance of this brand new mirrorless compact from Canon? Here is the review of Canon EOS M100 Specs.
Canon EOS M100 Specs
Being a small mirrorless device with Close-to-DSLR image quality, this camera is really compact and versatile. The device has small body, simple operation, and easy-to-understand operation, makes it perfect for new photographer or being the side-camera for your DSLR device. Moreover, it’s also featured today’s popular features such as flip up touchscreen LCD for selfies, 24MP APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel Autofocus for aesthetically pleasing “bokeh” image, and advance connectivity with Bluetooth, WLAN, and NFC. These are definitely the wanted features for vloggers.
Speaking of Canon EOS M100 specs, we can’t skip the compact concept of this small little camera. In term of design, it seems like Canon learns a lot from the previous Canon EOS M10, which was really popular among teenage vlogger. To repeat the success of this kind of design, the company makes it even more compact with overall dimension about 108 x 67 x 35 mm and 302 g of weight. This is a design that will remind you of Canon PowerShot S line cameras.
The body made of plasticky material. Even so, it’s felt so smooth and does not really have that “cheap-looking” material. With the existence of thumb grip and textured front body, holding this camera is pretty easy and not really slippery. On the top side, you won’t see many controls that found in most of high-end mirrorless cameras. There are only few buttons there.
First, there is on/off button which is surrounded by automatic shooting mode dials with three options; record mode, Movie Auto Exposure, and intelligent Auto. Next to it, there is shutter release, which is also surrounded by navigation dial. And the last button is record button to instantly start recording video. A pop up flash is also available on the corner of the camera; such a nice bonus, Canon.
Go to the rear side, there is a bright 3.0 inches touchscreen LCD that can be flipped up up to 180ᵒ. This screen is dominating most of the rear side, next to a control pad, thumb grip, and few other buttons. Featured with 1.04-million-dot resolution, it provides bright and vividly accurate color. The responsiveness of its touch function is also worth praising. You can use the screen to do some functions such as controlling focus via screen, doing touch shutter, or simply doing pinch-to-zoom on the image. They all are working pretty well. In addition, this screen is also used as screen finder as well due to the absence viewfinder.
There is nothing extravagance offered by Canon EOS M100 Specs. Everything is just “fine”. This is make-sense since the camera is targeted to new user which concern on simple operation and minimum control. However, not all features in it are ordinary. Some of them is quite promising. So, let’s start with the sensor.
In the heart of the camera, it has the new 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, similar to other high-end Canon DSLR product lines. Apparently, Canon wants to replaces the latest 18 MP sensor that’s installed in current low-entry Canon EOS models with something more advance this time. Paired to the new DIGIC 7 processor which offers more powerful and faster image processing, it’s such a plus side for Canon EOS M100 Specs.
With the new and faster processor, Canon EOS M100 can reach continuous burst up to 6.1 fps. This is way 1.5 fps faster compared to the latest EOS M10. ISO ranges between 100 all the way up to 25.600. Another attraction of this camera is Dual Pixel Autofocus CMOS system that works pretty excellently. It is fast and quite accurate when it comes to the Live View. The 49-point AF system is also working well creating background-blur kind of image. You can move these focus point simply by touching the focus point on screen, using Face Tracking Mode, smooth zone focus, or choosing Servo AF operation for close-object focusing.
Video recording capability is also an important topic of Canon EOS M100 Specs. Yes, the camera doesn’t record 4K. So, M100 users should be satisfied with Full HD (1920×1080) video resolution at 50, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps with various auto and scene mode. This is actually a “fine” video format if you’re only using it for vlogging. However, there is no 3.5 mm Jack audio which is a little bit disappointed since you can’t add external microphone for better sound quality.
Battery and Connectivity
Battery and connectivity are essential points of a camera. So, in this Canon EOS M100 Specs article, we’ll talk about it a little bit. In the power supply sector, EOS M100 is supported with rechargeable Li-ion LP-E12. Canon claims that this battery will last for about 295 shots or for 125 minutes of video-recording time. While in the connectivity, you can instantly share the image result from this camera to your smartphone, Laptop, or Tablet by using NFC, Bluetooth, or WiFi, which are, thanks God, available in Canon EOS M100.
Users are also allowed to control the camera remotely via smartphone by downloading Canon Connect app for iOS and Android. One disappointing thing comes up from the USB port. This camera only supports Mini USB cable, which is hard to find, and does not support Micro USB. So, good luck in finding the fit Mini USB cable. And also, it doesn’t support USB charging function. Something that’s really familiar in EOS M5 and M6.
Canon EOS M100 Performance and Price
Completing Canon EOS M100 Specs, now we’re talking a bit about performance. In the first contact, we’re impressed by how responsive and bright the screen f this camera is. The color and brightness are just right. The operation is also simple and easy to understand especially for beginners. The lens is also excellent in creating good quality image, thanks to the 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 processor in it. And also, as a part of EOS M camera line, this camera is also compatible with EOS M adapter. So, you can use other Canon EF lenses for various lens option.
Overall, Canon EOS M100 Specs are “just fine”. Yes, it can result a good image quality due to the 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor. But for more serious photographer, there are many other available options. About price, this camera is in the same price range of Canon EOS M10, or maybe with Sony Alpha A600, Panasonic DMC G7, Nikon 1 J5, and Olympus E-PL5, which is around 599 USD with the kit lens. So, for you who are just about to enter the photography field, you can go to Canon Store since EOS M100 has been shipped out since October 2017.