Canon EOS M10 Review

The M10 does not have any unexpected features, but it does provide enough options to make it appealing to novice photographers, and it claims to produce photographs of good quality. When we get our hands on a production sample, we will make certain that the performance of the autofocus mechanism lives up to our expectations by paying close attention to how well it functions.

While the Canon EOS M3, which we reviewed back in May 2015, is intended to appeal to relatively experienced photographers looking for a relatively small camera with a similar level of control to that of an SLR, the new Canon EOS M10 is designed to appeal to those who are a little bit more new to photography.

Keeping this in mind, in addition to the normal array of scene modes for photographing certain topics, it offers Canon’s Creative Assist mode, which enables you to take control of the camera without having to become bogged down with technical or photographic words. You have the helpful option of saving your favorite setting arrangements so that you may use them at a later time.

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You’ll be able to use more complex choices like aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual exposure mode as your knowledge and self-assurance grow. These options are all accessible to you as you go.

The Canon M10 utilizes the same 18-megapixel APS-C format sensor that can be found in the Canon 100D, which is the company’s most compact DSLR. This chip is paired with a Digic 6 processing engine, and its sensitivity may be adjusted within a native range that extends from 100 to 12,800 ISO, with an extension setting that goes up to 25,600 ISO.

Autofocus is handled by Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF II system, which is faster than the system in the original EOS, even after its firmware upgrades, but it is not quite as speedy as the Hybrid CMOS AF III system in the EOS M3 camera. This is because the original EOS’s autofocus system was based on a single CMOS sensor, while the newer Hybrid CMOS AF II system uses two CMOS sensors.

Wi-Fi and near-field communication (NFC) connections are included in the M10 by Canon, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the trend toward a more interconnected world. The Wi-Fi system may be used to enable a phone to manage the camera remotely, in addition to enabling photographs to be downloaded to a smartphone or a cloud service, either of which can be accessed via the smartphone.

Because there is no built-in viewfinder on the M10 like there is on the other EOS M cameras, image composition must be done using the 3-inch touchscreen that has 1,040,000 dots. Because there is neither a hotshoe nor a connection connector, it is not feasible to attach an optional electronic viewfinder to the camera.

The EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is a collapsible lens, which means it takes up less space and is easier to travel than previous Canon kit lenses. Canon plans to offer the M10 alongside this new lens as part of a new kit.

It is also an STM optic, which is great news for anybody interested in using the M10’s Full HD recording capability because it provides for smoother and quieter focusing. The M10 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

Design And Handling

The Canon EOS M10, much like the previous models in the EOS M line-up, has a high-quality build and a compact design, especially considering that it has an APS-C format sensor. There is a concern that there is no grip on the front of the camera, despite the fact that the rear of the camera includes a little thumbpad.

However, the camera is not overly heavy (at least not when tiny lenses are installed, such as the brand new EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens), and the coating on the camera has a texture that allows for a good amount of purchase. For the time being, I believe that wearing a wrist strap is a prudent safety measure; but, when we have a complete sample of the manufacturing run, we will investigate this matter in further detail.

Because there is no mode dial on the top of the camera, you have to use the menus in order to select other exposure modes, such as Manual Mode. Because there is no mode dial on the M10 like there was on the original M, but there is on the M3, setting the exposure mode requires using the screen. This is simple to accomplish, but it is not nearly as quick as using a dial.

On the other hand, the shooting mode switch has an option for setting the camera to Smart Auto mode, which allows the camera to choose from 58 different scene modes. That is an excellent starting point for almost all newbies.

Canon has ensured that the M10 has a manageable amount of physical controls by keeping the total number of buttons and dials to a minimum. On top of the camera is where you’ll find the shooting mode switch, as well as the power button, the video record button, and the shutter release, which is surrounded by a dial that allows you to make adjustments to the settings.

On the other hand, the back of the camera only has buttons for the menu and playback in addition to the navigation pad. The navigation pad provides a direct route to four features (exposure compensation, flash, Information, and exposure lock) in addition to the Q Set button in the center of the camera.

When you press the Menu or Q Set buttons, a lot more control options appear on the touchscreen, and you can select and adjust them using the touchscreen. It is possible to select any of the options by tapping on the screen, and it is also possible to swipe between the pages of the menu, which makes it very easy to find the option that you are looking for. Naturally, you’ll also have the ability to swipe between images while in review mode, and you can set the AF point by tapping the screen.

Because there is no viewfinder, you will need to compose your shots on the screen instead. It provides a clear view with lots of detail in low light but as yet I haven’t been able to use it in bright conditions or to see how it performs in direct sunlight.

The sensor inside the M10 is the same as the one inside the Canon 100D so we can realistically expect images to be at least on a par with what this small DSLR produces. We can also anticipate that noise will be controlled well throughout the standard sensitivity range.

Canon’s current cameras have good white balance and metering systems, and the pre-production sample I used looked to follow suit, but we will investigate fully when we have a production sample.

In the past, it has been the AF system that has hampered the EOS M series. In its original incarnation, the first EOS M’s AF was slow and prone to indecision. This was significantly improved by firmware updates. The more recent EOS M3 has a focusing system that is capable of getting subjects sharp quickly.

However, there were several occasions during our testing when it indicated that the subject which filled the AF area was sharp when it wasn’t. While the AF system in the early sample of the EOS M10 that I used seemed good and able to get a subject sharp in very low light, this is an area that we will pay particular attention to during our testing in the near future.


If you are searching for a dedicated camera that provides more control and better image quality than a smartphone or a tiny camera with a small sensor, then the Canon EOS M10 could be a good option for you. When you want to blur the backdrop artistically, having a sensor that uses the APS-C format and has 18 million pixels makes it easy to do so, and it also makes it easier to keep the noise level under control.

Additionally, Canon has equipped the camera with well-implemented touch controls and a logical menu layout. Furthermore, the camera’s history implies that it should have a great image quality. At this point, my main concern is whether or not the focusing mechanism can be depended upon. Time and in-depth testing will reveal the answer to this question, so stay tuned for further information.

Canon EOS M10 Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions5184 x 3456 (16:9), 4320 x 2880, 2880 x 1920, 2304 x 1536, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 6
ISOAuto, 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points49
Lens mountCanon EF-M
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, off, slow synchro
Continuous drive4.6 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E12 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)255
Weight (inc. batteries)301 g (0.66 lb / 10.62 oz)
Dimensions108 x 67 x 35 mm (4.25 x 2.64 x 1.38″)
Orientation sensorYes

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