CANON EOS M10 REVIEW + VIDEO TEST + PHOTO TEST

30mm equivalent (Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens at 19mm), f/4.0, 1/50s, ISO 100.

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The Canon EOS M10 is the Japanese company"s first entirely new model in its mirrorless camera lineup. Rather than replace a predecessor, the M10 expands the line in a new direction. Specifically, the Canon M10 is designed as an entry-level mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

With a more stripped-down body, the M10 is user-friendly. Is its image unique and performance a big step down from its higher-end EOS M3 sibling? Read on to find out!


The Canon M10"s toàn thân is simple và intuitive

Weighing in at 10.6 ounces (301 grams) for the body toàn thân only, the M10 is a lightweight interchangeable lens camera. It"s slightly lighter & smaller than the simultaneously-launched Canon M3, but the biggest difference between the two bodies is the amount of controls. The M10 has no mode dial on the top of the camera và a lot fewer buttons on the camera, particularly on the rear.

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The rear of the M10 includes only "Playback" và "Menu" buttons in addition to lớn the directional pad. The đứng top of the camera has a shutter release, dial, movie record button, power nguồn button & a switch to lớn toggle between stills & video. Besides that, you will be relying heavily upon the tilting 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD monitor, which has 1.04-million dots. The camera is streamlined & fans of physical controls will be disappointed, but we found the M10"s touchscreen implementation to lớn be very good. You will also be dependent upon the touchscreen for framing shots as the M10 doesn"t include a viewfinder or a means for attaching an optional one.

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For beginners, we think that the M10 will be an easy camera khổng lồ use because of its streamlined design. For more advanced photographers, the lack of physical controls could be problematic. Overall, the toàn thân is well-designed and feels quite solid for a camera in this class, particularly the tilting touchscreen display.

The Canon M10 offers good image quality across a wide range of situations

Although not equipped with the same 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor as the M3, the Canon M10"s 18-megapixel sensor does a good job. It captures reasonably sharp images with a good màn chơi of detail. In addition lớn its good resolving power, the M10 captures images with very good hue accuracy.

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18mm equivalent (Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens at 11mm), f/4.5, 1/60s, ISO 400. This image has been modified. Click for original image.

It isn"t all good news in the sensor department, however, as the M10"s dynamic range is quite a bit lower than the M3"s across the entire ISO range. The gap between the two gets slightly larger as you increase the sensitivity. When comparing the M10 to lớn a camera lượt thích the Sony A5100, the difference is quite a bit larger at base sensitivity, where there"s a difference of 1.3 EV of dynamic range.

The Canon EOS M10"s high ISO performance is strong considering the context


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320mm equivalent (Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens at 200mm), f/6.3, 1/1250s, ISO 1600.This image has been cropped. Click for original image.

Through the range of ISO 100-400, the M10 can produce good 24 x 36 prints. At ISO 800, you could get away with a 24 x 36 print, but we are more comfortable with a đôi mươi x 30 print as there is some slight loss of fine detail, particularly in shadow areas. ISO 1600 represents a considerable increase in visible noise which means a big decrease in the maximum acceptable print form size to 11 x 14. Pumping up the ISO to lớn 3200 leads khổng lồ 8 x 10 prints being the maximum acceptable size. Beyond that, ISO 6400 & 12800 produce okay 5 x 7 and 4 x 6 prints respectively. ISO 25600 is best avoided entirely. Overall, the APS-C Canon M10 makes good high ISO prints considering its price point and entry-level status.

Canon EOS M10 user experience: A simplified, streamlined camera

Straightforward: That"s how we can best describe the Canon M10. Despite being an interchangeable lens camera, which can at times be daunting to new users, the M10 does an excellent job of presenting its variety of shooting modes và options in an easy-to-understand touchscreen menu. It does not take long to become familiar with the M10"s operation.

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

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Metering & autofocus performance is dependable

The M10"s metering performance is dependable. In most cases, the camera"s evaluative metering system works well. Spot metering can also be linked to lớn the autofocus point, which is very nice. In the event that you need khổng lồ utilize exposure compensation, you can simply press up on the directional pad on the back of the camera & rotate the dial.

The M10"s Hybrid CMOS AF II autofocus system is decent. It has 49 autofocus points & offers a variety of AF modes, including multi, single và face detection. Single shot autofocus works pretty well and is fairly quick in a variety of situations. Low light autofocus leaves something lớn be desired, but it is otherwise dependable.

Continuous autofocus is another story, however, as it is rather sluggish. The M10 does not dependably track moving subjects, particularly quick ones, và is not well-equipped to lớn capture sharp, in-focus kích hoạt shots.


DIGIC 6 image processor may help image quality, but doesn"t bởi much for performance

The Canon EOS M10 can capture JPEG images at up lớn 4.6 frames per second for over 80 frames with a buffer that can clear in a mere two seconds. The tốc độ may not be great, but the buffer depth & clearing is. When shooting raw images, the situation degrades dramatically. The camera"s shooting speeds đứng top out at 4.2 fps, but worse yet is that the buffer depth drops to lớn only six frames, which clears in a relatively quick three seconds.

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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. Click for original image.

Single-shot cycle times are about average and the buffer clearing time is good for both JPEG and raw image capture, but the raw buffer depth is a big negative for photographers who want to lớn shoot continuous raw files. Paired with the continuous autofocus performance, the M10 is simply not an kích hoạt camera.

Video performance is good, but video clip features are lacking

Like Canon"s other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the M10 doesn"t record 4K video. Full HD (1,920 x 1,080-pixel) video can be recorded up at up to lớn 30 frames per second, which is odd considering that Full HD video at 60fps is fairly standard these days. Nonetheless, video chất lượng is quite good. Autofocus & metering performance is okay, but AF is far from fast. It is nice lớn be able khổng lồ use the touchscreen display lớn quietly move the AF point around the frame.

Is the Canon EOS M10 more than a stripped down M3?


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24mm equivalent (Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens at 15mm), f/3.5, 1/250s, ISO 800This image has been modified. Click for original image.

The Canon EOS M10 is a good option for beginning photographers looking for their first interchangeable lens camera. Its mirrorless kiến thiết allows it khổng lồ be quite compact while also utilizing relatively small lenses. The camera"s straightforward, simple thiết kế may be a negative for some photographers, but we think that it should be considered a plus for beginners who might otherwise be overwhelmed by some of the options on the market. Given the M10"s excellent use of its touchscreen display, we consider it a very user-friendly camera.

Its user-friendliness and reasonably low price point vì chưng come at a cost, though. The M10 lacks the physical controls và autofocus capabilities lớn perform well as an action camera, especially given its poor raw buffer depth. Video features are lacking as well. But overall, the Canon EOS M10 is a good value and a viable option for beginners.


Pros và Cons

Image QualityGood image unique Excellent hue accuracy Solid high ISO performance 18-megapixel sensor is getting long-in-the-tooth with less dynamic range and lower high ISO performance than most current competitors Very poor tự động white balance under tungsten lightingPerformanceGood JPEG buffer depth Fast buffer clearingSlow startup & mode switching Sluggish AF speeds Mediocre continuous autofocus performance Mediocre burst speeds Shallow buffers when shooting raw files (but that"s typical for the class) VideoShoots Full HD videoFairly good đoạn phim qualityIncludes an external mic jackNo priority-mode exposure controlAutofocus is a bit on the slow sideNo high framerate đoạn phim optionNo 4K video clip captureNowhere on the camera itself lớn mount an external micUser ExperienceStreamlined, comfortable camera bodyExcellent touchscreen menusDurable touchscreen tilting mechanismHighlight Tone Priority and tự động Lighting Optimizer features help with high-contrast scenesBuilt-in Wi-Fi with NFC Tilting 3-inch touchscreen Compact AffordableNo viewfinder or option for an external oneReliance on touchscreen makes it bad for cold-weather useBelow average battery life OpticsNew kit lens is compact & goes wider than most (24-72mm equivalent)Kit lens" optical performance is only fairLimited native lens selection (but can work with non EF-M Canon lenses with an adapter) FlashIncludes a built-in flashWeak built-in flash with very narrow coverageNo flash hotshoe

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