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Canon hopes smartphone shooters take notice of EOS M100

Create: 08/29/2017 - 18:38
Canon EOS M100

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Camera ups pixel count to 24.2-MP for its APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Can use EF-M lenses or EF and EF-S lenses via adapter
  • Canon Creative Assist helps teach novice photographers

Make no bones about it: Canon wants smartphone photographers.

Canon mentions that group several times in its press release announcing the Canon EOS M100 mirrorless camera.

“The new Canon EOS M100 can be the ideal camera for those eager to step up their images and share their creative vision without sacrificing image quality or on-the-go performance,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, Canon USA’s president and COO.

The Canon EOS M100 is its latest mirrorless camera and bears a visual resemblance to the EOS M10, which it replaces. On the inside, there are some significant changes hat should make the EOS M100 appealing to those stepping up from a smartphone.

  EOS M100 EOS M10
Imaging sensor 18.0-MP APS-C CMOS 24.2-MP APS-C CMOS
ISO 100-12,800 100-25,600
Shutter speed Focal-plane 1/4,000-30 seconds, plus B
LCD monitor 3.0-inch TFT with 180-degree upward tilt
Continuous shooting 6.1 frames per second 4.6 frames per second
Video Full HD up to 59.95 fps Full HD up to 29.97 fps
Lens compatibility EF-M plus EF and EF-S with EF-EOS M lens adapter
Size 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 inches (108.0 x 66.6 x 35.0mm) 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in. (108.2 x 67.1 x 35.1mm)
Weight (body only) 10.6 ounces (301 grams) 10.7 ounces (302 grams)  

The EOS M100 can shoot RAW and JPG still images, which are saved to a single SD card.

CANON EF-M MOUNT

The EOS M100 uses the Canon EF-M mount and has a 1.6X magnification factor, as do Canon’s other digital APS-C cameras. The standard 15-45mm kit lens has a full-frame equivalent range of 24-72mm.

Canon did not announce any new EF-M lenses to accompany the EOS M100. Currently, there are seven EF-M lenses, including a macro lens with LED lights that flank each side of the front element.

There is no optical viewfinder, nor is it able to accept one. Everything is accomplished with the camera’s 3.0-inch touch-enabled LCD monitor, including composing and reviewing your photos and navigating the camera menus. The monitor flips upward 180 degrees for selfies.

This feature can be very useful while shooting videos to ensure that you or your subject remains in the frame.

CREATIVE ASSIST

Canon says it sought to make the camera easier to use with the Canon Creative Assist feature. This allows the photographer to make decisions on what they would like to see appear in the photo by touching a particular item. The camera then adjusts its setting to achieve the desired result.

This is something that is becoming popular with entry-level cameras, which seek to teach new photographers how to use the camera's various functions to get the best shot.

There is plenty of built-in connectivity for sharing and transferring of photos either by WiFi, NFC or Bluetooth to an Apple or Android smart device, as well as a computer. For smart devices, the Canon Camera Connect app allows for remote viewing and control of the EOS M100. Also, there is built-in GPS to record location data.

There is a small pop-up flash that stows when not needed. There isn't any ability to physically connect an external flash unit, which isn't surprising given the intended buyer for this camera.

The battery can record 295 photos or 80 minutes of video. With "Eco Mode" activated, that increases to 410 photos and 125 minutes of video.

The Canon EOS M100 is available in black or white and in two packages, starting in October 2017:

  • Canon EOS M100 with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for of US$599.99
  • Canon EOS M100 in a two-lens kit (EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens) for US$949.99.

Canon's EF-M mount adapter that allows the use of EF and EF-S lenses costs US$199.99.

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.