Canon and Nikon have so far created with little conviction in the mirrorless camera market. Understandably, neither producers cannibalised sales of its SLR cameras: for this, both attempt to launch more targeted, no professional ambitions and mirrorless instead, to offer an upgrade for users of Classic Compact (an industry crippled by Smartphones).
The new Canon EOS M10 is the latest addition to this philosophy: an entry-level range mirrorless, but outfitted with a sensor from reflex and a affordable price: 500 euros for the kit with the goal 15-45 mm stabilized and squeezable.
The Canon EOS M10 features a CMOS sensor in APS-C 18 Megapixel resolution (this is probably the same when mounted on the SLR EOS 100 d). The available ISO range goes from the base value of 100 up to 12800 (with extension to 25600), the maximum burst is from 4.5 frames per second and the shutter can shoot with times up to 1/4000s.
The LCD Panel is from 3 inches and 1,040 k dots, with touch. The machine body incorporates a small popup flash but not a hot shoe for external flashes (or electronic viewfinders). This Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with NFC, to synchronize with tablets and Smartphones.
The video mode allows you to shoot movies up to the standard 1080 p, however limited 25 frames per second. The battery offers a battery life of approximately 250 shots: not many, even for a mirrorless compact.
The physical construction of Canon EOS M10 is very good. The body is made of metal and plastics pretty resistant, for a feeling to the touch very positive overall, especially considering the price range.
The size is very compact for a camera with APS-C: 108 x 67 x 35 mm, only weighs about 300 g. Collapsible lens design 15-45 mm helps maintain very compact volumes, giving this camera excellent transportability.
The LCD screen is pleasant to observe and, thanks to a joint, can be folded completely to enter selfie mode (also the interface is geared accordingly).
Unfortunately, the rest of the commands is less positive. It’s for the little space available, or to make more attractive this camera to the public of the laity, Canon has decided to retain the physical controls to a minimum. There is the usual 4-way selector on the back, the shutter release button, a control ring and very little else.
The resulting user experience is simple and immediate, perhaps too much. Those who want to rely entirely to automatismi will have no problems, but the average advanced user will dig really often electronic menus to access important functions and frequently used as the capture or the ISO. The presence of touch controls only partially makes up for these shortcomings.
The performance Department of Canon EOS M10 is a medal consisting of two very different faces. On one hand there is the image quality, really good for a compact camera. The sensor in APS-C is felt (is much larger than other mirrorless) and produces 18 Megapixel shots well detailed and balanced in terms of colour and exposure.
Low light performance is remarkable: up to 3200 ISO images are usable and feature a digital noise well contained, with few artifacts and color blocks. Rather than compact, entry-level SLRs are results.
Unfortunately, the excellent image quality is not supported by an autofocus in step with the times. In focusing, Canon EOS M10 is much slower compared to the best on the market: even in light condition mirrorless optimum, it can take a few moments to lock topics, while less illuminated scenes it is not uncommon for the AF module give up altogether, or wrong evaluation, reporting a false engagement that results in an image out of focus. These are defects that are reminiscent of the first generations of mirrorless and that, depending on your needs, may be so annoying by degrading the user experience.
The Canon EOS M10 is thus well suited to photographers looking for an excellent image quality within a very compact form factor, provided, however that you enjoy static subjects (landscapes, portraits pose) and don’t have any hankering for action photography. Even the possibility of stolen shots, typical of street photografy, is hampered by a shutter really loud: the “clack” seems almost a reflex mirror.
Disappointing, finally, videos: many Canon models excelled on this front, but not the EOS M10. Movies recorded are devoid of detail and overly contrasted, unpleasant overall.
The Canon EOS M10 is a mirrorless camera with a dual nature. On the one hand, it offers excellent image quality in a compact body and such a pretty content: a combination certainly commendable.
Its flaws, though, are just as apparent. The autofocus is very slow for a mirrorless of 2015, perhaps too much. Also the simplification of the control system may be excessive, especially for moderately advanced photographers (probably the ones who should better appreciate the superior picture quality). Finally, do not underestimate the front lenses: Canon EF-M line is nowhere given as micro 4:3 by Olympus and Panasonic.
Overall, the EOS M10 is a camera that can give your satisfactions, as long as you are willing to accept its obvious compromises. Anyone looking for a mirrorless camera well balanced and efficient to 360 degrees, will probably be able to find better deals on the market.