For a photography noob like me, mirrorless cameras are heaven-sent. They’re lighter and more compact while also delivering similar, if not the same, image qualities and features as DSLRs. As they’re getting better and better, they’re also becoming more affordable. Take the EOS M10 for example – Canon’s newest entry-level mirrorless camera that combines simple controls with pro features. This came after the well-received M3 and before its more expensive brother, the M5.
First, let’s take a quick look at the Canon EOS M10’s specs.
- Rangefinder-style Mirrorless
- 18 megapixels APS-C CMOS Sensor
- Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
- 5184 x 3456 Maximum Resolution
- 100-12800 (expandable to 25600) ISO Sensitivity
- Canon EF-M Lens Mount
- 1.6× Focal Length
- 3” Articulated Tilting Touch LCD
- 1/4000 sec Maximum Shutter Speed
- Continuous Shooting at 4.6 frames per second
- Full-HD (1080p) Video at 30fps
- Weight (inc. batteries): 301 g (0.66 lb / 10.62 oz)
- 108 x 67 x 35 mm (4.25 x 2.64 x 1.38″)
- NFC and Wi-Fi for Easy Transfer
- Remote Shooting (via app)
The M10’s design is pretty straightforward. It’s clearly targeted towards people who just need to shoot photos without worrying about the right camera settings. There are three buttons that you’ll be using the most – the power button (that also doubles as the Wi-Fi connect button) found on the right side, the shutter button found at the top right, and the video recording button found beside it. A dial for adjusting exposure compensation, shutter speed and aperture size is also intuitively integrated with the shutter button.
The rest of the buttons are there for navigation and settings control, but since the M10 has a touch display, you’ll rarely need to press those buttons. This is both good and bad – good because it’s easier for photography newbies to just point and shoot but bad because it creates a dependence on Auto modes and settings, but that’s just me. I honestly use Auto mode every now and then, so who am I kidding? The camera itself is light and compact. It’s easier to pick-up and fire-up when you need to shoot instantaneous moments, provided that the camera is already turned on.
One feature which contributed to the popularity of mirrorless cameras is the fact that, like a normal DSLR, you can swap lenses. Though mirrorless cameras need special lenses, attaching a mount allows you to use your normal EF-S lenses if you’re not keen on buying a separate set. This is also where my only complaint about the M10’s design lies. It isn’t about the M10 itself, but with the kit EF lens (15-45mm) that comes with any EOS M camera. It’s that lens lock which you have to ‘unlock’ every time you need to shoot. It’s somehow a pain to constantly lock and unlock. While reviewing the camera, I tend to forget setting the lens free so I can shoot, and end up missing a moment.
It’s also important to note that the M10, like most mirrorless cameras, doesn’t have a viewfinder. One has to rely on the LCD for photo composition, which works slow on DSLRs but is so much better on the M10, or on any mirrorless camera.
The touch LCD, although high resolution and color accurate, only tilts 180 degrees. It’s functional but only works if you’re shooting from a low angle and if you’re taking a selfie. The struggle starts if you’re shooting at a higher angle. The display is also sensitive enough that it responds to just the intended touch.
PHOTO & VIDEO QUALITY
The EOS M10 has the same DIGIC 6 processor as Canon DSLRs like the EOS 750D and EOS 80D. It’s an older processor, especially since the DIGIC 7 is already here, but the 6 has significantly improved AF time and has reduced lag from the previous models. In the case of the M10, older doesn’t mean poor quality at all. Images are still relatively better than those taken with today’s smartphones. Colors are pretty accurate, and with the manual controls, you can pretty much dictate how the photos will turn-out.
As with DSLRs, the M10 struggles in low light situations. More often than not, photos taken in low light tend to look fuzzier and less crisp. Of course, as with a normal DSLR, photos will also be grainy. I constantly have to remind myself that, even though it’s technically a DSLR in a smaller body, there had to be some compromise.
Video is decent, and while 4K video capture isn’t available, the usual and more conventional 1080p video resolution does the job.
It’s a great thing EF lenses come with Optical Image Stabilization which makes images and videos smooth and less blurry in certain situations, especially in movement.
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The accompanying Camera Connect is functional and intuitive, but In the middle of my time with the camera, Canon released a major update for the app. It overhauled some of the simple UI elements and made the experience a bit more confusing. It took a little getting used to before I was able to download photos on my phone again. On the first release of the update, the camera won’t even connect to the app. Canon was quick to release a fix, though.
There are two ways to connect the M10 to your smartphone – via Wi-Fi and NFC. The camera serves as a Wi-Fi hotspot, so all you need to do is to open your list of Wi-Fi hotspots, connect to the camera (usually labeled ‘EOSxx’), enter the password shown on the camera display, and you’re ready to go. NFC connect is easier because all you do is tap the phone to the NFC logo found below the Power / Wi-Fi connect button on the cameras right side.
Once you get the hang of it, the app provides simple solutions that make using the camera even better. Not only can you download images straight to your phone. The app also allows you to shoot remotely. I tried this feature a couple of times and it worked quite well.
Any newbie who’s looking into learning photography should definitely consider the M10. Though one can get a better education by using a DSLR with more manual controls and a viewfinder, a mirrorless camera like the M10 isn’t a bad place to start. This camera is perfect for bloggers, students or anyone who’s looking for an affordable camera for traveling or just plainly documenting random parts of the day. Video isn’t bad, either, so budding vloggers who are looking to improve their vlog game might enjoy using the M10. At P20,998 for the Body + 15-45mm kit lens and P32,498 for the Body + 15-45mm and 55-200mm lenses, it’s a great camera to up your photography skills!