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Photographs by Michael S. Palmer & Josh LeBlanc.
THE CANON M100 SHORT REVIEW
The Canon EOS M100 is a $549 entry-level interchangeable lens camera (ILC) for anyone advancing from a point-and-shoot camera or a smartphone. While it’s a fun stepping stone for anyone who wants an easy-to-use ILC, it’s not the best camera for those who want to hone their photography craft over time.
It features a 24.5 MP APS-C sensor, 49 Autofocus points with face tracking, up to 25,600 ISO and a 90-degree tiltable screen. All of that is a ton to put inside a tiny camera and it has a lot of pros and cons.
Yes, it’s small and has a great sensor and an excellent AutoFocus system, but without a viewfinder, you have to always use the back screen, which can be tricky in bright situations… and drains the battery much faster than a DSLR like the Rebel SL2. There’s also the lenses to consider. The M100 uses Canon EF-M lenses, of which there are only 12 at the moment. You can get an adapter, but that added cost puts you in range to get a better Canon M Series or DSLR.
Bottom line. If you want a stylish, compact camera that takes better photos than your smartphone and handles the settings for you, the M100 is a great place to start. If you’re the type of person who wants to eventually learn how to set your own aperture, shuttering, and ISO settings, then we’d recommend the SL2
The M100 has a treasure trove of creative filters. But do they really work? You be the judge.
Here are some more samples captured using the camera’s Manual, Auto, and Creative Assist modes. Creative Assist (the black camera on the mode selection dial) makes it easy to take ultra saturated or black & white images that really pop, but the mode lacks a RAW shooting option, which means it’s harder to edit the photos after the fact. This is, again, helpful for newer photographers, and may frustrate more experienced users.
APERTURE PRIORITY MODE / ISO TESTING
The EOS M100 has Canon’s Aperture Priority mode and it should be the go-to mode for those who want more manual controls, but may not know how to set the appropriate shutter speed. What does that mean? If you want blurry backgrounds (aka bokeh), you’ll want the widest aperture (smallest number) possible for your lens and focal length. If you want everything in focus, you’ll want a narrower aperture (larger numbers). We’re using Aperture Priority mode here to give you a good understanding of how the image changes as one raises the ISO; for those who don’t already know, higher ISO numbers allow you to see more clearly in the dark at the expense of image noise and fine details.
Make sure to click on each image below to see what we mean!