Steve's Conclusion

Steve's SnapShot

  • 18-Megapixel CMOS Imaging Sensor
  • Hybrid CMOS AF II
  • EF-M mount system
  • DIGIC 6 image processor
  • 180 degree tilting LCD screen
  • 3.0-inch, 1.04-Million dot LCD
  • Dedicated Video Record Button
  • iAuto mode
  • Full 1080p HD video recording
  • Pop-up flash unit
  • Creative Shooting modes
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card compatible
Pros
  • iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy in all situations
  • Overall image quality is good, with a little added sharpness
  • Optical image stabilization built into most Canon lenses
  • High resolution, 180 degree tilting LCD screen
  • Full 1080p video recording is ready at the touch of a button
  • Fantastic selection of lenses, especially with optional adapter
  • Good Battery Life if using the ECO mode
  • Very affordable for an ILC
  • HDMI output
  • Built-in WiFi with NFC for easy connection to Smartphone
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery with portable charging unit
Cons
  • Default shooting settings in iAuto and Program were not as sharp as we hoped
  • Highest ISO settings are not usable
  • No hot shoe for accessories
  • No wireless flash control to add a more powerful flash unit
  • No Audio input to increase audio quality
  • Below average battery life in normal operating modes
Timing Test Results
  • Power up to first image captured = 2.2 seconds
  • Shutter lag when prefocused = less than 1/10 of a second
  • Shutter lag with autofocus = approx. 2/10 to 5/10 of a second
  • Shot to shot delay wo/flash = 0.68 seconds
  • Shot to shot delay w/flash = 0.88 seconds
  • Sequential burst = 4.8fps
  • Sequential flash burst = 2.5fps for 5 shots
  • Continuous AF Burst = 2.33fps
  • All of our tests were completed using an 8GB SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 SDHC memory card, Program mode, ISO Auto, Flash off and all other settings at the factory defaults.
Bottom Line
The Canon EOS M10 is a great introductory ILC, perfect for anyone looking to upgrade from a point-n-shoot. Very similar to an EOS Digital Rebel, the M10 is much smaller and easier to carry, but will need an adapter to use the full selection of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.
Pick This Up If...
You are looking for your first ILC and want to keep the camera affordable and easy to use.
Putting all the power of a Digital Rebel into a body about half of the size, Canon's EOS M10 gives you the features and abilities you want into a body that is easy to carry and operate. The M10 sports an 18-Megapixel APS-C sized CMOS imaging sensor with Canon's Hybrid CMOS AF II system for a high resolution image and incredibly flast Autofocus. Powered by the DIGIC 6 processor, the camera features noise reduction, burst shooting, Full 1080p HD video recording, and plenty of on-the-go creative control. The EF-M mount system features its own collection of Canon EF-M lenses, which is a much smaller collection than the standard EF and EF-S collection. With an available adapter, however, all of these lenses can be used with the M-mount as well. Available in 3 great colors, it will be easy to find a body that suits your style: Black, White and Gray.

Handling the M10 is easy, with one hand or two. Its compact and lightweight body makes it easy to wield and shoot with. With a full plastic body, the initial feel of the camera isn't the best. After shooting with it for a while, you will hold it comfortably and realize that is has a very solid build. Operation is easier with two hands, especially when using the 3.0-inch touch screen LCD. The body has been kept incredibly simple, only featuring a few controls on the top and back, leaving you to use the one command dial and LCD for everything else. Canon has also included built-in WiFi with NFC, allowing you connect your smartphone to the camera with ease. Once connected, the phone can view and copy images from the camera or even act as a remote shutter and viewfinder for the camera.

Viewing and composing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 1.04-Million dot Tilting Touch LCD screen. The bright, high res screen tilts a full 180°; allowing you to shoot in awkward situations as well as easily composing and capturing "selfies" without just holding up the camera and guessing on composition. The touch screen gives you similar functionality to a smartphone, and even allows you to touch the screen to pick a focus point, or capture an image. 5 levels of brightness, that are manually adjustable, make the screen easy to see in all lighting conditions including bright sunlight and very low-light situations.

Performance from the M10 is decent, capturing its first image in 2.2 seconds after being turned on. Its shutter lag is almost non-existent when the AF system is locked. Allowing the AF system to work slows the capture to between 2/10 and 5/10 of a second, which is still quite fast. In single shot mode, the shot-to-shot delay is 0.68 seconds and climbs to 0.88 when shooting with the built-in flash. Burst shooting lives up to the claims of Canon, capturing images at 4.8fps and 2.5fps using the built-in flash. All of our tests were completed using an 8GB SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1 SDHC memory card, Program mode, ISO Auto, Flash off and all other settings at the factory defaults.

Our outdoor image samples show accurate and well exposed images with good color replication. The images looked sharp to us at the beginning; when viewed at full screen. However, looking more closely at 100% or pixel level, it appears that our images are a bit soft, almost looking like the focus was off a bit. While the images were not as sharp as they should have been, it was close enough to capture most of the fine details in the images. Other aberrations and flaws are contained or eliminated, giving you a very clean overall image. After re-shooting our outdoor samples with the sharpness level increased from 3 of 7 to 6 of 7, we noticed a much sharper overall image. Somewhere between the two points is what we expected to see with the default settings. Both sets of outdoor samples are available on the samples page for you to compare.

Looking closely at our indoor sample images, they look sharper than the outdoor images do, when looking at them at 100%. There is a great deal of detail within these images, to go along with the excellent color and exposure. These images also give us a great look at the amount of noise present at all of the ISO settings. ISO 100 though ISO 800 constrain the noise within the image very well, producing very pleasing images. Once you hit ISO 1600 the noise starts to increase quickly, taking away the finer details within the image and starting to dull the colors. By ISO 6400, the images are starting to look like they were captured with your smartphone. Anything after ISO 6400 should be avoided if possible. Assisting with your low-light shooting, the small pop-up flash unit provides more power than a standard compact camera's flash, making it more useful as a primary or fill flash. The camera does not feature a hot shoe or wireless flash capabilities for an external Speedlite, so the pop-up flash is as good as it gets.

Like many ILCs, the EOS M10 is a pleasure to shoot portraits with. Face detection is fast and follows faces with ease. This keeps the focus and exposure set to the detected face; even as it moves through the frame. The camera does stick to just one face, not detecting more than once face in the frame at a time. Our sample images show excellent exposures and focus based on the detected face; you cannot go wrong with the face detection enabled. All of our samples were taken in iAuto mode with the flash raised, but the camera chose not use it.

The EOS M10 features several scene and artistic shooting modes that can be used while shooting or applied afterwards. While shooting they are a little harder to find, only accessible from the touch screen shooting mode menu, but somewhat convenient once you are used to where they are found. These modes are specific to certain shooting situations and/or specific effects, and most of them will not show up in the iAuto shooting mode because of that. These modes are great to experiment with or just to add a little creativity to your images. Several samples can be seen on our samples page using these options.

Capturing home movies is as simple as pressing the dedicated video recording button on the top of the camera; no matter what shooting mode the camera is currently in. When in a still image shooting mode, the video recording has just a few options that once set, will automatically be used. For more control, the camera features a dedicated video recording mode that offers a lot more user control. Our sample videos play back smoothly with good exposure, color, and they are both sharp and full of detail. The continuous AF system is a little slow adjusting, especially with quick changes, but it does get caught up. Audio is recorded on the built-in stereo microphone, which is very sensitive and picks up the noises closest to the camera. This will pick up a lot of background noise, so be careful where you record from if the audio quality is important.

Powering the EOS M10 is a 7.2V, 875mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. While completing our testing, the camera was able to capture well over 200 images and several short videos on a single charge. This fits well with the 255 images that Canon claims the EOS M10 is capable of. For increased battery life, the camera features an ECO mode, which puts the camera to sleep very quickly. This mode is able to extend the battery to roughly 360 images on a single charge. Included with the camera is a portable charging unit, which makes it easy to keep your battery, and a spare charged and ready to go. Keeping a second battery ready is a great idea, especially when you are preparing for a long day of shooting.

Bottom Line - The Canon EOS M10 is a great introductory ILC (interchangeable lens camera). Sporting an 18-Megapixel imaging sensor, powerful DIGIC 6 processor, Full 1080p HD video capture, and access to five EF-M lenses, it has the potential to be a great tool for any shooting situation. With an adapter, you can even use all of Canon's EF and EF-S lenses as well. With good overall image quality and decent performance, this is a great camera for someone looking to get more get a little more quality and versatility than that of a compact camera. With a MSRP of US $599.99 ($499.99 on Canon's site as of March 2016) for the kit with the 15-45mm IS lens, it is one of the more affordable ILC's on the market and worth a look.

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