The Canon EOS M100 is the company’s latest EOS M (mirrorless) interchangeable lens camera. Billed as ‘Small, Stylish and Connected’, this entry-level model is clearly designed and marketed for smartphone users thinking about buying their first camera.
So what is so user friendly about the EOS M100? Well, it features a large 3.2in flip up front-facing LCD touchscreen that behaves much like a smartphone. There is bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity, that from experience works seamlessly for shooting and sharing images.
It’s small and the interface is relatively simple and there are on-screen instructions for beginners. Plus, being the entry-level EOS M camera, the EOS M100 is much more affordable than other models.
Yet for a relatively little outlay the EOS M100 packs the serious features too. There is the same 24.2-million-pixel sensor as found in the EOS M6 and even EOS 80D, full 1080p HD video recording up to 60fps and Canon’s DIGIC 7 processor.
The jewel of Canon’s EOS M cameras is the dual pixel AF, which provides on sensor phase detection AF. Dual Pixel AF provides particularly effective AF for video operation.
There is also lens based image stabilisation in all EOS M mount lenses and electronic stabilisation in addition when recording videos. In short, this camera is practically as good for recording videos as it is still images.
All in all, the EOS M100 appears to be a very attractive option for first time camera buyers and existing Canon DSLR users who can use all of their Canon EF mount lenses via the Canon EF/ EF-S to M mount (around £90).
Canon EOS M100: First thoughts
The Canon EOS M100 is based around a similar design and specification to the EOS M6. So you can get a pretty good idea of what we think about the new camera by watching our video review of the EOS M6 here on the PGN Youtube channel.
Certainly, our experience of the EOS M6 is largely positive. We would expect the EOS M100 to tick the boxes for a first time camera user. Plus the price point is very attractive. The EOS M100 is smaller and significantly less expensive than the EOS M6, all the while offering most of the same key features.
What the EOS M100 lacks is a some of the external controls, including a second control dial, hot shoe, external mic jack. Plus its burst mode is 6.1fps compared to 9.2fps. Of course, the build quality of the EOS M6 is slightly better too.
Canon EOS M100: Pricing and availability
The EOS M100 is available in black, white and grey with a choice of nine jacket colours. Shipping is from October 2017 in the following kits:
•EOS M100 Body Only – RSP €569.99/£449.99
•EOS M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM – RSP €699.99/£569.99
•EOS M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 22mm f/2 STM – RSP €899.99/£699.99
•EOS M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM – RSP €969.99/£769.99
More information about the EOS M100 can be found on the Canon UK website.
Canon MT-26EX-RT macro twin flash
Announced on the same day as the EOS M100 is the Canon MT-26EX-RT macro twin flash. The new unit replaces the Canon MT-24EX-RT, enhancing the power output, durability and usability. As the name suggests, output is increased from a guide number of 24 to 26 (at ISO 100).
Other improvements include a quicker recharge time, wireless functionality, a lower output flash power option and it comes supplied with new clip-on diffusers.
The Canon MT-26EX-RT is available from November 2017 with an SRP of £1,079.99/€1,299.99.