New Mirrorless Camera Coming from Canon
Yesterday Canon announced some new gear including some cool new lenses, a new flash and an all new mirrorless camera. Regular readers of this blog know I’m a huge fan of mirrorless camera systems (especially for travel and vacation photography) so today I’m going to share some of my thoughts about the all new Canon EOS M100.
I Love My Mirrorless Cameras
I’ve written a number of articles about my love for mirrorless cameras (including this introduction to mirrorless, a long term review of my Sony a5000 and my review of my Sony a6000). I’m also working on an all new article about traveling to Europe with my a6000 and I hope to get that article posted in the weeks to come.
To summerize my feelings about mirrorless cameras it really comes down to this – the small size, light weight, awesome performance and the incredible features make mirrorless cameras from Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, Nikon and Canon the ultimate travel or vacation systems. Large DSLR cameras may offer higher performance and a more “professional” appearance – but when large size and uncomfortable weight make you question bringing a camera there’s nothing better than a good mirrorless solution.
And here’s the big secret that you may not know – a mirrorless camera, when equipped with the right accessories and a top quality lens, is impossible to distinguish from a full size camera. Professionals photographers, like me, will continue to use larger camera systems for paying jobs – but when I’m on my own time I use my smaller mirrorless system.
Canon Announces the EOS M100
Yesterday I learned about Canon’s newest mirrorless body, the EOS M100, and it looks like a really nice upgrade from their previous entry priced offering, the EOS M10. Here’s a look at the Canon EOS M100′s headline specifications:
- a 24.2mp sensor (up from the 18mp sensor of the EOS M10)
- Digic 7 Image Processor (the EOS M10 used the Digic 6 Image Processor)
- up to 6.1 frames per second continuous shooting (the EOS M10 topped out at 4.6fps)
- Canons Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus system (the EOS M10 used a more conventional 49 point Hybrid CMOS Auto Focus system)
- 1080p HD video up to 60fps (the EOS M10 topped out at 30fps for HD video)
In addition to the upgraded features the M100 carries over some popular features like:
- a 3″ LCD monitor that flips up for easier framing of selfies and vlogging
- Built-in WIFI and NFC
- Built-in pop up flash
- an APS-C sized sensor
- Canon EF-M lens mount (Canon EF and EF-S lenses work with an adaptor)
- 14bit RAW still picture capture
- a HDMI connection to let you hook your camera directly into a TV to watch your videos
At a glance the new Canon EOS M100 looks like a direct competitor to Sony’s A5100 mirrorless camera. If you are already invested in the Canon mirrorless system this looks like a super nice upgrade to the M10 if superior focus and higher resolution are important to you.
Note: with the announcement of the EOS M100 you can get a pretty good deal on the EOS M10. The resolution may not be as high and the auto-focus won’t be as amazing, but it looks like an extremely capable camera for capturing images that are a serious upgrade from a smart phone camera. You can get a Canon EOS M10 (with kit lens) at B & H Photo here.
The Canon EOS M100 is a brand new camera so this article is not meant to be a comprehensive review. I’m planning to contact my friends at B&H Photo to get a review sample sent out and then I’ll be able to share my review of the camera when used in the “real world”.
What I can do is make some very informed opinions based on the specifications that were announced and give my recommendations based on what is now publicly known.
First – the new Canon EOS M100 is not meant to be a replacement for professional cameras (it’s missing too many important features like 4K video, a hot shoe and a viewfinder). What it does have is a great price (under $600 with a kit lens) and serious capabilities when compared to what you’ll get in a smart phone camera. In fact, the president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Yuchi Ishizuka, said:
“The new Canon EOS M100 can be the ideal camera for those eager to step up their images and share their creative vision without sacrificing image quality or on-the-go performance.”
The key part of that quote is the words “step up”. If you are using a smart phone (and are not interested in jumping all the way into photography by purchasing a big DSLR and all the lenses and other accessories) then a camera like the M100 looks like a killer option. If you’ve owned Canon gear in the past and are looking for a good travel camera (that won’t break the bank) then your brand loyalty to Canon makes this a perfect choice for making the move into the mirrorless camera world.
The Canon EOS M100 is available for preorder now.
Note: the images of the Canon EOS M100 used in this article were provided by Canon U.S.A.
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