Smartphone photographers are becoming increasingly ubiquitous with the vast innovations on mobile cameras, and while being able to master the actual art of professional photography proves to be an invaluable asset, not everyone is willing to exhaustively grasp all the complex technicalities of a bulky DSLR when they can simply whip out their smartphones and snap stunning shots via one effortless tap of a button.
With all that said, photography doesn’t have to be as perplexing as it seems and weaving your way into this new hobby can be a breeze, especially with the Canon EOS M10, which may just be the ideal entry-level mirrorless camera that doesn’t require any crazy elaborate or mind-boggling photography knowledge for any tech noobie to play with and actually obtain DSLR-quality photographs.
While it boasts a stills and video shutter button alongside a simple dial that switches between video, stills and auto mode, the Canon EOS M10 is missing the secondary wheel with the manual, aperture priority, program, macro modes and more. Other physical buttons include the menu and playback button, as well as the 4-way cluster button with exposure control, the Mobile Device Connect button and the flash release toggle.
Though its body is similar to that of a point-and-shoot like a G7X, it carries more weight and we found gripping onto the camera securely was a challenge as it lacks an ergonomic shape. Despite being slightly slippy, the Canon EOS M10 feels sturdy in the hands with the EF-M 15-45mm IS STM kit lens showcasing a maximum aperture of f3.5-6 that performs decently in low-light conditions.
Perhaps another one of its appealing features is its 180-degree tilting 3-inch touchscreen LCD of 1.04-million dot resolution that would surely be a selling point for vloggers and those passionate about selfies. However, the surprising absence of a hot shoe to mount an external mic or a flash unit may be a major disadvantage to some, given that other similar entry-level compact system cameras do carry one.
Paired with its reasonably adequate APS-C 18-megapixel sensor, the Canon EOS M10 has a ISO of 100-12800, with the option of the 25600 mode. Additionally, its Hybrid CMOS AF II autofocus system has a 49 autofocus points with an array of AF modes, but it doesn’t perform as remarkably in terms of continuous autofocus as it does not instinctively trail moving objects.
The DIGIC 6 processor on the Canon EOS M10 allows for capturing JPEG photos at 4.6 frames per second, while for raw images, it shoots at 4.2 frames per second. As far as video capabilities are concerned, the interchangeable lens camera shoots FULL HD of 1920×1080 pixels at the most, recording up to 30 frames per second, still lower than the usual 60 frames per second.
Equipped with NFC and Wi-Fi, the Canon EOS M10 packs the basics any beginners would require as it is user-friendly and uncomplicated to use. That said, serious photographers would find its simple operation too straightforward considering the shortage of controls and performance that is just slightly above average. Yet, tagged with a recommended retail price of RM1,999, the M10 is arguably still good value for money.
Learn more about the specifications on the Canon EOS M10 by accessing this website.