Canon EOS M10: First Look

Towards the end of 2015, Canon released another mirrorless camera in their much maligned EOS M range of cameras. The more budget orientated, Canon EOS M10. The EOS M10, unlike the earlier EOS M3 that Canon launched in the Spring of 2015, with it’s 24 Mega-Pixel (MP) APS-C sized C<OS sensor, the EOS M10 is equipped with the more familiar (for EOS M users) 18MP APS-C CMOS which features the Hybrid AFII Auto Focus system (presumably the same as the one featured in the EOS M2), unlike the Hybrid AF III of the EOS M3.

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Canon EOS M10 + Canon EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

Whilst 6 MP may to some seem like a considerable difference, anyone who has used any of the earlier EOS M models will know the image quality is absolutely stellar and was never a cause for concern (unlike the original Hybrid AF issues which were widely reported). Having used the EOS M3 ( there are some blog posts on here about the EOS M3), the image quality on both the EOS M10 and EOS M3 are excellent. No complaints at all.

There were times I actually missed the full touch screen options when using the EOS M3, unlike the original EOS M, which I still love to this day, it’s an amazing little camera, the command dials, exposure compensation dials etc whilst offering more direct control, could after some use, make the EOS M3 feel a bit ‘clunky’ in operation as opposed to the more simplified touch operation of the original EOS M.

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Canon EOS M10 + Canon EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

The Canon EOS M10 cane bought as a body only or in a kit form as seen here, with the new Canon EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens. The new kit lens is significantly lighter and smaller than the previous Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM ‘kit’ lens, a move I suspect, is purely about cost cutting. The new 15-45mm lens is pretty much an entirely plastic build. Compared to the EF-M 18-55mm of old, which was a pretty solid mostly metal barrel and metal mount, which gave a reassuring feel, the 15-45mm feels less durable. It is a collapsable design which requires ‘unlocking’ with the flip of a switch on the lens barrel and a quick turn, the lens opens up into the 15mm setting.

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Canon EOS M10 Pop Up Flash

The original EOS M came bundled here in the U.K. with the Speedlite 90EX Flash Unit, which I personally loved, but Canon did get some criticism about not having a built in flash as the external did make the entire package significantly more bulky, but on the EOS M10, Canon have added a built in ‘pop’ up flash, which can be pulled back with your finger to adjust the angle.

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Canon EOS M10 Flip Up Rear LCD ‘Selfie’ ‘Vlogger’ Mode

The EOSM 10 also features a new 1.o4MP Rear LCD touch screen, which can be flipped up and over to allow a ‘Selfie’ or ‘Vlogger’ mode, which is great if you’re into selfies or making Video Blogs. Being up and over the top of the camera, when recording images or video, your eyes are actually facing the lens, unlike the flip out form the side screen, which make it look like you’re not concentrating on the image or video being made.

It is a well detailed display with a slider control in the main menu system to adjust the brightness.

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Canon EOS M10 Flip Up Rear LCD

The Touch Menu system has been updated and now scrolls up and down, as opposed to the left to right arrow touch of the original EOS M and it works really well for quickly changing your shooting options.

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Canon EOS M10 Menu 1

The usual culprits are present, M (Manual), Av (Aperture Priority), Tv (Shutter priority) and P (Program AE) selected with a simple touch on the icon.

The preset menu is just a swipe upwards to scroll the menu, giving access to amongst others, portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports etc. again simply touch the icon you want and the camera is good to go.

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Canon EOS M10 Menu 2

The top plate is familiar to any EOS M user, but differs significantly. Now, you have a dedicated Record button on next to the Shutter Release Button, hick unlike the EOS M has a command dial around it allowing for easy settings changes in Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority, as well as zooming in to an image when in review mode. Zooming can be achieved by the familiar pinch to zoom on the actual screen too.

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Canon EOS M10 Top

The power button is roughly n the same position as on the EOS M, but it is now slightly recessed inside the mode switch, just off centre. The mode switch allows three options, Movie, Camera (User Mode) and Camera (Auto Mode).

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Canon EOS M10 Top Plate Controls

The EOS M10, follows the original touch orientated path as the ESO M, with a touch of extra direct control, with the addition of a front command dial around the shutter release button, otherwise, it’s touch screen all the way.

Beneath the camera strap lug on the right hand side (rear LCD facing you) there is a flip switch to open up the Flash. On the right hand side (again LCD facing you) is the Wi_Fi NFC button, one press allows you to set up a Wireless connection to either control the camera remotely using Canon’s Camera Connect app (available as a download). The app works well, with pretty much full settings adjustment available, with minimal lag on the host screen (smartphone or tablet).

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Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens + Canon EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Size Comparison

The EOS M10 kit comes bundled with the almost entirely plastic EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, which despite it’s mostly plastic construction, actually produces pretty good images. It is a collapsable design, so needs to be locked and unlocked after and before use respectively.

 

Compared to the original kit lens, the excellent Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3,5-5.6 IS STM, the new kit lens is smaller when closed and about the same size when zoomed to 45mm as the 18-55mm is when set to 18mm. It is a compact lens. But that plastic construction??

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Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens + Canon EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Mount Comparison

Extends, sadly to the lens mount. Come on Canon and other manufacturers, there is never, read that again NEVER a reason to stick a nasty plastic lens mount on the end of a lens.

The EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM is a higher quality build and gives excellent results. Metal barrel and a metal lens hood, makes it to me at least the better of the two.

Of course, this was Canon’s mistake from the off.

The EOS M was a very expensive camera when launched which mostly due to a deplorable AF system (Canon screwed the pooch there) was damned by all who reviewed it, but once Firmware 2 was released things did improve significantly. It was never going to be a speed hound AF wise, but it at least became useable. I actually loved the original EOS M, I thought it was a quirky, but overall an enjoyable camera to use.

The EOS M was built like a tank. It was a solid little camera and had a top quality lens to match, which explained the high price tag upon release, but due to awful reviews, prices plunged as retailers dumped the EOS M as a ‘never again’ mistake.

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Canone EOS M10 + Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Now that so many EF-M 18-55mm kit lenses are out in the wild, I’m guessing Canon decided on the plastic route to try make some money back from the original EOS M fallout. So, by bundling an obviously lower build quality lens with the EOS M3 and EOS M10 now, Canon are hoping users will stump up the full after sales price on the superior EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 I STM lens (which also has a Macro mode – not true Macro but does allow a close focus distance).

On the EOS M10, the EF-M 18-55 looks a bit long initially, but for slightly larger hands, offers a more stable two handed support in use. I really like this combo. It’s heavier than the all plastic 15-45mm but that’s hardly surprising with the superior build.

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Canon EOS M Rear LCD

Macro mode in use above with the EOS M10 and the 18-55mm. The from to the lens was only about 7 or 8 inches away (if that) from the 15-45mm shown on the rear LCD.

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Canone EOS M10 Rear Controls

The rear function buttons are pretty minimal, yet functional although a little fiddly. They could do with being just that little bit bigger, but to be fair in use, they are perfectly functional.

A good thumb grip makes up for no front grip (unlike the EOS M which at least had something to get your fingers on).

Overall, the EOS M10 isn’t as high quality as the original EOS M10, but that’s to be expected since Canon have screwed up with the EOS M, EOS M2 (which never made it over here) before it, so wanted I guess, to be a little more cautious.

But. . .that’s not to say the EOS M10 feels cheap. It doesn’t. It is a solidly built polycarbonate camera, with a reassuring heft about it, but nothing like the feel of the original EOS M (which I still love). But it does feel competent in hand, certainly not cheap.

The AFII auto focus is quicker, but that’s hardly surprising it couldn’t really be any slower than the EOS M (whilst still very useable). Image quality is on par at 18MP, low light may be slightly better than the original thanks to the improved Digic 6 processor.

The addition of a front command dial does make a huge difference to operational speed and the flip up LCD makes self portrait and video blogging as easy as possible.

The only thing missing is the hot shoe off the original EOS M, which the EOS M needed for flash as it had no built in flash, but it did have other uses, especially for videographers out there.

Maybe the lack of a hot shoe would be a breaker for videographers, but the selfie mode screen sort of makes up for the lack of the hot shoe in other respects.

I enjoyed shooting with the EOS M10 in the time I had it. Great image quality, light and reasonably fast but no speed demon. I would happily have an EOS M10, it’s just I missed the feel of the original EOS M, which as I have stated earlier, I love. I don’t know why, there’s just something about the original EOS M that really appeals to me.

Canon have added to the EF-M Lens range, worryingly, other than the 11-22mm, 22mm and the 18-55mm, the new additions all seem to have a plastic lens mount.

Canon have released a fantastic looking dedicated Macro lens for the EOS M range, a 28mm with built in LED illumination. It looks great, except it has a plastic lens mount.

I’m sorry Canon, but I love the EOS M and M3 (I have both) but I will never fork out my hard earned money for Lenses with PLASTIC LENS MOUNTS. It’s mean spirited penny pinching. I’ll happily pay an extra £10-20 to have a metal mount that won’t snap if knocked ruining the lens and the camera it’s mounted on.

 

 

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