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Canon EOS M100 Expert Review - Performance

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Canon EOS M100 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.2-0.3secs*
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.3-0.5secs*
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.5secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.6secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.4secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
6fps (90 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash 1fps
Continuous Shooting - RAW 6fps (21 shots)

Focus speeds are quite quick most of the time. *However, the focus speed alternated between slower, and quicker focus and shutter response when shooting in quick succession. Tested using Lexar UHS-II 2000x SD card.


Canon EOS M100 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The camera gives images with good colour reproduction. Skin tones are good, and the camera gives pleasing JPEG results straight from the camera. Exposure is reliable, and we found we rarely used exposure compensation when using the camera. Picture styles are available, and you can choose from the presets, as well as customise: sharpness (strength, fineness, threshold), contrast, saturation, and colour tone. Dynamic range is good, and can be extended by using the "Auto Lighting Optimizer" setting. If you need to recover overexposed images, then you can use the raw file to do this, with good results. Flash performance is good with minimal red-eye visible. 


Canon EOS M100 Lens test images

Lens Performance - The 15-45mm kit lens performs well for a kit lens, with the centre of the image being sharp, but doesn't match a good prime lens, or a premium zoom lens. The close focusing distance of the kit lens is reasonable, allowing you to get quite close to your subject. Lens aberration is corrected in camera, with options for peripheral illumination (vignetting), chromatic aberration, and diffraction. Vignetting and chromatic abberation is visible if you open the raw images, or switch off lens correction, with both the 15-45mm lens and 28mm macro lens. 


Canon EOS M100 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO100 to ISO800. Noise begins to appear more noticeably at ISO1600, and there is chroma noise (colouration), as well as "grain". Although noise becomes stronger again at ISO3200 and ISO6400, we'd say that these ISO settings still produce usable images, depending on your needs. It's at ISO12800 where the camera struggles to produce a usable image (without further image processing, such as further noise reduction or resizing the image), however colour saturation remains good, even at these higher ISO speeds. ISO25600 shows the highest level of noise, and this setting is best avoided.  Noise options are Off, Low, Standard, and High. 


Canon EOS M100 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) produces an image with a warm result under tungsten lighting, and the tungsten preset gives a fairly similar, but better result, meaning that for accurate white balance you may need to use the manual white balance setting. Under mixed lighting, the camera performs quite well. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset giving a slight colour cast. Unfortunately, the EOS M100 doesn't benefit from the "Warm" or "White" auto white balance options of Canon EOS DSLRs, such as the Canon EOS 1300D.


Canon EOS M100 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a number of creative effects and scene modes available. The Creative Assist mode is designed to make it easy to change how your photo looks, without necessarily needing to understand basics such as exposure compensation or aperture speeds. The M100 doesn't feature a panoramic mode. 


Video - The Canon EOS M100 records FullHD video with stereo sound. The maximum ISO speed available is ISO6400 on default settings, and this can be expanded to ISO12800 (in the custom functions menu). You can use 5-axis electronic image stabilisation in combination with optical image stabilisation, and this will crop the image, giving a softer looking video.



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ChrisV Plus
14 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2017 9:55AM
A very much entry level camera [and one might even argue there are features missing from that in 2017] at mid range prices. The good old Canon brand. Complacency kills market leaders. With any luck.
russellsnr 16 246 England
3 Sep 2017 12:28PM
Sorry but Canon do not seem to want to push the boat out with mirrorless. No viewfinder so even with a tilt screen still no good in bright sunshine. No hot shoe,. Better to buy a DSLR you can pick up a Brand new Canon EOS 760D 24.2MP Digital SLR, Built-in WiFi and NFC

76.2 mm vari-angle LCD touchscreen at 473.90 from Ebay.
25 Oct 2017 1:37PM
Wow, Canon can really do it worse. I can get the Panasonic GX80 for the same price, which is a way better camera in every aspect.

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