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Canon EOS M100 Expert Review - Verdict

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EOS M100

Value For Money

The Canon EOS M100 is available for £449 body only, or £569 with lens, which makes it more expensive than most of the competition, which tend to be available for around £4-500 with lens, although we'd expect the price to drop over time. For the same amount of money, or less, you could look at the next level up, and purchase a mirrorless camera with an electronic viewfinder (EVF). 

Panasonic Lumix GX800, 16mp, 5.8fps, 4K video, £379 with lens
Olympus PEN E-PL8, 16mp, 8.5fps, FullHD video, £429 body only / £499 with lens
Fujifilm X-A10, 16mp, 6fps, FullHD video, £399 with lens
Fujifilm X-A3, 24mp, 6fps, FullHD video, £479 with lens
Canon EOS M6, 24mp, 9fps, FullHD video, £599 body only

With EVF:
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II, 16mp, 8.5fps, FullHD video, £449 body only
Panasonic Lumix GX80, 16mp, 8fps, 4K video, £520 with lens
Sony Alpha A6000, 24mp, 11fps, FullHD video, £519 with lens
Canon EOS M5, 24mp, 9fps, FullHD video, £899 body only

Have a look at more mirrorless cameras in our Best Premium Mirrorless cameras, and Entry-level Mirrorless cameras. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Canon EOS M100 Verdict

The Canon EOS M100 is a compact mirrorless camera, that is easy to use, and results from the camera are good, with colourful images, that are detailed with well controlled noise. The majority of lenses available for the camera are compact, and perform reasonably well, making the camera system quite appealing if you're looking for a compact camera with DSLR image quality. 

If you're looking to use it as mostly a point and shoot camera, then the M100 would be a good choice. However, if you're likely to want to advance beyond point and shoot, then the lack of flash hot-shoe and external controls makes it less suitable. For beginners, this would make a great mirrorless camera, but for photographers, there are simply too many other choices available, with better features and often a lower price. The next step up, from Canon, would be the Canon EOS M6, which is much more suitable for serious photographers.

Canon EOS M100 Pros

  • Excellent colour reproduction
  • Compact camera
  • Compact lenses available
  • Easy to use touch-screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC

Canon EOS M100 Cons

  • No panoramic mode
  • Limited external controls
  • Price seems high
  • Plastic feel

Overall Verdict


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Photographs taken using the Canon EOS M100

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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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