Unveiled: Canon Beefs up its Mirrorless Line with the EOS M10 and 15-45mm Lens


On the heels of the Canon EOS M3’s availability in the US, Canon has announced the EOS M10, a compact mirrorless camera that houses an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 6 processor. The sensor and processor combine to enable an ISO sensitivity range from 100-12800 with an expanded maximum ISO of 25600 for low-light photography, and fast focusing with the Hybrid CMOS AF II system for shooting up to 4.6 fps.

If taking selfies is your thing, the M10 features a large 3" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD that tilts 180° upwards. To further assist with selfies, a Self Portrait mode will smooth and brighten your skin. Also, the touchscreen provides an intuitive way to navigate the menus, as well as review your shots.

Video shooters will be pleased to see that this compact camera records full HD 1920 x 1080 MP4 videos at 24p or 30p, with manual movie control so you can adjust settings for your desired look. If full manual control is more than you need, the M10’s Creative Assist mode lets you adjust settings easily, such as brightness, background blur, saturation, contrast, warmth, and filter effects.

Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity make it easy to share your photos and videos or to connect the camera with Canon’s CS100 Connect Station.

The EF-M mount means that the M10 can accept a wide variety of lenses so you can choose focal lengths and apertures to fit your unique shooting situations. EF and EF-S mount Canon lenses can also be mounted to the M10 with the use of an optional adapter.

Bundled with the M10 is the new EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, which has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-72mm, a very common and useful zoom range. The lens’s construction incorporates three aspheric elements (one glass-molded and two precision-molded) to help reduce chromatic aberrations and distortion. The built-in optical image stabilization helps to reduce the appearance of camera shake by providing up to 3.5 stops of compensation. This proves beneficial when shooting handheld in low-light situations, or in scenarios that require a longer shutter speed. A lead screw-type stepping motor (STM) keeps noise to a minimum when shooting photos and is near-silent when recording video. When not in use, the lens retracts to keep in line with the EF-M system’s compact size.

The Canon EOS M10 is available in two kits, with the 15-45mm lens in black or white or in black with the 15-45mm and 55-200mm lenses. The 15-45mm lens by itself is available in black or silver. Along with this announcement, Canon has also released the 55-200mm lens in silver.

Lens Mount EF-M
Image Sensor CMOS 22.3 x 14.9mm
Effective Pixels 18.0MP
Total Pixels 18.5MP
Maximum Resolution 5184 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 3:02
Still Image File Format JPEG, RAW
Storage Media SD, SDXC, SDHC
Card Slot 1x SD
Viewfinder Type None
Shutter Type Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec.
Flash Sync Speed 1/200 sec.
Drive Modes Single, Continuous
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 4.6 fps
Self-Timer Off, 2-second self-timer, 10-second self-timer, custom timer
Metering Method Evaluative, partial, spot, center weighted average
Metering Range EV 1–20 
Exposure Modes Program AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity 100-12800, expandable to 25600
Autofocus System Hybrid CMOS AF II
Number of Focus Points 49
Focus Modes One-shot AF, servo AF
Autofocus Sensitivity EV 1–18 (ISO 100, with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM)
Built-In Flash Yes
Flash Control E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Modes Auto
Flash Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
External Flash Interface None
White Balance Modes Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom 
Movie Recording Full HD 1920x1080 at 24p and 30p in MP4
Movie Metering Evaluative 
File Format MP4
Audio Recording Built-in stereo microphone
Maximum Recording Time 29 min. 59 sec.
Monitor  3.0" 1.04m-dot tilting LCD touchscreen
Interface USB, HDMI Mini out 
Wi-Fi Yes, IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Power Source LP-E12 battery
Battery Life Up to 360 shots in Eco Mode
Operating Environment 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Dimensions 1.4 x 2.6 x 4.3" (46 x 66 x 109mm)
Weight 9.3 oz (264 g)



Can it keep up with the excellent Fuji X-T10?

Unfortunately, until the EOS M10 was released, and more in depth reveiws came out, it would be impossible to make a comprehensive comparison between it and the Fujifilm X-T10 in terms of performance. 

So which is the better mirrorless, this one or the M3?

Canon continues, it seems, to not take mirrorless seriously.  Hey, Canon, it's not a usable mirrorless camera without an eye level EVF.  Having only the LCD screen is so limiting as to make the camera all but useless outdoors.  At least Canon has a compact DSLR--the Rebel SL1--which, btw, is a very capable camera in a very small package.  Incredibly, Canon just announced a new compact digital with an excellent EVF--so they do know how to make them.  Maybe they should turn over development of the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera line to the folks in the compact digital division!