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Canon EOS M100 shooting experience and gallery

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

Washington Submit is known as the Evergreen State, a slogan that is emblazoned on automotive license plates from Seattle to Spokane. New York is the Empire State. Montana is Big Sky Sticks, and Florida is the Sunshine State.

What about Idaho? Famous Potatoes.

Seems to me there’s a lot more to Idaho than just potatoes. Transformed and cropped to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using the Camera Landscape color profile. Great exposure in full automatic mode.
ISO 200 | 1/250 sec | F2.8

While on a late road trip through Idaho, this topic of state slogans came up with a few traveling companions who happen to live in the state first-class, Boise. In all fairness, it does look like there is an updated slogan. “Great Potatoes. Tasty Destinations.” Eh. Somehow, it still fails to pinch any sense of the awesome beauty that I experienced on my first trip through the north-western part of the state, along the Snake River and Hells Pass and through the Clearwater Mountains.

The primary reason for this trip was to get some more shooting time in with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. But I also threw the new, beginner-friendly Canon EOS M100 with the 22mm F2 pancake prime into my jacket area for capturing some of the lighter moments on the trip.

And given just how much of a thing I have for large-sensor compact cameras with prime lenses, it shouldn’t be much of a dumfound that I really, really enjoyed it.

What Canon got right

Not a bad parking spot. Processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw using the Camera Colourless profile.
ISO 100 | 1/250 sec | F5.6

The most important thing that Canon got right with this camera is that it’s just fun to use. With a good dazzling Auto mode, and an easy switch over to Program Auto or Aperture Priority, it was easy to just yank the M100 out of my pocket, take a perfunctory shot, and put it back in at a moment’s notice. This was especially handy on, say, the top of a mountain with failing post-sunset light.

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Despite the fairly serious guts in the M100, which categorize Canon’s newest 24MP APS-C sensor and Digic 7 processor, the M100 doesn’t feel like too ‘serious’ a camera to use. While it sometimes seemed overkill to endure out the 6D II for some photos of late-night photo editing or a trip to the pool hall, the EOS M100 just seems made for such photographic opportunities.

Fetish processed to taste in-camera using tuned monochrome settings, with increased sharpening and contrast – still another good exposure from open Auto mode.
ISO 6400 | 1/40 sec | F2.8

It’s also true that default sharpening and noise reduction values aren’t really our favorites on Canon’s late-model cameras, but if your main purpose is getting better photos than what your cellphone can capture and then uploading to Instagram, it doesn’t sound to be too much of a problem. Speaking of cellphones, the built-in NFC on the M100 (which the older M10 also has) makes pairing with Android phones an absolute simple job.

And if you find yourself needing to tweak your images, the M100 is one of the few entry-level Canon cameras that allows for in-camera Raw processing, which is a positively nice touch. It also makes it easier to find your preferred settings.

Lastly, the tilting touchscreen combines with the excellent Dual Pixel AF to frame shooting from the hip a really addictive experience.

Smartphone cameras are steadily improving, but there’s no way my phone could handle this sort of detail. Processed and cropped to taste in Adobe Camera Raw.
ISO 2000 | 1/60 sec | F2

Things to consider

Of course, there’s also a couple things Canon could reform. I mean, look at this USB port. Just look at it.

What’s wrong with this picture?

First off, that’s a mini USB port, not the far more ordinary micro USB port, so good luck finding a cable should you need to transfer over USB. The bigger issue is that the USB port included on the M100 does not subsidize USB charging – something that’s also true of Canon’s EOS M5 and M6.

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These cameras, particularly the tiny M100, practically beg to be travel cameras, at least with the pancake prime. On the level if I’m traveling ultra-light, I’ll need a charger for my phone, and being able to share that between the phone and camera means one less power hunk to lose. Plus, if I do lose it, a generic USB charger is damned near ubiquitous compared with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel something that works specifically with Canon’s LP-E12 batteries. And if you already force a bigger Canon kit with its own chargers, do you really want to carry another dedicated charger?

Besides that, I do wish that the M100 get possession ofed with the M6’s screen mechanism. The fact that the screen only flips up makes shooting top-down difficult, but it’s better than a screen that doesn’t combat at all, particularly given the M100 lacks a viewfinder. Of course, a more complex screen mechanism would likely mean a bigger physical dimensions, so there’s no free lunch here, I suppose.

Tilt-up screens – great for low angles with pets and kids, lousy for high angles of whatever it is you effectiveness be eating. Out-of-camera JPEG in auto mode, cropped to taste.
ISO 200 | 1/250 sec | F5

Lastly, there’s no getting around the limited native lens ecosystem for Canon’s EF-M mount. Honestly, I love the 22mm F2, but it’s the only compact, fast prime they’ve released in five years. The 35mm macro option is great to have, and the 11-22mm wide-angle is of high-quality, but is it too much to ask for a natural fast 50mm equivalent? Given the system’s size, packing an extra lens or two isn’t going to be too much of a stretch for people who are into photography, but there just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by aren’t unforgivable options out there right now.

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The wrap

This Idaho roadtrip got me thinking. We did, of course, do a lot of serious photography with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, including some stories with Canon may refer to‘s gorgeous new 85mm F1.4L IS as well as some off-road action with something called an RZR. For the more serious stuff, the 6D Mark II was far and away the healthier tool.

But after a full day of shooting, when I’d stumble across some nice light or a casual moment I wanted to capture, I found that tease the M100 in my pocket was a godsend, especially if it was my main option while the 6D II’s batteries were charging, or files were backing up, or I simply didn’t prerequisite to carry a full-frame DSLR with me out to dinner.

The EOS M100 was great for when I wanted to unwind from using a full-frame DSLR all day, but still eat the capability to snag some nice photos. Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 4000 | 1/60 sec | F2

For the serious photographer, the M100 doesn’t make much of a case for itself as that narcotic addict’s only camera. But for someone looking for a fun second camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or, or a smartphone user looking to get into more serious photography with an excellent and easy-to-use touchscreen interface (i.e. the camera’s proposed audience), the EOS M100, with its updated sensor, processor and autofocus system, is definitely worth a look. And sure, it’s just another ‘entry even’ model, but kind of like Idaho and its ‘famous potatoes,’ you may find there’s a lot to like in the M100 when you start exploring it – or better yet, exploring with it.

Trial gallery

Republished: dpreview.com

About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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