Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510

Canon EOS M100 front
Olympus E-510 front

Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510 Key Specs

Canon M100
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 302g - 108 x 67 x 35mm
  • Launched August 2017
  • Older Model is Canon M10
  • Successor is Canon M200
Olympus E-510
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 490g - 136 x 92 x 68mm
  • Announced November 2007
  • Also referred to as EVOLT E-510
  • Old Model is Olympus E-500
  • Updated by Olympus E-520
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Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510 Overview

Following is a in-depth comparison of the Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Advanced DSLR by brands Canon and Olympus. There is a crucial difference among the image resolutions of the M100 (24MP) and E-510 (10MP) and the M100 (APS-C) and E-510 (Four Thirds) provide totally different sensor sizes.

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The M100 was revealed 9 years after the E-510 which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Canon M100 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Olympus E-510 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before delving right into a thorough comparison, here is a simple summation of how the M100 matches up versus the E-510 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon M100 over the Olympus E-510

 M100 E-510 
AnnouncedAugust 2017November 2007More modern by 119 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1040k230kClearer screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Olympus E-510 over the Canon M100

 E-510 M100 

Common features in the Canon M100 and Olympus E-510

 M100 E-510 
Manual focus Dial exact focus

Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry around your camera regularly, you'll have to factor its weight and volume. The Canon M100 features external dimensions of 108mm x 67mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.4") along with a weight of 302 grams (0.67 lbs) while the Olympus E-510 has sizing of 136mm x 92mm x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7") along with a weight of 490 grams (1.08 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is a front view dimensions comparison of the M100 compared to the E-510.

Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the M100 and E-510 is 88 and 69 respectively.

Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510 top view buttons comparison

Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to visualise the gap in sensor sizes merely by viewing technical specs. The image below will give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the M100 and E-510.

As you can tell, both the cameras have different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The M100 having a bigger sensor will make getting shallower DOF less difficult and the Canon M100 will render more detail because of its extra 14MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more recent M100 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510 sensor size comparison

Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon M100 Portrait photography details
Olympus E-510 Portrait photography details
has manual focus
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
can't use external flash
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Canon M100 Street photography info
Olympus E-510 Street photography info
tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
includes focus by touch
very good ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
lighter than competition (490 grams)
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon M100
Sports photography with Olympus E-510
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
has phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery life (295 CIPA)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect autofocus
slow fps (3.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon M100
Travel photography with Olympus E-510
has bluetooth
includes focus by touch
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
not so great battery life (295 CIPA)
lighter than competition (490 grams)
built-in flash
missing Timelapse function
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon M100 Landscape photography information
Olympus E-510 Landscape photography information
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
very good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery life (295 shots)
manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inch)
megapixel count low (10MP)
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon M100 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus E-510 as a Vlogging camera
display is selfie friendly
touch screen
provides face detection focusing
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have image stabilization
lack of external mic port
can't shoot video
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Canon M100 vs Olympus E-510 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon M100 and Olympus E-510
 Canon EOS M100Olympus E-510
General Information
Brand Name Canon Olympus
Model type Canon EOS M100 Olympus E-510
Also Known as - EVOLT E-510
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced DSLR
Launched 2017-08-29 2007-11-23
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 7 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 332.3mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3
Full resolution 6000 x 4000 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 25600 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 49 3
Lens support Canon EF-M Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 23 45
Focal length multiplier 1.6 2.1
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 2.5 inches
Screen resolution 1,040k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 6.1 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, on, off, slow synchro Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/180 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC -
Max video resolution 1920x1080 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 302 grams (0.67 pounds) 490 grams (1.08 pounds)
Physical dimensions 108 x 67 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.4") 136 x 92 x 68mm (5.4" x 3.6" x 2.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 79 52
DXO Color Depth rating 23.5 21.2
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.0 10.0
DXO Low light rating 1272 442
Battery life 295 photographs -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID LP-E12 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible) Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $449 $550