Canon M10

Canon EOS M10 front
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expand to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF-M Mount
  • 301g - 108 x 67 x 35mm
  • Introduced October 2015
  • Replacement is Canon M100
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon M10 summary

Canon M10 is Canon's Entry-Level Mirrorless camera originally released on October of 2015. The camera includes a 18MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 5184 x 3456.

Canon brought out the more recent Canon M100 (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this camera.

The M10 places at #36 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & over all #232 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please check out our Advanced camera finder to see camera results based on your personal requirements.

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Here is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Canon M10 family

The Canon M10 has a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can see all previous and more recent models along with important features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-M50-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon M50 II
M10 vs M50 II
24MPAPS-C10.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-M200 front thumbnailCanon M200
M10 vs M200
24MPAPS-C6.1 fps2019
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Canon-EOS-M6-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon M6 MII
M10 vs M6 MII
33MPAPS-C14.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-M50 front thumbnailCanon M50
M10 vs M50
24MPAPS-C10.0 fps2018
Canon-EOS-M100 front thumbnailCanon M100
M10 vs M100
24MPAPS-C6.1 fps2017
Canon-EOS-M6 front thumbnailCanon M6
M10 vs M6
24MPAPS-C9.0 fps2017
OM System OM-1 Set to Enhance Autofocus
Canon-EOS-M10 front thumbnailCanon M1018MPAPS-C4.6 fps2015
Canon-EOS-M3 front thumbnailCanon M3
M10 vs M3
24MPAPS-C4.2 fps2015
Canon-EOS-M front thumbnailCanon M
M10 vs M
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2012

Canon M10 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of good and bad points of the Canon M10 based on features that are normally regarded as useful in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
delivers RAW formats
good MP (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
has HDMI socket
has phase detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes touch to focus
manual focus
NFC connectivity
nice clear screen (1,040 k dots)
screen is touchscreen
screen size is good (3 inch)
screen tilts up and down
selfie friendly screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports face detection autofocus
supports tracking autofocus
switch lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
external flash not possible
low battery life (255 CIPA)
max fps low (4.6 frames per second)
no external mic socket
no headphone socket
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse mode
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Canon M10 Sensor details

The Canon M10 features the DIGIC 6 chip. The size of the sensor in the Canon M10 is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5184 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 18 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. This ISO can be expanded digitally to a high of 25600. RAW photos are supported which means that the user has wider margin for error.

The picture below illustrates the M10's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The M10 sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is presented in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon M10 dimensions

Canon M10 weighs around 0.66 lb (301 gr or 10.62 oz) & the measurement of the camera is 108mm x 67mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.4"). The weight of average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr so the Canon M10 is similar when compared with other rivals.

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Listed below is a visual of the Canon M10 beside a softdrink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS M10 dimensions scale

The top view below will show you the button arrangement on the M10.

Canon EOS M10 topview buttons dials

Canon M10 Lens specs

The M10 works with the Canon EF-M mount and has 26 lenses on the market today. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the M10.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Samyang-50mm-F1.2-AS-UMC-CS--Rokinon-50mm-F1.2-ED-AS-UMC-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 50mm F1.2 AS UMC CS50mmf/1.2375g
Canon-EF-M-55-200mm-f4.5-6.3-IS-STM lensCanon EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM55-200mmf/4.5-6.3 260g
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Samyang-Reflex-300mm-f6.3-ED-UMC-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang Reflex 300mm f6.3 ED UMC CS300mmf/6.3 318g
Samyang-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS--Rokinon-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 21mm F1.4 ED AS UMC CS21mmf/1.4275g
Samyang-35mm-F1.2-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS35mmf/1.2420g
Samyang-20mm-F1.8-ED-AS-UMC-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC20mmf/1.8497g
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Canon-EF-M-15-45mm-F3.5-6.3-IS-STM lensCanon EF-M 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM15-45mmf/3.5-6.3 130g
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Canon M10 Connectivity

The M10 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and at times adjust settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

A few applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Canon M10 Video specs

The highest possible video quality in the Canon M10 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance between quality and file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you any room to crop. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone socket which means you have little control over the sound. It is perhaps best to find a different camera if you want decent sound for your video clips.

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Canon M10 Weather Sealing

Canon M10 does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions can easily damage the camera.

Canon M10 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon M10 includes a 3" tilting display screen supporting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

It has got a selfie friendly display to take self portraits and group photos when necessary. Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means that you can shift focus point and adjust settings using your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon M10 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders can be pretty helpful.

Canon M10 Shutter specs

Canon M10 has the capability to shoot continuously at 4.6 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Canon M10 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon M10 comes with only built in flash with no external flash support.

Canon M10 Autofocusing specs

Canon M10 comes with both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and exact when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect which is handy for taking photos of people.

The AF system includes 49 focus points to pick from. Canon M10 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers in order to shift where you focus. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Canon M10 boasts manual focusing if required during low light conditions or you require more precise focusing control.

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Canon M10 Battery life

The battery life (LP-E12) on the Canon M10 is made to last for 255 photographs based on the CIPA measurements making it lower when compared to it's competition. The average Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 has got the best (750) battery life within this category of cameras.

Below is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that come with the best battery life:

Canon M10 for varying forms of photography

The following diagram indicates a rundown of the Canon M10 for varying forms of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph below.

Canon M10 Portrait photography info

The Canon M10 receives a points total of 70 which is above average, meaning that it is a respectable pick for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files and capability to utilize external lighting.

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manual focus
MP count decent (18MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes face detect focus
exports RAW files
external flash not possible

Canon M10 Street photography info

Having a impressive points tally of 79, the Canon M10 is a wonderful fit to use in street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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tilting screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
boasts focus by touch
no image stabilization

Canon M10 Sports photography details

A decent sports photography score of 59 indicates the Canon M10 is reasonably adequate for shooting sports. A camera really should have fantastic focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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good MP (18MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
sensor has phase detect AF
very slow continuous shooting (4.6 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery (255 shots)

Canon M10 Travel photography factors

Portability is pretty important in picking a travel camera. In general, the Canon M10 gets a nice 74 for a travel camera which makes it a fine option to buy for your journeys.

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supports focus via touch
good resolution (18MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
not so great battery life (255 CIPA)

Canon M10 as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Canon M10 with it's above average grade of 66 as a landscape camera is a good pick among it's rivals.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
nice screen size (3")
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization
terrible battery pack (255 per charge)
lack of Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Canon M10

A vlogging camera ought to have a moving display screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Canon M10 is a respectable pick for vlogging as it receives a above average rating of 74.

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display is selfie friendly
includes face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not have image stabilization
does not have external mic port

Canon M10 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the M10, here is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The graph underneath will give you an overview of the M10 compared to it's highest scoring competitors shown earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To browse through a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon EOS M10
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
18 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
5184 x 3456
RAW support
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Canon EF-M
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Display sizing
3 inch
Resolution of display
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
4.6 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
5.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes
Auto, on, off, slow synchro
External flash
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Max video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
301 grams (0.66 lbs)
Physical dimensions
108 x 67 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.4")
Battery life
255 photos
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Retail price