Canon M100

Canon EOS M100 front

Canon M100 summary

Canon M100 is Canon's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera initially launched on August of 2017. The camera has got a 24MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Canon brought out this model in an effort to update the previous Canon M10 (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards introduced the more recent Canon M200 (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this camera.

The M100 is ranked #25 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & over all #153 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check our Advanced camera search to find camera results based on your custom criteria.

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Below is a graph of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Canon M100 history

The Canon M100 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-M50-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon M50 II
M100 vs M50 II
24MPAPS-C10.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-M200 front thumbnailCanon M200
M100 vs M200
24MPAPS-C6.1 fps2019
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Canon-EOS-M6-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon M6 MII
M100 vs M6 MII
33MPAPS-C14.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-M50 front thumbnailCanon M50
M100 vs M50
24MPAPS-C10.0 fps2018
Canon-EOS-M100 front thumbnailCanon M10024MPAPS-C6.1 fps2017
Canon-EOS-M6 front thumbnailCanon M6
M100 vs M6
24MPAPS-C9.0 fps2017
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Canon-EOS-M10 front thumbnailCanon M10
M100 vs M10
18MPAPS-C4.6 fps2015
Canon-EOS-M3 front thumbnailCanon M3
M100 vs M3
24MPAPS-C4.2 fps2015
Canon-EOS-M front thumbnailCanon M
M100 vs M
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2012

Canon M100 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of good and bad points of the Canon M100 based on factors that are typically considered necessary in a digital camera.

above average ISO range (25,600)
above average minimum ISO (100)
built-in flash
focusing manually
has a tilting screen
has bluetooth
has HDMI socket
has phase detect auto focus
has touch focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
NFC support
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect focus
offers tracking focus
screen has good resolution (1,040 thousand dots)
screen size is good (3")
selfie friendly display
supports RAW formats
swap lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
touchscreen enabled
external flash not possible
lack of image stabilization
no headphone socket
no mic socket
terrible battery pack (295 per charge)
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Canon M100 Sensor details

The Canon M100 features the DIGIC 7 processor. The sensor size in the Canon M100 is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor can capture 6000 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 24 megapixels and provides a standard ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW photos are saved therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the M100's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The M100 sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is shown in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon M100 dimensions

Canon M100 has a weight of 0.67 pounds (302 grams / 10.65 ounces) & the volume of the camera is 108mm x 67mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.4"). The weight of typical Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 grams so the Canon M100 is very much the same in comparison with other rivals.

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Below is a photo of the Canon M100 with a softdrink to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS M100 dimensions scale

The top view below will highlight the button arrangement on the M100.

Canon EOS M100 topview buttons dials

Canon M100 Lens specs

The M100 works with the Canon EF-M mount and has 26 lenses available in the market. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the M100.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
7artisans-35mm-F1.2-Canon-EF-M lens7artisans 35mm F1.235mmf/1.2150g
Canon-EF-M-18-55mm-f3.5-5.6-IS-STM lensCanon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM18-55mmf/3.5-5.6 210g
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7artisans-12mm-F2.8-Canon-EF-M lens7artisans 12mm F2.812mmf/2.8295g
Canon-EF-M-22mm-f2-STM lensCanon EF-M 22mm f2 STM22mmf/2.0 105g
Kamlan-28mm-F1.4-Canon-EF-M lensKamlan 28mm F1.428mmf/1.4384g
Samyang-12mm-f2.0-NCS-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 12mm f2.0 NCS CS12mmf/2.0 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
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Canon M100 Connectivity

The M100 has the following connectivity:

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

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to copy files and sometimes adjust settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

A few applications even give a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Canon M100 Video specs

The max video quality in the Canon M100 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance between video quality and file sizes but 1080p isn't going to leave you with any room to crop. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone jack which means that you get little control over the sound. It is perhaps best to consider a different camera if you need good sound for your videos.

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Canon M100 Weather Sealing

Canon M100 does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions might ruin the camera.

Canon M100 Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon M100 has got a 3 inch tilting screen supporting a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

It possesses a selfie friendly screen to take self portraits and group shots when required. Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means you can shift focus point and change settings with your finger.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon M100 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be rather helpful during bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon M100 Shutter specs

Canon M100 continuous shooting speed is 6.1 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Canon M100 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon M100 has only integrated flash without external flash support.

Canon M100 Autofocus specs

Canon M100 has both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & exact in comparison with Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detection which is handy for people photography.

The AF system has got 49 focus points to select from. Canon M100 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to switch focus points. It also includes Tracking Auto Focus for subjects that move. Canon M100 supports manual focusing if needed during low light occasions or you need to have more precise control on focusing.

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Canon M100 Battery life

The battery pack (LP-E12) on the Canon M100 is made to last for 295 shots according to the CIPA requirements which is less compared with it's rivals. The usual Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 features the maximum (750) battery life within this category of cameras.

Here is a listing of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Canon M100 for specific types of photography

The following chart provides a rundown of the Canon M100 for specific types of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section below.

Canon M100 Portrait photography info

The Canon M100 has a points tally of 74 which is nice, and means the camera is a good pick for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, RAW support in addition to the option to work with off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
decent MP (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
cannot use external flash

Canon M100 Street photography information

With a exceptional score of 82, the Canon M100 is a wonderful choice to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of image quality plus portability.

Photography Glossary
has a tilting screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
comes with touch focus
very good ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization

Canon M100 Sports photography factors

A very good sports photography rating of 67 means the Canon M100 is a fine choice for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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MP count decent (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
has phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery life (295 shots)

Canon M100 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is very critical in choosing a travel camera. Overall, the Canon M100 gets a awesome 82 for a travelling camera which makes it a superb choice to take on your trips.

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supports bluetooth
includes touch to focus
megapixel count decent (24MP)
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
terrible battery life (295 shots)

Canon M100 Landscape photography highlights

For those who are planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon M100 and it's very good grade of 74 as a landscape camera is a good option among its rivals.

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manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
nice screen size (3")
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
no image stabilization
bad battery power (295 CIPA)

Canon M100 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera really should have a articulating display, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering all things, the Canon M100 is a very decent option for vlogging as it receives a very good score of 75.

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screen is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
has face detect focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
no image stabilization
doesn't have mic port

Canon M100 Alternatives

If you need alternatives to the M100, here is a range of the top scored cameras which fall into the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The diagram listed below shows you an overview of the M100 compared to it's highest rated rivals listed previously.

There are more cameras you might check out as alternatives. To go through a detailed comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Canon EOS M100
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
Max resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW format
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Canon EF-M
Total lenses
Crop factor
Type of screen
Screen diagonal
Resolution of screen
1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
6.1 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
5.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, on, off, slow synchro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
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
Video data 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
302 gr (0.67 lb)
108 x 67 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.4")
Battery life
295 shots
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots
Price at release