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Canon 100D vs M10

The Canon EOS 100D (called Canon SL1 in some regions) and the Canon EOS M10 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in March 2013 and October 2015. The 100D is a DSLR, while the M10 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 17.9 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 100D
versus
Canon M10
Canon 100D   Canon M10
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-12,800 (100 - 25,600) ISO 100-12,800 (100 - 25,600)
Optical viewfinder No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Fixed touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
4.9 shutter flaps per second 4.6 shutter flaps per second
380 shots per battery charge255 shots per battery charge
117 x 91 x 69 mm, 407 g 108 x 67 x 35 mm, 301 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 100D and the Canon EOS M10? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon 100D and the Canon M10 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Both cameras are available in two different colors (black, white).

Size Canon 100D vs Canon M10
Compare 100D versus M10 top
Comparison 100D or M10 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon M10 is considerably smaller (32 percent) than the Canon 100D. Moreover, the M10 is markedly lighter (26 percent) than the 100D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 100D nor the M10 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 100D 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549i
2.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499i
3.
 
Canon 4000D 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549i
5.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499i
6.
 
Canon T6 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449i
7.
 
Canon M3 111 mm 68 mm 44 mm 366 g 250 n Feb 2015 679i
8.
 
Canon 7D II 149 mm 112 mm 78 mm 910 g 670 Y Sep 2014 1,799 i
9.
 
Canon 1200D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449i
10.
 
Canon 700D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649i
11.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
12.
 
Canon SL1 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549i
13.
 
Canon 650D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849i
14.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599i
15.
 
Canon 600D 133 mm 100 mm 80 mm 570 g 440 n Feb 2011 599i
16.
 
Panasonic G6 122 mm 85 mm 71 mm 390 g 340 n Apr 2013 599i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The M10 was somewhat cheaper (by 9 percent) than the 100D at launch, but both cameras fall into the same price category. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Technology-wise, the M10 uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 6) than the 100D (DIGIC 5), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 100D and Canon M10 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 17.9 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the 100D and the M10 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the M10 is much more recent (by 2 years and 6 months) than the 100D, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

The Canon EOS 100D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 100-25600. The Canon EOS M10 offers exactly the same ISO settings.

100D versus M10 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The Overall DXO ratings for the two cameras under consideration are close, suggesting that they provide similar imaging performance. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 100D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.384363
2.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.475365
3.
 
Canon 4000D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.469563
4.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
5.
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278
6.
 
Canon T6 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p23.612.9149779
7.
 
Canon M3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.811.8116972
8.
 
Canon 7D II APS-C 20.0 5472 36481080/60p22.411.8108270
9.
 
Canon 1200D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463
10.
 
Canon 700D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.268161
11.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.723054
12.
 
Canon SL1 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.384363
13.
 
Canon 650D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.272262
14.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.282765
15.
 
Canon 600D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.579365
16.
 
Panasonic G6 Four Thirds 15.9 4608 34561080/60p21.311.563961
Note: DXO values in italics represent estimates based on sensor size and age.

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the 100D has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the M10 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon 100D, the Canon M10, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 100Doptical n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
2.
 
Canon M10none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6 Y n
3.
 
Canon 4000Doptical n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon 200Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon M100none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
6.
 
Canon T6optical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon M3optional n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.2 Y n
8.
 
Canon 7D IIoptical Y3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/8000s 10.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon 1200Doptical n3.0 / 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon 700Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon G16optical n3.0 / 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
12.
 
Canon SL1optical n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
13.
 
Canon 650Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon Mnone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
15.
 
Canon 600Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
16.
 
Panasonic G61440 n3.0 / 1036 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y n
The M10 has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies. In contrast, the 100D does not have a selfie-screen.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 100D and the M10 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 100D and Canon EOS M10 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 100DYmono / monoY-mini2.0---
2.
 
Canon M10-stereo / mono--mini2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon 4000DYmono / mono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon 200DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
5.
 
Canon M100-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
6.
 
Canon T6Ymono / mono--mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon M3Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon 7D IIYstereo / monoYYmini3.0---
9.
 
Canon 1200DYmono / mono--mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon 700DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon G16Ystereo / mono--mini2.0Y--
12.
 
Canon SL1Ymono / monoY-mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon 650DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
14.
 
Canon MYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
15.
 
Canon 600DYmono / monoY-mini2.0---
16.
 
Panasonic G6Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-

It is notable that the 100D has a hotshoe, while the M10 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

Both the 100D and the M10 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The 100D was replaced by the Canon 200D, while the M10 was followed by the Canon M100. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon 100D and the Canon M10? Which camera is better? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS 100D:

  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (380 versus 255) on a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in March 2013).


Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS M10:

  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 6 vs DIGIC 5).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • More compact: Is smaller (108x67mm vs 117x91mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 106g or 26 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 6 months of technical progress since the 100D launch.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the M10 is the clear winner of the contest (9 : 5 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

100D 05:09 M10

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 100D and the Canon M10 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the 100D and the M10 in practical situations. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 100D4/5+..78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549i
2.
 
Canon M10..........4/5 Oct 2015 499i
3.
 
Canon 4000D..o3/5..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +4/578/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549i
5.
 
Canon M1003/5+....4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499i
6.
 
Canon T64/5o4/573/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449i
7.
 
Canon M34/5o..75/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2015 679i
8.
 
Canon 7D II4.5/5+3.5/584/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2014 1,799 i
9.
 
Canon 1200D3/5+....4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449i
10.
 
Canon 700D......76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649i
11.
 
Canon G164/5+....4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
12.
 
Canon SL14/5+..78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549i
13.
 
Canon 650D4/5+ +..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849i
14.
 
Canon M3/5+....4/54/5 Jul 2012 599i
15.
 
Canon 600D3/5o..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599i
16.
 
Panasonic G64/5+ +....5/54.5/5 Apr 2013 599i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities of other camera models, just use the search menu below. As an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications: Canon 100D vs Canon M10

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 100D Canon M10
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
    Launch Date March 2013 October 2015
    Launch Price USD 549 USD 499
    Sensor Specs Canon 100D Canon M10
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 17.9 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.31 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 5.39 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 5 DIGIC 6
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 63 65
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.8 22.2
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.3 11.4
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 843 753
    Screen Specs Canon 100D Canon M10
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.54x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 100D Canon M10
    Focus System Phase-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Continuous Shooting 4.9 shutter flaps/s 4.6 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon 100D Canon M10
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Body Specs Canon 100D Canon M10
    Battery Type LP-E12 LP-E12
    Battery Life (CIPA)380 shots per charge255 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 117 x 91 x 69 mm
    (4.6 x 3.6 x 2.7 in)
    108 x 67 x 35 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 407 g (14.4 oz) 301 g (10.6 oz)

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