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Canon 850D vs M100

The Canon EOS 850D (called Canon T8i in some regions) and the Canon EOS M100 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2020 and August 2017. The 850D is a DSLR, while the M100 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 24 megapixels.

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

Headline Specifications
Canon 850D
versus
Canon M100
Canon 850D   Canon M100
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
24 MP – APS-C sensor 24 MP – APS-C sensor
4K/24p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200) ISO 100-25,600
Optical viewfinder No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0" LCD – 1040k dots 3.0" LCD – 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
7.5 shutter flaps per second 6.1 shutter flaps per second
800 shots per battery charge295 shots per battery charge
131 x 103 x 76 mm, 515 g 108 x 67 x 35 mm, 302 g
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Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 850D and the Canon EOS M100? 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

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon 850D and the Canon M100. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The M100 can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the 850D is only available in black.

Size Canon 850D vs Canon M100
Compare 850D versus M100 top
Comparison 850D or M100 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon M100 is considerably smaller (46 percent) than the Canon 850D. Moreover, the M100 is substantially lighter (41 percent) than the 850D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 850D nor the M100 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.

Concerning battery life, the 850D gets 800 shots out of its LP-E17 battery, while the M100 can take 295 images on a single charge of its LP-E12 power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. 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 850D 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 749 i
2.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499i
3.
 
Canon M200 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 299 g 315 n Sep 2019 549 i
4.
 
Canon RP 133 mm 85 mm 70 mm 485 g 250 n Feb 2019 1,299 i
5.
 
Canon 250D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 i
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 111 mm 61 mm 46 mm 340 g 230 n Jul 2019 899 i
7.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 105 mm 61 mm 41 mm 304 g 235 n Jul 2019 749 i
8.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
9.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
10.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549i
11.
 
Canon 800D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 749i
12.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 206 g 235 n Jan 2017 529 i
13.
 
Canon M5 116 mm 89 mm 61 mm 427 g 295 n Sep 2016 979 i
14.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749i
15.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
16.
 
Canon M3 111 mm 68 mm 44 mm 366 g 250 n Feb 2015 679i
17.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499i
Note: 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 retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The M100 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 33 percent) than the 850D, which puts it into a different market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. 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. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better 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.

In terms of chip-set technology, the 850D uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 8) than the M100 (DIGIC 7), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 850D and Canon M100 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 24 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the 850D and the M100 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the 850D is much more recent (by 2 years and 5 months) than the M100, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

The Canon EOS 850D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 100-51200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS M100 are ISO 100 to ISO 25600 (no boost).

850D versus M100 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 table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar 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 850D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p24.013.5187383
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Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278
3.
 
Canon M200 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004k/25p24.013.5183682
4.
 
Canon RP Full Frame 26.0 6240 41604K/30p24.311.9297785
5.
 
Canon 250D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p23.913.4179182
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.212.458365
7.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.212.458365
8.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971
9.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
10.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
11.
 
Canon 800D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.713.1158680
12.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.912.552265
13.
 
Canon M5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.412.4126277
14.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
15.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
16.
 
Canon M3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.811.8116972
17.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.475365
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. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the 850D provides a higher video resolution than the M100. It can shoot video footage at 4K/24p, while the M100 is limited to 1080/60p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. For example, the 850D has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the M100 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon 850D and Canon M100 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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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)
Max
Shutter
Speed *
Max
Shutter
Flaps *
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 850Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5/s Y n
2.
 
Canon M100none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1/s Y n
3.
 
Canon M200none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1/s Y n
4.
 
Canon RP2360 n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s n n
5.
 
Canon 250Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II2360 n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30/s Y Y
7.
 
Canon G7 X Mark IIInone n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30/s Y Y
8.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0/s Y n
9.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0/s Y n
10.
 
Canon 200Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
11.
 
Canon 800Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0/s Y n
12.
 
Canon G9 X Mark IInone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 8.2/s Y Y
13.
 
Canon M52360 n3.2 / 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0/s Y n
14.
 
Canon 750Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
15.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0/s Y n
16.
 
Canon M3optional n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.2/s Y n
17.
 
Canon M10none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6/s Y n
Notes: *) Information refers to the mechanical shutter, unless the camera only has an electronic one.
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

The Canon 850D has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 850D and the M100 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 850D and Canon EOS M100 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 850DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Canon M100-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
3.
 
Canon M200-stereo / mono--micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon RPYstereo / monoYYmicro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon 250DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II-stereo / mono--micro3.1Y-Y
7.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III-stereo / monoY-micro3.1Y-Y
8.
 
Canon 2000DYmono / mono--mini2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon 77DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
10.
 
Canon 200DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
11.
 
Canon 800DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
12.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
13.
 
Canon M5Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
14.
 
Canon 750DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
15.
 
Canon 760DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
16.
 
Canon M3Ystereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
17.
 
Canon M10-stereo / mono--mini2.0YY-

It is notable that the 850D has a hotshoe, while the M100 does not. This socket makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun.

The 850D is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Canon. In contrast, the M100 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the M100 was succeeded by the Canon M200. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Which of the two cameras – the Canon 850D or the Canon M100 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS 850D:

  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 8 vs DIGIC 7).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/24p vs 1080/60p).
  • 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.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (7.5 vs 6.1 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (800 versus 295) on a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 5 months of technical progress since the M100 launch.


Advantages of the Canon EOS M100:

  • More compact: Is smaller (108x67mm vs 131x103mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 213g or 41 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (33 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in August 2017).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the 850D is the clear winner of the match-up (10 : 6 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wildlife photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a family photog, and a person interested in architecture has distinct needs from a sports shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

850D 10:06 M100

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 850D and the Canon M100 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 comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the 850D or the M100 perform in practice. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. 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 850D4/5+3/580/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 749 i
2.
 
Canon M1003/5+....4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499i
3.
 
Canon M200..+3/579/1004/54/5 Sep 2019 549 i
4.
 
Canon RP4/5+4/5..4.5/54/5 Feb 2019 1,299 i
5.
 
Canon 250D..o4.5/579/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 i
6.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II4/5+4/582/100..4/5 Jul 2019 899 i
7.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III..+ +4/581/1004/5.. Jul 2019 749 i
8.
 
Canon 2000D..o....3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
9.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..4/582/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
10.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +4/578/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549i
11.
 
Canon 800D4.5/5..3.5/580/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 749i
12.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II4/5..4/575/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 529 i
13.
 
Canon M54/5+4/582/1004/54/5 Sep 2016 979 i
14.
 
Canon 750D5/5....75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749i
15.
 
Canon 760D5/5+..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
16.
 
Canon M34/5o..75/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2015 679i
17.
 
Canon M10..........4/5 Oct 2015 499i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, 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 comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Canon 850D vs Canon M100

    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 850D Canon M100
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2020 August 2017
    Launch Price USD 749 USD 499
    Sensor Specs Canon 850D Canon M100
    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 24 Megapixels 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 3.72 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 7.22 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/24p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 51,200 ISO no Enhancement
    Image Processor DIGIC 8 DIGIC 7
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 78
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 23.5
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 12.9
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 1272
    Screen Specs Canon 850D Canon M100
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.51x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 850D Canon M100
    Focus System Phase-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 7.5 shutter flaps/s 6.1 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inno Intervalometer
    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 850D Canon M100
    External Flash Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Canon 850D Canon M100
    Battery Type LP-E17 LP-E12
    Battery Life (CIPA)800 shots per charge295 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 131 x 103 x 76 mm
    (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in)
    108 x 67 x 35 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 515 g (18.2 oz) 302 g (10.7 oz)
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