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Canon M10 vs Nikon W300

The Canon EOS M10 and the Nikon Coolpix W300 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in October 2015 and May 2017. The M10 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, while the W300 is a fixed lens compact. The cameras are based on an APS-C (M10) and a 1/2.3-inch (W300) sensor. The Canon has a resolution of 17.9 megapixels, whereas the Nikon provides 15.9 MP. Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their sensors, their features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Headline Specifications
Canon M10   Nikon W300
Canon M10 Nikon W300
Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
Canon EF-M mount lenses 24-120mm f/2.8-4.9
17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor 15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
1080/30p Video 4K/30p Video
ISO 100-12800 (100-25600) ISO 125-1600 (125-6400)
No viewfinder, LCD framing No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0" LCD, 1040k dots 3.0" LCD, 921k dots
Tilting touchscreen Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
4.6 shutter flaps per second 7 shutter flaps per second
Not weather sealedWaterproof body (30m)
255 shots per battery charge280 shots per battery charge
108 x 67 x 35 mm, 301 g 112 x 66 x 29 mm, 231 g

Body comparison: Canon M10 vs Nikon W300

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon M10 and the Nikon W300. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The M10 can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the W300 is available in three color-versions (black, orange, yellow).

Compare Canon M10 and Nikon W300
Compare M10 versus W300 top
Compare M10 or W300 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Nikon W300 is somewhat larger (2 percent) than the Canon M10. It is noteworthy in this context that the W300 is splash and dust-proof, while the M10 does not feature any corresponding weather-sealing. More than that, the W300 is water-proof up to 30m and can, thus, be used for underwater photography.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete and possibly misleading, as the W300 has a lens built in, whereas the M10 is an interchangeable lens camera that requires a separate lens. Attaching the latter will add extra weight and bulk to the setup.

Concerning battery life, the M10 gets 255 shots out of its LP-E12 battery, while the W300 can take 280 images on a single charge of its EN-EL12 power pack. The power pack in the W300 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, just use the right or left arrows in the table to switch to the respective camera. Alternatively, you can also navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from the full list of cameras there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon M10» 4.3 in 2.6 in 1.4 in 10.6 oz 255 n Oct 2015 499- i Canon M10
 
Nikon W300« 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.1 in 8.1 oz 280 Y May 2017 389 i i Nikon W300
 
Canon M100« » 4.3 in 2.6 in 1.4 in 10.7 oz 295 n Aug 2017 499 i i Canon M100
 
Canon T6« » 5.1 in 4.0 in 3.1 in 17.1 oz 500 n Mar 2016 449- i Canon T6
 
Canon G9 X« » 3.9 in 2.3 in 1.2 in 7.4 oz 220 n Oct 2015 529- i Canon G9 X
 
Canon M3« » 4.4 in 2.7 in 1.7 in 12.9 oz 250 n Feb 2015 679- i Canon M3
 
Canon G7 X« » 4.1 in 2.4 in 1.6 in 10.7 oz 210 n Sep 2014 699- i Canon G7 X
 
Canon T5« » 5.1 in 3.9 in 3.1 in 16.9 oz 500 n Feb 2014 449- i Canon T5
 
Canon SL1« » 4.6 in 3.6 in 2.7 in 14.4 oz 380 n Mar 2013 549- i Canon SL1
 
Canon M« » 4.3 in 2.6 in 1.3 in 10.5 oz 230 n Jul 2012 599- i Canon M
 
Canon T3i« » 5.2 in 3.9 in 3.1 in 20.1 oz 440 n Feb 2011 599- i Canon T3i
 
Nikon P1000« » 5.7 in 4.7 in 7.1 in 49.9 oz 250 n Jul 2018 999 i i Nikon P1000
 
Olympus TG-5« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.3 in 8.8 oz 340 Y May 2017 449 i i Olympus TG-5
 
Panasonic TS7« » 4.6 in 3.0 in 1.5 in 11.3 oz 300 Y May 2018 449 i i Panasonic TS7
 
Ricoh WG-60« » 4.8 in 2.4 in 1.2 in 6.8 oz 300 Y Oct 2018 279 i i Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony WX800« » 4.0 in 2.3 in 1.4 in 8.2 oz 370 n Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800
 
Sony A5000« » 4.3 in 2.5 in 1.4 in 9.5 oz 420 n Jan 2014 449- i Sony A5000

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. 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 W300 was launched at a lower price than the M10, despite having a lens built in. 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.

 

Sensor comparison: Canon M10 vs Nikon W300

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. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Of the two cameras under consideration, the Canon M10 features an APS-C sensor and the Nikon W300 a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The sensor area in the W300 is 92 percent smaller. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have a format factor of, respectively, 1.6 and 5.6. The sensor in the M10 has a native 3:2 aspect ratio, while the one in the W300 offers a 4:3 aspect.

Canon M10 and Nikon W300 sensor measures

With 17.9MP, the M10 offers a higher resolution than the W300 (15.9MP), but the M10 nevertheless has larger individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.31μm versus 1.33μm for the W300) due to its larger sensor. However, the W300 is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 7 months) than the M10, and its sensor might have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels.

The M10 has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during video recording.

The Canon EOS M10 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 100-25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Nikon Coolpix W300 are ISO 125 to ISO 1600, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 125-6400..

M10 versus W300 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. 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 following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Canon M10» APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.475365Canon M10
 
Nikon W300« 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p----Nikon W300
 
Canon M100« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278Canon M100
 
Canon T6« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p----Canon T6
 
Canon G9 X« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.349563Canon G9 X
 
Canon M3« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.811.8116972Canon M3
 
Canon G7 X« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.755671Canon G7 X
 
Canon T5« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463Canon T5
 
Canon SL1« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.384363Canon SL1
 
Canon M« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.282765Canon M
 
Canon T3i« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.579365Canon T3i
 
Nikon P1000« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p----Nikon P1000
 
Olympus TG-5« » 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30004K/30p----Olympus TG-5
 
Panasonic TS7« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Panasonic TS7
 
Ricoh WG-60« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p----Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony WX800« » 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p----Sony WX800
 
Sony A5000« » APS-C 19.8 5456 36321080/60i23.813.0108979Sony A5000

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, but the W300 provides a better video resolution than the M10. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/30p, while the Canon is limited to 1080/30p.

 

Feature comparison: Canon M10 vs Nikon W300

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The M10 and the W300 are similar in the sense that neither of the two has a viewfinder. The images are, thus, framed using live view on the rear LCD. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon M10 and Nikon W300 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Shutter
speed
(1/sec)
Shutter
flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Canon M10»- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 4000 4.6 Y n Canon M10
 
Nikon W300«- n 3.0 921 fixed n 4000 7.0 Y Y Nikon W300
 
Canon M100« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 4000 6.1 Y n Canon M100
 
Canon T6« »optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 4000 3.0 Y n Canon T6
 
Canon G9 X« »- n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 2000 6.0 Y Y Canon G9 X
 
Canon M3« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 4000 4.2 Y n Canon M3
 
Canon G7 X« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 2000 6.5 Y Y Canon G7 X
 
Canon T5« »optical n 3.0 460 fixed n 4000 3.0 Y n Canon T5
 
Canon SL1« »optical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 4000 4.9 Y n Canon SL1
 
Canon M« »- n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 4000 4.3 n n Canon M
 
Canon T3i« »optical n 3.0 1040 swivel n 4000 3.7 Y n Canon T3i
 
Nikon P1000« »2359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 4000 7.0 Y Y Nikon P1000
 
Olympus TG-5« »- n 3.0 460 fixed n 2000 20.0 Y Y Olympus TG-5
 
Panasonic TS7« »1170 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1300 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TS7
 
Ricoh WG-60« »- n 2.7 230 fixed n 4000 8.0 Y n Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony WX800« »- n 3.0 922 tilting Y 2000 10.0 Y Y Sony WX800
 
Sony A5000« »- n 3.0 461 tilting n 4000 3.5 Y n Sony A5000

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The M10 has a touchscreen, while the W300 has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

The M10 has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the W300 does not have a selfie-screen.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the M10 and the W300 write their files to SDXC cards. The M10 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while W300 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

 

Connectivity comparison: Canon M10 vs Nikon W300

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 M10 and Nikon Coolpix W300 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Canon M10»-stereomono--mini2.0YY-Canon M10
 
Nikon W300«-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YNikon W300
 
Canon M100« »-stereomono--mini2.0YYYCanon M100
 
Canon T6« »Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-Canon T6
 
Canon G9 X« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon G9 X
 
Canon M3« »YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-Canon M3
 
Canon G7 X« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Canon G7 X
 
Canon T5« »Ymonomono--mini2.0---Canon T5
 
Canon SL1« »YmonomonoY-mini2.0---Canon SL1
 
Canon M« »YstereomonoY-mini2.0---Canon M
 
Canon T3i« »YmonomonoY-mini2.0---Canon T3i
 
Nikon P1000« »YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-YNikon P1000
 
Olympus TG-5« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Olympus TG-5
 
Panasonic TS7« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic TS7
 
Ricoh WG-60« »-monomono--micro2.0---Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony WX800« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony WX800
 
Sony A5000« »-stereomono--micro2.0YY-Sony A5000

The W300 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Nikon. In contrast, the M10 has been discontinued (but it can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the M10 was succeeded by the Canon M100. Further information on the two cameras, as well as related accessories, can be found on the Canon and Nikon websites.


Review summary: Canon M10 vs Nikon W300

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is the Canon M10 better than the Nikon W300 or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS M10:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (17.9 vs 15.9MP) with a 8% higher linear resolution.
  • Better image quality: Features bigger pixels on a larger sensor for higher quality imaging.
  • Richer colors: Larger pixels generate images with better, more accurate colors.
  • More dynamic range: Capable of capturing a wider spectrum of light and dark details.
  • Better low-light sensitivity: Can be used in poorly lit environments and still produce good images.
  • Better video autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident movie autofocus.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 921k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a tilting screen for odd-angle shots in landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Is equipped with a touch-sensitive rear screen to facilitate handling.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • More flexible: Accepts interchangeable lenses, so that lens characteristics can be altered.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in October 2015).

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Advantages of the Nikon Coolpix W300:

  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/30p).
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (7 vs 4.6 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Ready to shoot: Has an integrated lens, whereas the M10 necessitates an extra lens.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight even though it has a lens built in (unlike the M10).
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Better sealing: Is splash and dust sealed for shooting in inclement weather conditions.
  • Sharper images: Has stabilization technology built-in to reduce the impact of hand-shake.
  • Water-proof: Can be used in the rain and for underwater photography (up to 30m).
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More affordable: Was introduced at a lower price, despite coming with a built-in lens.
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (1 year and 7 months) more recently.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the M10 is the clear winner of the match-up (14 : 10 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.

M10 14:10 W300

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the M10 and the W300 in practical situations. 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: Canon M10 vs Nikon W300

This is why expert reviews are important. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog).

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon M10»---o4/5 Oct 2015 499- i Canon M10
 
Nikon W300«+-4/5-4/5 May 2017 389 i i Nikon W300
 
Canon M100« »+-4/5-3.5/5 Aug 2017 499 i i Canon M100
 
Canon T6« »o73/1004/53.5/54/5 Mar 2016 449- i Canon T6
 
Canon G9 X« »++-4.5/54/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529- i Canon G9 X
 
Canon M3« »o75/1004.5/54.5/54/5 Feb 2015 679- i Canon M3
 
Canon G7 X« »++77/1004.5/53.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699- i Canon G7 X
 
Canon T5« »+-4/54/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449- i Canon T5
 
Canon SL1« »+78/1004/54/54/5 Mar 2013 549- i Canon SL1
 
Canon M« »+-4/53.5/54/5 Jul 2012 599- i Canon M
 
Canon T3i« »o77/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599- i Canon T3i
 
Nikon P1000« »+73/1003.5/5-3.5/5 Jul 2018 999 i i Nikon P1000
 
Olympus TG-5« »++-4/5o4/5 May 2017 449 i i Olympus TG-5
 
Panasonic TS7« »+---3.5/5 May 2018 449 i i Panasonic TS7
 
Ricoh WG-60« »----- Oct 2018 279 i i Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony WX800« »----- Oct 2018 399 i i Sony WX800
 
Sony A5000« »+-4.5/5o4.5/5 Jan 2014 449- i Sony A5000
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. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Canon M10 vs Nikon W300

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon M10 Nikon W300
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF-M mount lenses 24-120mm f/2.8-4.9
    Launch Date October 2015 May 2017
    Launch Price USD 499 USD 389
    Sensor Specs Canon M10 Nikon W300
    Sensor Technology CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 6.17 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 17.9 Megapixels 15.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 4608 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.31 μm 1.33 μm
    Pixel Density 5.39 MP/cm2 56.73 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100-12800 ISO 125-1600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100-25600 ISO 125-6400 ISO
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 65 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 22.2 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.4 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 753 ..
    Screen Specs Canon M10 Nikon W300
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder No viewfinder
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 921k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen no Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon M10 Nikon W300
    Autofocus System On-Sensor Phase-detect Contrast-detect AF
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 4.6 shutter flaps/s 7 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I no
    Connectivity Specs Canon M10 Nikon W300
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Canon M10 Nikon W300
    Environmental SealingNot weather sealedWaterproof body (30m)
    Battery Type LP-E12 power pack EN-EL12 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)255 shots per charge280 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 108 x 67 x 35 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    112 x 66 x 29 mm
    (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.1 in)
    Camera Weight 301 g (10.6 oz) 231 g (8.1 oz)

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