Released in October 2017, the Canon EOS M100 is a hybrid camera for beginner photographers, with a DIGIC 7 processor, autofocus using highly efficient Dual AF technology, and a 24.1MP APS-C sensor.
Regarding its design and ergonomics, it has a very small template and very rounded shapes, and unfortunately does not have a handle or viewfinder. It will be necessary to be satisfied with the LCD touch screen that can only be turned upwards. In terms of functionalities, it’s very basic and especially adapted to photographers who don’t want to get ahead of themselves.
From the point of view of image quality, the colour rendering is very good, and the images very correct up to ISO 1600. Unfortunately, the Canon M100 does not have 5-axis mechanical stabilization, which can lead to motion blur. In video, no 4K, you have to settle for a Full HD mode at 60 fps.
Overall it’s a good little camera for beginners who want a super light camera (around 300g) and easy to use to take family photos, and who can do without 4K and a viewfinder. There are however better on the side of the Panasonic or Sony hybrids….
Sold alone or with the 15-45mm, the choice of a lens for your M100 will depend on the type of photo you want to take: landscape, macro, portrait… To help you choose the right lens, here is a selection of the best lenses compatible with the Canon EOS M100. Canon’s EF-M optical fleet is currently underdeveloped, but it’s hoped that many additional lenses will be available in the coming months and years.
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Weight: 130 g Filter size: 49 mm Full Frame Equivalent: 24-72 mm
If you have not already had it in kit with the Canon M100, it’s also possible to buy the 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 separately. This is an interesting choice if you want above all a versatile lens, with a focal length equivalent to a 24-72mm on a 24×36 sensor camera. Its retractable design makes it compact enough to be taken everywhere, but it’s not a pancake lens. It’s relatively easy to use: simply push a notch and turn the zoom ring. It can take a precious second to take a picture, but it’s like this….
In terms of image quality, it’s far from professional lenses, there is a lot of distortion and vignetting, and its aperture is from f/6.3 to 45mm, but this remains relatively correct if used in good light conditions, with a good sharpness in the center of the image. The integrated stabilization helps to compensate for its small aperture. Regarding the quality of manufacture, it’s made of plastic and this is what makes it so lightweight, but it remains relatively strong. It will be especially suitable for beginners and those who want to make videos, and who will appreciate its silent and fluid autofocus (thanks to STM technology that allows smooth transitions from one subject to another).
Weight: 105 g Filter size: 43 mm Full Frame Equivalent: 35 mm
A pancake lens with a standard focal length identical to a 35mm on a full format. The result is therefore similar to what the human eye sees. In other words, it’s very versatile and can be used in many types of situations, whether for portraiture, reportage or landscape photography. The big positive point is first of all its size and weight (it’s the lightest on this list), which makes it extremely convenient to carry when travelling.
Another positive point is that its f/2 aperture makes it possible to obtain a beautiful bokeh and to make beautiful images even with little light. The rendering of the photos is sharp, with a beautiful contrast and color rendering. Some negative points though: it’s not stabilized, and it’s not provided with a sun visor.
In terms of image quality, it’s certainly one of the best lenses compatible with the Canon M100, and the ideal choice if you want a lens that complements the basic one, both super compact and easy to use.
Weight: 130 g Filter size: 43 mm Full Frame Equivalent: 45 mm
Optimized for macro photography enthusiasts (flowers, insects and close-up shots), this Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is currently the only lens of its kind available for the Canon M100 (unless you use an adapter). Equivalent to a 45 mm on a full format, it offers very good results in terms of image, with very detailed images, a very natural color rendering and little distortion. Its focusing distance is 30mm. Too bad the aperture is only f/3.5. On the other hand, it’s stabilized, which is particularly useful for macro photography.
It has a rather innovative feature: it incorporates two LEDs at the front of the lens that make it possible to remove the shadows created by the lens by illuminating the subject and choosing the level of lighting intensity, either on the right or on the left. The autofocus is silent and can be used manually instantly if necessary.
In short, it’s a good value for money, and a good choice for the M100 if you want to take a closer look at it or even take a portrait.
Weight: 368 g Filter size: 62 mm Full Frame Equivalent: 75 mm
The only option available to take portrait photos on your Canon M100 without having to use a Canon EF lens adapter. This is a manually focused lens, but it’s not difficult once you get used to it. If you agree to do without autofocus, this Samyang 50mm f/1.2 offers exceptional image quality, with a superb background blur and incredible sharpness. Its large f/1.2 aperture also allows it to be used when light is lacking.
While this lens is not suitable for everyone, if you take the time to get used to manual focusing, it can produce really beautiful images.
Weight: 220 g Filter size: 55 mm Full Frame Equivalent: 18-35 mm
For those who like landscape or architectural photography, the 11-22mm is very practical, even if you want to use your Canon M100 as a vlogging camera. Very solid and compact, it benefits from STM technology and is stabilized (remember to update the firmware of your M100!). It offers rather good pictures overall, with a lot of detail from one corner of the image to the other. There is a little distortion to note but nothing very nasty, and the modest aperture of f/4-5.6 does not allow miracles in low light. The minimum focusing distance is 15 cm and allows you to get as close as possible to the subject. It should also be noted that the lens is retractable and extends during use.
In short, this is the goal to have if you take pictures while travelling or if you want to make videos on Youtube.
Weight: 300 g Filter size: 55 mm Full Frame Equivalent: 29-240 mm
This is the lens to get if you don’t want to take several lenses with your Canon M100. It offers a very wide focal length range equivalent to 29-240mm on a full format, and benefits from STM motorization and integrated image stabilization. As usual with this kind of lens, the aperture is far from incredible but you still get a sharp background blur at f/3.5. It will not be necessary to expect miracles in low light, but in the middle of the day and with sufficient brightness the results in terms of image quality are more than acceptable. We notice a little distortion and corners a soft hair at 18mm but the image remains very detailed overall.
In conclusion, even if it has some limitations, it’s a good choice if you don’t want to have to change the lens all the time and you are looking for a versatile lens first and foremost.
Weight: 260 g Filter size: 52 mm Full Frame Equivalent: 88-320 mm
A very good complement to a basic lens like the 15-45mm, this Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is a zoom lens that allows you to zoom in on distant subjects. This is the most powerful zoom available for the Canon M100 at the moment. It’s also possible to use it as a portrait lens while remaining at 55mm.
It has built-in stabilization to compensate for motion blur, which is absolutely necessary when used at 200mm and f/6.3. STM autofocus technology is fast and accurate both in still and video photography on static subjects, but a little less so when there are fast movements.
For a telephoto zoom lens, it’s very compact and lightweight, thanks to its plastic design (it’s not tropicalized, beware of moisture and dust). It’s far from being the best zoom lens available, but if you want to take pictures from a distance with your Canon EOS M100, it’s an optic to have in your bag, or even in your pocket because of its small size.
All of the Canon EOS M100 compatible lenses mentioned above are included in this comparison chart to help you choose the right equipment. You will be able to compare them according to their price, the weight and the utility of each one to choose which will suit your budget and your style of photo.
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do i have to have a EF-M lens or can i just have a EF lens i am a beginer and i am confused