The latest EOS M model, the EOS M10, has been launched. In this series of articles, I will report on the model’s appealing points that I found after taking shots with it. In Part 1, I will talk about four features that are most fascinating to those who have never used a camera before. (Reported by: Ikuko Tsurumaki)
Overall: Compact and Easy-to-handle Body with Excellent Shooting Performance
The EOS M10 is not a successor of the EOS M3. Rather, it is positioned as an entry model. However, its specifications show that it is too good to be classified as an entry model.
The rounded body of the EOS M10 exudes a soft impression. Two colours, black and white, are available.
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The EOS M10 is equipped with an APS-C CMOS image sensor of approximately 18.0 megapixels. With the DIGIC 6 image processor adopted, the camera is capable of expressing details with clear contrast even at a high ISO speed. It also features Hybrid CMOS AF II, a combination of phase-difference AF and contrast-detection AF. As is the case with the EOS M3, the EOS M10 has 49 AF points, which means the model is capable of covering a wider area compared to the EOS M.
Most operations can be performed with its touch screen, thus enabling the number of buttons on the rear to be kept to a minimum. I felt that the most novel feature was how the shooting modes are arranged vertically and can be scrolled up and down for selection, just like on a smartphone. Yet another pleasing addition is the Mobile Device Connection button, which allows you to instantly upload photos to your favourite SNS for sharing with just one touch. Thanks to features like these, the EOS M10 can be operated intuitively even if you are a beginner.
The compact body is equipped with an APS-C CMOS image sensor of approximately 18.0 megapixels. The Mobile Device Connection button and the N- mark to activate the Near Field Communication (NFC) function are located on the same side.
Icons can be displayed large on the LCD screen, which can be tilted 180° upward. You can select the shooting modes by scrolling the screen up and down.
These days, a self-portrait mode that can be easily operated for nice selfies is an important consideration for many users, especially females, when they select a camera. One of the main features of the EOS M10 is its Self Portrait mode. By flipping up the 3-inch rear LCD screen of the EOS M10, which can be tilted 180°, you can take a selfie while checking on how you are being captured in the image. You can also touch the corresponding icon to configure the settings for background blur, brightness and skin smoothing.
The roundish and simple-looking body, which is designed to appeal particularly to female users, goes well with every shooting situation. The EOS M10 comes in two colours, white and black. You can have fun customising the look of your camera by attaching a colourful face jacket (sold separately) to the body.
#1: It's equipped with the DIGIC 6 processor (same as the EOS M3)
EOS M10/ EF-M22mm f/2.0 STM/ FL:22mm (equivalent to 35.2mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/3.2, 1/60 sec., EV -0.7)/ ISO 3200/ WB: Auto
Equipped with the latest image processor, DIGIC 6, expression of details is enhanced on the EOS M10. DIGIC 6 is capable of reproducing details in clear contrast up to a level that is 30% higher than possible on DIGIC 5. Even for night views taken at a high ISO speed, the camera is able to produce excellent images. Moreover, the improved noise-reduction performance of DIGIC 6 helps to reduce noise by about 75% compared to DIGIC 5.
#2: The Self Portrait shooting mode—a first for the EOS series
EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ FL:15mm (equivalent to 24mm in 35mm format)/ Self Portrait (f/3.5, 1/40 sec, EV ±0)/ ISO 2000/ WB: Auto
A shot with a poster found at a shop. The wide angle, equivalent to 24mm in the 35mm format, easily covers two persons.
Flip up the rear LCD monitor 180°, and the shortcut button for the Self Portrait mode appears onscreen. Touching the button then shows the icons to configure the settings for a selfie. Check the effects by adjusting the settings, and press the shutter button.
The round icon is for skin smoothing. Tuning it to the + side makes the skin brighter and smoother-looking.
#3: There's Creative Assist for beginners who are seeking to try more advanced ways of photographic expression
EOS M10/ EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM/ FL:50mm (equivalent to 80mm in 35mm format)/ Creative Assist (f/5.6, 1/50 sec., ±0EV)/ ISO 1600/ WB: Auto
Creative Assist is a feature for adjusting background defocusing and colour tone. A bluish tone is applied to the example here, which makes the colours in this image appear particularly striking.
By replacing technical terms of photography with easy-to-understand words such as "Blur" and "Sharpen" for aperture and "Cool" and "Warm" for white balance, the function allows beginners to capture images with the desired level of background blur and colour tone.
#4: Creative Filters for fun image processing
EOS M10/ EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM/ FL:135mm (equivalent to 216mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-Priority AE (f/5.6, 1/100 sec., ±0EV)/ ISO 800/ WB: Auto
The shot was taken with the "Art bold" effect selected. The overall tone of the colourful wall looks richer, making the image more interesting.
The EOS M10 offers seven Creative Filters, namely, "Grainy B/W", "Art bold", "Water painting", "Fish-eye", "Toy camera" and "Soft focus". You can choose any of these to enjoy a diverse array of photographic expression.
Born in Tokyo in 1972, Tsurumaki started learning photography while working with an advertising agency, and became a photographer after her career as an assistant. She is currently engaged in activities including photo shoots for magazines, writing articles, and conducting photography lectures and seminars.
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