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Canon Malaysia Unveils EOS M100 Mirrorless Camera

23 Nov

The Canon EOS M100 has made its debut in the Malaysian market from today as Canon Marketing Malaysia held a media launch for it this morning. The eagerly-awaited EOS M100 represents the latest entry-level model in Canon’s EOS M mirrorless line-up, following on the success of the existing EOS M10. As with the EOS M10, the new EOS M100 is designed for smartphone upgraders or Instagram “storytellers”, thanks to its ultra-simple exterior controls and a smartphone-style touchscreen interface with a 180º flip-up Selfie screen.

The 180º flip-up screen is way better than the version found on the higher end EOS M5, which is designed with Selfie in mind but more for advanced shooters. With today’s Selfie/WeFie generation, any camera that is isn’t designed for this purpose won’t gel with the Instagram (IG) users.

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It’s designed for simple sharing of images on social networks, with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC and an always-on Bluetooth LE connection for automatic image transfer from your camera to your smartphone. If you think Instagram rather than Lightroom, you won’t be far wrong. Inside, though, the EOS M100 has Canon’s latest 24-megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, the same technology that features in DSLRs and mirrorless models much further up the product range. It delivers fast autofocus and great picture quality.

The EOS M100 comes in 3contemporary colour schemes of Gray, White and Black. In my opinion, the Black version stands out the best for men. However, for most IG users, the Gray and White would be the obvious choice particularly for the ladies. During the launch, I had a hands-on with the White version as it was the unit placed on the table I had seated with.

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While the outer appearance looks great thanks to its compactness and lightweight on the outside, Canon has pushed all the technical stuff inside, where it can only be accessed by tapping on the interactive touchscreen interface. This makes common adjustments like exposure compensation, white balance, exposure mode and other functions a little trickier to access for people with large hands/fingers such as me. There’s no electronic viewfinder (EVF) built-in either. Given the customer base it is intended for, I don’t think the lack of an EVF is a major issue at all other than serious photo enthusiasts.

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The above image, which was snapped via the higher-end EOS M5, demonstrates the ability of the EOS M-series in capturing background bokeh, which is impossible to be rendered with a smartphone optically unless it is achieved with certain apps.

Photos from the EOS M100 launch:

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Scenes from the EOS M100 launch event:

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