Canon has announced the EOS R100, a compact APS-C mirrorless camera that is designed to appeal to first-time photographers or those who currently enjoy its Rebel DSLRs or EOS M cameras but want to move to the RF mount.
The R100 is very much an entry-level camera and is priced accordingly: it will cost $480 as a body-only. As such, it features a simplified experience that allows it to fit into that very low price bracket.
“The Canon EOS R100 camera was designed for new, first-time mirrorless camera or existing interchangeable camera users who previously enjoyed EOS Rebel or EOS M cameras,” Canon says, all but definitively stating the purpose of the camera is to replace the lower-end DSLR and other mirrorless mount the company is in the process of phasing out. Still, Canon says it continues to sell a fair number of those cameras, so it likely won’t cease production of them for some time.
The R100 uses a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sized sensor, is powered by the DIGIC 8 processor, and is able to capture cropped 4K video and full-width 1080p Full HD video at up to 24 and 60 frames per second, respectively. It should also be noted that in 4K video mode, the camera will also only offer videographers contrast-based autofocus.
Outside of that video mode, the R100 features autofocus with face and eye detection as well as WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
The body design of the camera is quite tight — it measures 4.58 by 3.37 by 2.71 inches — with a small grip and a simplified top plate with a single dial, on/off switch, video record button, and command dial accompanying the shutter release button. The rear of the camera is similarly simple, featuring six buttons in addition to the four-way D-pad located in the lower right hand corner.
The R100 doesn’t feature any articulation options when it comes to the three-inch, 1.04 million dot rear LCD. It should also be noted that the rear LCD is not touch sensitive either and must be navigated using button controls. The electronic viewfinder is an OLED design featuring 2.36 million dots.
On the right side of the camera, photographers will find a USB terminal as well as a micro HDMI port. On the left side of the camera there is a microphone jack and a port for an intervalometer. The camera does not have a headphone jack. The R100 uses a single UHS-I SD card port that can be found in the same compartment as the battery on the bottom of the camera. The R100 uses Canon’s LP-E17 battery and the R100 is not compatible with any battery grip.
The EOS R100 is compatible with the complete lineup of RF and RF-S lenses, and EF and EF-S lenses can be utilized when using one of three available Canon EF-EOS R mount adapters.
The Canon EOS R100 camera is scheduled to be available in July 2023 or $480. For $600 it can be paired with the RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, or for $830 it is available with both that lens and the RF-S 55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM.
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