The Canon EOS M mirrorless system could also be lifeless, however one in every of its cameras is being exhumed and reincarnated into a brand new mannequin for the continuing EOS R sequence. The EOS R100 is the most recent of Canon’s APS-C mirrorless choices. It incorporates a 24.1-megapixel sensor, eye-tracking twin pixel autofocus, and a really compact dimension for $479.99 body-only, launching in July. It would even be bought for $599.99 in a package with the RF-S 18–45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens or $829.99 in a two-zoom package with that very same sluggish lens plus an RF-S 55–210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM telephoto. Launching alongside the R100 is a Canon RF 28mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens for $299.99 that’s appropriate with crop or full-frame cameras and solely a bit bigger than a physique cap.
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On paper, the R100 is nearly a lifeless ringer for the, effectively, lifeless Canon EOS M50 Mark II. It’s acquired the identical sensor, Digic 8 processor, 2.36 million dot OLED EVF, and cropped 4K video as that swan music of the EOS M system did. However it’s additionally lacking some key issues from that digital camera — belongings you usually count on in each trendy digital camera, frankly — like an articulating display screen, in-body picture stabilization, webcam streaming, or any contact controls. That’s proper, contact the R100’s three-inch rear LCD all you need, however it ain’t doing a factor.
That is definitely scraping the underside of the barrel for budget-system cameras and searching a bit paltry in comparison with the extra succesful EOS R50 that sits above at $679.99. However to be truthful, the two.5-year-old M50 Mark II that the R100 relies on had a beginning value of just about $800 (which possibly speaks to why that system is lifeless), and for round that a lot cash, you will get this new mannequin in a package with two lenses. I’m not going to say these are good lenses or that it’s definitely worth the cash, however there’s one thing naively charming about Canon attempting to relive its glory days of its Canon Insurgent DSLRs — a time when an entry-level DSLR was a no brainer funding for anybody seeking to get into pictures or simply take some respectable footage of household or main life occasions.
However whereas this digital camera offers me a contact of nostalgia for the times of promoting regardless of the present Insurgent of the second was to anticipating dad and mom and faculty grads, the world of cameras is now a really completely different place. Certain, this sub-$500 digital camera has an autofocus system that far outclasses something in the marketplace from these days, however sacrificing an articulating display screen and plenty of different options which have turn into desk stakes is probably going a deal-breaker for somebody attempting their hand at content material creation at the moment.
Maybe the EOS R100 can thrive simply fantastic on its aggressive value alone, hoping to hook newcomers right into a rising RF lens ecosystem that retains them upgrading throughout the Canon household. However customers might not love what they see price-wise after they search for the road as a result of, along with entry-level person habits altering over these years, midrange to top-tier cameras and lenses have solely trended extra area of interest and costly.