Introducing the Canon EOS R100: An Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera with Impressive Affordability and Canon’s Signature Image Quality
Canon expands its RF-mount mirrorless camera lineup with the introduction of the Canon EOS R100, positioned as an entry-level model below the Canon EOS R50. Combining affordability and Canon’s renowned image quality, the EOS R100 offers a stripped-back version of its DSLR-style sibling, the EOS R50, featuring a 24MP APS-C crop sensor.
With a retail price of $699 (approx) / £669 / AU$1,099, including the RF-S 18-45mm lens, the EOS R100 stands as the most affordable option within Canon’s mirrorless camera range. Although the body-only price is yet to be announced, a twin-lens kit will be available in Australia for AU$1,399.
While the EOS R100 provides an enticing entry point for budget-conscious photographers seeking excellent image quality, those willing to invest an additional $250 (approx) / £230 / AU$400 can opt for the EOS R50, which offers enhanced features and capabilities.
Both the EOS R100 and EOS R50 share a similar compact size and form factor, making them the smallest cameras in Canon’s lineup with APS-C sensors. Weighing in at a mere 356g (including battery and card), the EOS R100 holds the distinction of being the lightest RF-mount camera available. However, the design choice of a DSLR-style body for the EOS R100 has raised some eyebrows, with expectations leaning toward a vlogging-friendly compact-style camera with a flip-up screen, akin to the EOS M200.
One peculiar aspect of the EOS R100’s design is its fixed LCD screen, lacking touch sensitivity—a feature that seems out of place for a camera targeting beginners and the smartphone generation. In contrast, the EOS R50 boasts a fully articulating touch-sensitive screen, as do Canon’s EOS M50 cameras.
While the EOS R100 offers 4K/25p video capability, it suffers from a 1.55x crop and limited slow-motion video at 720p resolution, falling behind the industry standard. Moreover, electronic stabilization and further cropping restrict the use of wide-angle 4K video.
The camera does feature phase-detection Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, covering 88% of the image area and ensuring effective subject and eye-tracking capabilities. However, manual selection of AF points is not easily accessible in the EOS R100’s design, making it primarily reliant on its reliable autofocus system.
Concessions in performance are evident in the EOS R100, with limited continuous shooting at 3.5fps with continuous AF or 6.5fps with single AF. In comparison, the EOS R50 boasts up to 12fps (or 15fps with the electronic shutter), highlighting the dated feature set of the EOS R100.
Despite its limitations, the Canon EOS R100 caters to photography enthusiasts on a limited budget, promising impressive image quality and the familiarity of Canon’s ecosystem. Aspiring photographers looking to venture into videography may find the EOS R100’s video capabilities to be somewhat restrictive. However, its competitive price point and renowned image quality make it an attractive option for entry-level users.