Canon EOS R100 Review

Since the introduction of Canon’s R system, we have been anticipating the release of this camera, the Canon EOS R100. To further clarify, we have utilized professional cameras, 8K cameras, movie cameras, etc. But what we needed was an inexpensive camera that was suitable for beginners. It is something user-friendly enough for families to take their cherished photographs with the same ease as they would with a smartphone but also sophisticated enough to keep up with photography students as their abilities increase.

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Canon EOS R100 RF-S18-45mm F4.5-6.3 is STM Lens Kit

The Canon EOS R100 is a prime example of this particular model. A camera that is straightforward enough for inexperienced users to produce high-quality photographs when set to automatic mode but that exposes its true potential when switched to semiautomatic or manual mode, allowing users to express their creativity in ways that just cannot be accomplished with a mobile device.

As a result, the R100 takes the position of the Canon Rebel SL2 / Canon EOS 200D, which was the business’s best-selling camera at the time, as well as the Canon Rebel T7 / Canon EOS 2000D. It is the cheapest entry point into the EOS R camera system that the firm offers, with its outstanding selection of Canon RF lenses.

Canon EOS R100 Key Features

The Canon EOS R100 forgoes many more complicated camera functions in favor of a more streamlined and user-friendly design, which helps it stake its claim as one of the best cameras for beginners. The R100 features a guided user interface with pleasant and informative menus, making it easy for the camera to do what you want. This feature is aimed at those new to using cameras, namely those who shoot most of their images on their phones.

It is not necessary for you to be concerned if you are not familiar with the camera settings because the menus include explanations of the different modes and on-screen samples of what you may anticipate, making it simple for you to begin taking pictures right away.

Adjustments to things like contrast, brightness, and background blur may be made with the help of features like Creative Assist, which eliminates the requirement for the user to know how the settings work. And when you feel ready to start digging into a semiautomatic (or even manual) mode, the exposure dial gives precise control at your fingertips so you can get the shot you want every time.

The R100 may be simple to use, but it can more than satisfy your photographic needs. Don’t let the streamlined features and single control dial fool you into thinking this camera lacks power.

Canon EOS R100 Build & Handling

As can be seen in the photographs that follow, the camera’s dimensions are very close to those of the Canon EOS R50, which is positioned in the product hierarchy between the Canon EOS R100 and the more sophisticated Canon EOS R10 model. The layout of the camera is also quite similar.

It is an extremely tiny camera, even by the standards of mirrorless cameras, and it is supported with a variety of compact lenses of a size that is suitable for the camera, such as the Canon RF 28mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens, which was introduced at the same time as the R100. When used with these lightweight prime lenses and the Canon RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens that comes standard with the camera, the camera achieves both its most excellent portability and efficiency.

The controls have a straightforward and logical arrangement. This lets you quickly power up the camera with one hand, ready to start firing frames, so you don’t miss a moment while shooting street photography or capturing the kids playing in the yard. In particular, we like how the ON/OFF switch is anchored to the mode dial on the right-hand side of the camera. This makes it easy to quickly power up the camera with one hand, ready to start firing frames.

Because the top of the camera body has a pop-up flash, it is possible to continue taking pictures even while it is becoming dark outside or when shooting indoors in environments with inadequate lighting. If you want to be creative, add extras like flashguns or vlogging mics on the hot shoe on top of the flash.

Canon EOS R100 Performance

When it comes to the quality of the photographs it takes, the Canon EOS R100 is almost impossible to criticize. It takes excellent pictures regardless of whether the camera is set to fully automatic, semi-automatic, or manual shooting mode.

The automatic modes function similarly to a phone, choosing the best settings to ensure a well-exposed image with minimal camera shake. However, with a DSLR, you also benefit from shallow depth of field (those “blurry backgrounds” only available on your phone when you use portrait or cinematic mode).

However, switch the camera to one of the settings that allow you to exercise manual control. You will be able to begin playing with various aspects of photography, such as the depth of field and freezing or blurring photographs that are rapidly moving. In any case, the 24.1-megapixel picture sensor will let you capture photos that are flawless, packed with vivid colors, and full of intricate details.

And because it can record RAW files in addition to JPEGs, you can edit them with applications such as Adobe Photoshop or even Canon’s very own Digital Photo Professional software, which is entirely free. This will allow you to be even more creative.

Canon EOS R100 Specifications

PriceMSRP: $480 (body only), $600 (w/18-45mm lens), $830 (w/18-45mm and 55-210mm lenses)
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 8
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets9
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor), Phase Detect, Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous, Face Detection, Live View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points3975
Lens mountCanon RF
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder resolution2,360,000
Minimum shutter speed1 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
External flashYes
Continuous drive6.5 fps
Self-timerYes (10-sec. delay, 2-sec. delay, Continuous)
Metering modesMulti, Center-weighted, Spot, Partial
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD (UHS-I compatible)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI micro)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (via Smartphone, via BR-E1 remote controller)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionCanon LP-E17 battery pack
Weight (inc. batteries)356 g (0.78 lb / 12.56 oz)
Dimensions116 x 86 x 69 mm (4.57 x 3.39 x 2.72″)
Timelapse recordingYes

Canon EOS R100 Price

$599.00 10 used from $409.00 18 new from $599.00
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Canon EOS R100 RF-S18-45mm F4.5-6.3 is STM Lens Kit

Canon EOS R100 Final Verdict

The Canon EOS R100 is the mirrorless successor to the entry-level Rebel SL2 and T7 (250D and 2000D) DSLR cameras from Canon. However, despite its simplified design and beginner-friendly focus, the R100 still packs enough punch that even more experienced users may coax a fantastic performance. Smartphone users, the target audience for the camera, maybe initially turned off by the absence of a touchscreen. However, because it has a sensor with 24.1 megapixels, a powerful focusing system, and a fantastic lens array, this camera is suitable for anybody looking to level up their photography game from a phone. Not to mention photography students and hobbyists seeking a fantastic first camera that won’t significantly dent their wallets.


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