CANON EOS R100: THE NEWEST ADDITION TO THE EOS R SERIES
Canon has recently announced its latest addition to the EOS R family – the EOS R100. Retailing for $479.99 (body-only), the camera offers powerful features such as a 24.1-megapixel sensor and eye-tracking dual pixel autofocus. It will be available in July and can also be purchased in a kit with the RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $599.99 or in a two-zoom kit with an RF-S 55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM telephoto for $829.99.
Canon EOS M50 Mark II vs EOS R100
Essentially, the EOS R100 is an upgraded version of the now-discontinued Canon EOS M mirrorless system, particularly its final offering – the M50 Mark II. The R100 and the M50 Mark II share many similarities, such as a 24.1-megapixel sensor, Digic 8 processor, 2.36 million dot OLED EVF, and cropped 4K video. However, the R100 lacks key features that modern cameras are expected to have, such as an articulating screen, in-body image stabilization, webcam streaming, or any touch controls. This is strange considering touch controls have become a part of everyday technology.
The EOS R100 is considered a budget-system camera, and it pales in comparison to Canon’s more expensive models such as the EOS R50, which retails for $679.99. However, it’s worth mentioning that the M50 Mark II, which the R100 is based on, had a starting price of almost $800. Thus, for an entry-level camera, the Canon EOS R100’s price is relatively accessible. Canon is likely targeting the growing RF lens ecosystem, hoping to convince beginners to upgrade to its midrange and top-tier cameras and lenses in the future.
Canon RF 28mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens
In addition to the EOS R100, Canon has also launched a new RF 28mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens for $299.99. This lens is compatible with both crop and full-frame cameras, making it an excellent option for those on a budget who want to upgrade their photography gear.
Despite its limitations, the EOS R100 is a noteworthy addition to Canon’s line of cameras, and its release will undoubtedly appeal to beginner photographers and videographers. However, with the increasing demand for features such as touch controls, webcam streaming, and in-body stabilization, more experienced photographers and videographers may find the R100’s limitations too restrictive. Regardless, Canon’s brand reputation for producing high-quality imaging equipment is sure to encourage many to invest in the R100.