Canon has unveiled the EOS R100, a small APS-C mirrorless camera aimed at attracting new photographers or existing Rebel DSLR or EOS M users who want to switch to the RF mount. Canon’s statement that “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” all but confirms that the camera’s intended use is to replace the lower-end DSLR and other mirrorless mounts that the company is in the process of discontinuing.
With its 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor and DIGIC 8 processor, the R100 can record full-width 1080p Full HD video at up to 60 frames per second and cropped 4K video at up to 24 frames per second. It should be noted that the camera will only provide contrast-based autofocus to videographers in 4K video mode.
The R100 has WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity and face and eye detection focusing outside the video mode. The camera’s body is quite compact, measuring 4.58 by 3.37 by 2.71 inches. It has a small grip and a top plate with a single dial, an on/off switch, a button for recording video, and a command dial in addition to the shutter release button. Similar in simplicity, the camera’s back has a four-way D-pad in the lower right corner and six more buttons.
The three-inch, 1.04 million dot rear LCD on the R100 lacks any choices for articulation. It should be noted that the rear LCD cannot be operated by touch and must instead be operated using buttons. 2.36 million dots make up the OLED design of the electronic viewfinder. Photographers will find a mini HDMI port and a USB terminal on the camera’s right side. An intervalometer port and microphone jack are on the camera’s left side. There is no headphone jack on the camera. On the bottom of the camera, near the battery compartment, is where the R100’s lone UHS-I SD card connector is located. The R100 is incompatible with any battery grips and runs on a Canon LP-E17 battery.
All RF and RF-S lenses are compatible with the EOS R100, and three different Canon EF-EOS R mount adapters can also be used to use EF and EF-S lenses.
The $480 Canon EOS R100 camera is expected to be on sale in July 2023.