Canon Has a New Mirrorless Camera

Canon Has a New Mirrorless Camera That Feels Straight Out of 2013

While the Canon EOS M mirrorless system may be extinct, one of its cameras is being exhumed and transformed into a new model for the ongoing EOS R series. Canon’s newest APS-C mirrorless model is the EOS R100.

It will go on sale in July for $479.99 body-only and includes a 24.1-megapixel sensor, eye-tracking dual pixel autofocus, and a very small size.

The RF-S 18–45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens will be sold with it in a kit for $599.99, or a two-zoom kit with the slow lens and the telephoto RF-S 55–210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM lens will be sold for $829.99. A Canon RF 28mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens, priced at $299.99 and suitable for crop or full-frame cameras, debuts alongside the R100. It is barely larger than a body cap.

On paper, the R100 is almost a dead ringer for the, well, dead EOS M50 Mark II from Canon. The sensor, Digic 8 processor, 2.36 million dot OLED EVF, and cropped 4K video are all the same as they were in the EOS M system’s farewell shot.

But it’s also missing some key things from that camera — things you normally expect in every modern camera, frankly — like an articulating screen, in-body image stabilization, webcam streaming, or any touch controls.

You can touch the three-inch rear LCD of the R100 all you want, but nothing will happen.

When compared to the more capable EOS R50, which is listed above at $679.99, this is unquestionably the bottom of the barrel for budget system cameras.

To be fair though, the 2.5-year-old M50 Mark II, on which the R100 is based, had a starting price of almost $800 (which may have something to do with why that system is dead), and for about that much money, you can get this new model in a kit with two lenses.

I’m not going to say that those are good lenses or that it’s worth the money, but there’s something innocently endearing about Canon trying to relive the glory days of its Canon Rebel DSLRs — a time when buying an entry-level DSLR was a no-brainer investment for anyone looking to get into photography or just take some passable photos of family or significant life events.

But even though this camera makes me slightly miss the time when I used to sell whatever the newest Rebel was to newlyweds and expectant parents, the camera industry has changed significantly since then. Sure, the autofocus system on this sub-$500 camera is far superior to anything available in those days, but giving up an articulating screen and many other features that are now considered standard is probably a deal-breaker for someone trying their hand at content creation today.

Read More: Canon PowerShot G9 12.1 MP Digital Camera Review

Source: theverge

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