The Canon EOS M mirrorless system may be dead, but one of its cameras is being unearthed and reincarnated as a new model for the ongoing EOS R series. The EOS R100 is the latest of Canon’s APS-C mirrorless offerings. It has a 24.1-megapixel sensor, dual-pixel autofocus with eye tracking, and a very compact size for $479.99 body-only, launching in July. It will also retail for $599.99 in a kit with the RF-S 18–45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens or $829.99 in a two-zoom kit with the same slow plus lens. an RF-S 55–210mm f/5. -7.1 IS STM telephoto lens. Launching alongside the R100 is a Canon RF 28mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens for $299.99 that’s compatible with cropped or full-frame cameras and only slightly larger than a body cap.
You can’t touch that (Canon)!
On paper, the R100 is almost a lookalike for the, well, dead Canon EOS M50 Mark II. It has the same sensor, Digic 8 processor, 2.36 million dot OLED EVF and cropped 4K video as the swansong of the EOS M system. normally wait each modern camera, frankly – like an articulating display, in-body image stabilization, streaming webcam or any touch control. That’s right, touch the R100’s three-inch rear LCD as much as you want, but it doesn’t matter.
It certainly scratches the bottom of the barrel for budget system cameras and pales in comparison to the more capable EOS R50 that sits above it at $679.99. But to be fair, the 2.5-year-old M50 Mark II the R100 is based on had a starting price of almost $800 (which might be why this system is dead), and for about as much money, you can get this new model in a kit with two lenses. I’m not going to say they’re good lenses or worth it, but there’s something naïvely charming about Canon trying to relive its glory days of its Canon Rebel DSLRs – a time when a entry-level DSLR was a no-brainer investment for anyone looking to get into photography or just want to take decent shots of family or major life events.
But while this camera gives me a hint of nostalgia for the days of selling everything the current Rebel was to expectant parents and college grads, the camera world is now a very different place. Sure, this sub-$500 camera had an autofocus system that far outclassed anything on the market at the time, but sacrificing an articulating screen and many other features that became issues table is probably a deciding factor for someone trying their hand at content creation. Today.
Perhaps the EOS R100 may very well thrive on its aggressive price alone, hoping to hook newbies to a growing RF lens ecosystem that keeps them level within the Canon family. But users may not like what they see in terms of price when researching the range because, in addition to the change in behavior of entry-level users over these years, mid-range cameras and lenses from high-end to high-end have only leaned towards a higher niche and price.