Melville, NY—The entry-level Canon EOS R100 mirrorless camera debuted as the company’s most affordable, compact and lightweight camera. In addition, Canon introduced the RF28mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens, also to help elevate the skills of emerging content creators.
The Canon EOS R100 camera is aimed at first-time mirrorless camera users or existing interchangeable-lens camera (ILC) photographers who previously used EOS Rebel or EOS M cameras.
While entry level, it touts such features as a 24.2-megapixel APS-C-size sensor and a Digic 8 image processor. As a result, the ILC offers 4K (cropped) and Full HD (full-width) video at up to 24 and 60 frames per second, respectively. HD movies are also recorded at a high frame rate of 120 fps for smooth, slow-motion playback.
Providing autofocus with eye and face detection, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, the EOS R100 offers first-time ILC users a significant advantage over a smartphone camera. Notably, this includes lens selection.
The EOS R100 is compatible with the complete lineup of RF and RF-S lenses. In addition, the camera can use EF and EF-S lenses via one of three Canon EF-EOS R mount adapters (sold separately). The selection of lenses includes the Canon RF28mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens that was announced with the camera.
Canon EOS R100 Key Features
The new ILC employs Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF tech with the ability to detect human faces and focus on their eyes. Its focus area covers up to an 88% horizontal and 100% vertical portion of the picture area. Moreover, it breaks the image up to 143 AF area zones during auto selection.
With a significantly larger sensor size than many smartphones, the R100 also captures images with natural bokeh for beautiful background blur, true color and low noise—even in low light. Consequently, you can take images at fast shutter speeds to minimize shake effect and subject blur.
In addition, you can capture can’t-miss moments at up to 6.5-shots-per-second continuous shooting when set to one-shot AF. Plus, creative assist functions allow you to take on the challenge of image creation while in auto mode. That’s because you can change settings such as background blur, brightness and saturation in real time on the live viewfinder.
Furthermore, the camera’s creative filters let you select various effects from your favorite filters, just like a smartphone app during shooting or playback. Another feature is silent mode, for discreet shooting.
The R100 also has a 0.39-inch OLED electronic viewfinder with 2.36-million dots that displays a bright image and shooting information. Another viewing option is its 3-inch, 1.04M-dot color LCD monitor.
What’s more, the ILC’s built-in Bluetooth connects it to a smartphone for remote control of the camera. It also continuously updates GPS location data from the phone for geotagging. Plus, Wi-Fi provides remote live view, file viewing and content transfer.
The Canon EOS R100 camera will release in July 2023. It will have a suggested retail price of $479.99 body only. It will also retail for $599.99 with the RF-S18–45mm f/4.5–6.3 IS STM lens.
What’s more, the R100 will bundle in a two-lens kit with the RF-S18–45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM and RF-S55–210mm f/5–7.1 IS STM lenses: $829.99.
Canon RF28mm f/2.8 STM Lens
The Canon RF28mm f/2.8 STM is a “pancake” style lens for amateur and enthusiast full-frame and APS-C camera users. It has a minimum focusing distance of 9.1 inches (0.23m) and a maximum magnification of 0.17x for dramatic close-ups.
Moreover, a retracting feature helps to shorten the overall length of the lens. It also has a circumferential manual focus mode/control ring selector as well as a built-in control ring for quick access to multiple camera controls.
Further, the lens uses a gear-type STM motor to achieve smooth autofocusing while capturing video. Plus, a 7-blade circular aperture helps to provide beautifully blurred background and bokeh effects.
The RF28mm f/2.8 STM lens is also scheduled for July 2023 availability. It will have an SRP of $299.99.