Canon EOS R100 Camera and RF 28mm F2.8 STM Lens Introduced

Canon EOS R100 Camera and RF 28mm F2.8 STM Lens Introduced

A new entry-level mirrorless camera has been introduced to the Canon EOS system, the Canon EOS R100. It comes with a 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor and dual-pixel CMOS autofocus. It can record in 4K with up to 25p or in HD with up to 60p. The camera is available at a budget-friendly entry-level price of $479 or as a kit together with an 18-45mm lens for $599. The compact and lightweight RF 28mm F2.8 STM is a full-frame RF pancake prime lens, and it is available for $299. So, let’s have a closer look at the new Canon products.

If you are not familiar with the Canon EOS cameras, please check out the CineD camera database here and scroll down to Canon cameras. If you want to dive even deeper, take a look at the Canon EOS camera lab tests, for example, the Canon EOS R3. The new EOS R100 is an entry-level camera in the world of mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses and full image control.

Canon EOS R100

When you take the EOS R100 into your hands for the very first time, you will realize how small, compact, and light the new Canon camera feels. It is a DSLR camera for the Canon R-Mount with a weight of only 356g/12,5oz. It features a 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor and a dual-pixel CMOS autofocus with the ability to detect people and focus on their eyes.

The camera has a fixed built-in 3″ 1.04m-Dot LCD screen on the back, but also features a 2.36m-Dot OLED electronic viewfinder on top. It’s always nice to have the option of using an EVF to focus on framing your shot with no further distractions.

Canon EOSR100
EOS R100 with a 24.1 megapixel APS-C sensor – Source: Canon

For still photography, you can shoot JPEG or RAW and go up to 6,5fps continuous shooting with one-shot autofocus, or a bit slower with 3,5fps, but with continuous AF. The camera records video in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC with 8-Bit in 4K with 24/25p and 120Mb/s, or in HD with up to 60p and 60Mb/s to a single SD memory card slot.

The camera features a USB-C port for transferring your files and a micro-HDMI port for displaying your signal. When you are recording video, you can use an external microphone via a 3.5mm port. The EOS R100 also features 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless connection to your smartphone to use the Canon camera connect app. It supports creative assist modes for adjusting brightness, contrast, and color balance or controlling the background blur of your shot.

Canon EOSR100
EOS R100 with connects directly to your phone – Source: Canon

EOS R100 conclusion

The new entry-level mirrorless camera from Canon might not be designed to target professional users who want to make a living from their content, but it is an interesting camera for people who want to take the next step away from a built-in smartphone camera to a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses and full control of all image settings. The camera is also available as a kit together with an RF 18-45mm F4.5-F6.3 lens to get you started in the world of mirrorless cameras.

Canon EOSR100
EOS R100 small and light – Source: Canon

Canon EOS R100 key features

  • 24,1MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • 4K 24/25p Video with Crop, Full HD 60p
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 143 AF Zones
  • 6.5 fps Electronic Shutter
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 3″ 1.04m-Dot LCD Screen
  • Creative Assist Mode
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with SD Card Slot
Canon EOSR100
EOS R100 with an 18-45mm lens – Source: Canon

RF 28mm F2.8 STM lens

Along with the EOS R100, Canon also introduced the RF 28mm F2.8 STM compact and lightweight full-frame wide-angle pancake prime lens. With this size and weight, the lens might be perfect for street photography or when you want to travel light.

It weighs only 120g/4,2oz and therefore is one of the lightest lenses on the market. It has a focal length of 28mm on a full-frame camera and a maximum aperture of 2.8. Using the lens on an APS-C sensor will give you a focal length equal to 45mm. The minimum focus distance is 23cm/9in and you can use 55mm screw-on filters. The STM motor should provide a quiet autofocus function, but the lens comes with a combined control and focus ring for manual focus if needed.

Canon RF28mm
RF 28mm F2.8 STM lens – Source: Canon

RF 28mm F2.8 STM key features

  • Full-Frame | f/2.8 to f/22
  • Classic Wide-Angle Prime
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • AF/MF Control Switch
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Capability
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

Price and availability

The Canon EOS R100 can be preordered for $479 and will start shipping in late June. The kit together with the EOS R100 and the 18-45mm lens will retail for $599 and will also start shipping at the end of June. The Canon RF 28mm F2.8 STM wide-angle pancake prime lens retails for $299 and will start shipping in July. 

For further information on the EOS R100, visit Canon’s website here.

What do you think about the new entry-level camera from Canon? Would you be interested in the camera at this price level? Please leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.

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