Review: Canon EOS R10 – step into the R system

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The Canon EOS R10 is an APS-C camera with a 24-megapixel sensor. It is Canon’s cheapest, lightest and most compact model with an R mount.

TESTRESULTS Canon EOS R10:

PRO’S

CONS

  • Compact and lightweight
  • New 24-megapixel sensor
  • Photos at up to 23 frames per second
  • 4K60p video
  • Built-in flash
  • Not weatherproof
  • No built-in image stabilisation

The Canon EOS R10 is the cheapest entry-level R-system

Introduction Canon EOS R10

Along with the EOS R7, the Canon EOS R10 is the first APS-C camera in Canon’s mirrorless R system. It’s fair to say that this makes the Canon EF-M system a thing of the past after all. The EOS R10 is the first R-model with two numbers in its name, which means it is more of an entry-level model than the R7. Then again, it’s not really an entry-level model. With Canon, those are usually the models with 3 digits in the name. Whether we will still see those in the R system, we dare not say. The EOS R10 is the lightest and most compact model in the R-series, but it has quite a lot to offer both novice and slightly advanced photographers. The camera is fast, with 15 frames with mechanical shutter and even 23 frames with electronic shutter. That still doesn’t make it a true sports camera, because with only 1 SD card and a not too big buffer, you can’t shoot a very large series in a row. But the R10 does it anyway and no other camera in this class comes close. Also, the R10 can film in 4K, up to even 60p. And that is special in this class. On the other hand, the R10 is not really weatherproof and the camera also lacks image stabilisation. Depending on the range of lenses available, that need not be such a problem. For now, two new APS-C lenses have been announced at the same time as the EOS R7 and the EOS R10: the RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM and the RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM.

Construction and operation

The Canon EOS R10 shares many features with the simultaneously released EOS R7, but the body is clearly simpler. The body is a lot more lightweight and that has to do with a bit more use of plastic and a bit fewer parts. This is not even so much in the controls. In fact, the R10 simply has two dials on the top cover and an AF/MF switch on the front. However, the R10 does have only 1 SD card slot, for example. Also, the battery is a bit smaller. The biggest difference can’t be seen, but it can be felt, especially when using slower shutter speeds. This is because the EOS R10 does not have built-in image stabilisation. So for stabilisation, you have to rely on the optical stabilisation of the lenses and – for video – on electronic stabilisation. The viewfinder, however, is the same as on the R7, with 2.36 million pixels. The screen is rotatable and tiltable, but has a slightly lower resolution, with just over 1 million pixels.

Image quality

The Canon EOS R10 has a 24-megapixel sensor. Canon has had sensors with this number of pixels for a long time, but this one must be new. This is evident just from the shooting speed possible with this sensor. It will also matter for image quality that the R10’s sensor is paired with the Digic X processor. How much difference it makes from previous models, we will be happy to test once we have an R10 in our test lab.

Video

The Canon EOS R10 allows filming in 4K in two ways. Up to 30 frames per second can be done using the entire width of the sensor. Here, the 4K image is calculated from a 6K image that is recorded. This provides an increase in image quality. 4K 60p is also possible, but then the entire width of the sensor is no longer used, but 64% of it. This makes the quality a bit less than with 30 or 25 frames per second, but it is already very nice that 4K60p is possible on a model like this. Unlike the R7, the R10 cannot film in log.

Auto focus

The EOS R10 has an autofocus system that covers almost the entire frame. Thanks in part to the Digic X processor, it uses the algorithms that the EOS R3, for example, also uses. This allows the EOS R10 to recognise people, animals and vehicles and also track them well in C-AF. There is also separate eye and face recognition.

Special functions

The EOS R10 has features that may be typical of entry-level cameras, but which advanced photographers can also benefit from. For example, there is a built-in flash that is useful for brightening shadows in backlight. Furthermore, the R10 can create panoramas in-camera and there is an option for focus stacking.

 Canon EOS R10
 specifications
  
sensor24 Mp APS-C
video4K30p – 4K60p with crop
ISO100-320,00 (51,200 extended) 
max. series speed15x
storage mediaSingle UHS-II SD card slot
battery capacity450 recordings
dimensions
123 x 88 x 83 mm (4.84 x 3.46 x 3.27)
weight (incl battery)
426 g (0.94 lb / 15.03 oz)
retail price$999.00
importerwww.Canon.com
  
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Conclusion test Canon EOS R10

 

As soon as we get a copy of the Canon EOS R10, we will publish the full test here.

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