Canon Launches Entry-Level R100 Mirrorless Camera and Pancake Lens


Canon rounded out its R-series lineup this week with the announcement of the R100 Mirrorless Camera and new RF 28mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens. The R100 is Canon’s smallest and lightest mirrorless camera yet and is the brand’s most entry-level mirrorless camera. It’s the perfect option for anyone just getting into digital photography or trying to move beyond their smartphone. 

R100 Mirrorless Camera
R100 Mirrorless Camera

The R100 boasts the same 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 imaging engine as the EOS M50 Mark II. This sensor is suitable for capturing high-quality images and video at 4K (cropped) at up to 24 fps or Full HD at up to 60 fps. The camera is also equipped with Movie Digital IS, which reduces camera shake while recording video. A variety of interchangeable RF-mount lenses also gives users the option to choose the right lens for the circumstances, something not possible with a smartphone. Finally, the R100’s imaging engine gives it a max ISO of 128,000, ensuring it will function well, even in low-light situations.

The file sizes produced by the camera are small and easy to transfer using Canon’s, a highly customizable cloud service designed by Canon to download content from your camera to the cloud. From there you can choose how to store and view your photos and videos without ever removing your memory card.

Through the R100’s RF mount, you have access to Canon’s entire RF mount lens collection. The RF lineup currently contains a lot of full-frame options with only a couple of dedicated APS-C lenses. (Both types of lenses will work on the RF mount; however, the full-frame versions tend to be bulkier and more expensive.) Canon has committed to launching 32 new RF lenses by 2026, hopefully filling in some of the gaps in the APS-C lens array.

Canon has already taken a step in this direction by announcing the RF 28mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens alongside the R100. Together, this duo is extremely lightweight and versatile, great for everyday use or travel. With its three, high-precision plastic aspheric lenses and a seven-blade circular aperture, this wide-angle single focus lens is a perfect addition to the RF lineup.

RF 28mm f/2.8 STM
RF 28mm f/2.8 STM

Will you be adding the the R100 Mirrorless Camera and RF 28mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens to your kit? Let us know in the Comments section, below. For more information, including additional features, specs, and highlights, be sure to check out the detailed product page on our ecommerce site. 

Canon R100 & RF 28mm f/2.8 STM Lens




Utterly useless for vloging, since the widest AF lens you can find for it has an 35mm equivalent focal length of 29mm (18*1.6).  

I guess you meant to start with the words: In my personal opinion. To my mind, it may be the fixed monitor that puts it out of        the race for vlogging more than the 28mm lens. One can easily use their mobile phone as a monitor. Hint: There are many          FF wide-angle lenses. Sigma has a 16mm at a reasonable price and a FF Canon 20mm wide-angle would also fit this little baby.

This camera was not made for vlogging, (With two "gs". I consider it a great way to start in the mirrorless world of photography, and besides most people would look for a flip-out monitor and a wider lens to begin with. I suggest people go back to a Nikon D5500 for a low-priced camera, in the $500 range that I would recommend buying with a 20mm, or 24mm 1.8.                           The choice is there. Sony offers a few alternatives for a few hundred more, but much smaller bodies.

The comments are quite  interesting. Makes me think. Yet at 81 i'm tired of lugging around my heavy 7D with lenses and motor drive. It's just too heavy.! Want to move on to mirrorless. Plastic in lenses is no qualm if they are effective and as sharp. Scratches? Well, I allways use an UV glass protecting filter.

Oops: I wish you guys would allow editing for a few minutes for after thoughts, or mistakes.

About the plastic lens: Notice how small the elements are compared to a glass 28mm. That is how it can be as sharp. With a totally different design.                                     

I would like to add: The STM, (Step Motor) is also cheaper to produce. It is an older technology, before the USM (Ultrasound Motor).

"high-precision plastic aspheric lenses"


Plastic lenses.. really?

Yeah! I was thinking the same thing. "High-precision plastic lens"? Is there such an animal. 

It's like saying a Chevy Sedan is a "High-precision car".

They couldn´t make this lens as cheap if it was glass, so it is up to you. I suggest you test one out. "Plastic" mean Plexiglas/Lucite. Lenses are made of optical glass. Plexi is cast to the needs of the lens size and is also clear.

I do wonder if some of the newer, lighter lenses from Sony, Canon, and Nikon have one or two elements made of Plexiglass, (A trade name of R&H.) even in their more expensive lenses. It does save them a lot of money.

As far as the production at GM or the others auto giants. All of their engins are produced to the same standard of percission. Thats why many people lighten and balance the pistons and work on the exaust header, gears  and rear-end, but that is another subjust, isn´t it. By the way there was a time about 50 years ago when it was discoverd that GM was putting the same engins in their Caddys as their Chevys. They clamed there was little to no difference.