Along with the EOS R7 Canon released the entry-level EOS R10 mirrorless camera. I didn’t expect that camera to be anything special, but it turned out to be a surprisingly capable camera. If you’re looking to get into the world of Canon EOS mirrorless, you can’t go wrong with this little gem.
To be honest, I had high hopes when I had the opportunity to test the Canon EOS R7. While I didn’t have much time with this APS-C camera, I found it too expensive for an enthusiastic beginner on the one hand, and equipped with too many beginner options for serious amateur photographers on the other. You can read my findings in the review here on Fstoppers.
Based on my experiences with the EOS R7, I didn’t expect much from the Canon EOS R10, an entry-level mirrorless APS-C camera. But after using the camera for a few days, it started to grow on me. I found it to be a very capable camera with options you’d only expect on high-end Canon cameras.
A small camera
The Canon EOS R10 has the familiar look of a Canon mirrorless camera, but it’s surprisingly small. I had to look and of course the size is the same as the EOS M50 II, except for the handle which makes it a little easier to hold. However, the small size may be an issue for a photographer with large hands.
Remember, there is no option to attach an additional case. But I think the EOS R10 is not a camera that needs to be big. It’s small for a reason and I think the target audience will appreciate its size and weight. I know I did.
If you’re a Canon user, you’ll find the most important buttons in familiar places on the camera body. There is a dial for PASM settings along with additional options such as two custom settings, movie setting and creative settings. Two rotary wheels allow for basic exposure settings, one can be used with the index finger, the other with the thumb. The main switch is also located on that thumb wheel.
The other buttons on the camera are the movie button, the shutter button and the popular M-F button, although they are limited in that you have direct access to five settings that you can choose manually. The DOF button is located next to the lens mount. Like the EOS R7, it also has a new AF/MF switch.
At the back, you’ll find a 3-inch full-definition LCD screen with 1.04 million dots. It has full touch screen functionality and can be used to operate the camera as much as possible. The OLED EVF has a resolution of 2.36 million dots and a maximum refresh rate of 120fps.
On the back is the AF-ON button next to the joystick and other standard buttons. A dial is missing, but you have a four-way button that gives you direct access to drive mode, ISO and flash. No surprise there. The number of buttons may seem a bit limited, but since the camera is small, there isn’t much extra space to spare. Remember, the LCD screen is a touch screen and the number of settings directly accessible using the touch screen is vast.
Battery, ports and memory slot
The Canon EOS R10 is equipped with a small LP-E17 battery, which is expected from such a small camera. Its capacity allows for a rated 450 images with the LCD screen or just 290 with the EVF. So carry a few spare batteries when shooting throughout the day.
Next to the battery compartment you’ll find a single UHS-II SD slot. If you want to record movies in 4K HDR PQ, it is recommended to use the V90 SDXC cards, but it can be a good choice for photography when you want to use the high-speed capabilities of the camera. A fast card allows it to clear cache faster.
The camera has a micro HDMI connector, USB-C, a remote control and a microphone connector. The headphone jack is missing. But the EOS R10 has a multi-functional hot shoe. As mentioned, there is no connection to the battery case.
As expected from an entry-level camera, the menu addresses the JPEG photographer. It gives many instructions for camera settings, and in what situations these can be used. It is similar to the menu I encountered in the EOS R7, but for this camera, it feels more practical.
If you’re a JPEG photographer and want to play around with different options without the need for sophisticated editing software, the Canon EOS R10 won’t let you. If you already know the most complex settings, just turn off the mod’s explanation and dial in your own settings.
Autofocus, pre-shooting and speed
One thing that really impressed me was the autofocus capabilities. Although the camera can be considered entry-level, the capabilities of the autofocus system are truly professional. It offers many of the same options and customizations as the Canon EOS R3. Compared to EOS R5 and EOS R6, it is more flexible.
The camera can detect eyes, heads, and bodies of humans and animals, the latter not limited to cats and dogs. Birds and many other types of animals can also be found. I found the AF tracking to be reliable, with autofocus points on 100% of the frame. Tracking works in all AF modes and sensitivity ranges from -4 EV to 20 EV.
Want to take action? The Canon EOS R10 can shoot up to 15 frames per second with a mechanical shutter. For the electronic shutter, the speed is impressive at 23 frames per second. But you can expect a slightly rotating closing effect. The buffer holds up to 29 raw files or 460 JPEGs at 15 frames per second. This rate drops to 21 raw files at 23 frames per second.
If 23 frames per second isn’t enough, the camera has a special raw burst mode that lets you shoot up to 30 frames per second. Pre-shooting is also available. It records images half a second before fully pressing the shutter.
Captured images with raw burst mode are closer to 13 million pixels in resolution, instead of the standard 24 million pixels. This reduced resolution allows bursts of between 40 and 100 images, depending on the settings and the complexity of the landscape. The captured frames must be exported as a JPEG, HEIF or Raw file either in-camera or with the Canon software that came with the camera.
What about video?
I didn’t try to use the camera for video, but I think it should be mentioned. If you dig into the possibilities, you’ll find that it can record 4K video at 30 frames per second from 6K multi-shot. When the HDR PQ option is enabled, the Canon EOS R10 records in 10-bit 4:2:2.
All autofocus options are available in video mode, making it a very capable camera for recording video. There are other options, but I won’t dive into those for this review. There is a slight downside to it, I think. The camera doesn’t have in-body image stabilization, meaning you either have to rely on in-lens stabilization or digital stabilization that adds a bit more crop.
Many interesting things using the camera
The possibilities of the Canon EOS R10 are surprisingly wide, which is something I did not expect from such a camera. It may be made of plastic without weather sealing, but it doesn’t look cheap. It is well built and the buttons are of good quality. The ergonomics are as expected from a Canon EOS camera, although it may be too small for some.
Why do I like this camera so much? Although it looks a little strange, it is light, compact and easy to use. I could have just grabbed him and walked away. Although this applies to many cameras, the Canon EOS R10 somehow makes it more interesting. I only used the supplied RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens, which isn’t the fastest lens, but fits like a glove on this particular camera. If I had to choose though, I’d go for the RF-S 18-150mm, it might be a bit bigger, but it also offers more reach.
Being such a simple camera, it never feels limited in any way. The automation and tracking work like a charm and never let me down. Images from the 24 MP CMOS sensor that aren’t backlit or stacked, by the way, look nice and sharp even at high ISO settings. Check out the simple ISO and ISO invariance test I did below.
24 MP resolution is the sweet spot for such cameras, I think. APS-C offers a nice 1.6x crop, making this camera ideal for wildlife and bird photography or any other situation that can benefit from a longer focal length. Combine the camera with the excellent RF100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS STM lens and you end up with a frame camera with a field of view equivalent to 160-640mm. Add to that autofocus capabilities and speed and you have a real winner. I think this little camera will be very popular.
- Small, compact and light weight
- Sensor quality
- Good up to ISO 6,400 with minimal noise reduction
- Special tracking autofocus capabilities for people, animals and vehicles
- Eye-AF, face-AF, and head-AF for humans and many animals
- It continues to shoot at up to 23fps at full resolution.
- Raw burst modes up to 30fps with pre-shooting
- Wide customization options
- Joystick and dedicated AF-ON button
- Many creative settings for JPEG photographers
- Video in 4K 30fps, upsampling at 6K resolution
- 10-bit 4:2:2 video with HDR PQ enabled.
- Full AF capabilities are available for video
- Dedicated AF/MF switch
- The position of the main switch
- Fully featured LCD screen with full touch screen capabilities
- Reasonable price
What can be improved?
- Weather forecast
- Battery life
- Not suitable for photographers with large hands
- No headphone connection.
- With the built-in flash, there is no possibility of remote flash triggering.
- The PASM dial cannot be locked.
- No in-body image stabilization.
Canon EOS R10 or Canon EOS RP?
When you look at the price, you may notice that it is very similar to the Canon EOS RP. The latter is a full-frame camera, which seems like a holy grail to many photographers. Should you consider the full-frame EOS RP over the EOS R10 with an APS-C sensor, or is the EOS R10 a wiser choice?
Of course, that choice is yours, but I prefer the EOS R10 over the EOS RP for a number of reasons, the most important of which is the autofocus system. If you have to decide for yourself, just look at the specifications of both cameras and choose the one that ticks the most boxes for you.