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Canon EOS R10 Review

The Canon EOS R10 finally eliminated the void in the center of Canon’s array of mirrorless cameras for the past several years, thanks to its introduction. It’s now one of the best cameras around, and thanks to its small size and lightweight, it’s also one of the best travel cameras. If you’re just getting started with photography and want to broaden your horizons, or if you’re already a Canon fan and enjoy a fun second camera for everyday shooting, this is the one for you.

The Canon EOS R10 significantly improved over traditional entry-level cameras such as the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 and the Canon EOS 250D DSLR. Even though it is a bit more complex and expensive than other cameras in its class, such as these two DSLRs, the EOS R10 is well worth the additional cost.

It’s more of an evolution of the double-digit DSLRs, like the Canon EOS 90D, which were solid favorites among those who wanted to take pictures of their family, vacations, and day-to-day life with quality that beat out that of smartphones.

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The Canon EOS R10’s Digic X processor is the secret to its allure. This processor helps unlock the most recent focusing technology and some great burst-shooting rates, given the camera’s price point.

This camera is more than capable of capturing a picture of the family dog scoring the winning goal in the backyard water polo match thanks to its Dual Pixel CMOS AF II and 15 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting capabilities, even though the EOS R10’s buffer applies a firm brake on the constant shooting rate.

Canon EOS R10 Design

The Canon EOS R10 will not likely win any Red Dot Design awards. Still, it satisfies its goal of being incredibly compact and pleasantly familiar to anybody who has used a Canon DSLR. Anyone who has used a Canon DSLR will feel at home with the Canon EOS R10.

The little camera feels like a Canon EOS Rebel SL3 when you hold it. Outside of the United States, this model is known as the Canon EOS 250D. The Rebel SL3 weighs 20 grams more than the EOS R10, which comes in at 429 grams.

This is probably as tiny as RF-mount cameras will ever go; nevertheless, it is not nearly as itty-bitty as the EOS-M series of cameras, such as the Canon EOS M50 Mark II. Those cameras will continue to exist, but with a longing expression in their eyes as they peer longingly over the garden gate and watch photographers have fun with Canon’s new APS-C darlings, the R7 and R10.

Canon EOS R10 Performance

Along the same lines as the Canon EOS R7, one of the fascinating aspects of the EOS R10 is its mix of cutting-edge focusing intelligence with very speedy burst-shooting capabilities. This is also true of the Canon EOS R7. The R10 is not quite in the same category as the R7 for the latter, but it is still an upgrade on cameras in the middle-range of the DSLR market, such as the Canon EOS 80D and even the EOS 90D.

According to the data provided by Canon, the EOS R10 can shoot at an impressive 15 frames per second when using its mechanical shutter and 23 frames per second while using its electronic shutter. And our tests backed up these claims, even if the camera’s buffer couldn’t maintain those speeds for as long as the official specs state it could for that length of time.

When we used the mechanical shutter, we could take photos at a rate of 15 frames per second for one second before the buffer caused the rate to drop to somewhere around seven frames per second. We could maintain running at 15 frames per second when taking JPEGs for a more useful six seconds until it dipped to around 12 frames per second.

Canon EOS R10 Image & Video Quality

The Canon EOS R10 has a brand-new 24.2-megapixel sensor; however, this particular processor does not support backside illumination (BSI). BSI sensors have their circuitry on the back of the sensor rather than in front of the light-sensitive photosites, which implies they have less noise and higher picture quality overall. As the name suggests, BSI sensors have circuitry on the back of the sensor.

The image quality of the EOS R10 has, on the whole, impressed us, even though this may have been a potential drawback of the camera. The photos seem pretty clean and detailed up to an ISO of 1600, and they have colors and skin tones that are attractive to the eye.

Compared to its rivals’ capabilities, the EOS R10’s video capabilities are marginally more outstanding. The camera’s ability to record uncropped 4K/30p footage that is oversampled from the sensor’s native 6K resolution is awe-inspiring, even though its focusing may be finicky sometimes.

Even though this is not the case with the camera’s 4K/60p mode (which, as you can see below, results in a crop of 1.56x), this is still a helpful feature for those who post videos on YouTube or create their vlogs. Playing at 60 frames per second lets you slow down the action to half speed, which helps compose cut scenes.

Canon EOS R10 Specs

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.2 x 14.8 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic X
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayBayer
Image
ISO100-32000
Boosted ISO (minimum)100
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine
Optics & Focus
AutofocusPhase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Number of focus points651
Lens mountCanon RF
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT color LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.95×
Viewfinder resolution2
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/4000 sec
Scene modesSelf PortraitPortraitSmooth SkinGroup PhotoLandscapePanoramic ShotSportsKidsPanningClose-upFoodNight PortraitHandheld Night SceneHDR Backlight ControlSilent Shutter
Built-in flashYes
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingle, Hi-speed continuous, low-speed continuous, 10-second self timer, 2-second self timer
Continuous drive15.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedAverageSpotSpot AF-areaPartial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 230 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 470 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 70 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 12 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 90 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 170 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 170 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 85 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 85 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 230 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 470 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 70 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 12 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 12 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 90 Mbps, MP4, H.265, AAC
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSingle UHS-II SD card slot
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (Micro)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes2.4GHz
Remote controlYes (Wired or wireless)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E17
Battery Life (CIPA)450
Weight (inc. batteries)426 g (0.94 lb / 15.03 oz)
Dimensions123 x 88 x 83 mm (4.84 x 3.46 x 3.27″)
Other features
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSNone

Canon EOS R10 Verdict

The Canon EOS R10 is a little powerhouse that packs a lot of versatility and is one of the best cameras for novice photographers. It is an inexpensive entry into the EOS R system for new converts, and it is a fun second camera for established Canon enthusiasts, thanks to its contemporary AF smarts and superb handling. However, serious photographers interested in photographing animals or actions might consider upgrading to the EOS R7.

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