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Meet Canon’s smallest, lightest RF-S mount camera – the R10

The compact pocket rocket offers features that punch well above its weight…

Canon has unveiled the R10 to the world – an entry-level mirrorless camera that packs a 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and offers newcomers to photography a step onto the RF-mount ladder.

How small exactly? Well, the R10 tips the scales at just 429g – and that’s including the battery and a SD card. However, despite its small size, the R10 packs quite a punch. For example, the R10 can fire off a max burst rate of 15 frames per second using the mechanical shutter (the same as the speed-focused R7) and when it switches to the electronic shutter this figure rises to 23 frames per second (the R7 can shoot 30fps).

Canon introduces the EOS R10…

The R10 is best described as an updated and improved version of Canon’s M50 Mark II – the hugely popular camera from the brand’s M-mount range that has proved a hit with vloggers. Small, portable and easy to use, this is a camera that will appeal to newcomers and those who want to travel light.

Speaking of video, the R10 offers high quality 4K 30p footage, which is down sampled from 6K and the R10 can shoot 4K 60p that is cropped to 64% of the horizontal area. The R10 can shoot past that standard 30 minute file limit to capture 4K for up to an hour – perfect if you are trying to create a timelapse sequence in high resolution. For the vloggers out there, the 1.04M dot touch-sensitive LCD boasts a fully-articulating design so you can properly frame yourself up when presenting to the camera.

Image captured using the Canon R10 / Canon

Although there is no IBIS on the R10, it does include some impressive autofocus specifications, including Canon’s deep learning and Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology, which helps the camera offer a number of detection features that will lock on to and track vehicles, animals and people, with head, face and eye detection over 100% of the frame.

Images and video can be recorded to a single SD card slot and the battery inside the R10 is CIPA rated to deliver 350 shots on a single charge. No less than 15 Special Scene modes (including Panning and Panoramic Shot) will help newcomers to photography get to grips with more creative techniques but it’s worth mentioning that the R10 doesn’t seem to offer weather sealing.

Other features include a pop-up flash to provide illumination at fairly close distances, a 2.36 Million dots resolution Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and a whopping 4503 manually selectable AF points. All this in a camera that measures just 122.5 x 87.8 x 83.4mm – wow!