Mehul Ruben DasSeptember 21, 2022 13:28:47 IST
– Fast autofocus and accurate focus detection with subject recognition
– 4K 60fps HDR video
– Fast continuous shooting: 15 fps mechanical and 23 fps electronic
– Bright and articulated touch display
– Good dynamic range
– No internal stabilization
– Only one SD card slot
– Cropped 4K 60 fps video
– Missing a flat color profile for videos
Price: Rs 90.995 for EOS R10 body and RF S18-45mm IS STM lens | Rs 80,995 for the body only
Assessment: 4.0 / 5
Entry-level mirrorless cameras, such as the Canon EOS R10, are a puzzle for tech enthusiasts and content creators. On the one hand, they are a worthy successor to entry-level DSLRs like the EOS 550D or the Nikon D3500, and are a great gateway to photography and film today. The EOS R10, in particular, is a great way to get started. It would be the perfect first camera for many people today.
On the other hand, however, it not only clashes with loyal ones such as the Sony A6400 and Fuji X-T30 II, but also against smartphone cameras. In the past couple of years, smartphone cameras have become incredibly capable, especially if the creators only post online.
So how does the EOS R10 hold up the best smartphone cameras have to offer?
The sensor, the image and video quality
First, the sensor. Immediately, this is why you should replace the EOS R10 on whatever other camera it competes with, at this price point. The EOS R10 uses a 24.2MP APS-C sensor with a 1.6X crop factor and DIGIC X image processor which produces phenomenal results.
The EOS R10 has a fairly good dynamic range and is adept at keeping data in the shadows. However, it had very minor problems bringing back the highlights, especially if you blew them badly in the original shot. However, you have plenty of room to edit and play with your photos if you know what you’re doing.
Low-light performance isn’t great, but it’s pretty good. Go beyond ISO 6400 and you’ll start seeing noticeable noise, especially if you try to boost blacks on underexposed shots.
As a photo camera, the EOS R10 can shoot up to 15fps in mechanical shutter mode, an impressive number. What’s even more impressive is that in electronic mode it can reach 23 fps. However, you will need to be careful with the roller shutter, which can distort a few shots here and there, especially if you have a fast-moving subject.
As a camcorder, the EOS R10 is in a league of its own. You get razor-sharp 4K, downsampled to 30fps or less, and video cropped to 60fps, which may not be as sharp as the 30fps output, but definitely still usable. For slow motion, it can shoot at 120fps at 1080p. The video gets a little softer again, but it feels cinematic.
You don’t get a flat C-Log profile, so you won’t have much freedom for color grading your videos. With the EOS R10, you can use any built-in picture profile for 8-bit 4: 2: 0 SDR or 10-bit 4: 2: 2 HDR movies. However, as this is a camera aimed primarily at amateur vloggers and filmmakers, we doubt anyone who uses this camera intended to color their videos in the first place. This means that you need to get the exposure and white balance settings right before you hit the record button. Again, something that is completely acceptable for a camera at this price point.
Our biggest complaint with the EOS R10 is the lack of internal stabilization. This problem can be solved to some extent by using Canon IS-branded lenses equipped with image stabilization or, alternatively, by using electronic stabilization. Note that the electronic IS adds significant crop, in addition to the 1.6X APS-C crop.
Click here for some raw and uncompressed images from the Canon EOS R10.
The Canon EOS R10 has a very compact size which means that if you have small or normal sized hands, it is a fairly easy camera to use. If, however, you have a large set of hands, the buttons, joystick, and screen can be a little tricky to use. However, the EOS R10 has a good grip that fits in all types of hands, making the camera much easier to handle. It makes using the camera very tactile.
With the battery inserted, the body of the EOS R10 weighs just over 420 grams.The lens of the included kit also weighs very light. As a result, you don’t get the natural stability you would normally get with a heavier body. Even the feathered weight of the camera doesn’t instill confidence in the build quality of the body itself. The result, however, is that it’s great for vlogging and one-handed use, and your hands don’t tire as quickly, meaning you can use the camera for longer strokes at a time.
You get a nice angled shutter button like typical of Canon cameras, a front and rear dial for controlling a couple of different exposure methods, multi-controller joystick control to move AF points quickly, and a programmable four-way D-pad from the user . There is also a dedicated AF / MF switch on the front with another programmable button. All buttons are very easy to reach and adequately tactile.
You get a single opening at the bottom of the camera, for the battery, and a single UHS-II SD memory card slot. We would like the EOS R10 to have two card slots because data redundancy is important. Also, we would have liked to have seen a spring on the battery door and some form of weather protection. However, given the price of the EOS R10, the lack of a spring on the battery door and weather resistance are acceptable omissions.
The autofocus system
This is where the EOS R10 really shines. Canon had some problems with their AF systems when they first launched the M series.The EOS R10 is a testament to how far they have come. It has Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS II AF system with 651 phase detection points.
This means that even in less-than-optimal conditions, it locks focus quickly and, more importantly, tracks focus brilliantly. It also has subject recognition which helps it focus and track subjects in a much better way. The autofocus system in this is responsive, reliable and very easy to use once you get the hang of it.
The LCD panel and OLED viewfinder
The EOS R10 is equipped with a 3-inch variable articulation LCD display with touch functionality. It’s sharp enough at 1.04 million dots and has excellent brightness, color, and viewing angles. It is very usable outdoors, in direct sunlight. Users can tap the screen to set the focus point or take a photo.
The on-screen Q menu or quick menu offers one-touch access to useful settings such as focus and metering modes, file formats, video resolution, creative styles, etc.
While people will mostly use the touch display, Canon has also added an EVF. It’s not the biggest or sharpest EVF you’ll see in a camera at this price, but it’s decent enough. It has a 2.4 million dot resolution and a 60fps refresh rate, which can be boosted to 120fps without any noticeable drop in resolution. Canon also claims that the EOS R10 has a magnification of 0.95x.
ports and connectivity
The EOS R10 is equipped with a USB-C port that can be used to charge the battery with a power bank, it also has a micro HDMI port for connecting to an external VCR, a 2.5mm wired remote port and a microphone input 3.5 mm. Users also get a shoe to mount accessories and dedicated flashes from the Canon range, called Canon Speedlites.
You also get Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for sharing files, as well as the Canon Camera Connect app for connecting to Android and iOS devices. It goes without saying that all your connectivity needs are well sorted, especially when it comes to recording and monitoring audio.
The EOS R10 uses the LP-E17 battery. Despite its small size, the battery packs a punch. You can easily have a couple of photo shoot sessions that can last for hours or shoot 4K 30fps video for almost an hour before needing to change the battery. Either way, you should invest in an additional battery in case you intend to use the camera for your vlogging business.
Keep in mind that using the screen instead of the viewfinder to take pictures and frequent use of wireless connectivity options drains the battery faster, as is the case with all mirrorless cameras that have those options.
To put it simply, the EOS R10 is a great photo camera and an even better APS-C camera. In fact, it’s better than what most other camera manufacturers have to offer at this price point, in several ways. That autofocus system is unmatched by any other major manufacturer at this point.
Of course, there are few successes and mistakes. We really believe that Canon should have added IBIS to the EOS R10 and that it should have two SD card slots.
However, at this price point, it not only competes with other cameras, but also with smartphones. It’s definitely better than smartphone cameras, apart from what you put it against. You get far better videos and pictures from the EOS R10 than a smartphone. When it comes to photos and videos, software deception can’t compete with plain old physics. The benefits of using great quality glass and a much larger sensor can never be outweighed by software tricks.
The problem is the learning curve that comes from using a camera, as opposed to the ease of use of a smartphone. Canon and most other camera manufacturers are tasked with educating new age content creators and vloggers. I know vloggers who have invested millions of rupees on cameras and lenses, which then shoot mostly on their iPhones, simply for the convenience it offers.
Regardless of what most new age content creators choose to do, I for one would definitely bet my money on the EOS R10 and some fast prime lenses from Canon if I were to undertake vlogging or content creation as one. real profession.