Should I Get the Canon EOS R50 or the R100?

The Canon EOS R50 became the Canon EOS R-series entry-level model, primarily due to it having the lowest price. Still, there seemed to be room for a lower-end model. About 3 months later, the Canon EOS R100 was announced — with a $200.00 lower price tag.

A compact, lightweight, entry-level camera with an ultra-low price begs the question: "What is missing?" Or, in this comparison, "Where did the $200.00 go?"

The Canon EOS R100 is shown to the left of the R50 in the image above. Check out the EOS R100 vs. R50 specification comparison, along with the complete visual comparison of these cameras.

What are the differences between the Canon EOS R100 and the R50? Here are the R50's advantages:

  • 24.2 MP vs. 24.1 MP (the resolution difference is not noticeable, but the R50 has a newer imaging sensor)
  • DIGIC X vs. DIGIC 8 and operating system port from M50 and M50 II
  • More advanced AF area selection and subject detection
  • Touch and Drag AF area selection
  • Focus Bracketing
  • Light Flicker avoidance mode
  • Exposure compensation of +/-3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments vs. +/- 2 EV in 1/3-stop increments
  • ISO 100-32000, H (51200) vs. 100–12800, H (25600)
  • Up 1/8000 sec. shutter in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments vs. up to 1/4000 in 1/3 stop increments
  • Full-featured electronic shutter mode with 35.3 ms readout vs. limited silent shooting mode (full auto only) with 78 ms readout
  • Vari-angle touch screen Clear View LCD II with approx. 1.62 million dots vs. 1,040,000 dots. (not Vari-Angle or Touchscreen)
  • Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC) of +/- 3EV vs. +/- 2EV
  • Multi-function Shoe vs. Conventional Hot Shoe
  • 2s+remote, 10s+remote shooting modes
  • 12 fps 1st curtain electronic shutter continuous shooting with AF vs. 3.5
  • 15 fps electronic shutter continuous shooting with AF vs. n/a
  • 4K UHD 30 fps (uncropped, 6K oversampling, 10-bit) vs. 4K UHD 24 fps (cropped, 8-bit)
  • FHD 120 fps vs. 60 fps
  • Max movie duration 1:00 vs. 29:59
  • Has an ISO button on top
  • Has an electronic level
  • Selectable Control Ring functionality vs. exposure compensation only
  • Compatible with Control Ring on mount adapter
  • Compatible with Canon USB Power Adapter PD-E1
  • Compatible with the Canon RF 1.4x and 2x Extenders, RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens

What are the R100's advantages?

  • E3 Remote Release Port
  • Slightly Lighter: 12.6 vs. 13.2 oz (356 vs. 375g)
  • Considerably less expensive

While the R50 holds most of the advantages, and some of them are compelling, the lower price line item on the R100's list holds significant weight.

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Posted: 6/1/2023 11:20:01 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News    Category: Camera Gear Review News
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