Canon EOS R10 Review

Canon EOS R10

Hands-on with the Canon EOS R10!

The Canon EOS R10 arrives in the entry-level position in the Canon EOS R mirrorless interchangeable lens camera series. This camera and the simultaneously introduced Canon EOS R7 are the first camera models to feature APS-C (1.6x field of view crop factor) imaging sensors behind an RF mount.

While the R10 is distinguished by small size, light weight, and low price, it remains a high-performing camera — similar to the EOS Rebel class it most closely equates to (I'm surprised that the Rebel name didn't carry over). Despite the entry-level position, the R10 handles and operates much like its high-end siblings.

Powered by the DIGIC X processor, the R10 inherits the current flagship Canon EOS R3's AF options and outstanding subject detection and tracking algorithms/capabilities. The Rebel series cameras typically featured slow max continuous shooting speeds, but the R10 even shares the R3's 15 fps maximum mechanical shutter capability (and the 23 fps electronic shutter trails only the R3 and R7).

Because of its small size, light weight, low cost, and high performance, expect the Canon EOS R10 to immediately become a best-selling camera, like the Rebel predecessors.

Summary of Canon EOS R10 Features

  • New 24.2 Megapixel APS-C (1.6x) Canon CMOS Imaging Sensor
  • DIGIC X Image Processor
  • ISO 100-32000, Expandable up to 51200
  • High-Speed Continuous Shooting at up to 15 fps with Mechanical Shutter and 23 fps with Electronic (Silent) Shutter
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II with 651 AF Areas Covering Approx. 100% of the Frame, 4,503 Manually Selectable Covering Approx. 90% x 100% of the Frame
  • Subject Tracking People (Eye, Head, and Face), Animals (Eye, Head, and Body for Cats, Dogs, and Birds (and far more)), motorsports (car/bike) in all AF area modes
  • AF Working Range of EV -4 to 20
  • 4K 30 fps with 6k oversampling, 1080p up to 120 fps, YCbCr4:2:0 8-bit or YCbCr4:2:2 10bit (when HDR PQ is enabled), with AF
  • Single UHS-II SD Memory Card Slot
  • Built-in 0.39" 2.36 Million Dots OLED Electronic Viewfinder with 120 fps Refresh Rate
  • 3" 1.04M Dot Vari-Angle LCD Touchscreen
  • Small Size, Light Weight, Affordable Price
  • RF Lens Mount, Compatible with EF/EF-S/TS-E/MP-E Lenses with Adapter

The last bullet mentions the lens mount. While the lens mount for an interchangeable lens camera may seem a basic necessity, this one is worth mentioning. The About Canon RF Lenses and the RF Mount page goes into an in-depth discussion. Still, the basics are that the RF lens mount retains the large 54mm inner diameter advantage of the EF mount (for reference, the Nikon Z mount has a similar 55mm diameter, the Nikon F-mount is only 44mm, and the Sony E mount is 46.1mm), keeping the rigidity, durability, strength, and ultra-wide aperture support the large-diameter mount provides while reducing the flange back distance (distance from the back of the lens's mount to the imaging sensor) from 44mm to 20mm.

The RF mount design supports optical designs that are potentially smaller than possible with the EF mount and often include large-diameter rear-positioned elements that can feature reduced angle of light rays in the image circle periphery. Bending light to a lesser degree can lead to improved image quality, including better-corrected aberrations. The larger rear-element design of RF lenses also lends to a comfortable shape and weight balance. Improved camera-lens communication also increases performance, including instant feedback for enhanced in-lens image stabilization.

The lens makes a huge difference in the camera's overall performance, and Canon's RF lenses have proven very impressive, reason alone to buy into the Canon EOS R-series cameras.

Sensor and Image Quality

The Canon EOS R10 gets a new Canon CMOS APS-C (1.6x field of view crop factor) imaging sensor featuring 24.2 megapixels of resolution.

While numerous other Canon EOS APS-C cameras share this resolution, the R10's imaging sensor is different. Also, note that the R10's imaging sensor is not backside-illuminated (BSI) and is not stacked.

ModelFOVCFSensorPixel SizePixels/MegapixelsViewfinderDLA*
Canon EOS Rebel T8i / 850D1.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.72µm6000 x 400024.1 .82x95%f/6.0
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D1.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.72µm6000 x 400024.1 .87x95%f/6.0
Canon EOS R31.0x36.0 x 24.0mm6.00µm6000 x 400024.1 .76x100%f/9.7
Canon EOS R51.0x36.0 x 24.0mm4.39µm8192 x 546445.0 .76x100%f/7.1
Canon EOS R61.0x36.0 x 24.0mm6.56µm5472 x 364820.1 .76x100%f/10.6
Canon EOS R71.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.20µm6960 x 464032.5 1.15x100%f/5.2
Canon EOS R101.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.72µm6000 x 400024.2 .95x100%f/6.0
Canon EOS R1.0x36.0 x 24.0mm5.36µm6720 x 448030.3 .71x100%f/8.6
Canon EOS RP1.0x35.9 x 24.0mm5.75µm6240 x 416026.2 .70x100%f/9.3
Canon EOS M6 Mark II1.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.20µm6960 x 464032.5 opt100%f/5.2
Canon EOS M50 Mark II1.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.72µm6000 x 400024.1 100%f/6.0
Canon EOS M2001.6x22.3 x 14.9mm3.72µm6000 x 400024.1n/an/af/6.0
* Learn more about DLA (Diffraction Limited Aperture)
View the full Canon EOS R10 specifications to compare additional cameras.

Optional aspect ratios are 3:2 (6000 x 4000), 4:3 (5328 x 4000), 16:9 (6000 x 3368), and 1:1 (4000 x 4000).

The 24 MP resolution matches the EOS R3, a camera deployed primarily by professionals and serious amateurs at the top of their game. This resolution is easily adequate for full-page and double-page magazine spreads.

This camera's ISO range is 100-32000 in 1/3 stop increments along with the extended H(51200) setting. Especially for an APS-C sensor, I dismiss the highest options, assured that they will have a too-low SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio).

I'll wait until I can get an R10 into the lab before finalizing my evaluation, but my expectation is that this camera, with the latest technology in the new Canon CMOS imaging sensor along with a DIGIC X processor, will modestly surpass the image quality all other EOS cameras with 24 MP APS-C imaging sensors.

Canon EOS R10  Memory Card Door Open

Media

The R10 has a single SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II) memory card slot, aiding in the compact size, light weight, and low cost principles.

Utilizing the highest R10 movie recording formats and framerates requires fast memory cards. For 6k oversampling movie recording, a V90 SDXC memory card is suggested.

This Canon camera formats cards quickly.

In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS)

In this case, achieving the target light weight, small size, and low-cost required foregoing in-camera image stabilization.

A large percentage of the RF lenses feature image stablization, and all (both) RF-S lenses available at review time feature IS.

Frame Rate, Buffer Depth, Shutter

The entry-level Canon EOS R10 can shoot up to 15 fps with a mechanical shutter and up to 23 fps in full electronic shutter mode.

Let those impressive numbers sink in. That a camera this affordable can reach those speeds is remarkable.

The R10's mechanical shutter frame rate is only 1 fps slower than the professional-grade Canon EOS-1D X Mark III's max capability, and the electronic shutter surpasses the 1-series camera by 3 fps. The 15 fps number matches Canon's current flagship R series camera model, the R3, and the 23 fps number is higher than the R5 and R6 cameras' capabilities.

Of course, there are factors in play with those rates, with 12-bit capture vs. 14-bit capture being a 23 fps downside.

Daunting is selecting the best images from a shoot involving significant use of the 23 fps capability. A one-minute duration of 23 fps shutter release pressed creates 1,380 images (23 frames x 60 seconds).

Does everyone need 23 fps? No. However, with the extreme number of images captured today, creating imagery that stands above those from the crowd is challenging. Using the 23 fps rate may capture that perfect moment of action that makes an image rise above the rest. Bat on ball, ball leaving foot, ball leaving hand, shot put leaving the thrower's hand, hurdler in perfect jump pose, perfect wing flap pose, peak of a dog's leap, steeple chase crash are a small number of examples that benefit from the fast frame rate.

In case 23 fps is not fast enough for you, the R10 features RAW burst mode. When RAW burst mode is enabled (a menu option), the R10 will capture approximately 13.6MP images at up to 30 fps for up to approximately 30 maximum shots (a fast memory card is required).

Do you ever press the shutter release too late? Are you ever stressed about the potential of missing the bird taking flight shot? Again, the R10 has your back.

With both RAW burst mode and preshooting enabled, 30 fps image capture is available for up to 0.5 seconds BEFORE the full shutter button press. That means up to 15 pre-shutter release shots are recorded. Note that Canon software is (currently) required to select and process these images.

Here is a frame rate and buffer depth comparison table:

ModelFPSMax JPGMax RAWShutter LagVF Blackout
Canon EOS Rebel T8i / 850D7.0/7.5170/Full40  
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D5.0Full1075ms; 
Canon EOS R312/3054015020-76ms0ms
Canon EOS R512/2035087/18050msn/a
Canon EOS R612/201,000+240 n/a
Canon EOS R715/30224/12651/42 n/a
Canon EOS R1015/23460/7029/21 n/a
Canon EOS R2.2-810034/4750msn/a
Canon EOS RP4Full50/Full55msn/a
Canon EOS M6 Mark II14/30542353msn/a
Canon EOS M50 Mark II7.4/1033/4710 n/a
Canon EOS M2004/6.1112013 n/a
View the full Canon EOS R10 specifications to compare additional cameras.

The R10's JPG buffer capacity is good, but those shooting sports sequences may find the just-under 1-second capture timespan a touch short.

With the full electronic shutter selected, this camera does not make any sound during image capture. The ability to shoot in complete silence is of great value, ideal for use during quiet events such as weddings, when skittish wildlife is the subject, and any time movies are simultaneously being recorded with audio. Selecting the full electronic shutter has advantages and disadvantages.

Let's start with the positives. At the top of the list is that the full electronic shutter enables the fast 23 fps drive mode. With no mechanical shutter used, there are no moving parts, shutter failure is highly unlikely, there is no shutter vibration to be concerned with, and again, the camera can be operated in silence.

With no sound or other haptic feedback, knowing precisely when the image is being captured can be problematic, and adding a "beep" is counter to the goal of the silent shutter. Canon handles this issue nicely with a white frame appearing in the viewfinder the instant the image is being captured. A slight click provides additional haptic feedback in the shutter release press.

Additional downsides of an electronic shutter are related to the current technology line-by-line reading of the imaging sensor. Fast side-to-side subject or camera movement can result in an angular-shifted image with vertically straight lines becoming noticeably slanted (with the camera in horizontal orientation). Understand that the second curtain of a mechanical shutter chasing the first curtain can produce the same effect, but the difference between mechanical shutter (with electronic first curtain shutter) and electronic shutter performance in this regard has historically been quite big.

We saw the R3's fast imaging sensor readout drastically reducing this effect, but keeping the R10 affordable means a slower readout, with some angular effect present in action images.

Certain light pulsing can influence electronic shutter-captured results, creating very troublesome banding. I have heard it said that defocused highlight bokeh circles can become clipped or truncated when using an electronic shutter, though I have not been able to produce this issue in testing.

As discussed, with the full electronic shutter enabled, this camera is not audible during image capture.

The R10's available shutter speeds are: Mechanical: 30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb, Electronic: 30-1/16000 (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments up to 1/8000 then 1 stop until 1/16000) (available range varies by shooting mode)

Flash X-Sync is 1/200 sec. with the mechanical shutter and 1/250 sec. using electronic 1st curtain. Flash photography is not available with Electronic shutter.

Autofocus

Canon's latest AF systems are outstanding performers with incredible subject tracking and eye detection. Because this camera has the DIGIC X processor, the same software algorithms running on the R3 are accessible.

While the R10 inherits the AF performance of the R3, the imaging sensors are not shared; therefore, the AF performance is not completely identical. However, in use, it is challenging to tell the difference.

Canon's outstanding AF performance was the primary reason I migrated fully to mirrorless cameras. Especially with subject tracking and eye detection, getting properly focused images is unbelievably easier than it was not very long ago.

The EOS R10's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system 651 AF Areas (4503 selectable AF positions available for stills, 3713 for Movies) covering up to approx. 100% x 100% of the frame. Those coming from a DSLR will find the ability to maintain continuous focus with a point in the periphery of the image game-changing. Here is a sample showing that benefit and a bit of discussion from the R5 review.

Canon EOS R5 Peripheral AF

Notice where the rider's head is positioned within the frame (an R5 capture), and notice where the auto-selected AF point is? If the eye is not in focus, the image will probably be deleted immediately. The eye AF feature of the latest EOS cameras works incredibly well, tenaciously keeping eyes in focus with no significant effort on the photographer's part, even when the subject rapidly changes position in the frame — and even through brush or a fence. This feature is incredible.

I put the R5's eye and face (and helmet) detection AF, the predecessor to the newer R10 system, to one of the most challenging tests I encounter: a quarterhorse cantering/galloping toward the camera at frame-filling and closer distances with the shallowest depth of field available provided by the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens. This shoot was timed for the warm late-day sunlight, but the forecast changed in the afternoon. Instead of having warm light bathing the subject, late evening heavy cloud cover added to the AF challenge. Camera settings started at ISO 4000, 1/1600, f/4 and ended with ISO 6400, 1/1250 resulting in 1-stop underexposed images (essentially yielding ISO 12800). The near-latest-captured images are shown in the frame rate illustrations earlier in the review.

In addition to having a fast closing speed, the horse rapidly goes up and down — faster than I can adjust the camera to maintain an AF point on the rider's head. As the horse gets closer, its ears begin to bounce up into the selected AF point, causing AF confusion with the closer contrast usually causing the camera to adjust focus to the horse's head, considerably forward of the rider. Focusing on the horse is only fine if it, not the rider, is your subject. When using a DSLR, the top focus point (when shooting in vertical orientation) is not high enough in the frame to enable use of the entire field of view, with the top of the resulting images often requiring cropping for the subject to fill the frame.

With the R5 set to people eye priority and that camera's 20 fps continuous high speed+ mode selected, the AF system accurately tracked the rider's head (when very far away) and eye (when closer) incredibly well as it rapidly bounced up and down, using nearly the entire frame — at distances as close as I could keep the head in the frame.

Canon EOS R5 Eye AF Horse Riding Close

I'm blown away at how easy it now is to maintain proper focus in this challenging situation. Especially reassuring is seeing the red AF square rapidly tracking the subject's eye while shooting. The images below are cropped and reduced examples from the R5's 20 fps electronic shutter illustration above (ISO 12800-equivalent), representing under 0.6 seconds.

Canon EOS R5 Eye AF Tracking at 20 fps

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When the rider turned back for another pass, the R5's head detection showed its prowess, accurately determining that a helmet was in the frame and tracking it.

Canon EOS R5 AF Focusing on Helmet

The primary challenge remains for me to direct the camera for proper subject framing. Additionally challenging was selecting down the keepers from a huge number of mostly in-focus frames captured in a short time. Some mental retraining is required to delete great images.

I was especially excited by the addition of animal tracking. Initially introduced with the R5, the Canon AF system identifies and steadfastly holds focus on most animals' eyes. In the field, I find animal eye AF as game-changing as people eye AF. One of the biggest challenges of photographing wildlife is keeping the proper AF point selected, such as when a swimming duck instantly changes direction. Now, in many cases, the camera takes care of that challenge for you, and that feature alone is worth the price of the camera.

Canon EOS R5 Eye AF Little Green Heron

The above image is greatly reduced but notice the red AF indicator square precisely on the eye (look closely). Even the eyes of frogs covered in duckweed are readily detected (again, look for the red AF square).

Canon EOS R5 Eye AF Frog

That was the initial EOS R5 AF experience, but now the EOS R3, an upgrade to the R5 and R6, and the R10 feature a new level of subject tracking capabilities. Included are people, animal, and vehicle subject detection options.

For people, eye, face, head, and body detection are featured in that priority order based on detectability. When more than one eye is in the frame, the camera selects the closest eye and provides an option to switch to the other eye(s) — press the joystick in the other eye's direction, and that eye will be tracked.

The R10's animal priority detection is the same as that of the R3. Dogs, cats, and birds are specifically listed for animal detection, but this feature works exceptionally well for many other species on these cameras. For example, they readily recognize deer eyes.

Canon EOS R3 Buck Sample Picture

While the above target may not seem overly challenging for eye detection, the example below shows one of the game-changing aspects of this feature. Read the Can Your Camera Focus on an Eye Behind Brush? page for more information, but autofocusing on an eye in thick brush is an outstanding capability.

Canon EOS R3 Buck in Brush Sample Picture

Eye, face, and body detection is available.

New on the R3 and now available on the R10 is vehicle priority, adding detection of the other primary in-motion subject. This mode targets motorsports (automobile, motorcycle), formula car, GT car, rally car, and on- and off-road motorcycles, targeting the whole or spot (when no roof is present) subject. Deep learning technology is used, and helmet detection is featured.

The subject-tracking feature in the R5 was available only with the entire available AF area active. In the R5 review, I mentioned that it would be helpful to be able to limit the area that the camera has to select the subject within. The R3 and now the R7 and R10 bring us that feature, with all AF area options having tracking capabilities. Tracking can be independently turned on or off.

For example, enable tracking, put a spot AF point near a subject, and half-press the shutter release. The R10 will pick up the subject and track it throughout the frame (in servo AF mode). This is an extremely useful feature.

For much of a kids' event I photographed with a 50mm f/1.2 lens set to f/1.2, I used servo (continuous focus) mode with a spot AF point selected and tracking enabled. Placing that point near a subject's eye and half-pressing the shutter release maintained the camera's focus while I recomposed for optimal composition. The eye very reliably stays in sharp focus.

With the extreme number of focus points available on this camera, moving between individual focus points can become a challenge, including significant repetitive button pressing or holding. However, this camera has multiple excellent AF area selection options.

The joystick multi-controller, nearly ubiquitous on a pro-grade camera — but not on Rebel models, is an easy and well-understood option welcomed on the R10. This controller is Canon's very responsive 8-way type, as it should be. It works well, but it does not avoid the pressing or holding needed for more significant changes.

The tap, touch, and drag AF touchscreen interface introduced initially on the EOS M5 is a fantastic Canon EOS focus point selection option. That feature has been included in all EOS mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras since — except the EOS R3. Fortunately, the Touch and Drag feature is back with the R10.

While the R7 has adequate focus area selection options, I don't use manual AF area selection nearly as frequently because the subject detection technology performs so well.

The R10 can AF at EV -4 – 20 (at 23°C & ISO100). While -4 is not Canon's lowest light capable AF spec, that is a very dark environment. That performance is with the AF assist lamp covered.

Located on the right side of the camera is a bright LED focus assist lamp that extends AF capabilities into complete darkness within its very good range. The focus assist lamp typically clears the hands holding the camera, a notable feature because some camera models have a left-side AF assist lamp that shines directly into the left hand when using a normal shooting position. A lens hood can partially block this light, and sometimes hood removal may be optimal, depending on the focus point selected and the amount of reflected assist light available for the selected point.

The R10's supported AF areas are similar to the R3. Featured is Automatic selection (651 Available AF areas) or Manual selection: 1-point AF (AF frame size can be changed with 4503 AF positions available stills (3713 Movies)), AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right), AF point Expansion surrounding (all surrounding points), Flexible Zone AF 1-3 (all AF points divided into minimum 9 to 513 maximum focusing zones), Whole Area AF (entire focusing area with 651 maximum focusing zones). Note that, when enabled, subject tracking in Servo AF mode will take over the AF point selection once the subject is established. Turn off tracking to lock AF to the selected point or area.

The R10's AF system is fast and high-performing.

For those choosing between Sony and Canon MILCs, note that the Canon does not defocus before focusing in One Shot AF mode. Especially because of this design difference, the Canon's One Shot AF lock time is dramatically faster than the current Sony models.

Most review-time-current sensor-based AF systems do not provide cross-sensitive AF point technology, and Canon has not promoted otherwise for the R10. This camera may struggle to focus on only perfectly horizontally oriented lines of contrast. That said, I don't often encounter this issue with any of the R-series cameras. Rolling the camera slightly until focused will usually resolve AF lock-on issues.

With AF calculations being made directly on the imaging sensor (vs. on a separate sensor in a DSLR), AF calibration becomes a greatly reduced issue, and EOS R10 AF accuracy is especially excellent, very reliably precisely focusing shot after shot. With imaging sensor-based AF, this camera can be expected to focus consistently accurately even with third-party lenses. Using the imaging sensor for AF enables the mirrorless advantage features such as the precise eye and subject tracking just discussed.

Canon's AF Case settings are provided. AF tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, One-Shot AF release priority, and AF point auto switching can be independently adjusted, enabling autofocus performance to be dialed in to your needs. Similar to the 1D X Mark III, the previous Case 5 and 6 are omitted, and AF Case A (Auto) is included, instructing the camera to analyze the scene and optimize the settings in real-time. This AF system performs superbly in the Auto setting for most uses.

Canon EOS R Focus Peaking

Focus Peaking is available.

With RF-mount lenses utilizing electronic focus only, a variable adjustment rate manual focus ring can be implemented. Turn the focus ring quickly, and focus distances change very fast. Turn the ring slowly, and very precise focusing becomes available. Implemented properly, the variable rate manual focusing can be advantageous. Still I often find the difference in rotation rates to be too similar, and the variable speed becomes a frustration, making rocking the focus ring into precise focus a challenge. An R10 menu option enables linear manual focus adjustments.

Movies

The R10 features 4K 30P recording with 6k oversampling — for up to 2 hours. Full HD 120p and vertical video are supported.

As expected, recording stops when the card capacity is exceeded, but note that movies are finished on the card after batteries are drained.

More to come.

Exposure/Metering System

The EOS R3's high-performing metering system features 384 zones (24x16), and the metering range specification is good: EV -2 – 20 (at 23°C, ISO100, with evaluative metering).

EOS R10's metering modes include Evaluative metering (AF point-linked), Partial metering (approx. 5.9% of the area at the center of the screen), Spot metering (approx. 2.9% of the area at the center of the screen), and Center-weighted average metering. Exposure compensation is +/-3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.

AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) uses those same numbers.

I am increasingly impressed by EOS cameras' metering capabilities, and the R10's metering system is very reliable. While I still use manual mode 95% of the time, I rely on the camera's metering via Auto ISO an increasing percentage of the time.

Related to metering is Canon's Anti-flicker mode (mentioned before), a feature that has migrated to the EOS R7. This mode is a game-changer when photographing under flickering lights, especially when photographing fast action.

Viewfinder and LCD

The EOS R10's nicely sized 0.39" (9.9mm), approximately 2.36 million dots OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) (the same specs as the EOS RP) looks good, and the 59.94 fps "Power Saving" and 119.88 fps "Smooth" refresh rates perform well.

The EOS R10's EVF has a 0.95x magnification and a 22mm-high eyepoint, with dioptric adjustment (approx. -3.0 to +1) facilitating viewfinder use without eyeglasses. Brightness is adjustable in 5 steps, along with auto adjustment based on perceived ambient brightness. EVF color tone is adjustable in two levels (2 each blue/amber or green/magenta).

An EVF makes a configurable vast amount of information available for display (including the focal length) and also makes that information rotatable when shooting vertically. A quality EVF makes viewing images easy, especially when zooming in for sharpness verification, especially in bright daylight, and especially for eyes that otherwise require corrective optics (if you don't need glasses now, you will need them at some point).

The R10's non-removable eyecup is substantial in size relative to the camera and EVF size and flexes easily to aid in blocking light as well as helping to avoid eyebrow bruising. According to Canon engineers, the non-removable eyecup design allowed "... increasing the EVF magnification slightly, and allowed moving the rear-most optics in the EVF farther backward." [Canon]

I was a big fan of optical viewfinders, but the latest EVFs converted me. The OVF simulation view assist provides an OVF-like HDR view of a scene if that is your preference.

The EOS R10's rear LCD is a 3.0" (7.62cm) Clear View LCD II TFT, approx. 1.04M dot (again, similar to the EOS RP), Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD with a 59.94fps refresh rate (slower in low light levels and when magnification is in use). Video display refresh rates correspond to the selected movie frame rate (except for High Frame Rate 120p video).

The Vari-angle feature of this LCD permits rotation of 170° horizontally and 270° vertically, making hard-to-get shots and unique perspectives (including selfies) easy to capture. This feature has especially great appeal for vlogging.

Anti-smudge coating is applied, making the LCD easy to clean. Anti-reflection coating has not been applied.

The proximity detector (outside the viewfinder on the right) allows the camera to automatically select the optimal display.

Canon's touchscreens make changing camera settings easy, including via the always excellent Canon menu structure and the handy "Q" button (showing the Quick Control screen).

A programmable depth of field preview button is positioned inside the AF/MF switch.

Tour of the Canon EOS R10

Canon R-series cameras provide a significant number of logically positioned controls. Those familiar with any of the other Canon R-series cameras will feel immediately at home with the R10 in their hands. Those familiar only with the DSLR controls will require a bit of acclimating, but the change is easily worth the small effort. After settings up the camera to my preference, I was immediately ready to shoot in a wide range of circumstances.

Canon EOS R10 Back

Back of the Camera

The Canon EOS standard location for the menu button is on the top-left of the camera's back, and that is where it landed on the R10.

Moving to the right, we find a modestly-sized (non-removable) eyecup that extends nicely behind the LCD screen, along with the eye-detection sensor. I appreciate the nose relief that this design affords. The diopter control is under the EVF and not especially easy to access while looking through the viewfinder.

Moving farther to the right, we find the easy-to-reach joystick. Those familiar with Canon Rebel cameras are doing the happy dance right now. As mentioned earlier, the joystick is an especially useful feature for AF point and area selection (though this camera's AF system is so good that selecting a specific AF point or area is a less-utilized feature) that was not featured on Rebel cameras.

The top-right three buttons, AF-ON, Exposure lock, and AF point/area selection (magnify during playback). The latter two buttons are vertically stacked to fit into the small space.

The multi-function controller to the right of the LCD has 4-way cross keys functionality, similar to that found on the EOS M cameras. Unfortunately, this controller is missing the surrounding dial, but it is otherwise very easy to use with raised nubs assisting. Numerous settings are accessed with this control, including the center button functioning as the "Q" Quick control button in addition to "Set."

Dedicated Info and Trash buttons are conveniently located above and below the 4-way cross keys controller. These buttons (along with the AF-ON button) are flush with the back of the camera, requiring an intentional press to activate (and possibly a look to locate).

Canon EOS R10 Top

Top of the Camera

The top of the R10 features similarities to other Canon EOS cameras.

The shutter release, M-Fn button, Main/top dial, and movie record button retain their current standard locations.

I appreciate the slightly haptic feedback provided by the shutter release in the form of a light click feel.

Pressing the M-Fn button enables the last-used function to be changed using the Main (top-front) dial. Pressing M-FN repeatedly steps through the settings enabled for this feature, with again, the Main dial being used to change the setting selected.

The red Movie shooting button provides instant access to video recording. I prefer the top position of this button vs. the rear position design often used.

The nicely-raised Lock button prevents settings changes as configured in the Tools menu Multi-function lock option.

Near the far right (from the back of the camera perspective) of the top is the 2-position power switch, easy to access with the grip hand.

Beside the power switch is the main dial, providing control of settings.

R-series camera models without a top LCD continue to have a dedicated mode dial, and this dial is loaded with options. The fully automatic point-and-shoot mode is a requisite member of the dial. Complete beginners can open the box, charge and install the battery, insert a memory card, and select the green A+ fully-automatic Scene Intelligent Auto mode to have a camera ready to go, taking care of everything for point and shoot simplicity. This mode is simple to use from the user's perspective. Still, it is far from simple from a technological standpoint as it uses powerful artificial intelligence algorithms to deliver excellent results across a wide range of situations.

Canon EOS R FV Mode

Fv, Flexible-priority AE mode has become a standard option on the R-series cameras.

Canon's standard P, Av, Tv, M, Bulb mode, and two convenient custom modes are included. Also included on the R10 are the special scene (such as Portrait, Group, Landscape, Sports, Kids, Panning, Close-up, Food, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control, and Silent) and creative filter modes. Video retains a mode dial position in this design.

Moving farther to the left, we find the viewfinder bulge, again showing plenty of nose relief on the camera back. Canon's new multi-function shoe is provided, and the RF lens mount shows itself prominently on the front.

Canon EOS R10 Left Side

Side of the Camera

The left side of the EOS R10 (as viewed from behind) features HDMI (HDMI Micro out Type D, HDMI-CEC not supported), USB (Hi-Speed USB 2.0 USB Type-C connector also used for computer communication / smartphone communication / USB power), RS-60E3-type remote control terminal, and External Microphone In (3.5mm Stereo mini jack) ports. A headphone port is not provisioned.

Canon EOS R10 Right Side

With the memory cards loading in the battery compartment, the camera's right side lacks excitement, featuring only a neck strap holder.

Canon EOS R10 Body

Front of the Camera

The front view of the camera shows the usual shutter release, AF assist LED, and lens release button.

New for the R-series is the AF/MF switch.

Minimally the first two RF-S lenses omit all buttons and switches, and the switch I miss the most on such lenses is AF/MF switch. Canon takes care of this omission by providing a conveniently located AF/MF switch on the front of the camera.

Without releasing the grip on the camera, the switch can be toggled with one finger.

By default, the button within the AF/MF switch is programmed for the depth of field preview function. However, many other functions can be assigned to this button.

Bottom of the Camera

The bottom of the R10 features the standard tripod threaded insert and a battery/memory card combo door with a spring-loaded release.

Canon EOS R10 Bottom

Size of the Camera

The Canon EOS R10 is an impressively small and lightweight — under a pound — camera.

ModelBody DimensionsCIPA Weight
Canon EOS Rebel T8i / 850D5.2 x 4.0 x 3.0(131.0 x 102.6 x 76.2mm)18.2 oz (515g)
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7(122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm)15.8 oz (449g)
Canon EOS R35.91 x 5.61 x 3.43"(150 x 142.6 x 87.2mm)35.8 oz (1015g)
Canon EOS R55.5 x 3.8 x 3.5"(138.0 x 97.5 x 88.0mm)26.0 oz (738g)
Canon EOS R65.5 x 3.8 x 3.5"(138.0 x 97.5 x 88.4mm)24.0 oz (680g)
Canon EOS R75.2 x 3.6 x 3.6"(132.0 x 90.4 x 91.7mm)21.6 oz (612g)
Canon EOS R104.8 x 3.5 x 3.3"(122.5 x 87.8 x 83.4mm)15.1 oz (429g)
Canon EOS R5.4 x 3.9 x 3.3"(135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm)23.4 oz (660g)
Canon EOS RP5.2 x 3.4 x 2.8"(132.5 x 85.3 x 70mm)17.3 oz (485g)
Canon EOS M6 Mark II4.7 x 2.8 x 1.9"(119.6 x 70.0 x 49.2mm)14.4 oz (408g)
Canon EOS M50 Mark II4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3"(116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7mm)13.7 oz (387g)
Canon EOS M2004.3 x 2.6 x 1.4"(108.2 x 67.1 x 35.1mm)11.3 oz (320g)
View the full Canon EOS R10 specifications to compare additional cameras.

The R10 with a battery and memory card (no strap) weighs 15.0 oz (425.4g) on my scale. In the EOS lineup, only the EOS M series models are small and lighter.

When small size is paramount, the grip is an easy target.

Primarily, the space between the R10's grip and the lens mount is shortened from the previous R-series cameras, and it is shorter than the R7. Expect some knuckle contact when using the largest lenses, but this grip is outstanding for its size. The grip depth, shelf above the grip, surface grip material, and overall ergonomics are excellent.

Ergonomics, Build Quality, and Durability

As with the Digital Rebels cameras before it, the R10 does not have weather sealing specified.

Similarly, Canon does not specify a shutter durability rating for these models.

Note that the R10's shutter does not close when the camera is powered down. Use extra caution when changing lenses, and always keep the mount cap in place when no lens is mounted.

Magnesium alloy and high-strength engineering plastic are the R10's primary structural materials.

While steps were taken to make the R10 affordable, the build quality still seems very good.

Additional Features

The R10 can be directly plugged into a phone using a MiFi-certified cable.

Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n) (2.4 GHz), with Bluetooth 4.2 support is provided. Connect to EOS Utility or a Smartphone, Upload to image.canon, or print wirelessly.

Flash

The Canon EOS R10 has a first for the R series — the first camera with a built-in flash.

Manually raise the flash housed in the front of the viewfinder box when desired. This option is especially useful for fill light.

The R10 does not feature "Master" or "Sender" optical wireless capabilities (without an accessory).

Battery

The R10 utilizes the same small Li-ion battery pack found in the Rebel T8i, T7i, and T6i, the LP-E17 Battery. In the R10, with the flash disabled, the LP-E17 is rated for 290 shots using the EVF, 450 shots using the rear LCD screen, approx. 2:40 of Bulb exposure time, and approx. 2 hours of Full HD video recording (less for 4K).

My normal use typically provides a significantly higher shot count than the ratings, especially during continuous shooting. Still, the 290 EVF number is rather low. Drop an extra LP-E17 or two in your pocket before heading out.

The LP-E17 is charged via the included Canon LC-E17. This compact charger plugs directly into the wall. Optional is powering the camera directly from the wall using the AC Adapter AC-E6N or from the car using the DC Coupler DR-E18.

Dedicated Accessories

A battery grip is not available for the R10.

Canon EOS R10 Body

What is the Best Lens for the Canon EOS R10?

A lens can make a big difference in a camera's overall performance and resulting image quality, and the growing, directly compatible Canon RF Lens lineup is impressive.

The EOS R10 is available in a body-only kit, in a kit with the Canon RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens or in a kit with the Canon RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens.

The two RF-S lenses available in the kits are ideally paired to the compact, lightweight, and inexpensive EOS R10. I especially like the RF-S 18-150mm option, though the RF-S 18-45 is more compact.

For those who want to step up to a professional-grade lens, my choice for an R10 standard zoom lens would be the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens, Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens, or Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens. These lenses offer an ideal general-purpose focal length range, wide apertures, image stabilization, a high-performing AF system, professional-grade build quality, and excellent image quality. However, none is especially compact like the R10.

Again, the Canon RF Lens lineup is very impressive, featuring many options for varied needs.

Via one of the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS Rs, ranging from relatively low to rather high-priced, Canon EF, TS-E, and MP-E lenses become compatible. These adapted lenses perform as native.

EF-S lenses are also supported via the adapter, easing the transition from an APS-C DSLR to a mirrorless camera.

Canon's EF-M lenses are not compatible with the RF mount, even with the adapter, and because of their shorter flange back distance, it is unlikely that we will see a Canon option to support this combination. Note that when using some third-party manual focus lenses on the adapter (Rokinon/Samyang, for example), the camera may not take a photo unless "Release shutter without lens" is enabled in the menu.

Next, minimally add a telephoto zoom lens to the kit. The Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM Lens is a nice match to the R10, and the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is an outstanding choice.

Price

The R10 hits the streets with the lowest R series camera price. While it holds the record, it is only $20.00 less than the full-frame RP, a number that detracts from the low price significance. Still, the R10 is a considerably newer model with more advanced features, especially the AF system. It is a very good value.

Wrap Up

Keeping a review of the incredibly-feature-laden EOS R10 concise but complete is a difficult balance to find, and this review is not a complete description of every EOS R10 feature available. The owner's manual (a link to the manual will be provided with this review) that highlights all of the features found on this camera and explains their use will be huge. Read the manual, use the camera, repeat. Or, turn the mode dial to the green square, and don't worry about the rest.

Owning a Canon product provides access to Canon support, and the support Canon's USA division has provided me is excellent (sorry, I have no experience with the other Canon divisions). When I call for support, I get an intelligent person who sincerely wants to help with the question or problem. Canon repair service, though I seldom need it, is fast and reliable.

The production EOS R10 used for this review was on loan from Canon USA.

Alternatives

Shown below is the Canon EOS R10 with the RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens to the left of the Canon EOS R7 with the RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens.

Canon EOS R10 with RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Compared to Canon EOS R7 with RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Front View

Canon EOS R10 with RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Compared to Canon EOS R7 with RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Back View

Canon EOS R10 with RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Compared to Canon EOS R7 with RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens

Canon EOS R10 with RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Compared to Canon EOS R7 with RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Top View

Summary

The Canon EOS R10's combination of performance, features, light weight, compact size, and low price create a remarkable package.

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