Yes I realize that the best camera you can own is the one that’s with you. For many – if not all – of you, that’s the camera baked into your smartphone. And I’m willing to bet you’re an expert in how to use yours. But some people still like to carry around a really good digital camera. And using it properly can come with a huge learning curve, because there are so many features built into the top digital mirrorless lens options these days.
Which is what makes Canon’s EOS R10 so refreshing. This is considered by many reviewers to be an entry-level digital camera with interchangeable lenses, and is priced around $1,000 when you buy it with a 18-45mm lens. I honestly have not used a Canon SLR camera in years, since the compact flash card pins in my EOS Digital Rebel XT got bent. I remember the expert at my local camera store declared it DOA and offered $20 to take it off my hands. Instead, I held onto it as a nod to the past, when I was really into photography big time.
But with the new EOS R10, my passion has been reignited. First thing I did was watch several “how to” videos on YouTube, to reacquaint myself with Canon’s functionality. And I was up-and-running in relatively little time. It really seems like not a lot has changed over the years with Canon – and that’s a great thing. My old camera was always super easy to use and navigate. But the new model – like many others – has a large digital touchscreen that makes everything even easier to use. It’s fast, as well, shooting at up to 15 frames per second on its mechanical shutter — flanked by a 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and lightning fast auto-focus. It’s also sleek, lightweight, and really comfortable to hold in my hand. You can even flip around the touchscreen and take selfies, if you want. And unlike my old Rebel, this takes outstanding videos. Its DIGIC X advanced image processor translates to 4K video capture while reducing noise. I’m not much of a video guy, but the short movies I shot with the R10 came out with noticeably fantastic quality. And there’s auto-focus within the videos, so what you want to shoot will always be crystal clear. Plus there’s a built-in flash that in my brief experience works great at lighting up the scene without bleaching out subjects. Yes, you can still attach another flash…but why bother? And the low-light capture on the camera happens to be excellent. I took several photos of my dog sleeping at night sans flash, so I wouldn’t jar him awake. And they came out great, rich in color.
Perhaps coolest of all for me is that if I buy a separate mount adaptor, I can use my Rebel’s old telephoto lenses. Speaking of, I also got Canon’s new RF50 mm lens with the R10. So far, I’m super impressed by the high resolution of the images. Although I haven’t used it yet, the camera connects to various devices – your phone, tablet, computer or printer – via WiFi and Bluetooth, so you can instantly see your photos on those devices without needing to remove the SD card.
Because it’s so lightweight and compact, I’m definitely bringing it along on my next vacation. For that trip, it will be the camera I always have with me.