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. Some people still love to have a good digital camera. It can be difficult to use properly, as there are many features available in the digital mirrorless lenses.
This is what makes it so special. Canon’s EOS R10 It was so refreshing. Many people consider this an entry-level digital camera, with interchangeable lenses. The price is about $1,000 when you purchase it with an 18-45mm zoom lens. Since the EOS Digital Rebel XT’s compact flash card pins got bent, I haven’t used a Canon SLR camera for years. The expert at my local camera shop declared it dead and offered to pay $20 for it. Instead, I kept it as a memento of the past, when photography was my passion.
My passion for photography has been rekindled with the EOS R10. First thing I did was watch several “how to” videos on YouTube, to reacquaint myself with Canon’s functionality. In no time, I was up to speed. It really seems like not a lot has changed over the years with Canon – and that’s a great thing. My old camera was 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. If you wish, you can flip the touchscreen to take selfies. It takes excellent videos, which is a big improvement on my Rebel. DIGIC X, an advanced image processor, allows for 4K video capture and reduces 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? It’s also possible to capture low-light images with the camera. I took several photos of my dog sleeping at night sans flash, so I wouldn’t jar him awake. These photos turned out wonderful, with rich colors.
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. It will be my camera on that trip.