Watching Canon move to mirrorless has been messy, but it's now back firing again

Canon EOS R100 camera being held by the reviewer
The EOS R100 is one of the cameras that proves Canon is back at the top its game, making interchangeable lens cameras for the masses (Image credit: Dan Mold)

Watching from the sidelines it’s looked pretty messy as Canon has struggled with the transition from DSLR to mirrorless, so it must have been even more torrid on the inside. 

As the compact system camera revolution took hold, Canon was in the unique position of being – by a country mile – the biggest seller of DSLRs. It was a hugely profitable business and when the early direction in mirrorless cameras was on the most compact designs possible – think Nikon 1 and Pentax Q – it didn’t seem remotely under threat. Canon, quite rightly under the circumstances, thought it was invincible no matter what.

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.