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Look through the lens,
This review is from: Canon EOS 100D Digital SLR Camera - (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens,18MP, CMOS Sensor) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)
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There is an old adage that the best camera to use is the one in your pocket. To that end there are a lot of Camera's on the market from the one on your cellphone; tiny pocket cameras with enormous zooms through to enormous professional ones. The Canon 100d is primarily a compromise Camera; it has a lot in common with the Canon 700d which is about 25% bigger but the same sensor and software. That said its half the size of my current SLR though it is twice the size of my Sony Nex 5N compact system camera (its an SLR without the viewfinder and mirror.) I think that things being equal most people would rather have the smaller camera. Having used the 100d for a month I prefer it over the Nex 5n greatly; the Nex is simply too small. My Sony has a
virtual interface accessed via a touchscreen; the 100d keeps the touchscreen but has physical controls where you need them. You can always see the mode dial on the 100d so you dont turn your camera on to find yourself in twilight mode after you press the shutter release. In bright light you can look through the lens to take a picture; something its always good to be able to do. Like the Nex5 if you choose to take pictures using the touchscreen rather than the eyepiece; the 100d's allows you to control the focus of the camera by
touching the screen and once a subject is checked the 100d will image
track slower moving objects as the camera moves around - allowing you
to frame your shot nicely before you take it. Unlike the Nex5 - in video mode touching the screen results in cinema style focus pulling; the focus change is quick but smooth and without a lot of focus hunting.
Taking still photos in automatic mode results in nice sharp well-exposed images and the sensor/ lens combination. The higher image quality continues through lower light conditions; though the 100d is eager to switch to using the flash whenever it can. Thanks to some high sensitivity and the kit lens image stabilization (and a night twilight mode) the flash isn't always required. The lens autofocus motor is audible as it operates hear operate as it focuses though - its not massively loud but people will hear it. I mostly take landscape and cityscape photos so the autofocus noise wasn't an issue - especially on the Windy Peak district day I first tested it with. The wide-angle end of the lens was good at this; taking fairly distortion free images despite the wide angle of view. At 55mm the zoom doesn't take you into the action but if you are taking pictures of friends and family its a nice lens for portraits.
Canon has made a huge leap in their software from where they were 2 years ago; but the Sony software in my Nex is still has more functions than the Canon. Sweep panorama images and a much faster image burst rate are both in the Nex's favour. The Canon can take significantly better photos thanks to its better autofocus and vastly superior video.