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Amazing! Big things come in small packages,
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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2 or 3 years ago I spent weeks trying to decide between getting a `classic' DSLR or one of the new micro four thirds models. I was attracted to the size of the mirrorless models because (among other things) I knew there'd be times when I just didn't feel like lumping a larger camera and lenses around.
I finally went for a Canon EOS600D because I wanted the larger sensor and better focus performance and haven't regretted it. All I regret is that Canon didn't have the 100D at that time - I wouldn't have had such a hard time choosing my camera!
I've had the 100D for a month now and it is just amazing. It is much smaller and lighter than the 600D but feels almost identical to operate, despite a couple of missing buttons. The shutter action is quieter than the 600D and it is very comfortable to hold, even for people with biggish hands. The body and grip are only really let down by its size when you put a larger lens on. I have a Canon 70-300 zoom lens that just dominates the body when attached, but despite this and the weight shifting more towards the lens, it remains very usable, after a few shots I no longer noticed the difference.
There are actually some things that the 100D does better than the 600D. The new STM motor equipped kit lens is astounding. It is so quiet and fast that at first I thought it wasn't working! The motor is completely inaudible and focus speeds are noticeably quicker than the old USM equipped lens, though some of this might actually be down to the new dual focus system of the 100D. Recording video is only let down by the removal of one of the microphones, which means you're recording mono sound in place of the stereo you'd get from the 100D's larger brethren. If you do need or want stereo audio the camera is fully capable, needing only the optional external microphone to do so.
The tactile screen might seem a bit gimmicky to some, but it makes navigating the menus and choosing settings a much quicker affair than using the old thumb stick, so it is a welcome addition as well.
The continuous shooting performance also impressed me; virtually nothing seems to have been sacrificed in the name of size or weight. I say virtually because there are a couple of exceptions. The first is the aforementioned trimming of the second microphone; the second is a reduction in battery size, since the smaller body does not have room for such a big battery. The 100D is equipped with an 875mAh battery, compared to the 1120mAh in my 600D. I haven't compared power consumption between the two models, but I guesstimate you can expect about a 20% drop in shooting time from a fully charged battery compared to the larger models.
The 100D's real weakness is actually in the lenses. This is where things fall down compared to micro four thirds cameras, which have smaller, lighter lenses to go with their smaller bodies (and sensors). With the 100D you're still stuck with the full size lenses of a classic DSLR. However, I'm sure you could have a lot of fun with this camera and the pancake prime lenses from Canon, of which there are already 22mm and 40mm STM equipped versions. Go for a bigger zoom as well and you'd be a very happy little bunny.
Would I choose the 100D over a 700D? That's a tough one! I'm not sure I could give an answer to that right now, but I will say that I would not tell anyone to get the 700D in place of the 100D if they were leaning in that direction. My final comment is this; there have been times when I've regretted that my camera isn't smaller, there haven't been anywhere I've wanted it to be bigger...
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2013 22:37:26 GMT
Mr. H. C. Griffiths says:
The 22mm pancake lens from Canon that is referred to here is, as far as I can see, only available as an EF-M mount lens, thus it is sadly not compatible with the mainstream EOS DSLR Canon cameras (100D up to 700D models). The EF-M lenses are designed for the new range of smaller handheld mirror-less Canon cameras. It would be great if Canon could make a 22mm pancake lens for the standard EF/EF-S cameras; the 40mm pancake lens is great.
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