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Great piece of tech!,
This review is from: Canon EOS 100D Digital SLR Camera Body Only - (18MP, CMOS Sensor) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)
I have owned several of the canon rebel cameras from the 300d to the 700d and several in-between. I have to say this is the most enjoyable rebel i have handled to date. Now i have to qualify this and say i have smaller than average hands for a guy and always found cameras such as the 650d and 700d as big as i would like to hold comfortably. The 60d for example is way too big for me to hold comfortably. This 100d fits me like a glove. Its really weird when you hold it for the first time, like its shrunk in the wash, but after a while you forget about its size. Its just such a nicely balanced camera. This is better than the 650d i owned and whether this is in-camera processing or a result of the totally re-engineered camera i dont know. The sensor is the same size and said to be the same sensor as the other rebels but with improved servo focusing for video. However it could be the result of the first totally new body for a rebel since the 450d i believe. I love the ease of the touch screen, hit the set button and you can now click on any of the main settings without having to go into the menu or hard custom buttons. Actually you dont get hard set buttons like the other rebels, for example a dedicated button for picture style etc. But i really dont miss them. The camera has also been a better all round match for all my lenses than all the other rebels. I have always had one or more lens give back or front focus issues but on this 100d they are all much nearer the sweet spot and none so far out you miss focus. I ma really talking about lenses such as my 100mm f2 and 50mm 1.8 where wide open the DOF is so small that accurate focus is critical. The 100d with the 40mm canon pancake lens is a marriage made in heaven, i just love the combination of these two little marvels and how so do not stand out from the crowd. I like taking street snaps but even with the 650d and a 28-135 zoom you get looks all the time. With this combination you blend into the crowd for some great snaps of moments in time.
So to go to the 100d from a rebel you lose the articulated LCD, well i never made use of that anyway. For others this may be a deal breaker. You lose stereo video recording, well no big deal, its not really the ideal way to record video anyway. So for me there were no big trade off's and in my mind i actually have the best rebel for image quality out there. I do shoot raw too btw so im not just talking about jpeg processing.
update: june 2014
bought a 70d this year and have to say the noise levels are on a par with the 100d and my copy of the 100d is actually sharper than the 70d. The 70d only wins out in its autofocus speed for video (it does of course have a lot more features and faster burst rate etc). Quite remarkable really for such a small camera.