Canon EOS 100D aka Digital Rebel SL1: Smallest And Lightest DSLR Ever

Over the past few years, DSLR camera popularity has been taken aback by the mass production of high quality digital compact camera such as such Sony NEX-7, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5, Nikon Coolpix P7700 and Fuji X100S. While photographers like me appreciate the quality of the end product by the DSLR, travelling around with a bulky and heavy camera seems to be impractical, especially when we are only focusing on portraits and close-up photos. Unless, I’m joining the Nat-Geo team, I don’t see the need for carrying expensive DSLR with long lens in the near future. Thus, the digital compact camera represents good investment and on top of that, delivering good quality.

Canon EOS 100D
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Canon EOS 100D

Canon EOS 100D

Inevitably you’ll expect the manufacturer of DSLR to make changes and the necessary modifications. Well, changes are the name of the game for Canon as they roll out new product in the market which includes the much publicized Canon EOS 100D. Dubbed as the smallest and lightest DSLR in production, the EOS 100D (called the Digital Rebel SL1 in North America)  will shape the future of DSLR as its maker will look closely at market response before embarking on similar projects in the future.

As I highlighted above, photographers will often say they want the image quality and handling of a DSLR, but not the size and weight. So they turn to digital compact camera. However, it is important to note that with compact camera features like focusing can be slightly compromised. Now we have EOS 100D which is smaller than the other DSLR but still bigger compare to the compact version. It will be interesting to see whether the 18-million-pixel Canon EOS 100D have what it takes to meet the demands of the enthusiast photographer? Will it?

Canon EOS 100D measures at a mere 116.8mm x 90.7mm x 69.4mm and weighs approximately 370g. Indeed smaller and lighter than any other DSLR that you may have played with. At the core of this new Canon’s product is an 18-million-pixel, APS-C-size CMOS sensor. Canon has been using an 18-million-pixel CMOS sensor for a few years now, and this latest version features a hybrid phase-detection AF system built onto the sensor.  With a low-noise 18-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 image processor, the EOS 100D captures photos that strikes the delicate balance between high resolution and high sensitivity, maintaining the essential details of the photos even in low light conditions.

EOS 100D is easy to handle and its size also makes it less intimidating for entry-level users, and for those using a DSLR for the first time. The EOS 100D / SL1 offers a range of three auto focus modes (One Shot, AI Focus and AI Servo) and there’s a 9-point AF module. There are a number of drive modes available on the Canon EOS 100D. These include Single Shot, Continuous Shooting, Self-timer and Remote Controlled Shooting. In Continuous Shooting mode, the camera can take pictures at a speed of 4 frames per second for up to 28 Large Fine JPEGs or 7 raw files, a slower rate than the 650D, but for more images. In the Creative Zone, the photographer gets to set a lot of shooting variables, including white balance, sensitivity, AF mode, exposure compensation, drive mode and so on. Check out the full features HERE at Canon website.

In terms of build quality, the Canon EOS 100D certainly feels solid enough for a consumer-grade DSLR, although definitely not in the same league as the semi-professional EOS 60D and 7D models.  Still, compared to prices and options that amateur photographers like me need, the Canon EOS 100D certainly will win many fans. Visit Canon website now for more info on price and specifications.

Canon EOS 100D aka Digital Rebel SL1: Smallest And Lightest DSLR Ever


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