Canon was the first one to introduce the first DSLR with a touch-articulating screen on it, and the model was named EOS 650D. Being first on this list, Canon has again outdone the competition by again introducing a new breed of cameras—in fact, the world’s smallest SLR camera in the name of Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1. Significantly smaller at around 25% compared to its predecessor, the EOS M, and is hence 28% lighter, the 100D of Canon is something that would really put SLR lovers to a jaw-dropping experience.
Pricing can be a bit too early to be sure now, but with its new EF-S 18-55mm lens kit, the Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 is said to be around $800 more or less. That price is actually summative of any other (entry-level) SLRs on the market now, but despite the pricing issue, the 100D is still capable of holding its own audience. The 100D to be truly worthy of its crown is said to have reduced the battery size without compromising battery life (hence a smaller or shallower grip), optimizing main board and drive motor, and incorporating all good EOS parts in a highly compact size. The 100D measures 116.8×90.7×69.4mm, and weighs 407grams.
The Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 in its size is still capable of sporting an 18MP APS-C sized CMOS AF II sensor, and it is now said to be utilizing phase-detection sensors for picking up the right focus points without compromising speed. Surprisingly also, another thing maintained in 100D for its class is the inclusion of a DIGIC 5 processor, which means shooting from RAW to JPEG to filtered outputs won’t be really a mess even at 4fps and even at ISO speeds of up to 12800. Lastly, within the same compact body, the 100D is capable of holding up to around 74 kinds of Canon-branded EF-S lenses at 52mm without adapters.
One big plus also with this Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 is the maintenance of its optical viewfinder which has a decent magnification of 0.87x despite having a relatively average 95% view coverage area. Live View is also enhanced as users can also now see the potential output even without triggering the shutter. The built-in flash is also a plus at a guide number of 9.4, which is average for a compact body this size; by the way, expected for an SLR, there’s also a hotshoe which is good for boozing up the flash property of the camera. Lastly, like some EOS models, the 100D sports a capacitive display that has reduced glare and reflection artifacts. I only wish that Canon can actually surprise its audience by incorporating an articulating display in a camera this compact in size.
Luckily also, the 100D didn’t compromise ease of use in its size with a bunch of quick controls that you can opt to navigate on either the 4-way dial pad or the scroll wheel or via the touch LCD. There is also a mode dial on the top at full range, which means it does not only sport the usual manual controls from AV, TV, to Manual, but is also with some direct controls like macro, sports shooting, landscape, and some creative filters or presets. The movie mode is now kept away from the dial, and instead, it is now sharing the same lever for the power controls. Lastly, the 100D has this quick button to access the basics like metering and white balance, so going along the menus doesn’t really need to be dug up one after the other.
Since the Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 shares the same sensor as some of its bigger SLR brothers, there’s no question as to whether the 100D can also be capable in itself. As for my impressions, despite having only 4fps continuous shooting, it offers the same gorgeous image quality with superb details. Focusing is also a breeze and is but acceptable enough for those who want to bring along a highly compact camera. Having no tilting display only confirms the potential limits of this camera that this will not really be for the use with high-telephoto lenses, so please don’t really expect that much in spite of the 100D’s very versatile functions.
Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 35,000.00
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