Canon, $850 (body only) canon.com.au ★★★
WHEN it comes to fully featured cameras, the big trend is in small bodies. Compact-system cameras are appealing to those who want the capabilities of a DSLR but not the bulk.
But what if you could make a DSLR camera closer to a compact size? That’s what Canon has set out to do with the 100D that is pitched as the world’s ‘‘ smallest and lightest’’ DSLR.
It can shoot full high-definition video, has seven creative filters, and both an optical viewfinder and a 3-inch touchscreen: a combination most compact-system cameras can’t match.
It’s an 18-megapixel camera that can shoot four frames per second yet weighs only 407g — compared with the EOS M, Canon’s compact-system camera, that weighs 260g, and the entry-level 600D is 560g.
Although the body is smaller than a typical DSLR, the menu is familiar and the rubberised grip means it’s comfortable in your hands. It has a 100 to 12800 standard ISO (expandable to 25600) and nine autofocus points.
To save space, the SD memory card fits underneath, next to the battery, which means you can’t change memory cards while using a tripod. The 100D is small but not that small and that’s one of the challenges it faces.
It comes as a kit with a EF-S 18-55mm lens (f/3.5-5.6) that is a solid, basic lens but its size means the camera’s size advantage is lost.
Sure, the EOS 100D is much smaller than traditional entry-level DSLRs, but given the lens size we may end up needing a similarly sized camera bag. Where’s the big advantage in that?