EOS 100D

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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?

RC

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