Canon EOS 100D & 700D preview

Canon has announced two new DLSR models – the 100D (Rebel SL1) and 700D (Rebel T5i). Both have 18 MP APS-C sensors, 9 focus points, Full HD video recording and all the usual Canon bells and whistles. So what’s new…? In one word – nothing. Specifications of the 700D are almost identical with the previous model (the 650D), and 100D differs from 700D with smaller body size and the lack of articulated LCD.

I had an opportunity to play with both cameras at today’s press conference and although they will most certainly be able to create wonderful images, there’s nothing about them to make anybody’s heart skip a beat. Canon keeps recycling the 18MP sensor unit for several years now, and I wonder how long it will be able to keep the pace with Sony.

Compared with 650D, new EOS 700D has real time preview of Creative filters and a mode dial that turns 360 degrees, something that most competitors had for years now.

I believe the Canon EOS 100D to be more interesting camera to the market because of its small dimensions. This is actually smallest Canon DSLR ever, but barely smaller and lighter than an old Olympus E-420 from 2008. 100D has 117 x 91 x 69mm dimensions and weighs 407g with battery, and Olympus had 130 x 91 x 53mm and 426g. Overall, Canon is by a small margin more compact, but the real question is what took so long to make it?

Honey, I shrunk the Rebel!

I won’t be far away from the truth if I conclude its sole reason of existence is to regain some of the market share lost to mirrorless cameras. The EOS M was a disappointment due to its unbelievably slow AF performance, and it seems Canon is unable to fix it, so they simply downsized a Rebel. However small, the camera is still much bigger than true mirrorless cameras and there are no proper small lenses for it. 40mm pancake is the only one which could make the 100D somewhat really small, but that’s it.

And for the end: I am sure both 100D and 700D will take great images in the hands of a skilled (or amateur) photographer, but my overall impressions can be condensed to just one word: Yawn.

Canon EOS 700D – Rebel T5i main specifications:

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 18-55mm STM kit lens (improved live view/video AF)
  • 14-bit DIGIC 5 processor
  • ISO 100-12,800 native, 25,600 expanded
  • 5 fps burst
  • 9-point AF, all sensors cross type
  • 63 zone iFCL metering
  • 1080 30p video recording, internal stereo microphone + 3.5mm input
  • 1.04m dot 3:2 touch-sensitive articulated LCD (capacitative type, multi-touch support)

Canon EOS 100D – Rebel SL1 main specifications:

  • Weight only 407g (without lens)
  • 18MP APS-C sensor with 14-bit DIGIC 5 processor
  • ISO 100-12800 (ISO 25600 extended)
  • 4 fps burst
  • 1080 30p video recording, mono microphone + stereo 3.5mm input
  • 3-inch fixed capacitive touch-screen (from EOS M)
  • 9 point AF (central sensor is cross-type)
  • Li-Ion battery

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