Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL 1
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Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Review
11 April 2014
Conclusion: The Canon EOS SL1 is a good DSLR, although a bit pricey – you can pick up a kit for $649 and $799 with an additional 55-250mm zoom. Yet, one of its main draws is its small size and it really doesn’t deliver on that score since it’s just a shade smaller than a classic DSLR like the Nikon D3300. And make sure you do a hands-on before you pull the trigger. If size is really important you can pick up a lighter 20MP Sony Alpha A5000 kit for $499.
Pros: Quality Canon 18MP stills, Good 1080/30p videos, Very fast, accurate focusing
Cons: Grip may be too small for some, Mono onboard sound, Quality falls off after ISO 800
Summary: While the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is a perfectly reasonable entry-level dSLR, you can get the same photo and video quality in a smaller body for the same money (or less) by opting for a mirrorless interchangeable-lens model.
Pros: Sized for small-to-medium hands, the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 delivers the expected photo and video quality in a comfortable and well-executed design.
Summary: The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D is an ideal camera for consumer users looking for better image quality, with improved Live View and movie-mode autofocus in a small body. Its touchscreen interface offers a modern set of digital controls in a camera that will still feel familiar to more traditional SLR users.
Pros: Very small and light with good grip for small to medium-size hands, High ISO shots are quite usable, even above ISO 6400, Excellent LCD and responsive touchscreen, Special coating minimizes fingerprint smudges from touchscreen use, Hybrid AF II / STM lens combo is noticeably improved for live view and movie shooting, Useful night modes, Chromatic aberration correction works well, Stereo mic jack, Full HD video recording
Cons: May be too small for those with larger hands, Grip may be insufficient for use with larger lenses, AF illuminator integrated into flash (must have flash engaged to use it), Flash produces red-eye in Night portrait mode, Non-STM lenses struggle in live view and in movie servo AF, Default dynamic range lags behind its peers
Summary: It's obviously a very small body in DSLR terms, but rarely felt cramped or compromised in my tests, although those with larger hands may find it a step too far. The optical viewfinder is roughly the same size as those on other entry-level DSLRs, so is fairly small, but it's still very usable.
Pros: World's smallest DSLR. Truly compact body., Good photo and video quality., 1080p movies with respectable continuous AF., Excellent touch-screen interface., Microphone input., Remote control over USB using PCs or Macs., New kit lens with very quiet AF and non-rotating barrel.
Cons: Modest continuous shooting speed at 4fps., No built-in Wifi and no Canon accessory either., Screen doesn't flip-out, it's fixed in position., Basic auto exposure bracketing of three frames., No auto-panorama mode in-camera., Non adjustable AF area size in Live View., Loses size advantage once you fit most Canon lenses.
Summary: I really enjoyed using the Canon EOS 100D. In \Lterms of size, it certainly doesn't feel like the body is \Lmuch of a compromise and it packs in all the features \Lthat would be expected from a mid-range enthusiast \LDSLR.
Even used with slightly larger lenses, it is still comfortable to hold.
Conclusion: The Canon EOS 100D certainly offers an interesting proposition for anyone looking to purchase their first D-SLR; or indeed for Canon D-SLR owners who are looking to invest in a lightweight back-up to their everyday camera. Despite being a touch on the pricey side, its cutting-edge features, responsive performance and impressive image quality makes the EOS 100D a pleasure to use and it's more than able to hold its own against full-sized rivals.
Summary: Small is usually beautiful when it comes to gadgets, so the dinky EOS 100D must be the Scarlett Johansson of the DSLR world. It's the smallest APS-C DSLR ever, not much bigger than many compact system cameras but with the advantage of a bigger sensor and proper optical viewfinder. Is this, then, the start of the DSLR fightback?
Pros: Small, light body, Live View performance, Great picture quality
Cons: No flip-out screen, Stripped-back controls, The 700D does more