Oh, did you say you wanted a small DSLR? While Sony, Pentax and Panasonic have been reducing the size of their DSLR-like cameras with slightly different design approaches, Canon has simply miniaturised the traditional DSLR to an incredibly small package: the 307 gram EOS 100D
Despite its small size, the 'entry level' model has lots of features designed for photographers who are building their expertise and don't want to carry a lot of weight.
Inside the EOS 100D is a new 18-megapixel APS-C Hybrid CMOS AF II Sensor with DiG!C 5 image processing. The sensor uses phase detection pixels spread across 80 per cent of the sensor’s imaging surface to provide increased AF speed and tracking performance when the camera is in live view or when capturing Full-HD movies. The camera is capable of shooting at speeds of up to four frames per second and the sensor can be rated from ISO 100 up to ISO 25,600 for low light photography.
A Scene Intelligent Auto mode determines the correct camera settings based on what the camera is pointed at, simplifying operation greatly. There’s also a range of seven Creative Filters which can be applied to images in-camera (which means you don’t need a computer to use them). The filters include Soft Focus, Miniature, Grainy Black and White, Toy Camera and Fish Eye effects.
On the back of the EOS 100D is a 3-inch touch screen LCD monitor, or you can use the bright pentaprism viewfinder for normal operation of course! Other features include Full HD movies with the ability to use continuous autofocus during shooting, and a Video Snapshot mode which makes it easy to capture and edit short video clips for later enjoyment.
An interesting addition is an in-camera cropping feature, which allows users to crop images to their liking, again without the need of a computer. You can crop at the angle and aspect ratio of your choice while viewing the image on the camera’s LCD display, with the new image saved as a separate file.
For more information, visit www.canon.com.au.