The battle between Nikon and Canon for the lower.mid end of the dSLR market intensifies, with Canon announcing their new EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 camera, billed as the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR.
Inside its curvy black lines can be found the same 18MP resolution sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, 3″ touchscreen and 1080p30 video capabilities of the mirrorless EOS M.
‘The EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera represents a new era in DSLR versatility: ultra-portable, full- featured DSLR cameras,” purred Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
“The EOS Rebel SL1 combines the high speed, high image quality and expanded shooting range of a DSLR camera, with the easy and fun usability of a point-and-shoot camera.’
So how small is it?
Canon says the thing measures up at 4.6″ (w) x 3.57″ (h) x 2.74″ (d) for the body, and weighs only 14.36 oz. making it 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i digital camera.
The new 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor sports an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for photos and ISO-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video, and the Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor technology lets users rattle off pics at up to four frames per second.
A new nine-point centre cross-type autofocus (AF) system is onboard, with the Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor providing a wider focus area when shooting photos or video in Live View mode. The continuous AF speed has also been improved over previous EOS models.
Video shooting is boosted by Canon’s Movie Servo AF, providing continuous AF tracking of moving.
The 100D has a recommended price of $799.99/£799 with the co-announced EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens.
EOS 100D – key features:
· 18.0 Megapixel Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor
· Compact, portable design
· Simple shooting with Scene Intelligent Auto
· Optical viewfinder and large touch screen
· Full-HD movies with Hybrid CMOS AF II
· Creative Filters and Extra Effect Shot
· Built-in Feature Guide
· EOS System of lenses and accessories
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM – key features:
· Versatile focal length range
· Compact design
· Four-stop optical Image Stabilizer
· Smooth focusing with STM motor
· 0.25m closest focusing distance
· Super Spectra Coating
· Non-rotating front element
· Manual focus ring
· Circular seven-bladed aperture