Canon Rebel SL1 vs T5i – Canon 100D vs 700D Review

DSLR duo for beginners: Canon EOS 700D and EOS 100D

Canon renews its entry-level DSLR class with the two new models EOS 100D and EOS 700D. While the latter is the successor to the EOS 650D, which is no longer produced, the EOS 100D complements the entry-level class, being located between the EOS 700D and 1100D. There aren’t any great new features in the EOS 700D, the most outstanding of which, according to Canon, is probably the higher-quality case. For the EOS 100D, however, the Japanese manufacturer claims that it is currently the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market.

Canon Rebel SL1 vs T5i - Canon 100D vs 700D Review

The Canon EOS 700D has a higher quality body than the 650D, which is no longer produced. [Photo: Canon]

The EOS 700D also uses the 18 megapixel CMOS sensor in APS-C size with hybrid technology, which supports contrast autofocus with phase autofocus sensors integrated on the sensor. The pentascope viewfinder covers 95 percent of the image field and magnifies 0.87 times. Alternatively, you can also use the 7.7 centimeter rear screen using the Live View function. Thanks to the folding and swivelling mechanism, the screen can be used flexibly.

Canon Rebel SL1 vs T5i - Canon 100D vs 700D Review

Canon has built helpful instructions into the EOS 100D to help you get started with photography and camera settings. [Photo: Canon]

In addition, the display complements the mechanical buttons with its touch function so that the DSLR can be operated intuitively. New in Live View mode is the ability to judge the effect of the built-in creative filters directly in the live image, which was not yet possible with the 650D. The autofocus in the Live View is also said to have undergone slight optimizations; it lags behind the phase autofocus, which is only available when using the pentascope viewfinder, but still lags behind in speed. The recording program is set as usual using the program selector wheel on the top of the camera, with the possibility of turning the wheel 360 degrees without a stop.

Also new should be the case material, which according to Canon is now much more handy and of higher quality than with the 650D. With its automatic functions, the EOS 700D is aimed at beginners, but can also offer advanced users plenty of leeway thanks to completely manual adjustment options. Sensitivity can be adjusted between ISO 100 and 12,800 in standard mode. If the integrated flash unit with its guide number of 13 and a cover of 17 millimetres wide angle (equivalent to 28 millimetres in 35mm) is not enough for you, you can use the system flash shoe to access Canon’s extensive flash programme. The EF-S lens bayonet also offers compatibility with a wide range of lenses. New is the EF-S 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS STM as standard zoom. It covers a range from 29 to 88 millimeters in 35mm. The image stabilizer is designed to allow up to four f-stops longer exposure times without blurring.

The STM motor is optimized for video recording and contrast autofocus. He should be whisper quiet, fast and precise. By the way, the EOS 700D records videos in Full HD resolution. In April 2013, the Canon EOS 700D will be launched on the market and will cost around EUR 850 in a set with the 18-55 STM.

Technically, the beginner who chooses the much more compact and lighter EOS 100D instead of the 700D does not have to do without so much, but he also saves only 50 euros on the purchase. The EOS 100D’s 7.7-centimeter touchscreen is firmly installed, and it also lacks some buttons that the 700D offers. The flash, with a guide number of 9.4, is also about less powerful and illuminates a maximum of 18 millimetres wide angle (29 millimetres corresponding to 35mm). But the contrast autofocus of the 100D should be somewhat more fixed, especially for tracking the sharpness of video recordings. Instead, it records only four instead of five frames per second. Since the EOS 100D is even more aimed at beginners than the 700D, it offers more shooting modes, including one for children, one for food and one for candlelight. In addition, helpful instructions are included to explain the settings to the user. Also from April 2013 the Canon EOS 100D together with the 18-55 STM will be sold in a set for almost 800 EUR.

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