Canon was late in entering the mirrorless camera market. When it did come out with the EOS M it faced some flak due to the slow autofocus speed. Although Canon did announce a firmware update to improve the AF speed in June this year, the damage was already done. So while there is no news about a possible update to the EOS M (it was launched in mid-2012), Canon seems to have gone back to what it does best - DSLRs. With the EOS 100D, Canon is trying to create a new segment - the compact DSLR - which will sport all the DSLR features and goodness in a body that is visibly more compact than a traditional DSLR.
Canon 100D front face looks like a compact version of any other Canon EOS entry to intermediate DSLR
The Canon 100D is definitely smaller compared to other DSLRs in this price segment and feels relatively light at just over 400g. Just like other Canon DSLRs the 100D has a black body with a matte finish and only the shutter button showing the glossy finish. Its body is made of aluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin material along with carbon and glass fiber. On the left hand side of the front face, it's completely covered by the rubber palm grip and the right side starts curving as soon as it begins. Thanks to the 69.4mm thickness (which shaves off a good 10mm as compared to the 650D) and the reduced height of the 100D, holding it will take some getting used to, as your entire palm does not rest completely around the grip. Your little finger will need to support the base of the camera. For people with larger hands, it may be a bit uncomfortable. If you want to grip with your palms completely touching the sides for more comfort, then instead of the top of your thumb, the lower half your thumb will be on the thumb rest.
The top portion of the Canon 100D has the mode dial, dedicated ISO button, adjustment ring and shutter button
Just like its family members, the Canon 100D also sports the 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor paired with a DIGIC 5 image processor - the same components seen on the EOS 650D and EOS 700D. It has a 9-point AF of which only the centre AF point has a cross type focus. It uses a hybrid phase-detect AF system which is a combination of contrast-detect AF and on-sensor phase-detect AF.
The APS-C sensor offers a 1.6x crop factor thereby taking the 18-55mm focal length to 28 to 88mm on a full frame sensor. The 100D bundles in an 18-55mm EF-S STM lens where STM stands for stepper motor. It helps in keeping the noise levels, emanating from the movement of the focusing ring, to the minimum while recording video.
The rear of the Canon 100D is covered in most part by the 3-inch touchscreen LCD with few buttons around
380 shots when shot through the viewfinder and about 150 shots when shot in the live view mode
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