Canon’s lightest and smallest DSLR to date the EOS 100D (aka Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7) is unashamedly aimed at the entry-level market. However, boasting a 2nd-generation ‘Hybrid’ 18-Mpix CMOS sensor and many features of the upper entry-level EOS 700D, this minuscule model is an intriguing proposition. But is it simply a case of cramming in a similar sensor and miniaturizing the rest? Read on to find out. In this review we also reveal the results of the Sony SLT Alpha 37 sensor.
Designed to appeal those that might be tempted by the diminutive dimensions of mirrorless models but want the benefits of an optical viewfinder, measuring just 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm and weighing 407g with battery and SD card, the Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 / Kiss X7 is both seriously small and light in weight. On the inside, the camera sports a second-generation ‘Hybrid” 18-Mpix CMOS AF II sensor featuring both Phase/Contrast detection AF, but with a wider detection area than the similar sensor found in upper entry-level EOS 700D, introduced at the same time.