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While there is no doubt Nikon is currently doing great things in D-SLRs, it’s also true that every major development in the category has been initiated by the Canon. It was first with enthusiast-level and then consumer-level models, first with video (although the EOS 5D was eventually launched after Nikon’s D90, it was previewed to the press long before) and first with a truly hybrid still/video model (the EOS-1D C).

Now Canon has introduced the world’s smallest and lightest D-SLR. It’s a claim that, in itself, might not necessarily mean much because we’ve already seen quite small D-SLRs from the likes of Olympus and Pentax, but the EOS 100D is significantly more compact than anything that’s gone before. In fact, dramatically more compact so, size-wise, it’s closer to, say, Panasonic’s G5 or Samsung’s NX20.

This raises some interesting questions. Firstly, what are the implications for Canon’s own mirrorless system given a version of the M with a built-in EVF and all the other things needed to compete with the EOS 100D wouldn’t be very much smaller. Secondly, what are the implications for the CSC category as a whole because, if Canon is able to make a D-SLR this small, so should Nikon, Sony, Pentax and even Olympus if they wanted to?

The EOS 100D would seem to confirm that, if somebody really wants what’s loosely called a ‘serious camera’, the D-SLR is still the first cab off the rank. And, consequently, it also confirms that the only really good viewfinder is an optical one. Hmm. Then, of course, the EOS 100D just hooks straight into Canon’s existing system of EF-S mount lenses (plus all the ‘APS-C’ format models from the independents) so there’s no need to wait around while a CSC line-up dribbles onto the market one lens at a time.

Thank-you for looking up our Canon EOS 100D Review. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages originally printed in the March / April 2013 issue.

You can download it here: Canon EOS 100D Review.pdf