Canon just updated it’s popular Rebel line with the 700D, and also created a new line with the “smallest DSLR ever” in the 100D. Those in the entry-level market for DSLRs will be looking at both of these cameras carefully. Indeed, they are priced only $100 apart. To see which one suits you best, here’s a run down of how they stack up against each other.
650D vs 700D
First, it might be useful to point out the differences with the previous Rebel. Basically, they are the same camera. And the upgrade is as incremental as it gets. Here is what’s new:
- new mode dial that rotates 360 degrees (finally)
- preview creative filters while in live view
- new “upmarket” body finish
Basically, if you already have a 650D, there is no need to upgrade.
Size and Body
The Rebels are not exactly big cameras, but next to the 100D, seem a little pudgy. Take a look at the outline below. If you want something as small as it gets, there is really no other choice in the DSLR market. Even Canon’s mirrorless M is only slightly smaller. The 100D weighs 407g to the 700D’s 580g. Although the tiniest DSLR ever, reports are coming in that the 100D is actually a very comfortable camera in hand. Canon has sure learned a thing or two since the days of the god-awful grip of the 350D.
Here’s another area where the cameras diverge. You get the same splendid 1 million dot touch screen on each model, but only the 700D articulates (ever so useful). Of course, the lack of a swivel screen in the 100D probably helps keep the size down, which is the whole point of the camera. If you need a rotating screen (I personally do) then there’s no question what you need.
The 700D shoots at 5fps vs the 100D’s 4fps, not a huge difference but those shooting sports might find the extra frame useful. Oddly enough, the 100D has a slightly larger viewfinder magnification, at 0.87x vs 0.85x. Not a big deal. The 700D will give you more shots per battery, at 440 vs 380. You have identical video specs (both can shoot 1080p 30fps), both have a 1/200s sync speed, but only the 700D has a pc-sync port. It also has a longer flash range at 13 meters vs 9.4. Both have the nifty continuous AF during video recording (that doesn’t work especially well). So there are your basic similarities and differences in the feature set.
Both cameras are apparently using the same 18 megapixel sensor that dates all the way back to the 7D of 2009. It’s not a bad sensor by any means, but is starting to look dated at this point, as they’ve used it in almost every crop body since then. You’ll get better high ISO performance in other brands, over the smaller sensors in the latest micro 4/3 Olympus and Panasonic cameras, but we’re really nitpicking here.
It’s quite simple, if you want the smallest DSLR possible – get the 100D. It has basically all of the features and image quality of the 700D, at a fraction of the size and $100 cheaper. If you need a swivel screen and a beefier body to get a grip on, the 700D is for you. But don’t upgrade from teh 650D, because they are essentially the same camera
Comparison images from dpreview.com (click for larger)