Last year's Canon EOS 650D was an excellent camera. But for all its whiz-bang features, like a capacitive touchscreen and continuous autofocus while shooting video, it just didn't feel special. A DLSR for beginners just doesn't make as much sense when there are smaller mirrorless cameras that can achieve similar results. So Canon shrunk the 650D down. Here's the mini version: Canon EOS 100D.
With the exception of its size and the non-tilting capacitive touchscreen, the 100D is identical to the 650D. Same 18-megapixel APS-C image sensor, same DIGIC 5 image processor, same 1080p video recording with continuous autofocus.
The 100D's body weighs just 400g compared to the 650D's 519g body. It measures 4.6 inches x 3.6 inches x 2.7 inches compared to the 650D's 5.2 inches x 3.9 inches x 3.1 inches. Here's what that size looks like compared to the 650D and the mirrorless Canon EOS M released last year. All three of these cameras have the same image sensor and image processor.
The Canon EOS 100D will be available next month for an expected retail price of around $750 in Australia (body only), as well as in a kit with a brand new 18-55mm STM lens. (It's got the same good-for-video stepping motor technology as the 18-135 STM lens introduced with the 650D last year.) That's cheaper than a 650D, but it's still not quite as cheap as the tiny $600 (lens-included) SLT-58 from Sony. It will be available at the end of April.