Those new Canon Cameras about which we’ve been hearing so many rumbles lately are here. Meet the new Canon T5i (700 D) and the new EOS Rebel SLR1 (or 100D), which is basically the Mini Me to the T5i’s Dr. Evil. So far, we remain unimpressed.
Move along, there’s nothing to see here…
The T5i represents a very hasty replacement for the T4i, which only went on sale last fall – and it doesn’t seem that there are many new things about the camera at all.
Now let’s see…
- There’s a firmware update that allows you to preview creative filters on the view screen
- The mode dial now turns 360 degrees (how’s that for Canon wizardry?!)
- They fixed the stuff that was wrong with the T4i, namely a chemical issue with the grip that led to a global recall
- That’s it… there’s nothing else to talk about. Zero, zip, nada
Now for the little guy…
Ah – the EOS Rebel SLR1. The new mini DSLR that I’m guessing is the replacement for the less than spectacular EOS M crap-tastic mirrorless offering that Canon tossed into the market and overcharged us for last year. The only thing that’s even remotely “reblellious” about EOS SL1 is that it’s small. Other than that, it represents a step backward from other entry level DSLRs in both stills and video – and needless to say, it’s thoroughly outclassed by it’s mirrorless competition as well. At a price of about $799USD with a kit lens, it’s another overpriced offering that pales in comparison to the competition.
I just read a review on EOSHD that I think sums it up very well (see below)…
EOSHD on the SL1…
“Canon’s video mode has actually gone backwards from the 600D [T3i] – they dropped the crop mode with the introduction of the 650D [T4i]. Completely bizarre. If you’re choosing an APS-C Canon DSLR for video, I recommend the 60D or 600D [T3i], both of which can now be had used for around the price of the new 700D or less. The 60D has the better handling. The 600D [T3i] is cheaper and has crop mode, changing the field of view in video mode with minimal loss of quality, though neither are up the standard of the Panasonic GH2 and GH3 both in terms of video quality or features, or the Nikon D5200 / D7100 when it comes to image quality (stills or video).
The SL1 lacks an articulated screen, which I find important for video as spending long periods of time hunched over a flat screen on the back of a camera at awkward angles is not good for your back, and you can’t use the optical viewfinder for video.
On paper the SL1 is essentially a ‘low end’ DSLR for that mythical customer ‘stepping up’ from a compact camera that marketing teams are so in love with – though they don’t realise that most compact users stepped up to a smart phone long ago! So can it be seen as simply a cheap DSLR then? Well not really – it is $799 with kit lens.”
I don’t want to sound like I’m piling on Canon here, because honest to God, I’m rooting for them to do something spectacular. The EOS M was disappointing to say the least, but I wish Canon had kept up with it (and who knows, maybe they will) because in the end the competition would have been good for everyone. Unfortunately, Canon seem to have retreated to their safety blanket – the DSLR – and even there, it seems that they are reluctant to push the envelope of innovation as these two offerings look like they’ll leave us wanting.
For my money, if you’re looking for a small DSLR style camera, then look no further than the Panasonic Lumix G5, which you can get with a kit lens for only $498 USD. It’ll give you great image quality in stills and video, it’s feature rich, has a fully articulated touch screen and will run circles around the Canon in video mode. If you want to spend a little more, then go with a Lumix GH2 or GH3.
If you’d rather go for a non DSLR style camera, then an Olympus PEN Lite E-PL5, Olympus OM-D E-M5 or Sony NEX 6 are great bets.
Here are some of the mirrorless camera systems that are setting trends and leaving others in the dust
Panasonic Lumix GH3 – Best in Class for both stills and video, Pro Level Lenses and Wi-Fi make this the Best Hybrid Camera on the Planet today.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 – Classic styling with top notch performance and revolutionary 5 point IBIS make this one of the breakthrough cameras of the last year.
Fuji X-Pro1 – Hybrid Viewfinder combined Fuji’s X-Trans Sensor and EXR Processing Technology deliver some of the best quality still photos you’ll get from ANY camera (35mm or smaller).
Fuji X-E1 – Same Sensor and Processing Technology as the X-Pro 1 in a smaller, more stylish frame.
Panasonic Lumix G5 – One of the best mirrorless camera values today. Delivers many pro level features and performance at a mid level price.
Panasonic Lumix GH2 – The former flagship of the GH lineup. This model is a few years old, but it’s still one of the best video cameras you’ll get anywhere.
Sony NEX 6 – Hybrid Autofocus, Wi-Fi and most of the main features of the flagship NEX 7 make this the most advanced NEX camera yet, though there are not many native lenses from which to to choose.