• On (not) buying a digital camera

    by  • January 16, 2015 • Everything Else • 0 Comments

    Canon EOS M or Canon SL1 (called 100D in the UK)

    The Canon EOS M is a DSLR sensor and electronics package wedged into a camera the size of an S110 or a Sony RX100. The big lens still sticks out the front, though. But it’s tiny. The SL1 is the same sensor in small, light DSLR body – with better autofocus. The EOS M had a persistent autofocus problem so is now £200 quid.

    Rough comparison
    http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-EOS-M-vs-Canon-Rebel-SL1

    Size comparison
    http://camerasize.com/compact/#351.348,448.377,312.377,ha,t
    (that’s the 5D, the SL1 and the EOS M)

    Absurdly detailed comparison
    http://www.cameradebate.com/2013/canon-rebel-sl1-eos-100d-vs-eos-m/

    Exactly the same sensor. Both have a 3.5mm microphone in. Bodies and processor are different. The EOSM is *tiny* (compact camera with huge lens), a DSLR-in-a-can, and the SL1 is simply a very small DSLR. Same sensor, very similar electronics.

    EOS M *does* work with Magic Lantern. Really well. Has shitty autofocus: 0.75 seconds to get a lock. Otherwise, absolutely great.
    http://www.magiclantern.fm/

    SL1 also appears to support Magic Lantern. Does not have shitty autofocus.

    EOSM plus an adapter ring takes canon EF lenses.

    SL1 takes the lenses straight.

    Buying options

    EOS M stock lens (3x zoom) at Argos £200
    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5599358.htm

    EOS M w. 22mm lens (F2) and adapter ring for Canon EF glass £350
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-EOS-Compact-System-Camera/dp/B00F2CUHF4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1421450250&sr=8-6&keywords=canon+eos+m+kit

    SL1 with huge range of lens options
    http://www.jessops.com/search?q=Canon+EOS+100D&nst=0&gclid=Cj0KEQiAiuOlBRCU-8D6idaPz_UBEiQAzTagNJo_lzaXIq3GYWJaYgTu0uS0FUEe88McF17V4iU_1_AaAs888P8HAQ

    Note that you really need the IS STM lens for shooting anything which isn’t off a tripod – image stabilized with stepper motors so that changing focus is silent for shooting video.

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    In the end, I realized that I did not personally need to own the camera – my existing point and shoot is good enough for youtube, I don’t have the time/energy/software to do much video editing, and I’m a lousy still photographer.

    I did need to borrow a real camera occasionally to record talks for work – and that’s what I’m going to do. Simple!

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