When Is A Bridge Not A Bridge? - With Canon
When is a bridge not a bridge? When it is an entry-level DSLR that is the same size as a bridge camera.
For those late into the movie, the DSLR cameras have traditionally been physically larger than the compact cameras, with interchangeable lenses and a higher specification. They have been the entry to a whole sophisticated system of photography, as opposed to a point-and-shoot convenience.
Then the bridege camera came on the scene - smaller than the DSLR, larger than the compact, with many of the convenience features of he compact and a fixed zoom lens. Good compromise instrument for the traveller or those who wanted simplicity. Simplicity, like soup, can be a variable concept - some of the bridge cameras can have as many controls visible as a DSLR.
Canon have just introduced the EOS 100D. We have them as single kits with an 18-55 lens and can easily do double kits with a 55-250 as well. From the looks of it, the camera is a winner in the entry-level DSLR stakes and may well obviate the need for a bridge camera.
The EOS 100D is small - hence the comparison to the bridge camera - and light. The body is polycarbonate over a metal frame, as most modern cameras are. The shape of the RHS hand grip is different from previous Canon models in that there is a distinct shelf to rest the firing forefinger on. And as you will see from the image, there is a chequered grip material on this area and on the mode control knob at the top that lets you have a really firm control. Okay, call it aesthetics, but there is a practical value there too.
The kit 18-55 is a new version of this lens, and as the front element does not revolve, is ideal for polariser work. For a newbie ( or someone willing to look at the pictures instead of internet chat room forums...) this is a delightful piece of glass. The 55-250 that you can pair it up with is also good value both aesthetically and financially.
I think I am going to be able to confidently sell this camera to new friends - and if they take to the art, perhaps some more new glass as well....