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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2014: Editor's Choice - Part 1

Best Entry-Level DSLR Camera

Best Entry-Level DSLR Camera

DSLR cameras today, even entry-level models, deliver stunning image quality at an affordable price and small body. However, with their complex inner workings and all, DSLR camera refresh don't come around as often as other product groups. As such, we could only qualify two models in our comparison this year that meet our requirements of being an entry-level model and was launched between December 2012 and November 2013.




And the Winner Is...

The EOS 100D is the world’s lightest and smallest DSLR with an APS-C sensor, which makes it easier to carry around. That also leads to its biggest drawback; mounting large lenses will make the whole thing unwieldy.

Where the 100D shines is in its user-friendliness, it has a 3-inch capacitive touch-screen and a well-designed UI which makes it easy to change settings. The 1.04 million-dot display is rich and vivid, and is still a Canon standard that not every camera maker has reached. Thanks to the hybrid AF system, shooting in Live View is smooth, and you can even touch to focus. Good image quality is a given.

In the end, its user friendliness is what makes the Canon 100D win this category.

Scoring Breakdown
 Criteria/Model Canon 100D Sony A58
Physique 9.5 6.0
Features 9.0 7.0
User-Friendliness 9.5 7.0
Performance 9.0 7.0
Value 9.0 6.0
Overall 9.0 6.5
Price S$999 (with 18-55mm lens) S$749 (with 18-55mm lens)

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.