My wife wants a DSLR to replace her IXUS point & shoot, partly because some of her friends have SLRs ... so a sort of "keeping up with the Jones's" ... but mainly for better IQ. Main use will be shooting at parties and sharing the images with her friends on Facebook (although I might just borrow it on occasion as a walk around camera for non-professional use).
I already have a number of spare Canon lenses and was thinking of donating my 24-105L to her and thus limiting the financial outlay to 'body only'. It would also have better IQ than any of the 100D/700D kit lenses.
I was also thinking I might donate my old 10D, which has been sitting in a cupboard unused for the last 8 or 9 years (so no financial outlay at all other than to buy some new batteries, as the originals have died - you might consider this a 'cheapskate' option but the IQ from the 10D is still as superb as it ever was and 6mp should be more than enough resolution for the intended purpose). The only drawbacks might be that the 10D doesn't shoot video and possibly more significant it doesn't have any built-in flash, so I'd have to either donate my old 580EX or buy a new one. The need for an external flash unit would also make the whole rig quite large and cumbersome and not really what might be described as 'cute' (my wife likes 'cute')
I'm thinking that the 100D might be a better option because it's small and 'cute' and has built-in flash and video. It also has cute Kids, Food and Candlelight modes which might appeal.
There again, the 700D doesn't cost significantly more and might be better balanced with the 24-105L lens? It also has a 'cute' and useful vari-angle rear LCD screen. Also, AF has 9 cross-type points versus 1 cross-type point on the 100D, which might be an advantage for shooting in dimly lit party venues?
So, I'll be grateful for your thoughts - on a limited budget for the purpose described above (effectively a high quality 'point and shoot' for my wife and an occasional walk-around camera for myself) which do you think would be the optimal balance between financial outlay and usability?
1. ('cheapskate' option) 10D body, 24-105L, 580EX, a couple of replacement batteries
2. 100D body, 24-105L
3. 700D body, 24-105L
4. some other option (bearing in mind that my wife has her heart set on a DSLR)?