On amazon UK to top selling DSLR is the 1100D. Number 2 is the 600D. You can clearly see that the top sales are price led. The 100D (SL1) is down at 49 which I find really surprising to be quite honest.
There is no reason to use Av mode for anything.
1. Dressage might be really beautiful, but to the uninitiated, it's not too exciting after you've seen one or two routines.
One more - a fun one - and my first "sequence shot" at that. This obstacle was called "Stairway to Heaven":
So, while I also would often not trade larger aperture (f/1.2-f/1.4) for smaller aperture (f/1.8-f/2. + IS, it is rare that the former offers no disadvantages and the latter no advantages. In fact, I'd say for most the new "IS" range is probably the best bang-per-buck combination in the primes. With Canon zoom lenses, though, getting the more expensive L range is almost a necessity as the non-L lenses are too slow.
Pacu Jawi Bull Run, near Padang Sumatra Indonesia, yesterday.
1Dx 200-400f/4, shot @ 200mm f/8, 1/800th ISO 1000
( I've just realised how to stop the attached images from not fitting the page - after two years - duh ! )I haven't. How to you get them to fit the page?
Regarding size and appearance, a DSLR is a DSLR regardless of whether it has a built-in vertical grip. Part of the OP's concern is with appearance/safety. There is no such thing as an inconspicuous DSLR other than maybe, just maybe the SL1 (with a pancake).
X100s also satisfies this need as it just looks like an old rangefinder that is much smaller than any existing DSLR today.
X100s. Full feature set, great IQ, compact, no extras needed on the go other than a couple batteries.