Canon EOS 100D Review: Stands Out From The Crowd

The CANON EOS 100D has almost the same specifications and capabilities as the larger Canon cameras. It is ideal for those who like small, APS-C based digital cameras.

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There are many great cameras in Canon’s EOS range, but the EOS 100D is a model that definitely stands out from the crowd. This model is a good response to the popular CSCs (Compact System Cameras) on the market.

In the range of DSLRs, its place is between the Canon EOS 1100D and EOS 700D.

It is very suitable for use due to its small size and very low weight. Actually, this is one of the lightest and the smallest DSLRs in the world, which fits well even in large hands. However, this decrease in size and weight didn’t affect the quality of photos.

Photo & Video Quality

Although its 18MP APS-C sensor is thinner and smaller than typical DSLRs, it has the same resolution as other Canon EOS models and the quality of images is not reduced.

canon-eos-100d4It features аn advanced phase-detect autofocus technology, a range of frame rates (24, 25, and 30fps), built-in 3.5mm mic port, as well as ISO range of 100-12,800 which can be extended up to 25,600.

Moreover, the sensor supports continuous AF during shooting. All of this results in high-quality HD videos and photos.

The 100D comes with a built-in flash, which allows a guide number of 9.4m. On the other hand, it cannot control the Speedlite flashguns wirelessly, so this is a big disappointment for those who use flash creatively.

canon-eos-100d2As for the videos, there is full manual exposure control that enables the silent exposure adjustments on the touchscreen, however, the priority modes are not available for video.

Controls

The touchscreen interface is very similar to 650D, regarding the design and options.

canon-eos100d3Aside from the controls on the 3-inch touchscreen, there are also the physical dials and buttons for the additional controls.

How can you see the available controls? Just press the Q button and all controls will appear on the screen. Then, select one of them and adjust it using the command dial.

If you have used other Canon digital cameras, you will notice that the labeled functions are removed from the 4-way navigation pad.

You’ll mostly use the touchscreen when you want to zoom photos, set the autofocus point in the more exciting live view mode, and to give the star ratings during playback. Unfortunately, the screen is not articulated.

Also, this camera is not fast like the best CSCs, since it takes half a second to focus and deliver a photo.

Specifications/Features

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 1920 x 1080 HD video capture
  • ISO 100-6400, expandable to 25600
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 1040k-dot, 3-inch LCD screen
  • SPC TTL 63-zone metering system
  • 3.0x optical zoom
  • 9-Point AF System
  • SDXC memory slot
  • 94 x 117 x 150mm
  • Weighs 612g

Design

The diminutive design looks very attractive, and all components are well composed in the small, compact frame.

There is a new 18-55mm lens with STM suffix which indicates the improved performances regarding the live view mode, as well as quieter and smoother focusing during recording.

While the lens is significantly improved compared to the previous kit lens, its length is increased by 5mm.

Battery Performance

Accordingly the overall small dimensions of the camera, the Li-ion battery is also small in size. Its capacity enables 380 shots, which is not ideal but quite enough for most users.

Pros & Cons

  • Small and lightweight body
  • HD 18.0 megapixels with speed of up to 4fps
  • Nice design
  • AF system features just one cross-type point
  • Small battery means reduced capacity (380 shots)
  • Price is similar to the EOS 700D
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