Canon EOS 100D

Canon EOS 100D
7.6 Total Score


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Canon EOS 100D: Guru Score

We collected reviews of the Canon EOS 100D from leading photography and tech sites. Reviews for the 100D (known as the Rebel SL1 in the US) were favourable with an average score of 81%.

Guru Score
81 %
76 %
78 %
Tech Radar
80 %
What Digital Camera
90 %

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While the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is a perfectly reasonable entry-level dSLR, you can get the same photo and video quality in a smaller body for the same money (or less) by opting for a mirrorless interchangeable-lens model.”

Lori Grunin, Cnet

The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D is an ideal camera for consumer users looking for better image quality, with improved Live View and movie-mode autofocus in a small body.

Amadou Diallo,

What Canon has managed to produce in the EOS 100D is pretty special – a very small body that retains the same DSLR stylings of its larger siblings, and more importantly, produces impressive image quality.

Amy Davies, Tech Radar

The Canon EOS 100D is an excellent DSLR that presents an interesting alternative to CSCs in terms of specification and size, as well as fitting in well with Canon’s entry-level DSLR selection.

Paul Nuttall, What Digital Camera

Our Review of the Canon EOS 100D

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.


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.


  • 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


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

Compatible memory cardsSD,SDHC,SDXC
Memory slots1
Display diagonal7.62 cm (3")
Display resolution (numeric)1040000 pixels
Field of view100%
System requirements
Windows operating systems supportedWindows 7 Home Basic,Windows 7 Home Basic x64,Windows 7 Home Premium,Windows 7 Home Premium x64,Windows 7 Professional,Windows 7 Professional x64,Windows 7 Starter,Windows 7 Starter x64,Windows 7 Ultimate,Windows 7 Ultimate x64,Windows Vista Business,Windows Vista Business x64,Windows Vista Enterprise,Windows Vista Enterprise x64,Windows Vista Home Basic,Windows Vista Home Basic x64,Windows Vista Home Premium,Windows Vista Home Premium x64,Windows Vista Ultimate,Windows Vista Ultimate x64,Windows XP Home,Windows XP Home x64,Windows XP Professional,Windows XP Professional x64
Mac operating systems supportedMac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard,Mac OS X 10.7 Lion,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Ports & interfaces
USB version2.0
HDMI connector typeMini
Microphone inY
Lens system
Lens mount interfaceCanon EF,Canon EF-S
Weight & dimensions
Width116.8 mm
Depth69.4 mm
Height90.7 mm
Weight (including battery)407 g
Light exposure
ISO sensitivity100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto
Light exposure modesAperture priority AE, Auto, Shutter priority AE
Light exposure correction± 5EV (1/3EV step)
Light meteringCentre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot
ISO sensitivity (min)100
ISO sensitivity (max)6400
Auto Exposure (AE) lockY
Picture quality
Camera typeSLR Camera Kit
Megapixel18 MP
Sensor typeCMOS
Maximum image resolution5184 x 3456 pixels
Still image resolution(s)480 x 480,720 x 400,720 x 480,1280 x 1280,1696 x 1280,1728 x 1728,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1280,2304 x 1728,2304 x 2304,2592 x 1456,2592 x 1728,3072 x 2304,3456 x 1944,3456 x 2304,3456 x 3456,4608 x 3456,5184 x 2912,5184 x 3456
Image stabilizerN
Image formats supportedJPG
Supported aspect ratios3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Total megapixels18.5 MP
Operational conditions
Operating temperature (T-T)0 - 45 °C
Operating relative humidity (H-H)5 - 85%
Video recordingY
Maximum video resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
HD typeFull HD
Video resolutions640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels
Analog signal format systemNTSC,PAL
Video formats supportedH.264,MOV
Focus adjustmentAuto/Manual
Auto focusing (AF) modesFace detection, Face tracking
Auto Focus (AF) points9
Auto Focus (AF) lockY
Auto Focus (AF) assist beamY
Flash modesAuto, Manual, Red-eye reduction
Flash exposure lockY
Flash guide number9.4 m
Flash recharging time3 s
External flash connectorY
Flash sync-speed1/200
Flash exposure compensationY
Flash exposure correction±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
Viewfinder typeElectronic
White balanceAuto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten
Scene modesCandlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports
Shooting modesAperture priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter priority
Photo effectsBlack&White, Neutral
Camera playbackHighlights, Movie, Single image, Slide show
Playback zoom (max)10x
Custom colourY
Live viewY
Orientation sensorY
On Screen Display (OSD) languagesArabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Camera file systemDPOF 1.1,Exif 2.3
Dioptre correctionY
Built-in processorDIGIC 5
Packaging content
Bundled softwareImageBrowser EX, PhotoStitch, EOS Utility, Picture Style Editor
Batteries includedY
Power source typeBattery, USB
Battery technologyLithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery life (CIPA standard)380 shots
Battery typeLP-E12
Number of batteries supported1
Battery level indicatorY
Fastest camera shutter speed1/4000 s
Slowest camera shutter speed30 s
Camera shutter typeElectronic
Other features
Built-in flashY
HDMI ports quantity1
USB 2.0 ports quantity1
Colour of productBlack
MaterialAluminium, Glass, Polycarbonate, Rubber
7.6 Total Score
The Verdict

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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