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%.
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, dpreview.com
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.
It 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.
As 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.
Aside 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.
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 cards||SD,SDHC,SDXC|
|Display diagonal||7.62 cm (3")|
|Display resolution (numeric)||1040000 pixels|
|Field of view||100%|
|Windows operating systems supported||Windows 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 supported||Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard,Mac OS X 10.7 Lion,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion|
|Ports & interfaces|
|HDMI connector type||Mini|
|Lens mount interface||Canon EF,Canon EF-S|
|Weight & dimensions|
|Weight (including battery)||407 g|
|ISO sensitivity||100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, Auto|
|Light exposure modes||Aperture priority AE, Auto, Shutter priority AE|
|Light exposure correction||± 5EV (1/3EV step)|
|Light metering||Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot|
|ISO sensitivity (min)||100|
|ISO sensitivity (max)||6400|
|Auto Exposure (AE) lock||Y|
|Camera type||SLR Camera Kit|
|Maximum image resolution||5184 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 formats supported||JPG|
|Supported aspect ratios||3:2, 4:3, 16:9|
|Total megapixels||18.5 MP|
|Operating temperature (T-T)||0 - 45 °C|
|Operating relative humidity (H-H)||5 - 85%|
|Maximum video resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|HD type||Full HD|
|Video resolutions||640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Analog signal format system||NTSC,PAL|
|Video formats supported||H.264,MOV|
|Auto focusing (AF) modes||Face detection, Face tracking|
|Auto Focus (AF) points||9|
|Auto Focus (AF) lock||Y|
|Auto Focus (AF) assist beam||Y|
|Flash modes||Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction|
|Flash exposure lock||Y|
|Flash guide number||9.4 m|
|Flash recharging time||3 s|
|External flash connector||Y|
|Flash exposure compensation||Y|
|Flash exposure correction||±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)|
|White balance||Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Tungsten|
|Scene modes||Candlelight, Children, Close-up (macro), Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait, Sports|
|Shooting modes||Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter priority|
|Photo effects||Black&White, Neutral|
|Camera playback||Highlights, Movie, Single image, Slide show|
|Playback zoom (max)||10x|
|On Screen Display (OSD) languages||ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, FIN, French, GRE, HUN, Italian, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, Portuguese, Romanian, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR|
|Camera file system||DPOF 1.1,Exif 2.3|
|Built-in processor||DIGIC 5|
|Bundled software||ImageBrowser EX, PhotoStitch, EOS Utility, Picture Style Editor|
|Power source type||Battery, USB|
|Battery technology||Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Battery life (CIPA standard)||380 shots|
|Number of batteries supported||1|
|Battery level indicator||Y|
|Fastest camera shutter speed||1/4000 s|
|Slowest camera shutter speed||30 s|
|Camera shutter type||Electronic|
|HDMI ports quantity||1|
|USB 2.0 ports quantity||1|
|Colour of product||Black|
|Material||Aluminium, Glass, Polycarbonate, Rubber|
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.