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Canon 100D review

The world's smallest and lightest DSLR

Our Verdict

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. That's quite a feat.

For

  • Small body size
  • Touchscreen
  • Great image quality

Against

  • Overall system still large
  • Art filters only usable in Live View
  • Slow Live View focusing

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The new 18-55mm STM kit lens is a very capable performer, and a good lens to get started with. Here we can see plenty of detail has been resolved, while there's also a nice drop off in focus. Evaluative metering has performed well despite it being a reasonably high contrast scene.

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Lots of fine detail is picked out by the Canon 100D's 18 million pixel APS-C sized sensor, with very little evidence of image smoothing. Take a look at the image at 100% to really evaluate its performance.

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In this scene, spot metering was required to get the most balanced exposure.

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Images straight from the camera display bright and punchy colours that aren't overly vibrant. If you want to ramp up the saturation further, you could create your own custom Picture Style.

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Shooting in Landscape picture style helps to emphasise the greens and blues in a scene. This was taken with the kit lens, which has a versatile focal range for a number of different shooting conditions.

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At its widest point, the standard kit lens has a focal length of 18mm, or around 28mm in 35mm terms.

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This rises to 55mm at the telephoto end, which is around 88mm in 35mm terms.

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Shot at ISO 3200, this image displays a fair amount of noise, but detail has been retained fairly well and it's more than usable at smaller printing and web sizes.

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Creating your own customised Picture Styles is easy and handy if you often like to shoot in one particular way. This is a version of Monochrome that has had the contrast setting pushed to the maximum for a bold effect.

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Sepia is another mode that can be created via the Picture Styles, under monochrome 'toning'.

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Other colour tones are available in monochrome, including blue, which gives a cyanotype effect.

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Under artificial lighting, the Canon 100D's automatic white balance setting has a tendency to err towards warm tones.

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A number of digital filters are available, and are worth experimenting with. This is the Toy Camera mode on the Cool setting.

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This is another digital filter, the grainy black and white setting.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution18 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyEOS
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesLive View, Face Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG, MPEG-4, MOV
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)407 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, RoHS, WEEE, ErP
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.5 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedLP-E12
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC UHS-I), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC UHS-I), Eye-Fi Card
Height90.7 mm
Width116.8 mm
Depth69.4 mm
Autofocus Points9
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsPCM
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction, Rear Curtain Sync, X-sync
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model100D
Product NameEOS 100D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number8576B014AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Canon EOS 100D
A DSLR you'll never want to leave behind.

A small and responsive DSLR to take everywhere. The 18-megapixel EOS 100D delivers superb photos and video and features an optical viewfinder and intuitive touch-screen controls.

Battery Life380 Shot
Package Contents
  • EOS 100D Digital SLR Camera
  • Camera Cover R-F-3
  • Battery Charger LC-E12E(WW)
  • Battery Cover
  • Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • Eyecup Ef
  • Wide Strap EW-300D
  • Battery Pack LP-E12(WW)
  • AC Cable (with E-type plug)
  • User Manual Kit
Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone