It may be the smallest and lightest DSLR currently in production, but does the 18-million-pixel Canon EOS 100D have what it takes to meet the demands of the enthusiast photographer? Find out in our Canon EOS 100D review...

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Canon EOS 100D review – Our verdict

I really enjoyed using the Canon EOS 100D. In 
terms of size, it certainly doesn’t feel like the body is 
much of a compromise and it packs in all the features 
that would be expected from a mid-range enthusiast 

Even used with slightly larger lenses, it is still comfortable to hold. Indeed, I even tried it with a large telephoto lens attached, and was actually glad that some 
of the extra weight that would have been added by a camera like the EOS 7D had been reduced by the use of the Canon EOS 100D.

The image quality provided by the 18-million-pixel sensor is good, without being exceptional. Colours are excellent, and in good light at low sensitivities the camera performs well, though it suffers a little more than I would have hoped at higher ISO settings.

Overall, the Canon EOS 100D is a great little DSLR. Those who are considering a SLR-style compact system camera may have to have a rethink.


Video:1920 x 1080 pixels (at 30fps, 25fps or 24fps), 1280 x 720 pixels (at 60fps or 50fps), 640 x 480 pixels (at 30fps or 25fps), MOV files with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression
External mic:Yes
White Balance:Auto, 6 presets, plus custom setting
Dioptre Adjustment:-3 to +1 dioptre, 19mm eye point
Built-in Flash:Yes – GN 9.4m @ ISO 100
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Viewfinder Type:Pentamirror with 0.85x magnification
Memory Card:SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I)
White Balance Bracket:Yes, over 3 images
AF Points:9 cross-type individually selectable points, auto or manual selection possible
Field of View:Approx 95%
LCD:3.2in touchscreen LCD with 1.04 million dots
Output Size:5184 x 3456 pixels
Focal Length Mag:1.6x
Max Flash Sync:1/200sec
Sensor:18-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
Weight:407g (including battery and card)
Exposure Modes:Scene intelligent auto, creative auto, auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, 10 scene modes
File Format:Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion LP-E12 battery
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
Drive Mode:4fps for 28 large/fine JPEG files or 7 raw images
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1⁄3EV or 1/2EV steps
RRP:Around £570 (body only)
Lens Mount:Canon EF-S (compatible with EF)
ISO:ISO 100-6400, expandable to ISO 25,600
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot AF, automatic AF, continuous AF
DoF Preview:Yes
Dimensions:116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm
Metering System:63-zone evaluative metering (linked to all AF points), centreweighted, partial (9%) and spot (4%)
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Tested as:Entry-level DSLR
  1. 1. Canon EOS 100D at a glance:
  2. 2. Canon EOS 100D review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Canon EOS 100D review - Metering
  4. 4. Canon EOS 100D review - Dynamic range
  5. 5. Canon EOS 100D review - White balance and colour
  6. 6. Canon EOS 100D review - Autofocus
  7. 7. Canon EOS 100D review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Canon EOS 100D review - LCD, viewfinder, live view and video
  9. 9. Canon EOS 100D review - Compact body
  10. 10. Canon EOS 100D review - The competition
  11. 11. Canon EOS 100D review - Our verdict
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