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Canon EOS 100D review

June 5, 2013

Overall Rating:

4

Canon EOS 100D


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£570.00

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 – Build and handling

The Canon EOS 100D consists of an aluminium alloy core, surrounded by a combination 
of polycarbonate resin, carbon and glass fibre to add strength while keeping the 
body as light as possible. I was happy to 
have the camera slung over my shoulder 
all day, and at just 407g, including 
battery and card, the weight was hardly noticeable.

Despite the small size, I found that the Canon EOS 100D handled well. As with compact system cameras, the buttons have all been strategically placed to maximise their number while ensuring ease of use. Also, the handgrip has not been compromised, being almost as large as would be found on the other cameras in the EOS range.

One really nice ergonomic feature is the way the top-plate is slightly larger on one side, where it meets the handgrip. This affords more space on the top right of the camera in which to position a couple of buttons, notably the ISO sensitivity  control, right next to the shutter button. The grip also has a slight groove for the middle finger, which helps to provide additional purchase.

Changing settings is fairly straightforward, with the camera’s quick menu providing access to those that are used the most. As the Canon EOS 100D sports fewer buttons than would be found on a higher-level camera, I found myself using the quick menu to change the majority of settings, except for ISO and exposure compensation, both of which have dedicated buttons.

In addition, there is a customisable function button, and with ergonomics clearly a high priority on this camera, it can be easily pressed by the thumb when shooting.

  • 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

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