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 – Metering

Although the Canon EOS 100D’s 63-segment evaluative metering appears underwhelming compared to the 425-pixel RGB metering sensor of the Nikon D3200, it is in no way a compromise. Using the evaluative metering mode when shooting landscapes in bright sunlight, the Canon EOS 100D produced nice bright images. True, some highlight detail was blown out in images of bright clouds saved as JPEG files, but all this lost detail could be recovered in raw images.

I rarely had to use the exposure compensation feature. When I did require an image to be a little brighter, I found that I could increase the evaluative metered exposure by 0.3EV and highlight detail in raw files still wasn’t blown out.

Only when shooting in an underground bunker, lit only by torches, did I find that I needed to reduce the exposure compensation by 2EV to keep the scene dark. It is obviously the role of evaluative metering to make images look bright and visible, and in a situation like this the metering will try and brighten the scene.

However, with the exposure compensation feature easily accessible on the rear of the body, and partial, spot and centreweighted metering also available, it is easy and quick to achieve the required exposure.

Image: The highlight details in the clouds look lost in the JPEG image, but are easily recovered from the raw file

  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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