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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 – 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

  • 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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