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...
Canon EOS 100D review – Autofocus
While the Canon EOS 100D may have only nine AF points, I didn’t find it a hindrance. All nine points are placed around the centre of the frame, with the centre AF point being a more sensitive cross-type.
I usually prefer to have a few more AF points to play with, but the furthest points on the Canon EOS 100D are placed about as far from the centre of the frame as you would ever want your subject to be, and in either orientation there are AF points on the rule-of-thirds intersections.
In terms of speed, the Canon EOS 100D proved very snappy and quiet. Even with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, focus was almost instant in good light. In dim light the performance of the centre AF didn’t seem to drop and it was just as quick to find focus. However, the furthest AF points were slower and did hunt a little.
Given that the light was very dim and AF assist was switched off, the drop in accuracy was forgivable, especially given the camera’s price and target market.
When using the screen for live view, there is the standard option to magnify a portion of the image for precise manual focusing. The Canon EOS 100D can also perform tracking AF and face detection when using live view.
The hybrid AF system is used in live view mode, and is based on the same system found in the EOS M compact system camera and the EOS 650D. It uses a combination of contrast-detection AF and on-sensor phase detection.
Although I didn’t have an EOS M to test alongside the EOS 100D, from memory the Canon EOS 100D did seem a little more responsive when focusing in live view compared to the compact system camera. Obviously, it wasn’t as fast as when using the standard phase-detection mode through the viewfinder, and it did hunt a little.
Nevertheless, for most situations in which photographers will want to use live view – for landscapes, still lifes and macro shots – it will be fast enough and I certainly wouldn’t let it be a deal breaker when deciding whether to buy the camera.