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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 – LCD, viewfinder, live view and video

For a DSLR that is so small, the optical viewfinder seems surprisingly large. As we would expect for a camera at this level, it doesn’t offer 100% field of view, but the 95% coverage is reasonable, as is the 0.87x magnification. The viewfinder is also bright and clear.

The rear touchscreen matches the quality of the viewfinder. It measures 3in and is made up of 1.04 million dots. In all but the brightest light it is possible to see the images on the rear screen, and I had no problem adjusting settings via the menu. When the light is too bright and reflections are an issue, the optical viewfinder is the first port of call.

Although the screen isn’t articulated, it does have a very wide angle of view. The on-screen image is still visible at an angle of around 160°, though doing so makes precise composition a little tricky.

Despite its size and target market, the Canon EOS 100D doesn’t scrimp on video quality, the tiny camera being able to capture full HD (1080p) at 30fps. Sound is mono only, though anyone serious about video can use the camera’s external mic socket on the side of the body to attach a higher-quality microphone.

  • 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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