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Canon EOS 100D Review

Canon EOS 100D Review
Review / 09/03/2014
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet
recommendations 1, rating 4





“If you can’t beat them, join them”… But what should you do if you do not want to join them, because if you do, you accept their rules? In that case, you do something similar, but, at the same time, different enough!

If we disregard the ancient past and the emergence of photography as a concept, the recent history of this genre has reached several major milestones. All of them, of course, were related to the digital version of our favorite discipline, profession or hobby (depends on a person), and they are characterized by a noticeable segregation of the market, both from the user’s and the manufacturer’s point of view. The first important milestone occurred at the very moment of presenting the digital counterpart to the analog film. This time we will leave out the story about the comic predictions of the leading people of the industry about the idea that “the digital is transient; just a fad that will soon be forgotten” and the like since we all know how this story ended; however, it were exactly those statements that introduced the profound changes that the world of photography has experienced in the last few years. At that time, some major players managed to grab their chance and cash it on time, while some others almost completely ignored the inevitable changes. Some of them are long forgotten and are mentioned only in encyclopedias (digital ones for that matter, as irony would have it), whereas some others continued to 'live' in a new attire, with a new proprietary structure, and a principally different manner of conducting business.

No one even suspected that one day the third transition will commence (you must be wondering where the second one is… Keep on reading) – the one that everybody (including the authors of this article) abominates with a rather sour look on their face – a massive flood of smart phones in the field where the traditional rulers were always cameras, in the broadest sense of that word. Of course, there should be no illusions in complete taking precedence over cameras. However, the situation is far more delicate for the photo industry than it seemed only one or two years ago: the flood of increasingly cheaper models with sensors of high quality* (*to the extent that does not allow an average layman to take the quality into consideration) caused the stagnation of the cheap compact cameras’ market to gallop and threatened to practically exterminate them. Fortunately, the sequence of events is such that, viewed from the side, all that seems somehow logical and cosmically balanced – at the same time, when one big thing happens, some other big thing has already set the tone, so in the relatively near future we can expect the improvement of quality since even the basic possibility to photograph has long been insufficient. An average buyer, a photography aficionado, nowadays demands a little more; regardless whether that is really necessary for him/her. Finally, the consumer mentality does not allow completely liberal attitudes concerning the necessity of high-tech thingies – you need everything that they say you need.

This whole fuss has caused some kind of envy and burning desire for greater mobility within traditional photography aficionados. Every aficionado will tell you that dragging a backpack full of equipment does not pose a burden since that is a hobby. Nevertheless, after a while such a decisive attitude begins to soften, which results in it transforming into complete glumness, due to which precisely photography suffers. Somebody wisely put it: “The best is that camera that is always next to you.” There is nothing truer than that!

Like a short story, this story has its middle (left out on purpose just now), which intends to balance skillfully two extremes – the need for both a sensor of higher quality and compactness in the same package. Although those more informed know that mobile phones have still not reached even the qualitative level of the cheapest compact cameras, it is a fact that many are ready to sacrifice such a gain for the comfort of carrying just one device, which says that the battle is lost in advance thanks to a great majority of people with that attitude. The target group of the newly defined category are people who are just a step away from completely giving up on the highly bulky equipment, and who secretly yearn for something practical enough, but at the same time qualitatively superior in relation to all the compact cameras so far (not to mention mobile phones!).

Regarding this, Canon decided to take both sides. Just like Nikon, Canon entered the category of compact mirrorless systems with interchangeable lenses (MILC; Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) pretty shyly, with a product that was practically interpreted as an intermediate product. It is evident that neither Canon’s nor Nikon’s trumps in this class were not that bad (the parameters of their sale certainly tell a completely different story), but they did disappoint since the greatest number of their followers had expected a determined attack and the redefinition of the market, just as once the standard in the DSLR category had been established. Instead, both manufacturers took that direction rather cautiously, with an obvious wish to prolong maximally the moment when their own MILC could jeopardize the selling of the entire entry-level class of DSLRs. You will admit - the motivation for designing the uncompromising MILC system is not that high. At last, changing the winning formula, does not sound like the brightest idea. In order to satisfy the growth of demand for compact cameras with a large sensor, apart from the EOS M, Canon promoted a large sensor compact with no interchangeable lens (the PowerShot G1X), a now here we have the final ace in the hole in the class of DSLR of small size. Perhaps it is more correct to say – 'miniature'?

Regardless of the fact that the development of one group of products does not necessarily exclude the work on another one, the financial aspect in a competition in which one needs to fight for customers over and over again certainly does not seem very tempting for a manufacturer that is used to dominating overwhelmingly. Is the 100D perhaps the recipe that offers the final solution for a certain number of the indecisive? The Japanese market proved to be very fertile for the transition toward miniaturization; consequently, the entire MILC conception is accepted gladly there. It is quite the opposite situation at the other end of the planet – in North America, where the MILC did not really shoot to fame. The traditional nomenclature of small DSLRs has not been interrupted by Canon until this very day, so (in a better part of the world known as) the EOS 100D is sold in the US as the Rebel SL1, while in Japan as the Kiss X7.





Not even until the conclusion of this test we managed to reach the information whether the EOS 100D is the official heir to the maximally degraded 1100D, yet even if it is not, it surpasses it tremendously, in practically all the aspects. That state of affairs is not a great success per se since the 1100D has never proven itself to be a particularly successful product. Bearing in mind the negative impressions after promoting the EOS 1100D, we expected that the heir will be even more drained. The reduced dimensions give rise to such doubts, yet:



Canon EOS 100D

(Rebel SL1)

Canon EOS 1100D

(Rebel T3)

Announced March 21, 2013 February 7, 2011
Type DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex)
Sensor 18 MP Canon CMOS, 3:2 aspect ratio;
APS-C 22.3 x 14.9mm (3.32 cm²)
Pixel density 4.42 MP/cm²;
Pixel size 4.31 µm
12.2 MP Canon CMOS, 3:2 aspect ratio;
APS-C 22.2 x 14.7mm (3.26/cm2)
Pixel density 3.74 MP/cm²;
Pixel size 5.19 µm
Formats RAW (CR2) and JPEG
Resolution RAW

5184 x 3456 (16MP)

4272 x 2848 (12.2MP)
Resolution JPEG 5184 x 3456 (16MP); 3456 x 2304 (8MP); 2592 x 1728 (4.5MP); 1920 x 1280 (2.5MP); 720 x 480 (0.35MP) 4272 x 2848 (12.2MP); 3088 x 2056 (6.3MP); 2256 x 1504 (3.4MP); 1920 x 1280 (2.5MP); 720 x 480 (0.35MP); 720 x 480 (0.35MP)
FOV (crop factor) 1.6x

Canon EF/EF-S

Kit Lens

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III

ISO range 100 - 12800 in 1 EV increments,
extended - H (25600)
100 – 6400 in 1 EV increments
Processor Canon Digic 5 Canon Digic 4
A/D Convertor 14-bit
Color Space Adobe RGB, sRGB
In-body Stabilization N/A
Electronic Level System N/A
Dust Reduction

EOS Integrated Cleaning System;

Software Dust Delete Data

Software Dust Delete Data
AF System

Canon TTL-SIR with 9 AF points;

Center cross-type and double sensitive at f/2.8;

Operational range -0.5 to +18 EV

9-point Canon Multi-BASIS TTL-SIR, center cross-type point;

operational range 0 to +18 EV for the center point, 1 to +18 for the peripheral AF points

AF Modes




AF Methods

9-point auto;

Single-point AF

AF-Assist Internal flash strobe, flashgun
AF Micro Adjustment N/A
Internal flash Yes; GN9.4 at ISO 100, 18mm coverage Yes; GN9.2 at ISO 100, 17mm coverage
Wireless Flash Control N/A

e-TTL II hot-shoe; sync-speed 1/200;

compensation -2 to +2 EV

ISO-518 e-TTL II hot-shoe; 1/200 sync-speed;

±2EV compensation

Light Metering

Dual-layer 63-zone RGB;

operational range 1 to 20 EV

Light Metering Modes

Partial (9% of the central part of the frame);
Center-weighted average;

Spot (4% of the central part of the frame)

Partial (10% of the central part of the frame);
Center-weighted average
Min Shutter Speed 30 seconds, bulb
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Drive Modes

Single; Continuous; Silent-single;

Silent-continuous; Self-timer 2 and 10s;

Single; Continuous;

Self-timer 2 and 10s;

Burst 4 fps 3 fps JPEG; 2 fps RAW; 0.8 fps RAW + JPEG
Shutter 100,000 actuations Mechanical; 100,000 actuations
Buffer 7 RAW, 28 JPEG or 4 RAW+JPEG 5 RAW, 830 JPEG or 1 RAW+JPEG
Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV increments -5 to +5 EV in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV increments
Viewfinder Optical, pentamirror, 95% frame coverage; 0.87x magnification factor; eyepoint 21mm;

Optical, pentamirror, 95% frame coverage; 0.87x magnification factor; eyepoint 21mm;

fixed focusing screen

Internal Processing

Auto Lighting Optimizer; Highlight Tone Priority; HDR Backlight Control; Developing RAW; vignette and chromatic aberrations removal; realtime

Auto Lighting Optimizer; Highlight Tone Priority; vignette removal


3“ TFT-LCD, 3:2 aspect ratio,

1,040,000 pixel resolution; capacitative touch screen

2.7“ TFT-LCD, 4:3 aspect ration,

230,000 pixel resolution

Live View

Yes, 100% coverage;

Image sensor metering in 315 zones

Yes, 100% coverage;

Image sensor metering; Evaluative or Center-weighted mode

Live View AF

Hybrid focus by means of Hybrid-CMOS AF II;

FlexiZone Single; FlexiZone Multi;

Face-Tracking; Quick mode

One-Point CDAF;

Face Detection; Quick Mode


Yes, H.264/MPEG-4 AVCHD

1920 x 1080p @24/25/30fps;

1280 x 720p @50/60fps;

640 x 480p @25/30fps;

Linear PCM stereo audio (internal and external microphone)

Yes, H.264/MPEG-4 AVCHD;
1280 x 720p @25/30 fps;

Linear PCM mono audio

(internal microphone)

Remote Control Yes; wired RS-60E3 and wireless RC-6 Yes; wired RS-60E3
Wi-Fi N/A
(Optional, GP-E2 receiver)
Storage Secure Digital (SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-I, EyeFi) Secure Digital (SD, SDHC, SDXC, EyeFi)

Combined USB/AV-out/GPS; HDMI Type-C; Stereo 3.5mm microphone input; E3 remote

Combined USB/AV-out;

mini-HDMI Type-C; E3 remote

Weather and Dust Sealing N/A
Battery Canon LP-E12 Li-Ion, 7.2V, 875 mAh, 35g Canon LP-E10 Li-Ion, 7.4V, 860 mAh, 45g
Battery Endurance (CIPA) ~380 ~700
Grip N/A

Plastic body, reinforced with metal structure;

117 x 91 x 69 mm; 407 g

Plastic body, reinforced with metal structure;
130 x 100 x 78 mm; 495 g

Technical characteristics: Canon EOS 100D in comparison to 1100D


Luckily, the doubts have not come true, although some items are rather disappointing, so to say. “So to say”, because it is not about bad elements in general, but about something that rather affects psychologically the interested audience, than it can really spoil the enjoyment. In this respect, we chiefly have in mind the sensor, whose number of functions we have not been able to count for a long time, since not many remember when its use took place, and even the greatest seers among us failed to answer when the camera in question will retire. If we ignore this 'trifle', the rest of the camera surpasses our expectations, which are (we admit) primarily dictated by the prejudices caused by the size. Here we have a touch screen display of high resolution, a video mode that is much more complex than the one from the previous, lowest category (the 1100D), metering that it shares with the best cameras that Canon has to offer, a hybrid focus… Everything appears as if it was not an heir, but a completely different class, even if it seems that another subclass of entry-level cameras would be too much. It is interesting that, from the list of characteristics, everything can be seen except for the most important trump of this camera. We got you interested? Read on!




Despite the fact that the approach is new, the box is already seen. The same design, the same dimensions and fewer stickers do not offer a sufficient picture of what is waiting for us inside.


Canon EOS 100D, the content of the package with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens


The content of the package, which we also had at the review, aside from the body and the mount cover, includes the following: an LP-E12 Li-Ion battery, an LC/E12 battery charger (or the version LC-E12E, which was present at the review), an EW-EOS300D shoulder strap, a USB cable, a printed user manual and a usual accompanying CDs with software and instructions in the electronic form. The software comprises a free application for developing RAW images (Digital Photo Professional), managing the camera (EOS utility), creating color styles (Picture Styles Editor), producing panoramic images (Photo Stitch) and catalogization and preview (Image Browser EX). The primary package has got an addition in the form of a new kit lens – the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.