Canon EOS 100D review

According provided by camera Canon EOS 100D (body) many thanks to Vladimir Fesko.

Please note that camera is released under different brand names for different countries / regions - Canon EOS 100DCanon EOS Kiss x7 and Canon EOS Rebel SL1. I was visited by two cameras: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (some of the sample photos in this review were shot on it) and Canon EOS 100D.

Canon EOS 100D review

Canon EOS 100D review

The Canon EOS 100D was introduced on March 21, 2013, along with the more advanced Canon EOS. 700D, and an updated stock ('kit') lens Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6 IS STM. Unfortunately, I came across a kit with a conventional, not an STM lens, namely the Canon EOS 100D with Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6 IS II (a little later, Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6 IS STM).

The main feature of the Canon EOS 100D is its little weight... We can say for sure that the Canon 100D is the lightest APS-C format DSLR (at least as of Spring 2014 when this review was made). With battery and memory card, it weighs only 407 grams. If you take out all that is superfluous, then the weight becomes equal to 370 g. Personally, I am very much attracted by the super-light DSLR camera with a large matrix (crop factor 1.6) for carrying on hikes, to friends, around the city and, in general, for every day. And the small camera body looks like an advanced 'soap box' rather than an SLR camera. The smaller the size of the camera, the less you attract the attention of others :).

The small weight of the camera stands out from other Canon SLR cameras and other manufacturers. Of course, there are CZKs and with a lower weight, for example, the Olympus E420, but also crop factor Olympus already has 2.0 :(. Well, a number of mirrorless cameras weigh much less than the Canon EOS 100D, but mirrorless cameras are a completely different story.

Weight of some entry-level SLT and SRL cameras

Weight of some entry-level SLT and SRL cameras (weight is approximate)

Due to its small size and weight, the camera uses an LP-E12 battery, which lasts only 400-500 shots, which is significantly less than on other central control centers (for example, charging an old woman D40 with a fix lasts for more than a thousand clicks of the shutter). Therefore, if you intend to purchase such a camera for more or less lengthy photo shoots, then you will have to think about buying a spare battery.

But still, the Canon EOS 100D remains quite large, and therefore it retains the remains of a convenient grip on the body, especially since the front of the handle is rubberized. However, as soon as you put a “serious” lens or an external flash on the camera, it immediately becomes clear that all this stuff may not fit in a regular handbag :).

Sizes of Canon EOS 100D and Canon EOS 350D

Sizes of Canon EOS 100D and Canon EOS 350D

The camera can be very easily and pleasantly controlled using a touch screen that supports multi-touch and this is no more complicated than a modern smartphone. 3-inch display with 1.040.000 points. A similar display is available for models. Canon 650D, 700D и 70D, but only on more advanced cameras, the display is also rotary.

I am very pleased that the touch control on Canon cameras is so well implemented and at times surpasses it on some mirrorless cameras, for example, such as Olympus OM-D E-M1. Unfortunately, Canon already has four SLR cameras with touch controls, while its direct competitor, Nikon, has none :(.

Canon EOS 100D rear view

Canon EOS 100D rear view

In normal shooting mode, the Canon 100D uses a 9-point focus that has already become classic, with the center point being a cross-shaped one, with a high-precision sensor that turns on when using high-aperture optics. This focus module appeared in the old woman Canon 20D and used to this day. You can read more about the focusing modules for Canon cameras. here.

Canon EOS 100D, top view

Canon EOS 100D, top view

But in Live View (when focusing using the main display) for the first time used new Hybrid CMOS AF II focusing system... Phase sensors located on the matrix itself are used to determine the focusing direction, and the usual contrast focusing method is used for precise focusing. Unlike the similar focusing system in the models Canon 650D, 700D, EOS M, the Canon 100D has significantly increased the coverage area of ​​the frame with phase sensors, which is about 80%, while on cameras with the first generation Hybrid CMOS AF system, the coverage area is much smaller. For video shooting, the development of new hybrid focusing systems is very, very popular. The full potential of the Hybrid CMOS AF II is revealed only when using new lenses with STM-motors (STMSTepper Motor - stepping motor focusing), which allow you to quickly and accurately focus on sharpness during video and photography.

Of course, the Canon 100D in Live View focuses much better than cameras without a hybrid focusing system, but it's a pity that the Live View focus is often wrong and, in general, it works slowly, flickers, and often cannot quickly focus on sharpness . Focusing works noticeably worse than on some mirrorless cameras (which use focus mode when Live View is enabled by default). Personally, the Hybrid CMOS AF II was a little disappointing to me, but still, it's much better than nothing.

Canon 100D with Canon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 STM standard lens

Canon 100D with full-time lens Canon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 STM

The camera can shoot at maximum speed 4 fps. That's just frame buffer not very capacious. If you disable all the additional functions that reduce the number of shots:

  • Peripheral correction. lighting (vignetting)
  • Chromate correction. aberrations
  • ISO auto
  • Auto Brightness
  • Shumopod. when it lasts. shutter speed
  • Shumopod. at high ISO
  • ISO range extension
  • Light priority

then it will fit into the buffer:

  • 7 RAW format shots
  • 9 pictures in JPEG format, quality L, but the series of pictures becomes almost endless
  • 4 pictures in RAW + JPEG format

If you enable all additional functions, then it will fit into the buffer:

  • 6 RAW format shots
  • 4-5 pictures in JPEG format, quality L
  • 2 pictures in RAW + JPEG format

For review, I took test shots in RAW + JPEG mode, with some additional features turned on, and, after two frames, the camera switched to thoughts about life, the universe, and in general, which kept me waiting for the buffer to be released :(.

Canon 100D can use ISO 100 to 25.600 units, however, the value of 25.600 in the camera means 'H' ('High' - 'high') and it can be turned on only when the highlight priority function is turned off. Also, ISO above 6400 is not available when shooting movies. The camera has an excellent 'ISO auto' function, although it is also limited by a ceiling of 6400 units, but it works even in manual camera control mode, in video mode, and even with manual lenses. The only pity is that you cannot set the exposure limits, the camera selects them by itself, taking into account the focal length of the lens. I do not recommend shooting at 6400 or higher.

Canon 100D

Canon EOS 100D body and Canon EOS 70D body

Of course, one cannot do without high-quality video filming. You can shoot at Full HD 1920 x 1080 30p (29.97 or 25 or 23.98 fps), and if you reduce the size to HD 1280 x 720 you can shoot at 59,94 and 50 fps. For those who do not need heavy video files, there is a 640 x 480 mode with a frequency of 30 or 25 fps. Video is written in MOV format with H.264 codec and mono sound. Video control available shutter speed, aperture and ISO value :). Full exposure control is lacking in such Amateur Nikon Cameras.

Like most modern cameras, the Canon EOS 100D crammed with a large variety of functions and features:

  1. Built-in help for beginners, allowing you to quickly get acquainted with the camera :).
  2. Many different 'creative' filters, as well as the ability to edit captured photos right in the camera.
  3. The camera can create short videos, sometimes it can be a fun feature.
  4. There is also an automatic sensor cleaning system.
  5. Built-in flash, the power of which is quite enough for most tasks.
  6. Measurement exposure is performed using a 63-zone sensor with dual layer SPC and iFCL, the same as on a huge number of other Canon EOS cameras. Detailed information on this issue can be found in the section 'Canon Camera Metering Sensors'.
  7. The camera has a special sensor that turns off the display when you bring the camera to your face.
  8. The ability to shoot with one touch to the camera display (like on smartphones).
  9. Near the camera mount there is a DOF preview button.
  10. There is an input for a stereo microphone, a remote control cable, as well as USB and Mini HDMI connectors
Canon 100D, battery compartment for a memory card. Type of battery.

Canon 100D, battery compartment for a memory card. Type of battery.

The pictures in the gallery below were taken with 'Picture Style: Faithful & Neutral'.

Here link to the archive with the originals - 975 MB, 44 photos in .CR2 format (RAW), lenses were used when shooting Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6 IS II (caught not the most successful instance) and Nikon 180mm 1: 2.8 ED AF Nikkor (IF, MKIII). You can find more examples on the Canon EOS 100D in the Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6 IS STM lens review.

Caution, spoiler: recently, Canon has released cameras based on the same 18 MP matrix (in fact, images contain only 17.915.904 pixels). Based on this matrix, which was first used in Canon 7D, a whole horde of cameras was built: Canon EOS M, M2, Canon 60D, 60 Da, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D.100D 1200D. Of course, the matrix was periodically updated, so in Canon 650D, 700D, 100D, EOS M, M2 sensors for phase focusing were built into it, some cameras expanded the ISO limits by one step and no one will tell you exactly what has been finalized. The same goes for signal processing algorithms. But as the image no major shifts occurred. Moreover, according to synthetic tests, older Canon cameras outperform the new ones in some image quality parameters. Here link on dxomark, where it is clearly visible :(. Where is the world heading?

Canon EOS 100D with Industar-50-2 Tiny Lens

Canon EOS 100D with a tiny lens Industar-50-2

Prices for modern Canon cameras in popular stores can look at this link.

In comments Can I ask you a question on the topic and you will answer, and you can also express your opinion or describe your experience. Many little things for a photo can be found on AliExpress.


Canon EOS 100D is a pretty amateur camera, very lightweight, it will easily help you to create high-quality pictures. When choosing an amateur Canon DSLR camera, I advise you to look at the 'Which Canon camera to choose?'.

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Comments: 107, on the topic: Canon EOS 100D review

  • anonym

    Chic nature)

  • Oleg

    For once, once and for all, a review of a modern, good and inexpensive camera has been released.
    I twisted all the initial Nikons (3100, 3200, 5100) and the initial canons (1000D, 1100d, 650d) - they are all worse either in terms of interface speed, or in dimensions, or in AF speed. With the new STM kit, the aiming speed is the fastest of all.

  • anonym

    The world is not rolling, marketers are rolling it. Soon we will shoot duck lips at 10000mp

  • Dmitry K

    it’s so enormous in size and so sensible in terms of filming, and even such a detail as a photographer is well represented in the review)) but in general, put on such a pancake 40 and seal the canon and it will be a mega soap dish in general.
    Tell me, Arkady, now you can carry a DSLR in a jacket pocket? )) or is it still a bit large?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This issue is highlighted in the review. Of course you can’t.

      • Dmitry K

        there about a handbag)) in my girl’s bag d300s and the second lens fits))))

        • Arkady Shapoval

          It was hard to guess from the pictures, all the more so there is a picture with a row standing 350d.

    • Iskander

      One YouTube reviewer put it in the back without a lens and went like this ...

    • Dima

      I never understood why 40mm on the crop. Neither fish nor meat. It would be better to make a pancake at 18mm so that you can get EGF 28 on the crop. Quite universal, with the exception of large portraits that are not needed or are needed in 1 case out of 1000.

  • anonym

    And how is it less than 350d?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      At least by weight.

  • Vladimir

    > Caution, spoiler: ...

    Arkady, thank you for the high spirits. This speech revolution is just right here.

  • AM

    When choosing my first DSLR, Canon cameras were most comfortable in the hand - like a glove, but the circumstances were such that I chose a different system. So sometimes I catch myself thinking that if I have to change the system it will be Canon.

  • DimDimych

    Arkady, is it not known whether Nikon will use hybrid focusing in Live View mode, like Canon? When comparing the 70D and the D7100 when focusing in Live View, the Canon 70D delivers incredible focusing speed and accuracy. The D7100 is hopelessly behind the 70D in this respect. Autofocus crawls back and forth, clings hard and for a long time. And if the shooting conditions are also not very good - it's a pipe. It's a shame for Nikon. Is such a system looming on the horizon, coupled with touch controls from Nikon?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      You need to ask Ken, I'm not so close to Nikon :)

    • Eugene

      It seems that instead Nikon decided to spend money on developing a camera for their nostalgic comrades, releasing “Nikon Df” with a D4 sensor. IMHO, it looks like candy, although functionality is another matter, without trying it - you can't tell.

      PS Photos of flowers once again refute the talk about the inability to shoot good things on the "whale" :)

  • Dmitry K

    there is nothing on the off site about this ((Arkady, how does touch control really help you or is it just a tribute to fashion?
    PS for me, the levers and buttons are better — something like mechanical memory, everything can be done by touch — it’s unlikely to work with a sensor — you need to see where you poke

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, sometimes it’s even very convenient.

  • Alexey

    An unusually objective review, the fact that Canon is not a fullframe greatly disappointed me.

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Dear readers, the offtopic in the comments has been deleted. Please do not litter the site with your dirty words :)

  • Igor

    How is the camera in hand? Little finger fits on the handle?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It depends on which hand and how tight the fingers are. I didn’t really fit :)

    • Iskander

      Even with a small hand, the little finger hangs. And the depression under the fingers is small. 600d-700d noticeably bigger. The cost of compactness.

  • Vladimir

    Arkady, hello! Please advise the most compact camera with the highest quality picture. Video, HDR and other bells and whistles are optional. The main thing: compactness and photo quality. Thanks in advance!

  • Vladimir

    I will add: there is a Nikon d5100, but because of its dimensions it is not always possible to carry with you. It was probably necessary to take Sony nex6? Or are there more interesting options?

  • Jury

    By synthetic tests on dxomark Nikon turns out to be the best, but considering the possibility of convenient use of manual Soviet lenses, Sony bypasses both Nikon and Canon. Often I think whether to change Canon to Sony A58

    • Stas

      Just a DXOMark lab in France. And France is friends with Sony, respectively, Nikon with Sony matrices is among the favorites. Don't take DXO metrics to heart. I have 100D and D7100 on my hands, the only thing that Nikon wins in is ISO, but I can't say that the gap is 400 units, judging by the ravages. And what they write in terms of color, DD - I do not agree 100%, but only 20%.

  • Jury

    Should I change the Canon 1100D to the Canon 100D?

  • Alexander

    Tell me what is better to take, 100D or Nikon D5100, what are the advantages of Nikon and which are of Kenon?

  • Vyacheslav

    The first time I saw her yesterday in a store, it costs $ 600, really more compact than others.

  • anonym

    I bought a 100D, but for a long time I looked closely at Nikon, for the amateur there is no difference which system. My choice, more affordable lenses and new STMs.

  • Oksana

    Hello. I am a amateur photographer. I plan to buy a camera. There is a choice between the Nikon D5100 Canon 100D. What do you advise?

  • Jury

    100D is a very good camera

  • Yaroslav

    Thank you for your work. I feel that you are enjoying what you are doing! I have one, perhaps stupid, question for you .. I understand that it is inappropriate to take the time from you, for which you would write another review perhaps and open it, maybe a new look, for the next fool) I want to ask your opinion (as the Guru of Ukrainian photoanalytics), which teacher from photocomposition, photojournalism or the like, would you recommend a novice photographer in Lviv? What is your attitude to Vasyl Pylypyuk? experience that information. I'm a beginner teapot. I don’t know anything but really want to be able. Camera-Nikon D7000, lens Kit, but I hope for a short time .. Once again, thank you for being like that. Obviously, you have already made history). Times of Day!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Sign up to someone whose work you like :)

  • Yaroslav

    I love yours infinitely, but does this mean that I could get several consultations-masterclasses from you ..)? For the sake of such an event, I would not only rush to Kiev) And yet, your, perhaps, familiar photographers in Lviv ...? days!

  • Kawairun

    I hope that the Canon EOS 100D will benefit from repositioning, which is likely to happen in the 4th quarter.

  • Basil

    So what is better to prefer 100D or 600D?

    • Lynx

      ... Six hundred is not ice.
      In general, it's a matter of taste - compactness or swivel screen

    • Iskander

      Weaving is definitely better. I sold six hundred because of the lack of tracking autofocus when shooting a video. To refocus, you had to press the shutter button halfway. And the screen is not touch.

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