Canon EOS 100D

Released July, 2013
  • SL1
  • Canon EOS 100D
  • 17.9 MP
  • APS-C 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
This video shot at the beach looks pretty good, but at full resolution, you can see some blocky artifacts in the shadows.
by DPReview (Jul, 2013)
8.7 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon EOS 100D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 100D
8.7
D5300
9.9
EOS 6D
9.8
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 100D
6.9
D5300
8.4
EOS 6D
6.7
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 100D
8.6
D5300
9.0
EOS 6D
8.7
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 100D
9.1
D5300
9.1
EOS 6D
9.3
Reviews from canonwatch.com, dpreview.com, imaging-resource.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 2 more

8.7

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 100D
8.7
D5300
9.2
EOS 6D
9.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon EOS 100D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 100D
843 ISO
EOS 6D
2,340 ISO
D5300
1,338 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 100D
264 ms
EOS M
742 ms
D5300
200 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 100D
76 ms
EOS Rebel T5
113 ms
EOS M
51 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 100D
600 ms
EOS M
2,700 ms
Rebel T3i
1,500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 100D
4 fps
EOS 80D
7 fps
D5300
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

EOS 100D
380 photos
EOS 6D
980 photos
EOS 80D
960 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon EOS 100D


7.8
While video is probably the main application for the SL1’s improved Hybrid AF, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked when composing and shooting casual snapshots.

7.6
But from a buying-advice perspective, its only real advantage over dSLR alternatives is its size, and in that respect it's simply not small enough - especially compared with a mirrorless interchangeable-lens model equipped with a power zoom lens.

8.0
Speaking of the kit lens, the new 18-55mm STM lens is a very good performer.

Overall

8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

That 18 million pixel sensor is capable of resolving lots of detail, with minimal evidence of image smoothing at lower sensitivities.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Thanks to a downsizing of internal components that has resulted in a smaller shutter mechanism, thinner sensor module and smaller-footprint circuit board, the EOS 100D is significantly smaller and lighter than the co-announced EOS 700D, while offering the same 18MP pixel count, DIGIC 5 processor and, presumably image quality.
by DPReview (Jul, 2013)
Thanks to a downsizing of internal components that has resulted in a smaller shutter mechanism, thinner sensor module and smaller-footprint circuit board, the Rebel SL1 is significantly smaller and lighter than the co-announced Rebel T5i, while offering the same 18MP resolution, DIGIC 5 processor and, presumably image quality.
by DPReview (Jul, 2013)

Lens

The new 18-55mm STM kit lens is a very capable performer, and a good lens to get started with.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Few lenses can focus all wavelengths of light at the same spot across the lens area, because optics refract light of different frequencies at different angles, just like a prism.
by DPReview (Jul, 2013)
By the time you attach the 18-55mm kit lens, it's not too much smaller than other, cheaper, cameras in Canon's range.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Focus

The autofocus works relatively quickly and accurately in both still and Live View/Video, as long as you don't rely on the camera to choose the AF points (no camera chooses the correct subject).
by c|net (Jun, 2013)
Focus in both live view and Movie modes is considerably better, so much so that both modes were actually usable - with an STM lens attached, that is.
by DPReview (Jul, 2013)
Here we can see plenty of detail has been resolved, while there's also a nice drop off in focus.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Screen

Even making settings in the tabbed menu system requires just a touch or two, and it's easy to be accurate despite the relatively small menu lines.
by DPReview (Jul, 2013)
The big difference here is the lack of functions attached to the navigation buttons - you've got to use the touch screen to choose autofocus mode, drive mode, white balance, and Picture Styles, though I didn't find it much of an inconvenience (except in direct sunlight, when I couldn't see the screen).
by c|net (Jun, 2013)
The touchscreen is very responsive, and is a nice bonus to those who like using them, but isn't required by people who don't.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)

Autofocus

Autofocus performance while shooting through the viewfinder is excellent, locking onto subjects quickly and easily.
by TechRadar (May, 2013)
Unlike earlier attempts at live view and video autofocus, the SL1 does very well at tracking and focusing thanks to its new Hybrid AF II system, at least with an STM lens attached.
by DPReview (Jul, 2013)
It's not as small as most mirrorless cameras, nor does it focus as fast as recent contrast-detect autofocus systems from Olympus and Panasonic, but it's not so slow that we wouldn't recommend the SL1 for video or live view shooting, which is a first for Canon's SLR line.
by DPReview (Jul, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) Unknown to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. CR2 14bit
  2. RAW
  3. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Hybrid detection
Focus points 9
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.87x
Viewfinder size 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 4 fps
Battery life 380 photos
Continuous shooting 4 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 264 ms
Shutter lag 76 ms
Startup delay 600 ms

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 117 x 91 x 69 mm
Thickness 69 mm
Weight 407 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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