Canon EOS 100D full review

Canon EOS 100D

full review

 

  1. Fast specifications, prices, options

Welcome to Canon 100D review. This is one step above the cheapest 1200D from Canon. It is directed to people who really want to learn photography and benefit  of all advantages of a DSLR, but still have a small and light option, easy to use and easy to travel with. The body is around 400-600 dollars with or without the lens, depending where you buy it from or what currency you are using. It comes with a 18MP APS-C crop sensor and Digic 4 image processor, 9 autofocus points, 3 frames per second , and full HD video 1080p. It can come as a body or with 18-55 F3.5-5.6 lens. It will accept EF and EFS mount lenses, Maximum ISO is 6400, all specs are exactly the same with the 1200D. It does have on SD card slot.

  1. Physical features, dials, LCD, Buttons, weight, battery, card

This is by far the smallest DSLR from Canon, and people claim that from all DSLR from all brands. It is very easy to use and it reminds me of a compact camera almost. Finishes are better than the lower brother 1200D, sharper, crisper fancier. It comes with a little less buttons, and a fancier back touch LCD screen which is pretty good. It takes a bit of time to get used to it if you have never have it, but as I had to play with my 70D , nothing was new here.

Top shooting mode selection wheel is similar to many entry level DSLR, nothing special here.

Selecting the shooting mode will also give you with some friendly explanation at the back , and possibly you will turn them off after few times.

You get also the main dial in the classic canon position, on camera flash, hot shoe for external flash, red eye lamp reduction, and self timer lamp, remote control sensor, plus a depth of field button as well to show you the aperture size you are using and simulate the depth of field. Pretty good for a beginner I would say. Battery and card are from the button just like the 1200D.

At the back there are a little less buttons than the 1200D and you still need to use the Aperture/exposure compensation button in combination with the dial to change other settings.

The camera is so light you can actually take selfies and hold it for a period of time without getting tired, but I am speaking from my own perspective using the big chunky equipment.

  1. Menu and settings

In regards to the menu almost identical with 1200D and a standard Canon menu organised horizontally from left to right and top to button are selected with the directional buttons. You will get Camera settings, shooting settings, image settings, display settings, and other options more or less useful.

First tab controls the image quality, shooting mode (single shot, multiple) and some other pretty useless features

Second tab controls the picture style, I use only Landscape if you ask me, Auto focus operation, and metering modes

The interesting thing I need to mention here is that the touch screen feature is pretty nifty. Regardless how to use it, it is very simple. One thing I do not personally like is that it does have the shooter trigger by touching the screen, which might replace a corded remote control, but in a normal situation I would not use it, because I love the sensation of pressing the button and hearing the specific shutter sound. It is like blowing bubble wrap, there is something nioce about it, I am sure if you played with cameras before you will understand.

Like any quality DSLR, it does video full HD 1080p, just like the 1200d and just like all DLSRs. You can control the video just like the others, but not having the flip out screen is a pity, but you cannot have it all for the lowest price.

 

  1. It is time for some tests. I have tested the Canon 100D with a 24-70 mm F2.8 L series lens as suggested by few people watching the previous review with a 5D mark 2 as a full frame sensor. This is the sharpest combination I have available. Both camera have been tested with the same settings. Let see how they do.

 

  1. Also let’s put this video to the test. This is short footage of eh Canon 100D togather with a Canon 70D as I wanted to compare the same sensor performance, rather than using my 5D Mark 2.

 

  1. why you should buy – pros

price is very low, 4-600 hundred dollars.

Camera is set up with the beginner in mind and friendly advice embedded in the menu and settings

Camera is light and easy to use for traveling, it will not break your back and neck. It can be discreet and it can deliver high quality results

You can do almost everything that the bigger brothers can do, but just slower and smaller.

  1. why you should not buy – cons

If you want speed, this is not probably for you. 3 frames per second is lame and it will not help you capture motion as good as a faster camera can do

Not having a flip around screen for video is a deal breaker for me. Also LCD screen is inferior to other cameras

One thing that annoys me is that I cannot see the battery status. For me it is important and this camera is lacking from this perspective

 

  1. where to buy from

I am going to place few links below where you can buy this camera from if you wish, amazong, BH photo video and adorama the biggest retailers

 

  1. conclusion

If you are a beginner and wish to have a cheap, small, light and friendly camera to learn with, take the occasional photos with your family and in park, do simple photographic assignments, this is a good place to start. It does have a few features on top of the 1200D which is probably worth the difference if you ask me, but the results will be the same. I am convinced that this camera can do what the high end DSLR can do as well, but slower, harder and smaller.

I love this camera as it can actually look weird when you mount a big ass lens in front and people, will ask what the hell?
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About Christian Tudor

professional photographer, main editor at Academy of Photography and owner and principal photographer of Tudor Photography