Canon EOS 100D Review

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“The smallest and lightest DSLR in the world”

The era of bulky, heavy photo equipment has passed and the time for a small, highly professional DSLR cameras has arrived with the EOS 100D by Canon, which is also known as the Digital Rebel SL1. This camera is Cannon’s response to mirrorless models supported by competitors like Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony.

They actually managed to shrink down the body size to a staggering 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm and a general weight of just 407g! Even more impressive is the fact that they managed to do so without compromising on specifications.

While it may have some downsides (i.e: small battery and a different grip style), Canon EOS 100D is promising a new era of DSLR photography, an era that is followed closely by Sony with their newest model, Sony Alpha A99.


EOS 100D is pretty similar in its design to the Cannon EOS 700D, as well as the Cannon EOS 1100D, but it is a bit smaller. It has an all-black body, stylized with a chrome finish around the rims. The buttons are specific to Canon models and impress the idea of high-quality upon the user.

The clever button positioning around the body allowed for a large capacitive touch screen which is a very nice aspect, considering the fact you need this screen for various settings. The top plate is another thing we should pay attention to, where space is optimized to the maximum. The lack of a second scroll dial (usually found on larger cameras) is very noticeable, but Cannon compensates this with dual purpose buttons.

Build Quality

While the camera is small and lightweight, the materials are of high-quality. For instance, Canon replaced the stainless steel body with an aluminum alloy one. But, before you go ahead and think this won’t protect the fine mechanics of your camera, you should know that the new body frame is just as sturdy, but lighter.

The body is given a sturdy feeling using glass fiber, carbon and polycarbonate resin which are all modern materials with amazing features of strength and durability. Even more, to improve the grip, Cannon added some rubberized elements which are necessary when the camera is small (especially if you have large hands).


In terms of performance, the smallest DSLR camera in the world behaves admirably. It is true that it only has one cross-type AF point (Canon EOS 700D has 9), but it still doing a great job. Additionally, the Live View is a fantastic feature that enables you to easily find your focus point.

Regarding the screen, we can definitely say that the touchscreen is one of the best things resulting from this shrinkage. It is just as good as a phone or a tablet screen. It also offers an access to many features and settings, which really simplifying the process.

All in all, EOS 100D moves fast and is a pleasure to use. Cannon made sure to compensate the issues a small body might bring and the result is a great entry-level professional camera.

Image Quality and Video

Cannon keeps bringing us high-quality products in terms of image and video, as usual, and the EOS 100D is another proof for that. The EOS 100D supports the same 18MP resolutions, with the help of a smaller APS-C Hybrid AF II CMOS sensor. Additionally, the ISO range starts with 100 and can be extended to 25,600 while featuring continuous autofocus (AF) during HD video recordings.

The sensor manages to capture lots of detail, producing images that you can easily work on. Moreover, the camera supports HD video capture at 30, 25, and even 24fps. In case you want to record sound, there is 3.5mm port specially designed for connecting an external microphone.


Besides the small body and light weight, the features that impress the most are as follows:

  • The 14-bit DIGIC 5 processor for fast image and video processing
  • The wide ISO range
  • Continuous shooting in 4fps
  • Video recording in 1080 at 30fps
  • The 3-inch fixed touch screen with high sensitivity
  • The possibility of playing with creative filters while in preview mode.

Final Thoughts

  • Small body & lightweight
  • Great design
  • Creative filters in preview mode
  • Great specifications
  • Small battery
  • Only one AF cross-type point
  • A bit pricey

EOS 100D is a wonderful entry-level DSLR and a great alternative to a mirrorless model. It is small, it is packed with interesting features, and it delivers high-quality images and videos. Furthermore, the design, body build, and general performance are perfectly made for those who are looking to set a foot in the world of photography.


8.3 Total Score
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