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Canon EOS 100D Hands-On Preview

We take a detailed look at the new Canon EOS 100D - the new mini-DSLR from Canon.

| Canon EOS 100D (Rebel SL1) in Digital SLRs
Canon EOS 100D Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 100d  (1)

The Canon EOS 100D is a new "baby" Digital SLR from Canon, featuring similar specifications to the Canon EOS 650D, with an 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, Hybrid AF focus, full HD video and 4fps continuous shooting, the camera is 25% smaller, and 28% lighter than the 650D, with every component made smaller.

Key Features

  • 18 megapixel Hybrid AF APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 3inch capacitive touch-screen with 1040k dots
  • Self-cleaning sensor unit
  • 9 point AF, 1 centre cross-type
  • 0.87x magnification optical viewfinder
  • Full-HD movies with Hybrid CMOS AF II
  • Microphone socket
  • Creative Filters and Extra Effect Shot
  • Built-in Feature Guide
  • 4fps continuous shooting
  • ISO100 - 12800, expands to 25600
Canon EOS 100D Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 100d DSLR

Hybrid CMOS AF II covers 80% of the shooting area, which should give improved AF focus and tracking speeds during live-view or video recording.
Canon EOS 100D Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 100d  (16)

Shooting modes include Auto, intelligent Auto, as well as full manual shooting, along with new candle-light, food and kids modes. It's possible to shoot creative effects with a preview showing the effect before taking the shot, and new to the EOS 100D is the ability to record two versions of the photo, one with the effect applied and one without, both as JPEG files, so that beginners don't need to resort to the RAW file if they don't like the effect, or left the effect on by mistake.

Canon EOS 100D Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 100d Vs 650d 2

The Canon EOS 100D is noticeably smaller than the Canon EOS 650D, as shown above, and has a large rubber grip that also surrounds the shutter release button to make sure it's possible to get a good hold of the camera. We found the grip quite deep, and combined with the new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens the camera didn't feel too small in hand.
Canon EOS 100D Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 100d 5d Mark 3 (1)
The Canon EOS 100D weighs just 370g (excluding battery and memory card), and measures 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm giving it a very compact body, particularly when shown next to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for comparison. The small size means the 100D uses a new, more compact battery than the 650D, and battery life is rated at 380 shots for this camera, which is less than you get from the larger 650D.

Canon EOS 100D Hands-On Preview: Canon Eos 100d Dial
Canon EOS 100D mode dial.

Read our Canon EOS 100D vs 700D Comparison.
Read our Canon EOS 700D Hands-On Preview.

Canon EOS 100D (Rebel SL1) Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Canon EOS 100D (Rebel SL1) Specifications

Effective Magnification1.6x
Image Sensor
Pixels18Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5184
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)22.3mm
Sensor Size (height)14.9mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1,040,000
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • AF Fine Tuning (Micro Adjustment)
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Partial
  • Spot
  • TTL
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting4fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS30/25/24
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E12
Battery Life (CIPA rating)380shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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Photographs taken using the Canon EOS 100D (Rebel SL1)

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Niknut Plus
13 3.6k 82 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2013 5:42PM
Amazing & impressive piece of kit !!.....this is what I would expect size-wise, for an Apsc sensor
DSLR........but not for my big hands !!
russellsnr 18 262 England
21 Mar 2013 6:52PM
No good for me for two reasons (1) To small for my hands and (2) Why do these camera companies insist on making an SLR camera that has video capabilities?
I no some people like to do video but I would rather have higher specs on my camera to take photographs.
josa 11 25 Czech Republic
21 Mar 2013 7:26PM
I am not sure about this one, so what wil happen to EOS M line?
peterjones 21 5.2k 1 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2013 9:56PM
wonderful! Should take far better pictures than it's predecessors.
joshwa Plus
12 927 1 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 8:56AM

Quote:I am not sure about this one, so what wil happen to EOS M line?

The EOS M line is to continue, Canon see it more as for those who want DSLR quality images, but with the ease of use of a "point and shoot" style camera. The EOS 100D is for those who don't like the larger size of a DSLR, and for those that find the 100D too small, there is the 700D.

Regarding video, the technology is there in the sensor, so you can use it if you want to, you don't have to use it.
jrfoto 16 8 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 3:01PM
I'm quite interested by this camera, and it might make a good complement to another larger DSLR for 'street' or 'walking around'. However, attaching a big zoom negates most of the benefit of the small body so, as well as the usual zooms, I'd like Canon to introduce one or two more compact, 'pancake' lenses. An EF-S version of the EF-M 22mm would complement the 40mm nicely.
Niknut Plus
13 3.6k 82 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 4:45PM
Joshwa....I would agree that you don't have to use video if you don't want to !!!

The problem is, for those of us that never use video....we're paying for that extra 'tech'
that we neither want or need !!!!

Same with built-in GPS or wifi connection....I just don't want it....but I've got to pay
for the privilege !!......without any of these, the price could be perhaps £150 less ??
Kako 16 177
23 Mar 2013 11:17AM
It's way too light...370g ? It must feel like a cheap toy to handle and means that with any lens bigger than the standard zoom it will feel unbalanced.
John_N2008 13 55 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 11:38AM

Quote:Same with built-in GPS or wifi connection....I just don't want it....but I've got to pay
for the privilege !!......without any of these, the price could be perhaps £150 less ??

I very much doubt it - I'd be surprised now that the tech had gone through the bulk of the R and D thats theres any price impact at all.
redsnappa 20 2.8k United Kingdom
24 Mar 2013 2:46PM

Quote:but not for my big hands !!
Have you thought that maybe Canon have worked out that not everyone has big hands
UKMike2013 10 22 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2013 7:49PM
Interesting concept but not pocketable, so it would make more sense to pay the extra £50 for the 700D
strawman 19 22.2k 16 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2013 11:11PM

Quote:The problem is, for those of us that never use video....we're paying for that extra 'tech'
that we neither want or need !!!!

The video features are there in the chipset (i.e free for this camera) and it would probably cost more to remove them than leave them in. So view video as being free. If you do not use it do not worry.

It is like other features such as JPEG and those built in picture styles. I do not use them, but they ccome for free so why worry. Taking them out would not save money.

So I think taking out video would put the camera price up.
kodachrome 11 789
26 Mar 2013 8:16AM
I think my Sony A37 is around the same size, and I find that OK to hold.

I went small and light [A37] because I found my old Nikon D5000 just too heavy for my poor old neck and it got worse when longer lenses got attached.

I'm sure, the Canon 100D will sell well because its small.
adamsa 14 1.5k United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 5:57PM
It's not going to replace my 5D but for a holiday camera coupled with the Tamron 18-270 mm lens this far out ways taking a point and click... I would have gone for one of the canon EOS M but the focusing on that model just isn't up to the job...
bflat01 9 3 Australia
13 Jun 2013 7:51AM
Hi there. Can anyone let me know what qualtiy they are gettting from the Canon 100D and Tamron 18-270mm combination.

I have only seen one review and it was all bad, see link:

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