Canon EOS 100D

Canon EOS 100D or also called the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is a world’s smallest digital SLR camera that is capable of producing excellent images quality. Besides the design of small size and light weight, this camera also has advanced features and control knobs are easy to use for beginner photographers. These features include 18.0MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor, 3-inch Clear View II Touchscreen LCD, ISO100-12800 expendable to ISO25600, Full HD 1080 Video recording with continuous autofocus, 4fps Continuous Shooting, 9-Point AF System, and Scene Intelligent Auto Mode for shooting mode. The camera is sold with price range of $649.00 – including EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

Canon EOS 100D has a small body design that is perfect for small hands photographers. If you are a photographer’s small hands, then this camera will feel comfortable in your hand while holding the handle. The control buttons are designed like other DSLR cameras and is intended for beginner photographers. At the top there is control buttons such as Program, aperture, shutter, ISO, and exposure. Mode button can be used to select one of the automatic shooting modes such as portrait, landscape, macro, sports, and creative modes.


You can preview the images and videos on a 3-inch touch screen on the back of the camera. The touch screen can also be used to set the focus and access the camera menu that allows users to get fast and precise focus and intuitive control. In addition to the LCD monitor, you also will find the Menu button, info, viewfinder and video record button on the top of the screen. On the right of the screen, there is a four-way button with the Set button in the middle including the playback button, delete, zoom in / out.


As with other DSLR cameras, Canon EOS 100D can also capture images in JPEG and RAW file formats at speeds of up to 4fps continuously. Not only that, 9-point autofocus system capable of providing fast focus when shooting with the viewfinder, while the Hybrid CMOS AF II system is able to improve the speed and accuracy of autofocus when you’re shooting using the Live View mode. Other features of the camera to help you get maximum results include the Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, Special Scene Modes, Creative Filters, Effects Shot Mode and Background Simulation.

Performance & Image Quality

For Entry-level camera, the Canon EOS 100D has a focus system that is fast enough and on par with other cameras in the Entry-Level. The camera takes about 0.6 seconds to turn on, focus, and shoot – quite slow when compared to the Nikon D3200. In light situations, the camera takes about 0.3 seconds for focus, expose, and shoot, while in low-light situations increased to 0.8 seconds.

The camera takes 0.2 seconds to shoot JPEG and 0.3 seconds to shoot RAW files. And when using the flash, the camera took 0.7 seconds from the first shot to the next shot. Overall, the Canon EOS 100D has an average performance in the entry-level class with a fast and accurate autofocus making it suitable for photographing children, pets, and vacations.

sample photos: 1/200 sec, f/11.0, ISO100 (Credit: Canon)

sample photos: 1/200 sec, f/11.0, ISO100 (Credit: Canon)

Speaking of photos and video quality, the Canon EOS 100D produces impressive images. Color photos are not too bad that can be set using the Picture Style feature as well as the handling of image noise is also very good. You can get a clean JPEG images up to ISO800 and still be able to use up to ISO1600 to ISO6800. If you want to print photos sized 13 × 19 using the ISO1600, the picture does not look too clean or sharp, but not too bad.

The video quality is good enough, you can record Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps and 24 fps that is supported by Movie Servo for autofocus during video recording. When recording video, you can adjust the exposure manually including 720p HD video recording at 60fps. For sound recording video, the camera is also equipped with a built-in mono microphone.

Should I buy the camera?

If you are a beginner photographer, the Canon EOS 100D is an attractive option DSLR camera to start hunting excellent photo and video quality. By combining the 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor, the camera is able to produce impressive photos and videos. In addition, the combination of small size and the design of light weight makes it ideal for photographers who has small hands. The camera is also equipped with 3-inch LCD Monitor, ISO100-12800, Full HD 1080p video recording, and a choice of shooting modes have been enhanced to help you express your creativity and obtain high quality results.

Rating: ★★★★½



Camera Type Digital SLR with Interchangeable lenses

Lens Mount Canon EF, Canon EF-S

Camera Format Canon APS-C (1.6x Crop Factor)

Pixels Actual: 18.5 Megapixel, Effective: 18 Megapixel

Max Resolution 17.9MP: 5184 x 3456 @ 3:2

Other Resolutions
+ 8MP: 3456 x 2304 @ 3:2
+ 4.5MP: 2592 x 1728 @ 3:2
+ 2.5MP: 1920 x 1280 @ 3:2
+ 0.35MP: 720 x 480 @ 3:2

Aspect Ratio 3:2

Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 22.3 x 14.9 mm

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
+ Audio: Linear PCM

Dust Reduction System Yes

Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

Focus System

Focus Type Auto & Manual

Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)

Autofocus Points 9

Viewfinder/LCD Display

Viewfinder Type Pentamirror, Optical

Viewfinder Coverage 95%

Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.87x

Diopter Adjustment – 3 to +1 m

Display Screen 3″ Rear Touchscreen Live Preview LCD (1,040,000)

Screen Coverage 100%

Live View Yes

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 25600-)

+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical
+ Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec

Metering Method Average metering, Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Partial Metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Flash Off, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
+ Metering Range: EV 1.0 – EV 20.0
+ Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (White), Shade, Sunset, Tungsten, Twilight


Built-in Flash Yes

Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)

Dedicated Flash System eTTL Remote Firing

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe


Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL

Frame Rate
@ 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
@ 640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps

Exposure Control
+ Auto: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
+ Manual: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO

ISO Sensitivity 100 – 6400, Expandable to 12800

Exposure Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)

Focus Auto, Manual, Continuous Auto

Continuous Shooting Time
+ 1920 x 1080: 29.9 min.
+ 1280 x 720: 29.9 min.
+ 640 x 480: 29.9 min.

Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo + Mono


Continuous Shooting Up to 4 fps

Shutter Lag 0.075 Seconds

Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec

In-Camera Image Editing Art Bold, Filter Effects, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Resize Image, Soft Focus, Toy Camera, Trim, Waterpainting

Connectivity AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0


Type: 1x LP-E12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack

AC Power Adapter ACK-E15 (Optional)

Operating/Storage Temperature
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 – 85%

Weight & Measure

Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.6 x 3.6 x 2.7″ / 11.7 x 9.1 x 6.9 cm

Weight 13.05 oz / 370 g body only, without battery or card

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Samples Photos

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User Manual

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