Canon EOS 100D – The Smallest and Lightest DSLR in the world

Canon EOS 100D is a small and responsive DSLR to take everywhere. The 18-megapixel EOS 100D delivers superb photos and video and features an optical viewfinder and intuitive touch-screen controls. Known as Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR  in the Americas and EOS Kiss X7 in Japan.

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The Canon EOS 100D is a fully featured, responsive DSLR that is also small and light enough to take everywhere. The ideal camera to document your lifestyle.

You can shoot 18-megapixel photos and Full HD movies everywhere you go and enjoy great performance even in poor light: a maximum ISO sensitivity of 12800 (extendable to ISO 25600) allows you to shoot images that are low in noise but full of atmosphere.

As an amateur photographer, I’d like to show you some of my greatest discoveries of this ideal item that photographers should know. Including the negative side and why it is ideal for amateur photographers.

Features of Canon EOS 100D

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IMAGE SENSOR                                                                                                    IMAGE PROCESSOR
Type:                            22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS                                                 Type:                      DIGIC 5
Effective Pixels:        Approx. 18.0 megapixels                                               
Total Pixels:               Approx. 18.5 megapixels                                           LENS
Aspect Ratio:            3:2                                                                                         Lens Mount:        EF/EF-S
Low-Pass Filter:       Built-in/Fixed                                                                  Focal Length:      Equivalent to 1.6x 
Sensor Cleaning:     EOS integrated cleaning system                                                              focal length of the lens
Colour Filter Type: Primary Colour

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Type: TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF System/ Points:
9 AF points (f/5.6 cross type at center, extra sensitivity at f/2.8)
AF Working Range:
Centre AF point: EV -0.5 -18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
Other AF points: EV 0.5 -18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
AF Modes: AI Focus, One Shot & AI Servo
AF Point Selection: Automatic selection, Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display: Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
Predictive AF: Yes, up to 10m¹
AF Lock: Locked when the shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode.
AF Assist Beam: Intermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual Focus: Selected on lens

exposure control


Metering Modes:
TTL full aperture metering with 63-zone SPC
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering at center (approx. 9% of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 4% of viewfinder at center)
(4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range:
EV 1-20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.8 II lens ISO100)
AE Lock:
Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when the focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
Exposure Compensation: +/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).
AEB: 3 shots +/- 2 EV, 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity:
AUTO(100-6400), 100-12800 in 1-stop increments
ISO can be expanded to H: 25600
During Movie shooting: Auto (100-6400), 100-6400 (Whole stop increments) ISO can be expanded to H: 12800

image processor


Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie), No Flash, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, SCN(Kids, Food, Candlelight, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual (Stills and Movie)
Picture Styles: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)
Colour Space: sRGB and Adobe RGB
Drive Modes:
Single, Continuous, Self-timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10), Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting
Continuous Shooting: Max. Approx. 4.0fps. (speed maintained for a minimum of approx. 28 images (JPEG), 7 images (RAW)

LCD monitor


Type: Touchscreen 7.7cm (3.0″) 3:2 Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots
Coverage: Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle (Horizontally/Vertically): Approx 170°
Coating: Solid Structure and Anti smudge
Brightness Adjustment: Adjustable to one of seven levels
Display Options: (1) Quick Control Screen (2) Camera settings


Type: Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Settings: AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom.
White balance compensation: 1. Blue/Amber +/-9 & 2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.
Custom White Balance: Yes, 1 setting can be registered
WB Bracketing: +/-3 levels in single-level increments, 3 bracketed images per shutter release. Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/Green bias.

Canon EOS 100D Lens Feature


Lens Mount:       EF/EF-S
Focal Length:    Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens
Built-in lens:      50mm portrait & 18-55mm

Type:                    Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter, with electronic first curtain
Speed:                 30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

Let’s talk in Generic

camera in general

Let’s stop talking about Canon EOS 100D’s specs and complicated information. I have this feeling of confusing you if I’ll continue to give you the rest of its information in scientific words (haha just kidding)

Now, Let us start! As I’ve mentioned Canon EOS 100D is High-quality low-noise photography with a highly compact meaning? you can take HD photos up to 18-megapixel photos and Full-HD video even in the evening or during the daytime.

using lens

Since it’s a touchscreen camera, it’s easy to use and with one click you can zoom your taken photo to examine its quality or angle.  It also has Scene Intelligent Auto, with this feature you can rapidly take a photo without thinking about the settings of your camera. It’s automatic scene detection with surely impressed you.

Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D key specifications
  • Small form factor DSLR weighing 400g/14oz.
  • 18MP APS-C sensor with 14-bit DIGIC 5 processor
  • ‘Hybrid CMOS AF II’ system with 80% frame coverage
  • Continuous autofocus in movie mode with subject tracking
  • ISO 100-12800 (expandable to ISO 25600)
  • 4 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080/30p video recording, monaural microphone (stereo input jack)
  • 3-inch fixed capacitive touch-screen (same as EOS M)
  • 9 point AF (central sensor is cross-type)
  • ‘Creative Filters’ image-processing controls, previewed live on-screen

Landscape Photos


When I have received my first Canon EOS 100D, it was way back a few years ago. I had it with 2 lenses one with 50mm and the other one 18-55mm. The 50mm is mostly used for portrait photos like profile photos of a person. It’s an automatic close up photo that gives you a clearer definition of the quality.


On the other hand, the 18-55mm is an ideal lens to cover different types of shots. Landscape one or portraits it can be used in any general photos that you could imagine.

Full HD Videos

One of the best things about Canon EOS 100D is that it shoots high-quality video at resolutions up to Full-HD (1080p). Take control of exposure, focusing, sound and more, or use the Video Snapshot mode to capture edited movie sequences in-camera.

Hybrid CMOS AF II provides continuous focusing while shooting, ideal for keeping moving subjects sharp.

Choosing your Mode

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One special feature of this DSLR is the theme-based Scene modes automatically choose the right camera settings for the subject you’re shooting.

Choose from Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Kids, Food and more. And when you’re ready, progress to a Creative Auto mode for more control over factors like background blur, via an intuitive interface.


There’s also a Manual mode where you can set your own ISO, FS, AF, Exposure and other features that you’d like to change.

Capture the Action

action mode

You can also track and shoot fast-moving subjects at 4 fps and take advantage of nine AF points to focus swiftly and accurately, even with off-center subjects.

Other Accessories to Add

In my case, I already added a Lens Hood, mini and regular tripod, a new improved lens (70-300 mm), micro/lapel voice condenser, and another 16 GB SD card. If you love to take photos at night then I recommend you to get the tripod to take photos with exposure.

What attracted me the most about this camera was its good design including a rubberized handgrip, Creative filters feature live preview and Strikingly small body. It’s ideal for those people who have small hands and short fingers, this is very convenient.

The Cons about it is that it has a similar price to the Canon EOS 700D, the AF system only features one cross-type point, and a small design means a small battery.

Final Thoughts


I would definitely recommend this to all beginners and amateur photographers. Although the Canon EOS 200D superseded the Canon EOS 100D. The newer model might not be quite as compact as the 100D, but in every other way, it’s a big step up from its predecessor.

Canon EOS 100D is still available in many stores all over the world. You can check through Amazon and other online stores in your area.

I’ll give it a 10/10 score since it has satisfied me and all my expectations despite of the cons.

Canon EOS 100D

The Smallest and Lightest DSLR in the world

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30 Responses

  1. Masha says:

    Love it! I just got a mirrorless camera but I looked at a bunch of DSLRs as well! this camera looks beautiful! 🙂

  2. Suz says:

    I loved my 100D and found it a fantastic camera for trekking in the Andes. the images were great and used with a 24mm pancake lens it was almost the same as a little point and shoot!

    • Alexine says:

      Thank you Suz, I loved my 100D as well. I don’t know if I’m going to change soon. It satisfies my needs and expectations so let’s see if ever I’ll change soon.

  3. The Momager says:

    I personally don’t know much about cameras and photography, but the amount of detail you gave is awesome!

  4. Krish says:

    Very informative and useful article….specially for beginners..
    Thank you..

  5. Neil Alvin Nicerio says:

    I’m a Nikon fan but after reading your review, I’m now considering buying a canon camera.

    • Alexine says:

      Thanks, Neil Alvin, I would never force you to change to Canon. Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to DSLRs’ but I’m glad to hear that you like my review.

  6. Claire says:

    This is super useful as I am due an upgrade! I have a Sony Nex 5 which is almost 10 years old and concerned it may die in my hands at some point soon!

  7. Nancy_ycnan says:

    Wonderful sharing! Just planned to get a DSLR , Thank you very much for this amazing article. What a good post !

  8. Yukti says:

    I would love to possess this Canon EOS 100 d as it is not very heavy. I love to carry lighter objects while traveling and as you have scored 10/10, I would surely go for it. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Perfect article, loved reading it. A suggestion if you could let me know what would be the manual setting for a camera to shoot during early morning and during direct sunlight. By the way am using a Nikon DSLR

    • Alexine says:

      Hi, Koushik, You can actually set your own manual settings for daytime. Personally, I’ll go for automatic set. It’s super easy and fast unless you’re planning to do a photoshoot.

  10. anshul says:

    I am currently happy with my Nikon D3300 but I am planning to switch to a new camera soon. This one sounds really good for the begginers.

  11. Su Bha Sun says:

    Canon EOS 100D looks beautiful. I have Nikon D3200 though. Loved quality of pictures and videos from DSLRs

  12. Ana says:

    Awesome review!
    I’d love to get my hands on this camera, looks like it would be great for my blog photography 🙂

  13. Nina Nichols says:

    I also use Canon EOS but an older model. Now, this post reminds me my thing is becoming obsolete.

  14. aisasami says:

    I been looking for a camera to help take high-quality photos for my blog. I found what I needed! Thanks!

  15. Sheena Moncatar says:

    I am one big Cannon fan. However travelling SEA and travelling light, I have opted to just bring my mobile phone and park the camera back in my home country since I am not a professional photographer. IMHO, it’s always a great camera to bring, never failed me. Thanks for this informative post.

    • Alexine says:

      I know what you mean Sheena, I’m also travelling to SEA and it’s kinda problem when it comes to transporting DSLR but I find it pratical to bring it with me for better quality photos.

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