Canon EOS 100D Review

Providing the exact same picture quality as other entry-level Canon SLRs but with a considerably more compact body, the 100D is a satisfying first step into the world of SLR camera photography.

Canon EOS 100D 18-55mm IS STM Angle

Canon EOS 100D 18-55mm IS STM kit

Tempted by the prospect of an interchangeable lens camera (ILC)? Canon would like to get you back once again to the world of SLRs with the 100D.

Layout and features

Developed for photographers that always desired the flexibility of an SLR camera, but have become discouraged by the dimensions and weight, the 100D has a weight of only 407 grams. Even though it looks a lot like every other Canon SLR camera from the exterior, everything is more compact — 12 % trimmer compared to the 650D.

Not a great deal has become compromised on the specifications sheet, nevertheless. The camera offers exactly the same 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor as the 650D along with the 700D, which was revealed simultaneously with the 100D. It features a Digic 5 image processor chip as well as nine AF points, although just one cross-type at the centre.

Canon EOS 100D 18-55mm IS STM

Canon EOS 100D 18-55mm IS STM Kit

Dependant upon the lens you couple the camera with, the 100D rests beautifully in the palm of your hand. The grip is compact, and bigger hands may find that they overwhelm the slim body. Rotate the camera around, and the 3-inch touchscreen display occupies the vast majority of rear panel. This also ensures that other control keys as well as dials are kept to an absolute minimum. A four-way directional pad exists, but lacks any marks to demonstrate exactly what each and every direction is utilized for. Playback, exposure compensation and an aperture button are the other principal controls.

Canon EOS 100D 18-55mm IS STM

Canon EOS 100D 18-55mm IS STM Kit

Even though the downscaling of control keys may appear as if the 100D is merely for novice photographers, the mode dial on the top does indeed accommodate each of the same controls available on every other SLR camera in the form of full program, aperture, shutter and manual exposure modes. Newcomers additionally gain access to complete automatic, portrait, landscape, macro, sports and no flash and creative automatic modes.

Canon EOS 100D 18-55mm IS STM

Canon EOS 100D 18-55mm IS STM Kit

As with any other SLR camera, it is able to capture JPEG as well as RAW pictures, whilst support for quicker UHS-I SD cards ensures that the buffer receives a boost to a maximum of 1140 JPEG photos when you use continuous mode. At four fps, continuous shooting isn’t a slouch, either. On the rear of the camera sits the identical 3-inch capacitive touchscreen display which was on the 650D.

Canon EOS 100D Sample Photo

Canon EOS 100D Sample Photo

The hybrid CMOS AF system is perfect for photographers who shoot mainly in Live View, or who take a large amount of video. Additionally present in the 650D, the phase-detection system swiftly grabs a focusing point, and then the camera switches in to the more conventional contrast detection to attain accurate focus. In the 100D, the hybrid system now covers 80 per cent of the sensor size, which is designed to give much better results than previous cameras.

Connectivity can be found in the form of a 3.5mm microphone port, remote port, USB as well as HDMI out — each revealed beneath the single flap at the side of the camera. As with any other Canon SLRs, image stabilisation is supplied through the lens.

Canon EOS 100D 18-55mm IS STM

Canon EOS 100D 18-55mm IS STM Kit

The 100D now receives the capability to preview creative filter effects in Live View mode on the display screen, before you take the photo.

The 100D didn’t slow down significantly when producing a burst of JPEG photos, progressing to about 30 frames before any indication of processing time or buffering came into play.

The focusing system is agile, on level with previous digital slr cameras found in this class from Canon. There are actually, nevertheless, very small focusing points within the viewfinder, which might be challenging to pinpoint upon your desired subject. Undoubtedly that Canon is counting on many users to compose and take photos utilizing Live View along with the touchscreen display, which supports features like touch to focus for more precise handling. When you use Live View, focusing remains equally slow as on all of the other entry level Canon SLRs, therefore try not to expect any remarkable improvements there.

Just what is absent on the 100D is an inbuilt Wi-Fi option. With an increasing number of ILCs and SLRs having this particular functionality, it’s a pity that there is not a way to instantly transfer pictures or movies to a mobile device, particularly as this is a characteristic touted on various other Canon digital cameras, such as the PowerShot N and higher-end 6D.

Canon rates the battery pack at 350 photos utilising the optical viewfinder or 150 photos with Live View, which is considerably less than the other SLRs found in this range, including the 1100D, that can handle 750 shots making use of the viewfinder before a recharge is required.

Image quality

Employing the same sensor as the 700D and 650D, it isn’t surprising that the 100D generates pictures that are extremely consistent to these somewhat larger cameras. On default settings, the camera produces punchy JPEGs with good colour rendition and noise control at low ISO levels.

Reaching up to higher ISO sensitivities, the 100D does a respectable job of keeping noise at bay. ISO 1600 is the highest sensitivity, where noise is very well managed even at maximum resolution — anything greater, and colour shifting begins to happen.

The 100D preserves an identical level of detail in its RAW files, just like the previous cameras mentioned. Detail is recovered best from shadow areas, whilst highlight detail is mainly recoverable except within the most extreme instances of overexposure. Utilizing automatic exposure modes, the 100D does demonstrate a slight level of overexposure when making use of evaluative metering mode.

Video quality is once more in line with what we have observed previously on the Canon series of SLRs. Colours are yet again punchy with strong, defined contrasts between shade and highlight areas using default picture styles. When used along with the kit 18-55mm STM lens, autofocus in video recording is actually noiseless and smooth.

As opposed to cameras like the 700D, for example, the 100D has only room for an integrated mono microphone. This means owners looking for the very best audio quality would want to incorporate an external microphone for stereo sound.


The Canon EOS 100D offers a gratifying experience for newer photographers or those who find themselves looking to purchase a rather compact entry in to the world of SLRs. Nevertheless, it may not be sufficiently small to attract prospective buyers away from a similarly priced mirrorless ILC with additional features.

Canon PowerShot N Review

January 19th, 2013 176 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

Canon’s PowerShot N is regarded as the intriguing-designed compact camera around the showfloor only at that year’s CES. Now, Canon aren’t noted for gimmicks and that he PowerShot brand usually means staid reliability, therefore we were curious to determine what the organization was as much as.
It sticks out immediately because of its unconventional square design. We were not quite sure how you can hold it in the beginning, especially as there is no traditional shutter button on the top, nor the typical selection of controls around the back that website beneath your thumb.
Rather you grasp it similarly and relaxation your forefinger on top of the contact lens. You will find two controls here, a zoom ring controls the 8x optical zoom and merely behind this can be a second ring when pressed functions like a shutter button. It is a little awkward in the beginning but you will get accustomed to finding all of them with your finger – hands it to some friend though plus they may struggle.
It is available in both whitened and black, but could be decorated using a variety of clip-on half covers – like the blue one pictured here in addition to patterned versions. One anxiety about the look may be the small 870mAh battery power, although it reaches least exchangeable. The compact design does mean it takes only micro SD cards. Overall a great compact point and shoot camera

Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZE Review

December 15th, 2012 170 Comments   Posted in SLR Lenses

This Zeiss 25mm f/2 Distagon is really a full-frame, manual-focus-only, fully meter- and EXIF-combined lens for Nikon or Canon SLRs.
In comparison mind-to-mind in the test range, the Zeiss 25/2 is a lot sharper in particular apertures than any one of Canon’s latest ultrawide zooms such as the 16-35mm f/2.8 L II or 17-40mm f/4 L, or even the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM. If you are a Canon full-frame shooter who desires more sharpness than you are getting from Canon’s ultrawide contacts, this can be a significant step-up if you do not mind manual focus with full exposure automation.
It is way better made robotically other SLR contacts today.
This Zeiss lens is manual-focus only. It won’t autofocus on any camera.
Unlike present day plastic zooms, this really is all-metal. If you are accustomed to putting your Nikon and Canon plastic special gems lower in your glass table or desktop, back away – you have to be careful with one of these heavy metal and rock Zeiss contacts.
Thank heavens each version focuses within the same direction just like Nikon’s and Canon’s contacts.
Focus is stiff, slow and incredibly damped. It wants two fingers to wrench it around it will not just flick having a finger.
It’s very dense.The red-colored footage engravings are extremely dark and never particularly visible. They stick out a lot more during these photos compared to reality.
The Eos 550d mount doesn’t have red-colored index us dot around the outdoors, just like Canon contacts. You need to search for the red-colored us dot on the rear of the mount, that is a discomfort!
There’s no “25″ engraved quietly. You need to just know, or consider the front from the lens without any cap.
This Zeiss 25 2 is way better than Canon’s ultrawide zooms or even the EF 28mm f/1.8 USM.
This Zeiss is a touch less contrasty within the center at f/2, improving at f/2.8 and optimum by f/4.

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Review

September 1st, 2012 122 Comments   Posted in Digital Compact Cameras

Canon has included an upgraded AutoFocus system, Intelligent Image Stabilization, and Zoom Framing Assist — a Canon technology which allows you to quickly zoom all the way out to a wide angle to relocate subjects after they’ve left your framing. Canon says this is particularly helpful when shooting animals or moving subjects, as in Zoom Framing Assist, lens retraction and extension are quicker than pressing the zoom buttons.
f you’re looking to save some hard-earned cash and don’t think you’ll need the full 30x optical zoom, Canon has also announced the SX160 IS, which is virtually identical to the SX500 in features, save for the 16x optical zoom, smaller body profile, and the sub-$250 price tag.

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Features:
  • 30x optical zoom lens (24mm to 720mm)
  • 16-megapixel image sensor
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • HD Video Recording
  • Smart AUTO Mode
  • Intelligent Image Stabilization
  • Zoom Framing Assist

The PowerShot SX500 IS is the ideal option for users looking for compact power. Utilising Canon’s extensive expertise in lens design, it features a newly-developed 24mm wide-angle, 30x optical zoom lens, small enough to fit in a travel-friendly body. The PowerShot SX160 IS is an affordable, easy-to-use superzoom, boasting a versatile lens custom-designed for this model alone. With a 28mm wide-angle and 16x optical zoom, this new lens offers the flexibility to snap everything from group shots at children’s birthday parties, to long-distance close-ups of animals at the zoo.

Canon EOS 650D Review

June 16th, 2012 136 Comments   Posted in Digital SLR Cameras

Like the Canon EOS 600D, in reflex mode the Canon EOS 650D uses a nine-point phase detection autofocus system. However, all of these points are cross-type with the new camera. The 600D only has one cross-type AF point, which is the centre of the frame. This should make the 650D’s AF system more responsive than the 600D’s, since it’s better able to detect the subject.

Obviously we want to test a full-production sample fully before we pronounce judgement, but the early signs are good and the subject jumped quickly into focus at every AF point we selected during our time with the pre-production sample.

In Live View and movie mode, the Canon EOS 650D is able to focus continuously using its Hybrid AF system. This is a first for an EOS camera. The phase detection part of this process is made possible by the presence of on-sensor pixels that are dedicated to informing the system.