Price: £483 plus VAT (body only) . £591 plus VAT (with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens).
Pros: Smaller and lighter build makes carrying DSLR body and lens less of a drag, yet more compact proportions haven’t obviously compromised picture quality.
Cons: The lighter construction results in more obvious camera shake in lower light, no angle adjustable LCD plus a smaller handgrip than the 700D which costs just 50 quid more.
The 18-megapixel EOS 100D is the literally smaller brother to the 700D sitting at the summit of Canon’s APS-C sensor-based digital SLR range.
Indeed, the sales pitch for the 100D is that it is the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR at the time of writing. That being said, at dimensions of 116.8x90.7x69.4mm and weighing 407g without lens it’s still a meatier proposition than most compact system cameras (CSC) if you want a model on which you can change lenses. Those who have been considering a DSLR yet have been previously put off by the bulk may want to re-consider.
Inevitably some features have been omitted to achieve a smaller than average DSLR design. The 100D misses the angle adjustable LCD of the 700D, which costs just £50 more, though we do get a touchscreen; a relative rarity on a DSLR. The handgrip is also noticeably reduced in scale, yet provides a moulding for the fingers that enables a firm-ish grip with the bundled 18-55mm zoom attached. Those with larger hands might find the smaller format and tiny backplate buttons an issue an issue, but we didn’t. For them there’s the larger 700D in any event.
Unusually, the 1920x1080 pixels Full HD video mode is here accessed via a third setting on the lever that encircles the shooting mode dial – comprehensively featured thanks to 12 manual and automatic options – and importantly provides the means of turning the 100D on or off. Flick this to video mode and the rear LCD displays the image in front of your lens instead of just the generic shooting info it carries the rest of the time.
A press of a red record button top right of the backplate then commences and ends recording; if pressing the main shutter release button during filming the camera merely adjusts focus and exposure, as it would when shooting stills. It’s worth mentioning here that the high-resolution screen is a boon for checking the focus of stills, not just for the monitoring of moving footage. Shots are sharp and colourful in the main, with only occasional blown highlights in strong sunlight.
Battery life is good for 380 photos, which, while modest compared to most DSLRs, at least means it’s comparable to the best compact system camera. On a two-week holiday we needed to re-charge it twice; but even then we did so as a precautionary measure without the battery being fully spent. In fact the DSLR’s smaller size makes it an excellent travel companion for when you want more professional looking holiday shots and video.