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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 6 November 2013
If you're an amateur photographer or hobbyist that that has previously owned a DSLR, then you'll surely appreciate the fatigue that comes with carrying it around. For such expensive devices, there is quite an imbalance between performance and practicality.

So when Canon introduced the EOS 100D - "the worlds smallest and lightest DSLR" - you may be asking what this product compromises on. There are afterall a whole range of EOS cameras that dwarf the 100D, and are often more striking when it comes down to design.

The only way to summarise this camera is that it's for people wanting full DSLR functionality without the a bulk of professional features.

There are three versions of this kit on offer - the camera body on its own, another with the EF 18-55mm kit lens, and a third that has the former lens but with built-in Image Stabilisation (IS) and a Stepper Motor (STM).

Canon's new 18-55mm lens is a smart revision, because the original version had a very cheap feel to it. Although this latest design still has a full plastic body and mount, it genuinely feels a little more rugged and has the added bonus of a manual focus ring, so it's much easier to get creative when shooting. Pay a little more, and you also get the indispensable `IS' for handheld portraits at lower shutter speeds, and the decent `STM' for video recording.

Optically, the 18-55mm serves it's purpose for general photography, but that is about it. It's a decent option if you're just getting into photography, but if you already have experience, then look elsewhere.

The 100D itself has a range of interesting design choices that set it apart. Is there anything more to say about its form? This thing is light, and it never feels like any corners have been cut. Sure enough the battery has been downsized too, but this is a small sacrifice for something that you have no hesitation in carrying around with you. Despite its size, it feels very ergonomic and of higher quality than most of Canons 7-series cameras.

High-end DSLR's tend to try and `solve' menu navigation by offering a whole array of physical buttons, and this is acceptable if your needs demand it. However, capacitive touch-screens have improved greatly over the past several years, making them more comfortable and precise to use on a regular basis.

The 100D features such, and it provides an excellent method for changing your camera's settings with ease. This is achieved by first tapping an unlock button (labelled `Q' for Quick), which then highlights and allows for change to anything that you would normally prioritise - white balance, shutter speed, aperture and more.

There is almost zero learning curve, and importantly, it solves deep menu navigation.

Canon had the foresight to include that `lock' function because it prevents accidental input. Not only this, but the screen automatically dims when you raise the camera to look through the viewfinder. The screen is bright and very, very sharp, with the option to change the colour scheme of the menus if you wish.

In play mode, the screen can also be used to navigate photographs in a similar manner to a tablet or smartphone, with swipe and pinch-to-zoom gestures.

Despite the inclusion of a touch-screen, you can still use the camera in exactly the same way as always using its physical buttons. Everything is laid out nice and clearly, with the buttons themselves only having access to functions that you would need or use frequently. This is perfect for advanced amateurs or casual photographers that like to control the camera knowing, almost by heart, the layout of the buttons and exactly what they do.

What genuinely came as a surprise to me however was the 100D's performance when shooting. It's easy to assume that, based upon the camera's size and price, it could never compete with the higher end DSLRs that often cost twice or three times as much. The truth is, this little guy is as good as anything that I've ever seen from a crop sensor. The images are quite remarkable both in JPEG and RAW, with a mesmerising range of colours and clarity. RAW images will consume in excess of 20mb of storage, but the quality of the JPEGs (at almost half of the required storage) will surely satisfy a majority of users.

So to draw one popular comparison, why pick an EOS over a mirror less camera? One word: lenses. This of course applies to Nikon's DSLRs too, but the advantage of picking a compact DSLR such as the 100D over, say, an Olympus Pen, is that you have access of hundreds of different lenses - many of which are continuously updated and priced very decently by comparison.

It should also be known that, as is the way fashion moves, many of these compact mirrorless cameras (with interchangeable lenses) are priced according to how they look, rather than how they perform, and are superseded annually.

A somewhat added bonus to this particular product is that it arrived with an excellent Canon DVD, which helps to explain the functions of the EOS range, its accessories, and more importantly how these can be used to creative effect (All narrated by professionals). The video is neither one long promotion nor a snooze-cruise, but a genuinely engaging tutorial that will benefit amateur photographers and those looking to get the most out of their camera. In its own right, this could have been sold separately, but the choice to include it for free is simply excellent.

So without wanting to say more than is necessary, I really can't recommend the 100D enough if you're looking for the "first step up". The initial outlay is quite a change from the more budget conscious 1100D, but what you're getting in return are images of fantastic quality from a simplified camera body. What's not to like?
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on 8 April 2016
Where to start.

I didn't buy this camera from amazon, I got it from Currys as they offered a free 3 year warranty for the exact same price. No brainer.

I got the exact same kit lens you get on amazon, and i've had it since Christmas so I've taken a fair few shots on it. Before I got it, I was a complete newb so to speak. Never touched a proper camera other than your typical point and shoot.

Onto the review. The pictures it takes are really nice. Don't get me wrong, it won't rival the expensive £1000 body only cameras on the market, but if you're looking for an entry into photography at a reasonable price with a reasonable focal range (18-50mm is very good).

The camera and lens are fairly light, fairly quiet and are good all around. I've used them for video and achieved good audio quality with the built in mic, the only problem was it picked up a lot of background noise from a server running near me, so you couldn't hear my voice as clearly but it did an excellent job. The auto focus can be a bit gimmicky at times when shooting video.

The camera includes a fair few features for taking pictures. It has your typical manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, auto and then macro and all the other jazz. The auto focus has a few features and manual is also ok with the kit lens that comes with it. On my first outing with the camera, I managed to take some pretty decent pictures, considering I had only read one or two introduction guides to exposure and photography in general, so the camera is definitely working it's magic.

If you have the extra money, depending on what type of photography you do, you may find it beneficial to spend some more money and get the 700d or any other camera that comes with a variangle screen, as for shooting stuff up high or on the ground is tricky with this camera. Plus, spending the extra money will also grant more features.

All in all, It's a great camera to start off with, and it comes at a very decent price.
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on 8 June 2015
Thank you to the person who used this camera at Crufts. I bought it because you said it was not too heavy and you were right.
I am a poor photographer who wanted to improve my ability and this helps enormously. Simple to use and very responsive. Even the setting "without flash" produced good pictures.
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on 30 October 2016
Five Stars for Value. This really is an excellent little DSLR. I've owned much more expensive DSLR's and I can tell you that for the price the EOS 100D is unbeatable. With the 18-55mm STM kit lens this beauty gets you into DSLR photography at under £400 for a new camera with a lens! The images are great even with the kit lens. I was between Cameras having sold my Canon EOS 7D Mk II and EF-S lenses in order to upgrade to a 5D Mk III full-frame outfit. I was invited to a wedding in the interim period and camera-less, I bought the EOS 100D to cover the gap. I used it with my EF 85mm f/1.8 and EF 50mm f/1.4 lenses and WOW! For this kind of shooting (Wedding/Group/Portrait/Landscape) the images are comparable with my old 7D (which costs three time the price!) and it is only sports photography (High frame-rate per second and advanced autofocus with tracking) that is missing in terms of image capture. It is very small and very light but the pop-up flash is adequate and with a decent walk-about lens this makes the ideal travel camera. The handling feels nice and battery life is decent. No matter what camera I buy in the future, I'm keeping my new little buddy, the 100D as my spare and travel camera.
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on 9 March 2017
Feels great. Matched to the Canon pancake lenses it's very small and manageable. AF's a bit hit or miss, but not bad. I prefer the manual mode and the touchscreen is nice if erratic. Build quality is very good. Super, tough budget camera!
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on 4 July 2016
Easy to use and takes amazing photos
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on 16 March 2017
Daughter loves it. x
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on 10 February 2014
The Canon EOS100D is a very nice, very small DSLR. I also own an EOS7 which costs nearly three times as much, and the results from the 100D are evry bit as good. There small size takes a bit of getting used to, but once you put a lens on it, there is plenty to get hold of. I know from experience that it can be quite uncomfortable carrying a heavy camera around all day, and the lightness of the 100D is very welcome in this respect. Despite being light, it feels very robust and well made and the polycarbonate case feels almost the same as Canon's more expensive magnesium bodied cameras.
there are two things I don't like. Firstly, the camera is a bit patronising! Every time you change a setting it explains what the new setting is used for, as if you know nothing about cameras. This is a waste of time. Perhaps you can turn it off, but I haven't looked at the DVD handbook, so I'm not sure. There is a small but quite comprehensive instruction book as well as a DVD so you don't need to use the DVD unless you really want to know everything about the camera.
The other thing I don't like is the batty case cover. It feels flimsy, so you would need to be careful when using it. Cards are also accessed using this cover. So you will be opening it quite often. A shame really because it spoils an otherwise quality product, and is the reason why I have only awarded four stars. It's not a major problem however, so don't be put off by this.
The shutter allows 4 frames per second. I thought I might find this a bit slow compared to my EOS7 but it's fine and in fact I have difficulty just taking one shot when it's set to multi- shoot.
To summarise- an excellent camera, particularly for someone with small hands and also a worthwhile buy as a second camera when you want something a bit compact without sacrificing quality
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on 10 September 2014
The camera body arrived in excellent time & very securely packaged. The only problem was that it did not come with an English handbook! However I downloaded the official Canon instructions - all nearly 400 pages! Nevertheless a very competitive price & very satisfied. I have several Canon cameras & this one is just superb!
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on 7 May 2016
Excellent pour commencer dans la photo et en blanc il est juste trop beau !!
Tres facile a prendre en main et objectif polyvalent.
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