Canon 100D

Canon EOS 100D front
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 407g - 117 x 91 x 69mm
  • Introduced July 2013
  • Additionally Known as EOS Rebel SL1
  • Newer Model is Canon SL2
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon 100D summary

Canon 100D is Canon's Entry-Level DSLR camera originally announced on July of 2013. The camera houses a 18MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5184 x 3456. The camera is known as "EOS Rebel SL1" in certain regions.

Canon brought out the more recent Canon SL2 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this camera.

The 100D is rated #31 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and over all #264 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should use our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Canon 100D family

The Canon 100D is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
100D vs SL3
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL2 front thumbnailCanon SL2
100D vs SL2
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2017
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Canon-EOS-1200D front thumbnailCanon 1200D
100D vs 1200D
18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2014
Canon-EOS-100D front thumbnailCanon 100D18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-1100D front thumbnailCanon 1100D
100D vs 1100D
12MPAPS-C3.0 fps2011
Canon-EOS-1000D front thumbnailCanon 1000D
100D vs 1000D
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008
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Canon 100D Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon 100D based on features that are typically considered important in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
comes with HDMI socket
comes with mic socket
flash built-in
good sized screen (3")
has manual focus
has touchscreen
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
lighter than competition (407 grams)
megapixel count good (18MP)
nice clear screen (1,040 k dots)
provides face detect autofocus
provides tracking focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports focus via touch
supports phase detect autofocus
supports RAW formats
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
bad battery pack (380 CIPA)
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames per second)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
missing headphone socket
missing Time Lapse recording
no moving screen
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Canon 100D Sensor details

The Canon 100D houses the Digic 5 processor chip. The sensor dimension in the Canon 100D is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor can capture 5184 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 18MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. This ISO can also be expanded electronically to a high of 25600. RAW photos are saved which means that the user has wider margin for error.

The image below displays the 100D's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The 100D sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 100D dimensions

Canon 100D is 0.90 pounds (407g or 14.36 oz) and features outside proportions of 117mm x 91mm x 69mm (4.6" x 3.6" x 2.7"). The weight of typical Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g so the Canon 100D is less heavy when compared to its competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Canon 100D next to a soda to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS 100D dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button layout on the 100D.

Canon EOS 100D topview buttons dials

Canon 100D Lens specs

The 100D works with the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses to select from. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the 100D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-400mm-F4-DO-IS-II-USM lensCanon EF 400mm F4 DO IS II USM400mmf/4.0 2100g
Sigma-120-300mm-F2.8-EX-DG-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM120-300mmf/2.8 2600g
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Canon-EF-S-18-55mm-F4-5.6-IS-STM lensCanon EF-S 18-55mm F4-5.6 IS STM18-55mmf/4-5.6 215g
Carl-Zeiss-Makro-Planar-T2-100-Canon-EF lensCarl Zeiss Makro-Planar T 2100100mmf/2.0 680g
Tokina-AT-X-16-28mm-f2.8-Pro-FX-Canon-EF lensTokina AT-X 16-28mm f2.8 Pro FX16-28mmf/2.8 950g
Tamron-AF-28-200mm-F3.8-5.6-XR-Di-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Canon-EF lensTamron AF 28-200mm F3.8-5.6 XR Di Aspherical IF Macro28-200mmf/3.8-5.6 354g
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Tamron-100-400mm-F4.5-6.3-Di-VC-USD-Canon-EF lensTamron 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD100-400mmf/4.5-6.3 1135g
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Canon 100D Connectivity

The 100D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and sometimes alter settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Some applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Canon 100D Video specs

The max video quality in the Canon 100D is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in H.264 and Motion JPEG format. 1080p quality is an excellent balance for quality and file sizes but 1080p isn't going to leave you with much room to crop. While the camera includes a mic socket, it is sadly missing a headphone socket which means that you will not be able to monitor your sound levels.

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Canon 100D Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Canon 100D so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Canon 100D Display and Viewfinder

The Canon 100D is equipped with a 3" fixed display supporting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Moreover the display is touch friendly which means that you can easily set focus point and adjust settings with your fingertips.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Canon 100D are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • Coverage 95 percent
  • Magnification 0.55x

Viewfinders are rather handy for bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Canon 100D Shutter specs

Canon 100D continuous shooting speed is 3.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon 100D Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon 100D includes both in-built flash and external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/200 seconds.

Canon 100D Autofocus specs

Canon 100D includes both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and accurate when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera supports Face detect which is handy for portraits.

The Sensor supports 9 focus points to pick from. Canon 100D has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to adjust focus. It also features Tracking Autofocus for moving things. Canon 100D boasts manual focusing if required for low light conditions or you need to have more precise control on focusing.

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Canon 100D Battery life

The battery pack (LP-E12) on the Canon 100D is made to last for 380 photographs as per the CIPA benchmarks which is lesser when compared to its competitors. The usual Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x offers the maximum (1900) battery life for this category of cameras.

Below is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
100D vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Canon 100D for different categories of photography

The following diagram provides a summary of the Canon 100D for different categories of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section below.

Canon 100D as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon 100D has a score of 76 which is very high, and means the camera is a brilliant fit for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos in addition to the option to work with off-camera flash.

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has manual focus
megapixel count good (18MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detect autofocus
supports RAW files

Canon 100D Street photography information

Getting a very good score of 68, the Canon 100D is a very decent option for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
comes with touch focus
lighter than competitors (407g)
fixed screen
no image stabilization

Canon 100D Sports photography info

A moderate sports photography score of 58 indicates the Canon 100D is relatively acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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good resolution (18 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides tracking autofocus
supports phase detect AF
slow frames per second (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
bad battery life (380 CIPA)

Canon 100D as a Travel photography camera

Weight is super crucial in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Canon 100D gets a above average 64 for a travelling camera which makes it a fine option to purchase for your vacations.

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lighter than others (407 grams)
has touch to focus
good resolution (18MP)
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse mode
bad battery pack (380 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly

Canon 100D Landscape photography info

In case you're planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Canon 100D at it's very good score of 64 as a landscape camera is a fine choice in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
swap lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
decent megapixels (18MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
bad battery power (380 CIPA)
missing Time Lapse mode

Canon 100D Vlogging details

A vlogging camera preferably should posses a moving screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Canon 100D is not really good as a vlog camera as it delivers a bad rating of 34.

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screen is touchscreen
provides face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has external mic support
lighter than competition in class (407 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization

Canon 100D Alternatives

If you need replacements to the 100D, below is a list of the top scored cameras which fall within the family of Entry-Level DSLR.

The graph down below shows you a summary of the 100D compared to it's top ranked competitors shown earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might consider as alternative options. To read through a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon EOS 100D
Also called as
EOS Rebel SL1
Entry-Level DSLR
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 5
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
5184 x 3456
RAW images
Highest native ISO
Highest enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
Cross type focus points
Lens mount type
Canon EF/EF-S
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
Resolution of display
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
30 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
9.40 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize
1/200 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video format
H.264, Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
407g (0.90 lb)
117 x 91 x 69mm (4.6" x 3.6" x 2.7")
Battery life
380 photographs
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Card slots
Retail price