Announced last March , at the same time as the 70D, the Canon EOS 100D has become a UFO in the small world of digital photography. It must also be said that ultra compact reflexes do not particularly run the streets. In reality, for the manufacturer with the red mark, it was above all a question of offering a solid alternative to hybrids and their extreme compactness. Not having succeeded in imposing the EOS M on the market despite its efforts, Canon therefore took the problem on the wrong foot by producing a camera made for backpackers, a camera generously loaned by Pixmania that has been with me now for almost a month. The time has come to share my thoughts on it with you.
However, it is important to put things in context. Your humble devoted servant is not a photographer. If you expect a complete technical test, it will be better to go snooping at DxOMark or other specialized sites. Also, note that the 100D has been tested with two separate lenses: the EF-S 18-55mm IS STM , supplied as standard with the camera, and the EF 50mm f / 1.4 , my latest purchase. Ah, and since we are there, it should also be noted that all the photos of the box were taken with the Sony RX100 II (tested here ).
Now that everything is clear, we can get to the heart of the matter, and therefore test the Canon EOS 100D.
Technical Specifications & Reactivity
It's not the most exciting time, that's for sure, but you have to start somewhere, so we'll dwell on the technical specifications of the 100D:
- 18 MP APS-C CMOS AF Hybrid II with low-pass filter.
- DIGIC processor 5.
- Sensitivity between 100 and 12,800 ISO, expandable to 25,600 ISO.
- Shutter between 30s and 1 / 4000th.
- 9 AF points, including a cross type in the center.
- Pentamirror type viewfinder with 95% coverage and 0.87x magnification.
- 3.0-inch 1.040K dots ClearView II touchscreen.
- JPEG, RAW formats for photos.
- MOV format for videos.
- 1080p at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second.
- 720p at 60 or 50 frames per second.
- PAL / NTSC video output, mini HDMI output, micro jack.
- SD / SDHC / SDXC card reader.
- Battery life: 380 outlets, CIPA standard.
- Dimensions: 116.9 x 90.7 x 69.4mm.
- Points: 407 grams with battery and memory card.
If the 100D is not positioned on the top of the range, it does, however, with all the honors. The performances are not left out and the case thus benefits from a reactivity foolproof. An instant start (half a second), an autofocus both fast and precise (less than a second), it impresses with its speed. I have already had the opportunity to take a few Canon cameras in hand, and I have not noticed any notable differences in terms of responsiveness between the 100D and the 700D, for example.
The only flaw of this box, ultimately, is the lack of an integrated GPS and a WiFi chip. Casually, being able to quickly transfer your photos without having to connect your reflex to your computer or, worse, without having to take out the memory card, it's still very comfortable. It will nevertheless be possible to correct the situation by investing in a connected card like what is found on the Eye-Fi side.
For the rest of the camera's technical specifications, you can go directly to the Canon website .
Design & Ergonomics
The main advantage of the Canon EOS 100D is its small size . The box has the luxury of being more compact and lighter than the Panasonic Lumix GH3, even though the latter is positioning itself in the hybrid sector! Astonishing? Not that much since the GH3 is tropicalized.
The housing of the 100D is made of aluminum alloy and polycarbonate resin with fiberglass and carbon . It is very “plastic”, on the other hand, even if its finishes are nonetheless very neat. Canon has opted for a special coating on the handle of the reflex, in order to improve the grip and this is rather a good thing since a small body always tends to slip more easily between the hands than a huge one. mastodon. Anyway, the result is sympathetic to the eye and you quickly get used to these neat lines.
The grip of the device is done quite quickly. It will only take a few hours to get used to its dimensions, and to find its marks. Photographers who have already had a Canon SLR in their hands will feel right at home. The others too, by the way.
Let's move on to the ergonomics of the 100D. On the upper edge, we will find from left to right the microphone and the on- board speaker , but also a shoe dedicated to accessories and a trigger accompanied by a dial , a button dedicated to the sensitivity and the wheel mode selection . The switch is directly integrated into the latter in the form of a lever that can take three positions. It is indeed through him that we will switch to video mode.
At the back, we will find no less than eight buttons and a joypad . The menu, info, LiveView mode, autofocus point, exposure and many other settings will therefore be accessible at the touch of a button. Canon also had the good idea of integrating other buttons into its touchscreen. It will therefore not be necessary to explore the menus of the on-board firmware to get hold of the usual options. The time saving is not negligible. Since we're talking about it, know that the onboard screen is of very good quality with exceptional color rendering and foolproof responsiveness .
A real faultless? No, everything is not perfect and the only criticism we can make is about the location of the memory card reader. Canon actually placed it under the case , in the hatch housing the 100D battery. It will therefore be necessary to dislodge it from its tripod to change the card. I would also have liked the screen to be articulated, like what the 700D offers. Some will also be disappointed by the size of the lens delivered as a kit. Nothing will prevent them from investing in a pancake type pebbles like the very good 40mm f / 2.8 produced by Canon.
If the quality of the shots captured with a camera depends a lot on the optics, the camera also has its role to play. The case, and more precisely its sensor. As mentioned above, the Canon EOS 100D has an APS-C CMOS AF Hybrid II sensor. Hybrid, because it integrates both a phase detection system and a contrast detection system . As a direct consequence, the focusing is very fast, and rather precise. Note, however, that the latter is based on “only” 9 collimators, including a cross in the center. Some people will probably twitch on reading these lines but it should be remembered that the highly respected 5D Mark II suffered from the same “limitation”.
Then, of course, there is the question of the objective. If the 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS STM is quite massive and rather intrusive, it has two notable assets: its responsiveness and its discretion . On this point, and only on this point, it does better than my 50mm f / 1.4.
But what about the quality of the pictures delivered? After all, that's really what matters, right? Certainly and in this area, the 100D really surprised me. To be perfectly frank with you, I expected a rather low-end case, sacrificing performance on the altar of compactness. It only took me about ten minutes to understand my mistake. Easy to learn, all the settings fall directly under our fingers. The viewfinder is both comfortable and bright. And the screen is simply a treat to use, especially in video. We frame our scene, we press on the desired focus area and it's over, all that remains is to start recording. So of course, the real professionals will not give a damn about it, without forgetting to growl that nothing beats the manual focus, but the neophyte, him, will not fail to applaud with both hands.
The sensitivity, for its part, leaves a little to be desired and it would be better to avoid going above ISO 3200 otherwise you end up with a highly noisy image. This being the case, for the rest, the small box does it with all the honors, including with the lens delivered in kit. The 100D is indeed capable of competing with most amateur type SLRs, and even with some of our hybrid friends.
An image is worth more than a thousand speeches, here are some pictures taken with the 18-55mm and with the 50mm. Unpretentious, that goes without saying. The photos are available here in large format.
Popularized thanks to the 5D Mark II, video on DSLR has developed considerably over the years with better performance for our cameras, and a large number of specialized accessories. Many professionals in the field have also taken the plunge and the 100D fits rather well in this trend. If it will obviously not do as well as a D800 or even a 6D, it will be able to deliver good quality sequences, including with the lens supplied as a kit.
In terms of modes, there is no shortage of choice since it will be possible to opt for a recording format in 1080p at 30, 25 and 24 frames per second, or in 720p at 60 and 50 frames per second . If you have a good editing software behind it, then you will be able to do some wonderful replays that are sure to improve your popularity on Vimeo.
However, all is not perfect for all that and the main flaw of the 100D, from my point of view, is the on-board microphone (mono). Quietly, he is doing well but he shows his limits very quickly in less easy conditions. Good point, however, Canon had the very good idea to integrate a microphone input into the box. Nothing will prevent you from investing in an external microphone, therefore.
To give you an idea of the possibilities offered by the 100D in terms of video recording, I have prepared a small sequence created from several rushes, a sequence shot in turn with my two lenses. Also be aware that my Galaxy Note 3 review videos were all shot with the little Canon, so you can head over here to see what the hell is all about.
The time for the verdict has arrived. The 100D, from my point of view, is a real surprise. If it is small in size, its performance has nothing to envy to other amateur type SLRs and it will satisfy both the neophyte wishing to learn digital photography as well as the professional looking for a second camera. compact and discreet.
Some may criticize it for the size of its lens, or even the poor performance of its built-in microphone, but it will suffice to invest in additional lenses and an external microphone to correct the situation. In short, you will understand, the Canon EOS 100D is really a very good surprise.
And I can't do without it.
The price ? 455 € naked , or 569 € with the 18-55mm !