Monday, July 14, 2014

Review: Canon EOS 100D

Back in the day, I spent many an hour in the dark room in high school. Basically, when my friends were hunting for me, they would either hit up the dark room or the glass studio where I was either developing photos or doing lampwork. Throughout the years I dabbled with photography with my Canon EOS back when HDR actually required three shots and playing around to composite them, but the nail in the coffin for my DSLR was when the iPhone appeared and I essentially gave up using a DSLR again due to its heaviness and bulk.

When Canon approached me touting the EOS 100D as the smallest, most lightweight DSLR, I felt the itch again. Combined with the fact that I’m planning my Europe trip, it just seemed like the time to pick up the camera again.

Onto the camera itself, it’s definitely lightweight and not as much a hassle to lug around. Plus it really is a great camera for entry-level users. I had pretty much forgotten all my photography basics and was brushing up on aperture, shutter speed and ISO but there were still times when I couldn’t quite remember the optimal combination for the shot I wanted. One handy feature of the camera is a built in guide, which shows exactly what each function of the camera does, and the effect that changing them has. The intelligent auto mode will select the correct scene mode and change the exposure settings for the best results. Of course at the end of the day, it’s much more fun playing with the manual settings yet having these options make it mighty handy for days when I'm just feeling lazy.

Canon EOS 100D at a glance:
• 18-million-pixel APS-C size CMOS sensor
• Digic 5 processor
• ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 25,600)
• 4fps shooting rate
• 3.2in, 1.04-million-dot touchscreen LCD

Suggested Retail Price:
EOS 100D Body (Black): HK$4,680
EOS 100D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Kit Set (Black/White): HK$5,780
EOS 100D with EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Kit Set (White): HK$5,780

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