Canon EOS 100D / SL1 review – Handheld Landscapes

The Canon EOS 100D is Canon’s newest entry level DSLR and once again: It also shoots video. I tested the camera and took it out for a walk in the highlands of Scotland.

Canon EOS SL1It’s lightweight, it’s compact, it shoots video. A travel application is the logical conclusion to test this full fledged DSLR.

Beautiful landscapes are a nice thing to shoot. Unfortunately the aliasing the sensor produces makes it less ideal to shoot something that has a lot of detail, like landscapes.

In terms of video quality this camera is similar to the other affordable Canon DSLR’s out there.
So if you’re only looking for this kind of video performance and you don’t care about functionality you will not notice a difference between this one, the new 700D, the 4 year old 7D or anything in between. You can get the Canon EOS T3i for $549 right now (was $400) which offers a very similar look.

The Image Stabilizer performance of the included 18-55mm kit lens was very convincing and helped me shoot the whole thing without a tripod. I had to apply some post processing, and lost 1% of the video size to cancel rotational shake. (I also added movement stabilization to the shot with my colleague on the bridge).
To get stable shots with this camera I recommend a pocket rig like the edelkrone or more affordable Fotodiox.

In terms of storage a 32GB SD card that costs $23 (LINK) and will give you 90 minutes of space for video. You can record individual clips of up to 30 minutes.

The autofocus is rather quick, but I personally don’t like to see the focus shifting the camera does while focusing.

Pro’s and Con’s:

– similar sensor as most other DSLR’s over the oast 4 years
– lots of aliasing
– touch screen control is not very intuitive
+ STM kit lens offers great stabilization in video
+ lightweight, small design supports easy handheld shooting
+ can almost go in your pocket, if it’s a big pocket
+ autofocus might be useful for some

The Canon EOS 100D is available for $799: LINK

As more and more new camera models offer better video quality the sensors used in Canon DSLR’s are getting outdated. If you’re not looking for the light weight and portability of this DSLR there might be better options out there.
The convenience of the form factor of this DSLR however was a very pleasing when using it in a travel environment and could very well be something hobby videographers enjoy.

Music kindly provided by themusicbed:
Carly Comando – Summer


Here are some of the photographs I took. As a photo camera the 100D really shows the true powers that lie within the compact body. And hopefully this is how video will look in future generations of the EOS series. With the 5D mark III’s RAW functionality the first step in that direction has already been taken.





See other photos by me here.

Watch it on Vimeo

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jerimy123 June 13, 2013

Wake me up in 20-30 years when Canon decides to do something new…if they exists by then.

Benjamin Hoffmann Reply
Benjamin Hoffmann June 13, 2013

Absolutely brilliant on my iPhone! Generally I have to say how impressed I am by the quality you guys at C5D deliver…Philipp Bloom is a joke!

Nino Leitner Reply
Nino Leitner June 13, 2013

He’s not, he’s a good friend with a great talent and a passion to share like we strive to do as much as possible too. We appreciate that you like our stuff though.

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian June 13, 2013

Thanks for your comment Benjanin,
I must agree with Nino though.


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Seymour June 14, 2013

I sill run mu old T2i and I have to say that all these Rebel cameras when using good glass are pretty amazing given the money. Now that you can get filters that help with aliasing and moire, if Canon would just step up the detail to match the Panasonic GH line Id be thrilled. Not holding my breath though :-(

Anthony June 17, 2013

Why has Benjamin’s comment not been moderated but my comments get deleted?
Moderators, can you please email me directly to discuss your ethics statement rather than just delete my posts and pretend I don’t exist. I have been very fair, you should be too.

Sebastian Wöber June 17, 2013

Your comments have been disrespectful beyond compare. Watch your tone or you will be permanently banned. [Update: User permanently banned for repeated disrespectful comments to other users and moderator, not accepting the moderator warnings and posting with multiple accounts.]

p June 28, 2013

Where was this specifically in the highlands? Like exact spot on the map lol?

Want to visit Scotland soon.

Manus September 16, 2013

Is it just me or do the deep focus shots look much more pleasant, (more cinematic, less digital) than usual canons? (apart from the nice subject of course)

Matt V. January 17, 2014

It looks like the only difference between the SL1 and the 700D/T5i is that the 700D has a tilting LCD screen and is larger than the SL1. Other than those two things, the two cameras are pretty much identical performance-wise. They’re also the same price on B&H, except you get the kit lens with the SL1. It’s an odd choice by Canon to make a basically identical camera at a lower price point.

Anonymous September 30, 2014

I agree with Matt V. on the 700D VS 100D comparison.

When I wanted to replace my 1000D with a DSLR that can film, I was looking at Canon’s line of products again because I enjoy their ergonomics. I specifically looked at the 700D and the 100D because of their video functionality. And I just could not justify spending the extra money on the 700D just for a swivelling screen.

I understand that when you’re filming yourself, you need to be able to see what the camera is seeing, but it just wasn’t worth the extra cash. I eventually went for the 100D and got a $20 external screen for it that sits on the hot shoe. I couldn’t be happier.

As for all the cons that Canon carries about its dated sensors and internals; I understand the commotion. I mean, Even top of the line full-frame Canons and Nikons barely make it up to iso 25,600 , whereas Sony’s A7s is doing 100k+ iso with ease. That shows how far behind certain camera manufacturers are when it comes to low-light sensitivity. Also, the moire, aliasing and pretty slow sensor-based focussing on Canon cameras can be a real deal-breaker for videographers. Then again, the EOS line was never big on video due to the lack of 10bit, 4:2:2 and generally any sort of colour grading.

Den December 4, 2014

I’m also thinking of going for the 100D. The low-cost external screen sounds like a great option! Do you mind sharing a link to the $20 external screen that can sit on the hot shoe mounting point?

 Arielle Contreras Reply
Arielle Contreras February 14, 2016

With the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, can you hear the lens focusing – or is it actually silent as it is advertised to be?

Secondly, was this shot with an external mic?

Sebastian Wöber Reply
Sebastian Wöber February 14, 2016

Hi Arielle,

Did this review almost 3 years ago, so not sure I remember it all. But the clicking noise in the part of the video where I did the autofocus thing, that was the actual noise of the lens. So it’s definitely not silent for video. However I used the internal mic for that, so I couldn’t say how much it would affect a non internal. Hope that helps :( All the best