Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 Review
The EOS 100D employs the same capacitative-type multi-touch screen that we first saw on the EOS 650D. This means that it works much like a modern smartphone, with a highly responsive, intuitive interface. As with other most touchscreen cameras you can set your desired focus point simply by touching the screen, and if you like, even have the camera take the picture at the same time. As we saw on the EOS M, you can adjust the sensitivity of the touchscreen, which, according to Canon can make it usable with thin gloves.
|The EOS 100D, like the 650D before it, features comprehensive touchscreen capability for control of both camera settings and menu options. Users who prefer button-only operation can disable touchscreen functionality altogether.|
The EOS 100D's touchscreen interface is the same one we saw on the EOS 650D and EOS M. Unlike on the 650D, however, the screen here is fixed, not articulated, a concession presumably made for a more compact camera size. Fast processing and a capacitive touch screen mean the interface immediately feels responsive. Pressing the center 'Q' button on the back of the camera brings up a touch-sensitive quick menu, with each icon retaining the same position it holds when the camera displays its current settings on the screen. This gives it an almost smartphone level of intuitiveness.
As on previous Canons, you don't have to use the touchscreen if you don't want to - you can just as easily navigate around the Q screen using the 4-way controller, and change the selected setting simply by spinning the main dial. The Q menu's range of available options isn't entirely comprehensive, but in PASM mode we found we could very quickly adjust almost all of the settings we wanted. Whether you're looking to engage picture styles or creative filters, or adjust white balance or exposure, the setting is at your fingertips.
|In live view the Q menu allows for easy touch-enabled access to key shooting controls, with well-defined and proportioned icons.||The camera's main menu system can also be navigated by touch. We do find the tab icons a bit too small to select reliably by touch, but as usual you can just use the 4-way controller instead.|
|The 100D uses Canon's unique video snapshot mode. This records short clips of a pre-determined length and stitches them together to a multi-take movie that in principle should be more interesting than long, unbroken footage.||Snapshots can be 2, 4 or 8 seconds long, but you can't mix and match lengths in a given album.
In playback mode you can freely re-order the clips in an album.
Hybrid CMOS AF II
Introduced in the EOS 650D and also included in the EOS M, Canon's 'hybrid' AF system gets an update in the EOS 100D. The on-imager phase-detection system means that the autofocus system is able to make use of the company's extensive understanding of phase-detection subject tracking while in live view. It also means that the camera should always know in which direction to begin searching for focus, unless your subject is right at the edge of the frame. Systems based solely on contrast-detection can sometimes get this wrong, with the result that the camera re-focuses all the way out of focus before coming back again, resulting in a video that suddenly drops totally out of focus before recovering.
|In a significant upgrade from the version found on the EOS M and 650D, the 'Mark II' hybrid AF on the EOS 100D now covers a very large percentage of the live view area (indicated by the brackets.|
In live view mode the phase-detection system is used for identifying where the subject currently is, with contrast detection then kicking-in to fine-tune focus. While this does not completely eliminate 'focus wobble' as the camera confirms focus, in our tests it noticeably reduces focus hunting thanks to the combination of the two AF technologies. This hybrid AF technology is available with all EF-compatible lenses. Yet it should be noted that it is only with Canon's STM lenses like the recent EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and co-announced EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (all designed for more efficient contrast-detect AF performance) that you'll be able to take full advantage of the hybrid AF system.
Jun 29, 2016
Jun 23, 2015
May 26, 2015
Jul 22, 2016
|Douaumont Ossuary by Eric 54-BNF|
from Armistice Day
|Silhouette at sunset by Jill Hancock|
from Portrait Lens (around 80mm or equivalent - please check the full rules)
Sigma is discounting 13 different high-performance 'Art' series lenses from today until November 30th. The company is calling it an 'unprecedented' sale.
See DJI's 'AeroScope' drone-tracking technology in action. This is the system that DJI says can help law enforcement and airport (among others) track and identify rogue drones.
iPhone X owners can already accessorize their new phone with high-quality smartphone photography lenses courtesy of Moment's new lineup.
Considering buying Sigma's exciting new 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary lens for crop-sensor E-Mount and M43? Check out these official full-res samples first!
Vimeo has just added support for 8K HDR 10-bit content, making it possible to show up to 75% of the colors the human eye can perceive vs the usual 35%. Take THAT YouTube.
The holidays are coming, but your gear isn't cutting it? It's time to treat yourself!
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and sitting pretty at #5 is the Fujifilm X-T20.
See some of the most iconic black-and-white photographs throughout history brought to life by a community of colorization enthusiasts and professional retouchers in the new book Retrographic.
Shopping for a photographer? Whether you are one yourself or not, chances are you could use some ideas. From stocking stuffers on up, we've got some photography gift suggestions for every budget.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. Drum roll please... the #6 spot belongs to none other than the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DH HSM Art.
Read the story behind this gorgeous wedding photo captured at Trolltunga in Norway by husband and wife duo Priscila Valentina Photography. The 14 hour hike in the rain that preceded this shot was TOTALLY worth it.
Go behind the scenes with filmmaker Nick Arcivos, who recently created a beautiful cinematic short film in Paris using only the iPhone X, a couple of gimbals, and a few lights. The results are very impressive.
A Bay Area startup offering a pay-by-the-photo camera service cleverly addresses the pain points photographers experience when they pick up their first DSLR. But can it survive the smartphone?
It's been a big year for software innovations, dual cameras and huge displays. Take a look at our picks for the top smartphone cameras and why we think they stand out.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. At the #7 spot is the ready-for-any-weather Olympus Tough TG-5.
By combining his skills as a time-lapse filmmaker and an engineer, Julian Tryba created this out-of-this-world creative 'layer-lapse' of New York City that alternates between night and day in time with the music.
Canon Japan's new lineup of novelty camera-themed gifts was just revealed online, including a lens mug and lens thermos, two retro camera-themed USB drives, and a picnic mat.
The Profoto A1 most certainly isn’t for everyone [...] But for those who are used to using the Profoto systems, and want something that pairs seamlessly with the strobes you already have, there is no better companion.
Fujifilm has asked a US district court to clear it of any wrongdoing, after allegedly being threatened with trademark litigation by Polaroid.
While a couple of our reviewers are out testing the Sony a7R III in Arizona, back in Seattle we slapped the camera in front of our studio scene to get a close look at its image quality. See how it stacks up against the competition.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and the #8 ranking belongs to the Nikon D7500.
B+W has announced a new aluminum filter holder that offers three slots so users can use multiple filters at the same time. The holder goes with the 2mm thick 100mm square filters it launched earlier this year.
8K video is coming a lot faster than you think, and Blackmagic is ready for it. Meet the DeckLink 8K Pro, a new high performance PCI-E capture and playback card built to handle 'real time high resolution 8K workflows.'
"Glass is everywhere in photography. From Eugène Atget’s reflective vitrines to Lee Friedlander’s sly self-portraiture, photographers have long been in thrall to the visual complications glass can inject into a composition."
Former Apple Aperture lead developer Nik Bhatt has designed an iOS app called RAW Power that lets you edit raw photos from your professional camera using your phone and tablet.... color us intrigued.
Advertising photographer Blair Bunting got his hands on the new Microsoft Surface Book 2, and it blew him away. Bye bye MacBook Pro...
The OnePlus 5T retains many of the 5's features and specs, but comes with an edge-to-edge display and a dual-camera that is optimized for low light.
Sony's recently announced IMX461 backside illuminated medium format sensor will bring 100MP resolution and almost 2x the speed to the next-gen Fuji GFX and Hasselblad X1D.
With the ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ camera equipment renting program, the camera makers is aiming to give enthusiast and professional photographers easier access to its medium-format photography products.
They say seeing is believing, and that's exactly what happened when one DPR staffer took the Google Pixel 2 out for an afternoon shooting under challenging conditions.