Canon EOS 100D v 1100D: 15 key differences you need to know
Canon has just launched the new Canon EOS 100D, an entry-level consumer camera that’s billed as the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR. But how does it compare to Canon’s current entry-level baby, the Canon EOS 1100D? Find out in our exclusive Canon EOS 100D vs 1100D comparison.
The EOS 1100D is two years old exactly – launched in April 2011 – so it’s no surprise the all-new EOS 100D trumps it easily in the new tech stakes with upgrades from more megapixels to touchscreen LCD.
Canon says the EOS 100D sits above the 1100D in the Canon EOS DSLR lineup. To lead you through the differences we reveal 15 key spec upgrades between the Canon EOS 100D vs 1100D.
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1. World’s smallest and lightest DSLR
Canon’s old entry-level EOS 1100D is a tiny digital SLR in its own right, but the 100D is more compact still, and wins the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR crown.
It’s actually 25% smaller and 28% lighter than the pretty svelte 650D, measuring just 116.8×90.7×69.4mm and weighing only 407 grams.
This means you’re more likely to carry the 100D around with you all the time – in your backpack, handbag, or even coat pocket – and increase your chances of never missing a shot.
When we played with the Canon EOS 100D we felt its size is roughly the same as a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5, the micro four-thirds camera.
Although compact in size, the EOS 100D still gets a viewfinder like all Canon DSLRs, unlike it’s smaller sister and compact system camera (CSC), the EOS M. The EOS 100D viewfinder provides 0.87x magnification and 95% coverage.
2. Back of the camera and controls
Despite its small stature, the button layout of the EOS 100D is very good, and doesn’t feel cramped or awkward. It has a good chunky grip, making it feel secure in the hand, even when shooting one-handed.
As you’d expect on a smaller camera, there are fewer buttons on the back of the 100D for direct access to camera functions.
However, there is a button to access a Quick Menu, which enables you to easily scroll to the most commonly used settings, such as white balance and metering.
However, smaller doesn’t always equal better and those with bigger hands may not feel comfortable with this diminutive DSLR and its smaller (although improved) grip and reduced button count.
And many photographers prefer having more buttons and dials to play with, so less might not mean more for everyone. In which case, you’ll may be better off with the new and larger Canon EOS 700D.
3. More megapixels
The EOS 100D manages to fit in a higher resolution 18-megapixel sensor compared with the 1100D’s 12.2Mp sensor.
This means bigger images, and also gives you more scope for cropping and being left with a good-sized and printable image.
Images shot in Raw or Large JPEGs on the 18Mp 100D are 5184×3456 pixels (and the same size as images from the 18Mp 650D and 700D) whereas 1100D 12.2Mp images are 4272×2848.
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