Time to return to a long-term test – my Canon 100D Digital SLR camera that I tend to throw in the bag when I’m travelling.
For those of you who are interested in some background on the long-term test, have a look at it in San Francisco and Chicago. My interest in the 100D is simple – is it any good as a travel camera? Most of you know that I rate it as a lightweight body that’s good to throw of the shoulder
I decided the battle-ground for this continued test would be a the Diamond Head State monument on O’ahu, Hawaii.
On the way up, I was using my main camera of choice – the 6D. On the way down it would be 100D.
- I’m still using the 100D in an as-is configuration
- I’ve switched to a 24-105L lens. Horribly overpowered for a camera like this, but worth a giggle.
- I’m using a Canon battery in this unit
- A 16GB memory card is in the device
- ISO 100
- As-is out of the camera
- Zero White balance correction (using Auto-White Balance)
- Popped into Adobe Lightroom
So, with an L Series lens strapped to the front of a tiddly little camera? How does it perform?
Well, nothing speaks like results:
At the top of the Diamond Head Trail
The 100D with the 24-105 adds a nice dimension to the images, with the 1.6x crop factor adding a bit more “zoom” than the 6D. However, there are no compliants at all here.
Zoomed in a bit, the 100D continues to pick up detail nicely
On this descent picture, the image is nice and clear, with some nice colours popping out.
Looking into the Diamond Head bowl, again a nice selection of colours in this panoramic scene.
The details of the lookout and the rock are well defined here, and the image seems to be shake free – always a good thing.
People descending the peak of the Diamond Head. Note the clear blues and the detail in the grass.
You’ll notice there is distinct fuzz in the left of the picture. This is a point where the camera isn’t set up right, and I should had used Shutter Priority instead of Aperture priority… or Program Mode.
Overall: The 100D continues to shine. It’s a great little camera – if not the fastest in the world. Its weight is a distinct advantage on hikes like the Diamond Head where paying attention to where you’re going is more important than getting the perfect picture. Whilst some will prefer carrying bigger bodies around – remember you have to carry the heavy camera gear up a place, as well as down…
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