Canon Speedlite EL-100 review

The Canon Speedlite EL-100 is compact yet capable, with some interesting trick modes up shoehorned into its diminutive build

Canon Speedlite EL-100
(Image: © Canon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

When smaller is better, this Canon Speedlite is particularly travel friendly. It’s pretty basic, with very sparce onboard controls and no display screen, but upsides include a bounce and swivel head, optical master/slave modes for wireless triggering, and even a programmable stroboscopic flash mode, which is unusual for a camera manufacturer’s own-brand flashgun at this price point.


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    Small and lightweight

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    Optical master/slave functions

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    Programmable stroboscopic mode


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    Rudimentary 2-position manual zoom

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    Limited maximum power output

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    Basic controls, no display screen

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The Canon Speedlite EL-100 is just about small enough to slip into a pocket, but it’s significantly more powerful than a pop-up flash. And for full-frame cameras that don’t have a pop-up flash, it makes a handy space-saving add-on, weighing in at just 190g.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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