Almost three years on from its release, Canon has updated its entry-level DSLR with HD video, an improved sensor and greater ISO range. We put the Canon EOS 1100D to the test

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Canon EOS 1100D at a glance:

  • 12.2 million effective pixels
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 2.7in LCD screen with 230,000 dots
  • 720p HD video
  • Street price £419 body only or £499 including kit lens

Canon EOS 1100D review – Introduction

It seems at odds with these hard times that new cameras are released more frequently than ever, with people seemingly having enough cash to splash out on new camera kit. One section of the camera market that is particularly busy and competitive is that of the entry-level DSLR. It is a surprise, then, that the last time we saw Canon announce an entry-level DSLR, the EOS 1000D, was almost three years ago in June 2008. In today’s terms, we have waited a long time for its replacement.

The digital technology used in cameras has come a long way during the past three years, not least in the development of imaging sensors, the introduction of HD video in stills cameras and improved low-light performance. It seems reasonable to expect the new Canon EOS 1100D to outshine its predecessor on many fronts, given the gap between releases. The introduction of HD video and the extended sensitivity range of the new model are an indication that this might just be the case.

Today the Canon EOS 1100D faces stiff competition, perhaps more so than when its predecessor was introduced in 2008. Not only are there great cameras available in the form of the Nikon D3100 and Pentax K-r, but also a plethora of other options now exist, including the compact system camera. I look forward to finding out what it is about the Canon EOS 1100D that may entice the punters away from its competition. It will be interesting to see if Canon’s new DSLR can handle the pressure.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. White balance and colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Our verdict
  11. 11. The competition
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  • Karl-Olav Nyberg

    This is the best camera that Nikon have ever made. I use it and love it!

  • Philip Weatherley

    It’s a great bit of kit this 300s. Lots of fun spurious settings to confuse. I love it. However worn round the neck there is certainty of drowning if falling in the water. It is so heavy. The 18-200mm zoom suffers “creep” so this hangs down like an elephant’s trunk sometimes making me wish I’d gone for 2/3rds as the format or got the Cannon 5 full-frame. This would at least, justify the weight.As a camera it’s a corker, as male jewellery it is an albatross – heavier than bling.

  • Richard J Yeo

    I have a D300 and a D300s, and i am happy with both.

  • jhall

    Iv’e just bought one it’s great

  • Simon Campion

    Looks really good. Cleaner, faster navigation, relevant sections.Much much better. All you need to do is drop the “Committed to defending our photographic rights!” strap-line (it’s so 2008 and looks like you’re trying too hard to force the issue) and you’ve cracked it. As a minimum, drop the exclamation mark. Please. (resisting using another exclamation point at this mark ! Doh!

  • Simon

    I have this camera, and still think it’s great!