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
Three years is a long time to wait and in some respects it is easy to feel a little disappointed with what, on the surface, could be deemed minor improvements. However, many of the changes to the core of Canon’s EOS 1100D have trickled down from old and current-generation, higher level EOS models, such as the imaging sensor, 63-area iFCL metering and nine-point AF system. This is testament to the progress Canon has made during the past three years.
The 1100D does not have the best build quality when compared to its direct competition, but what it does offer is impressive image quality, particularly with regard to low noise levels at high sensitivities. I appreciated its simplicity of use and image quality, which should both help to nurture the beginner and enthuse them with good results, while its picture modes encourage the creation of a personal style.
We do not know how much the 1100D will drop in price, but as it is currently set I would have to say there are better cameras out there. Nonetheless, the camera has been clearly positioned as a good starting point for DSLR photography, and it satisfies where it matters most, in image quality.
Canon EOS 1100D: Focal points
The bright viewfinder has 95% coverage and a magnification factor of 0.8x. Dioptre adjustment ranges from -2.5 to +0.5
With all the key exposure controls available through this menu, this is a key button and well placed within thumb’s reach
Live view is activated by this button. Once in this mode, the same button acts as the video record
The memory card slot is now found in the battery compartment on the bottom of the camera, and is compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
Eye-Fi memory card
Like all recent EOS models, the 1100D is compatible with Eye-Fi memory cards, which enable users to upload images and videos wirelessly.
Rate your files
Image files can be given a star rating of between one and five. This helps no end with organisation once files have been loaded onto the computer.
The hotshoe enables use of EX-series Speedlite flashguns, with E-TTL II wireless multi-flash support.
Both autoexposure and white balance can be bracketed over three shots. Autoexposure is available at ±3 and white balance in three levels of colour temperature.