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
Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
A screen size of 2.7in on the EOS 1100D marks an increase in size over the EOS 1000D’s 2.5in screen, although the resolution remains the same at 230,000 dots. Three years ago, this screen would have been well regarded, but by today’s standards the combination of size and resolution is disappointing. A viewing angle of 170° offers good visibility and the screen is bright enough to view in all but the brightest of situations.
To use the optical viewfinder clearly, the automatic LCD screen display can be turned off by pressing the display button. The optical viewfinder is pleasingly bright, and gives a 95% field of view. I found myself using it much more than live view, a designated button for which is conveniently placed and locks the mirror up when activated.
Cameras available at the time of the 1000D’s launch generally did not offer HD video. The 1100D therefore offers a big step forward for the entry-level EOS system, as 720p HD video is now available at 30fps and 25fps. It is accessed via the shooting dial on the top of the body, and when video mode is selected the live view button is used to record. Video quality is good, and there is a maximum clip length of 17 minutes, which is good at this level. A HDMI port enables viewing on HD televisions.