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Canon EOS 1100D review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £499
inc VAT

It might be short on exciting extras but the Canon EOS 1100D's ability to take gorgeous photos is hard to fault


22.2×14.7mm 12.2-megapixel sensor, 3.0x zoom (29-88mm equivalent), 495g

The 1100D is undoubtedly impressive, and a welcome upgrade over the 1000D. However, the competition is much fiercer than that the 1000D had to contend with. The Pentax K-r is a much faster performer and its screen and live view operation are significantly better, although lens upgrade options aren’t as plentiful or affordable. The Nikon D3100 is faster than the 1100D in RAW mode, too, and it comes top for video with its 1080p resolution and marginally more successful video autofocus. It’s cheaper, too, at around £420. Its controls are a little cumbersome, though, and some functions such as exposure bracketing are conspicuously absent.

Canon EOS 1100D front

It’s hard to separate the three for image quality, with remarkably little noise, sharp details and excellent automatic exposures across the board. On balance we find the Canon’s JPEG colour processing to be the most flattering, but the Nikon’s automatic chromatic aberration removal gives it an advantage for sharpness and detail, particularly with their kit lenses.

Weighing up these pros and cons, the D3100 remains our top recommendation. Still, we have no doubt that many readers will go on to buy a 1100D, and that’s certainly far from a bad choice.

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Basic Specifications

CCD effective megapixels12.2 megapixels
CCD size22.2×14.7mm
Viewfinderoptical TTL
Viewfinder magnification, coverage0.80x, 95%
LCD screen size2.7in
LCD screen resolution230,000 pixels
Articulated screenNo
Live viewYes
Optical zoom3.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent29-88mm
Image stabilisationoptical, lens based
Maximum image resolution4,272×2,848
Maximum movie resolution1280×720
Movie frame rate at max quality30fps
File formatsJPEG, RAW; QuickTime (AVC)


Memory slotSDXC
Mermory suppliednone
Battery typeLi-ion
Battery Life (tested)700 shots
ConnectivityUSB, mini HDMI, wired remote
Body materialplastic
Lens mountCanon EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6x
Kit lens model nameCanon EF-S 18-55 IS II
AccessoriesUSB cable, neck strap

Buying Information

Warrantyone-year RTB

Camera Controls

Exposure modesprogram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed30 to 1/4,000 seconds
Aperture rangef/3.5-22 (wide), f/5.6-36 (tele)
ISO range (at full resolution)100 to 6400
Exposure compensation+/-5 EV
White balanceauto, 6 presets with fine tuning, manual
Additional image controlscontrast, saturation, sharpness, colour tone, noise reduction, highlight tone priority, Auto Lighting Optimiser, colour space
Manual focusYes
Closest macro focus25cm
Auto-focus modes9-point
Metering modesEvaluative, partial, centre-weighted average
Flashauto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain
Drive modessingle, continuous, self-timer, wired remote, AE bracket, WB bracket

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