Canon EOS 1100D review

Is Canon's 12.2-megapixel entry-level DSLR a worthy successor to the EOS 1000D?

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  • Affordable price
  • Good image quality
  • Easy to use


  • Build quality same as EOS 1000D
  • You might quickly outgrow it

Canon EOS 1100D: Overview

Canon has long catered well for the entry-level digital SLR market. Canon's EOS 300D was the first digital SLR available for under £1000 and as technology has advanced, its cameras aimed at this market have been made cheaper and more compact, whilst still sporting a decent array of features.

In fact, the features on offer with this camera's predecessor, the EOS 1000D, were so good that Canon hasn't felt the need to replace it for around three years. This is quite a long stint for any digital camera in Canon's range, as most are tweaked or overhauled much sooner.

So why have we had to wait so long?

It is probably due to the fact that the Canon 1000D still represented good value and was still very popular with those on a budget. That is until very recently, as the range of features it offered were never too far off the next model in line for a more palatable price.

Canon's recent announcement of the EOS 600D, with its 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, swivel screen and full HD video recording facility, DIGIC 4 processor and 14 bit RAW output has obviously changed matters somewhat.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyEOS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesAperture Priority, Manual White Balance, External Flash Shoe, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)495 g
Image Sensor Size22.20 mm x 14.70 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4272 x 2848
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height99.7 mm
Width129.9 mm
Depth77.9 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model1100D
Product NameEOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Manufacturer Part Number5161B016
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Advanced, compact and affordable: your first steps into the world of DSLR photography, made simple with Canon EOS 1100D.

Limited Warranty1 Year