Canon EOS 1100D: Build quality and handling
Not much has changed with the appearance of Canon's entry-level models for some time now. Any design changes that have been made are subtle improvements rather than a complete overhaul and the EOS1100D follows this pattern.
At first glance, you'd be forgiven for mistaking the 1100D for it's predecessor, except for the screen being larger. Saying that, Canon has put a lot of thought into the design and layout of the controls on this new model. The buttons on the rear are larger and spaced out well enough that it wouldn't be impossible to operate the camera when wearing gloves. The menu system is very clear and easy to navigate, only showing limited options in each of the automatic modes.
None of the rubberised material found on models higher up the pecking order has been applied, with Canon opting for a smooth plastic finish to the grips instead. Still the camera feels comfortable in the hand, partially aided by the lightweight design.
The 1100D is constructed of rigid polycarbonate resin, which doesn't creak or flex under stress, and this is all attached to a stainless steel sub-frame, which adds just enough weight to aid handling, without making the camera a burden to carry around.
Though it hasn't got the highest resolution available, the LCD provides a clear view of images and the menus are easy to read. Keen macro photographers to whom the ability to place manual focus very precisly is important, however, may prefer the EOS 600D's screen with its 1,040,000 dot resolution.