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The Canon EOS 1100D is the ideal introduction to the EOS system for first-time digital SLR users. An enthusiast’s camera, it will grow with you allowing you to explore your creativity as you gain experience and confidence. Easy-to-use, compact and lightweight it delivers a host of technology, including features found on Canon’s professional models, into the hands of the photography enthusiast.
To get the best out of any SLR, an understanding of the camera’s features and technologies is essential. With the EOS 1100D’s new Feature Guide, newcomers to the digital SLR world are given a brief explanation of what each feature does and how you might best use it. For example, the Aperture priority AE feature is explained on the camera’s LCD screen saying “Adjust aperture to blur background (subjects stand out) or keep foreground and background in focus”. Once the feature is selected, the camera also provides onscreen help with step-by-step instructions as well as useful hints and tips.
Boasting HD (720p) movie capability, the EOS 1100D does not just shoot video clips, it offers the enhanced image quality, smooth frame rates and adaptive exposure compensation you would normally find in a professional movie-making tool.
In addition to selectable frame rates, the EOS 1100D enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features and even allows for in-camera editing. The large APS-C CMOS sensor and compatibility with over 60 Canon lenses provides a wealth of depth-of-field options, and it's all available at the press of a dedicated Live View/Movie Recording button.
It is easy to view and share your movies and stills too, thanks to an HDMI connection which allows High Definition playback of footage and images on any HDTV.
With the new EOS 1100D creativity has never been simpler. You can add your own artistic touches and post-production effects with ease, without worrying about detailed settings or additional software. Basic+ allows you to add stunning ambience to a scene after it’s been shot. For example you can inject warmth to a sunset or brighten up your beach shots. Simply select Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sport, or Night Snapshot modes to find the ambience to suit your scene.
Further creativity can be achieved using the Creative Auto Mode. This setting allows you to make image adjustments, such as aperture or shutter speed, through an easy-to-understand navigation screen on the camera's LCD menu, allowing you to 'blur backgrounds’ or make exposures 'darker' or 'brighter'. These simple image options allow photographers to experiment with image exposure options while still managing to shoot in an automatic mode.
As you become more confident you can also experiment with five Creative Modes:
Av mode automatically sets the shutter speed, but allows you to control depth of field by letting you choose the aperture. By setting the extent to which the lens opens (‘aperture’), you can control the portion of a scene that appears sharp in the image (‘depth of field’). A larger aperture will provide a shallow depth of field (sharp in the foreground with a blurred background) whereas a smaller aperture will give a sharp picture throughout.
Tv mode automatically sets the aperture and you select the shutter speed. This enables you to change the appearance of motion in your shots.
In Program Mode both the aperture and shutter speed are controlled by the camera but you can select other settings: with Drive Mode you can select from Single Shot, Continuous Shooting or Self-timer; Metering Mode allows you to specify the area of the image you wish the camera to use to calculate exposure.
Manual Mode allows you to control both aperture and shutter speed so you have total creative freedom with your shots - great for difficult lighting situations or capturing subjects with different effects.
A-DEP Mode automatically sets your depth of field so you can be sure to capture as much or as little of the scene as you wish in focus.
All the Creative Modes allow you to change your ISO speed. This is the measure of the sensor’s sensitivity to light. Altering it allows you to modify the exposure accordingly and gives you more freedom to be creative with your shots in different lighting conditions.
The EOS 1100D is the smallest and lightest Digital EOS model yet, weighing just 495g, and is ergonomically designed for comfortable handling. A large, bright 2.7” LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and a viewing angle of 170 degrees makes it easy to preview, review and share your shots even when you are using the camera in bright sunlight.
Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the LCD monitor. It’s easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping vertical or horizontal lines straight in your composition. Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through a USB connection and the included EOS Utility software.
A wide-area Auto Focus (AF) system uses nine separate focusing points to lock onto subjects fast and makes it easy to get the shot you want. As well as Manual Focus there are three auto-focus modes to choose from: One-Shot AF, ideal for static subjects such as portraits and landscapes, AI Servo, great for moving subjects as it keeps following the subject with predictive tracking until you take the shot and AI Focus which switches from One Shot to Servo when movement is detected. The centre, cross-type focus point operates flawlessly in lower-light and lower-contrast settings.
The EOS 1100D allows you to change the look of your images by customising Picture Style settings for colour, saturation, sharpness and contrast, either in-camera or later with Canon’s comprehensive software suite, supplied with the EOS 1100D. Six preset Picture Styles include Portrait, which provides a sharp and crisp image with nice skin tones, Landscape, which emphasizes vivid blues and greens and Monochrome to give you stunning black and white images. Canon also offers additional downloadable ‘Picture Style Files’ that can be installed into your camera for even more imaging options at your fingertips.
The EOS 1100D allows you to shoot in RAW format and the Digital Photo Professional software which comes free in-box, enables high-speed RAW image processing, fast previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. Because it is CMS (Colour Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers.
Canon's latest generation of DIGIC processor, the DIGIC 4, is the brain of the camera and is responsible for the superb responsiveness of all EOS models. Faster and more powerful than its predecessor, the DIGIC 4 processor gives exceptional performance and low noise at higher ISO speeds.
In the instant between your shot being taken and its appearance on the LCD screen, Canon's cutting-edge DIGIC technology, which was originally developed for Canon's Professional range, is racing to optimise your image.
DIGIC processors are able to analyse ultra-detailed image data gathered by the camera sensor then use this to swiftly reproduce the subtlest of tonal graduations in 16 bit and an exceptionally wide colour range.
When shooting in darker conditions, even if you are pushing the ISO to the limit, DIGIC processing applies sophisticated Noise Reduction algorithms - helping to eliminate graininess and preserve detail. The speed of DIGIC also means less processing time for long battery life and fast start-up times.
Over 70 years of experience give Canon an inherent advantage when it comes to lens manufacture. EOS digital SLRs are backed up by the world's most comprehensive system of interchangeable lenses. From 8-15mm ultra wide angle to 800mm super telephoto, the 60+ lenses in the EF series cover all possible shooting requirements.
Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses. Canon’s Optical Image Stabiliser technology is also featured in selected lenses to minimise the effect of camera shake.
Mastering flash photography can take a lifetime but Canon’s extensive range of Speedlites, can make it simple to get great results. These flash head units can be used on or off camera to open up a range of creative possibilities. You can use them in situations where there would otherwise not be enough light or as a fill-in flash to change your daylight pictures dramatically.
The Speedlite range is compatible with all EOS cameras and includes a choice of four standard models and two models for specialist macro use.