440 of 448 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased - but beginners remember there is more to buy...
I've had this camera for nearly six months now, and I have to say I love it. I got it as an early birthday present, but the choice was my own. I went around every store I could find with cameras, trying out various models within the budget I was told to stick to. There are a lot of fantastic cameras out there, but trying them out, I found that this was definitely the one...
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value...but starting to look a little dated
I shot with the EOS 1100d for a week so I will convey my thoughts about this camera. I use multiple brands so have no specific loyalty to any mount or maker.
Coming up for 2 years old the 1100d is the cheapest entry point into Canon's DSLR range. An update over the previous model, but in 2012 coming up to 2013 it's starting to fall behind some others in a few areas...
Published 11 months ago by Mr Baz
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440 of 448 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased - but beginners remember there is more to buy...,
This review is from: Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera (inc. 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III Lens Kit) (Electronics)I've had this camera for nearly six months now, and I have to say I love it. I got it as an early birthday present, but the choice was my own. I went around every store I could find with cameras, trying out various models within the budget I was told to stick to. There are a lot of fantastic cameras out there, but trying them out, I found that this was definitely the one for me. It took a while to get used to all the features, but I was determined to get good manual shots. Now, I hardly use the auto settings as I can get "my" pictures through the manual settings.
Auto is fantastic - especially when you don't know what you're doing. Every shot looked great and I used the information the camera provided to try and replicate them, getting used to what affected what. The images I've gotten from it are crisp, sharp and full of colour. I'm now shooting RAW and with various filters for different shots. I love the bulb mode for night shots and light art, though have only used it a couple of times.
It is a very light camera in my opinion. It feels lighter than it looks really, and can seem cheap compared to others out there. It has, however, taken a few knocks and scuffs and got caught out in the rain once, all with no effect on the camera or the photos it provided - though I would recommend getting a cover if you plan to be out in the rain. I'm getting a battery grip for portrait shooting and also to add a bit of weight to the camera. Since getting the Sigma 70-300mm lens, it needs the extra weight to help balance as light camera and heavy lens makes it difficult to keep level.
Also, the kit lens leaves something to be desired. But lenses are definitely something to look into as you can afford them. The lens is fine for beginners, but I have tried out other lenses and the difference is noticeable. For keeping up a hobby, it is more than satisfactory, and most professionals can probably afford better.
A tripod is a must. I don't have any IS lenses, and having both my table-top and full-size tripod, I feel no need. I have taken hand-held shots that are perfectly fine, and when I know I'm going to want longer exposure, I always use a tripod. Other accessories are also needed to get the best out of the camera, but these are needed with most cameras to get the best you can out of them. The filters, tripods, battery grips, remote shutters etc are easy to find and don't have to break the bank. I'm still on the lookout for a flash gun, though the one built is satisfactory. It's just better to be able to hold the gun in different positions, which you can't do with what it has. It's also not very powerful.
Battery life is great. I can get hundreds of photos, mixture of with and without flash, on a single charge... In fact, it took me 3 months after it's first charge before the battery icon started to flash. I was surprised as I am prone to accidentally leaving the camera on between trips out with it.
All in all, I am very happy with this camera and would recommend it as a first camera for everyone. I haven't really reached any limitations with it yet and won't upgrade to mid-level for some time as I feel the photos I'm getting are great as they are. I know this will eventually change, but not for a long time yet.
Edit to just say I've found something that kills the battery. Wanted to do a time lapse, tethered it to my laptop to take a photo every half hour.... Well... it's dead this morning after 12 hours.. ooops.
EDIT 2: I did some research - use an interval timer and the battery won't drain. The camera normally turns off between each shot, but when tethered, the camera has to remain on constantly to keep the connection, so rather than the nice power saving it has that makes it last forever, it's like using bulb mode
399 of 421 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Affordable DSLR camera, amazing pic quality,
This review is from: Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera (inc. 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III Lens Kit) (Electronics)I am a professional photographer with over 15 years using Hassleblads, Large format and other big camera's. I now also teach photography via my company Studio Time Ltd in London, so every week I get to see students camera's which are from a variety of manufactures. A lot of people buy the new range of 4 thirds interchangeable lens cameras, which are so tricky to use, and don't deliver the best picture quality. Plus the cost of these cameras and the lens is way over priced. Also the smaller frame size of the 4 thirds system means shallow depth of field is hard to create.
We needed something light, inexpensive and compatible with our existing Canon lenses and flash guns. So the 1100D with a lens for around the £400 mark was ideal. We have been shooting with the camera now for a month and the quality and operation of the camera is spot on. Delivering great picture quality, easy of use, and reliability. We have even started using it on low budget event photography jobs.
We did just have one problem with it, but this was caused by a member of staff playing with all the options. We lost the ability to have Auto focus in the P, Tv, Av and Manual modes. This was simple rectified by a quick to Canon who told us to clear all the custom functions in each of those modes, problem solved.
If you got below £500 to spend on a entry level digital camera that you can progress with then buy the Canon EOS 1100D, ef-s lenses are plentiful and easy to get hold of new and old, plus Canon's menu system is one the easiest to use. That's why Studio Time only use Canon.
49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb camera - brilliant resuts,
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This review is from: Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera (inc. 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III Lens Kit) (Electronics)First let me balance some of the 'plastic feel' comments that have been made about this camera. It has a stainless steel structure and a polycarbonate outer body. It feels just like the model before, the 1000, and does not slip from your hands as some reviewers seem to imply. I find no problem at all with the feel of this camera and I know of 3 other people who use it who also don't really understand this whole "debate" about the Canon's plastic body.
The camera is a great improvement on the 1000 model, and the improved feature set and processing setup is very good indeed. It has a couple more Megapixels than the previous model, but more important is the quality of the images it produces. They are - sharp, clean, noise free and good enough to show a clean pair of heels to a number of more expensive cameras.
I like the lighter weight of this camera, and the fact that nothing creaks or groans when you are using it. The combined battery and SD card housing seems to be less than ideal for some users, but I haven't found it to be a problem. With an 8Gb or bigger card in the slot you won't be opening it up all that often.
It has an excellent image processing engine, which gives very good .JPG files, or you can shoot in RAW and pick up even more quality in the images. The auto-focus is very good in all but the worst light, and the quality of images at quite high iso is very good indeed.
The rear mounted viewing screen at the back is fine, and you also have a viewfinder - unlike some newer offerings.
The kit lens is very good indeed, and the ability to change to any lens in the Canon or compatible lens series is very good too.
The shooting modes are well chosen, from "green box" Automatic (which does everything for you) to Aperture and Shutter priority and full manual modes. There is also a nifty little depth-of-field mode which I really like!
All in all, and especially at this price point, you simply cannot go wrong with this camera and I recommend it to all my friends, family and students.
52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value...but starting to look a little dated,
Coming up for 2 years old the 1100d is the cheapest entry point into Canon's DSLR range. An update over the previous model, but in 2012 coming up to 2013 it's starting to fall behind some others in a few areas. I did want to give the camera a 4 star, but felt that there were a few areas which dragged the score down a little.
My pros and cons are as follows
+ Price, yes it's cheap and one of the best prices on a DSLR at the entry point I've ever seen
+ Image quality is "good" few users will be unhappy here with nice tonality and good colours
+ Good low light performance, the 12mp sensor delivers decent images even at ISO 3200, and with care and in raw ISO 6400 is not bad either (ISO 6400 is the max here but I can't say I'd find higher that useful in APS-C cameras)
+ Has exposure bracketing of +/- 2 stops 3 shots (Note the Nikon equivalents have no exposure bracketing D3100/D3200 an important point for some)
+ Supoorts HSS useful for fill flash shooting outside with a dedicated flash
+ Decent battery life. I was getting around 600 shots + using the viewfinder, expect quite a bit less for movie shooting and live view though.
+ Mostly well featured even for a budget model, this has Highlight Tone Priority, Auto Lighting Optimizer, a decent selection of creative styles and you CAN set the Auto ISO limit to what you want! (ie ISO 1600/3200 etc etc) Also has the ability to set your name in the "Copyright information" section which is a small but nice touch.
+ 63-area iFCL color-sensitive metering. Doesn't sound as impressive as Nikon's metering system, but in the field in practical use the metering is simply better than Nikon's. No metering is perfect, but this is quite consistent and predictable one of the better elements to have found their way down the Canon DSLR range
+ Decent jpegs most will be happy to shoot jpeg bar at the higher ISO levels. Even there Canon do a decent job balancing noise and noise reduction.
+ Satisfactory autofocus performance. It's not Canon 7d for AF speed (not unexpected) but the speed is fine at this price and more importantly the accuracy is in my view a good margin better than the Nikon entry models. It has a less impressive sounding 9 point AF with just one cross sensor. But I expect many users to use the central AF point.
+ Decent kit lens. Bundles are available with the 18-55mm IS and non IS, so check which one you get. Both deliver decent images across the focal range. Probably one of the better kit lenses, the build is as most kits are fairly basic and cheap. Optics are quite a lot better than the original 18-55mm which was found on the older Canon bodies, that lens isn't very good. These are quite a bit better and pretty sharp
+ Live view is decent (v the Nikon's live view which is poor) don't expect fast contrast AF but you can at least get a histogram and change aperture in live view mode! And a choice of contrast or flipping the mirror for phase detect AF.
+ Has Program shift. Some don't use it, some do it's there if you want it
- So so build quality. It's not badly put together by any means with no obvious creaking or gaps. Just the plastic used is clearly lower grade than the upper entry models (smooth finish). The grip is not rubber but plastic showing some cost cutting from Canon. Don't be afraid the camera will fall apart, it certainly won't just a little bit too cut down here in my view
- Small buffer. Not unexpected on an entry model jpeg shooting is satisfactory with a fast SD card (45mb Sandisk) (about 15-17 shots), raw is a bit below what you expect around 5 shots. And I would not even bother with raw+jpeg, the buffer is so small only good for a couple of shots. Expect less shots with a slower card. Clearing times are not that great even using a fast card.
- Raw shooting limited to 2fps. I have no idea why Canon did this bar the small buffer. This is below what you would expect for even an entry model. Not likely a deal breaker for many and normal users. Sports shooters clearly need to look at alternatives.
- Stange flash button location. Hardly a show stopper but the usual place is near the lens mount release or just above it.
- Small viewfinder. A bit smaller than the D3200 viewfinder and currently the smallest optical finder on a current DSLR in production. If you are coming from a superzoom with a fairly poor EVF you'll be fine, just don't every pick up a 35mm or FF DSLR or even a 60d you'll be quite disappointed.
- No wireless flash and low GN built in flash. GN of just over 9 is quite low v rivals but may prove ok for the intended market. There is no support for dedicated wireless flash (you can workaround this with optical flash ie yongnuo etc or radio triggers)
- SD card in battery compartment. Strange move as this could cause an issue not having a seperate SD comparment usually found on the side. If you tripod mount the camera, depending on how big the plate is you might have to remove the camera to get at the card.
- So so video mode: It's there and it's 720p mono sound with no microphone jack. The quality is perfectly fine, but things have moved on here quite a lot
- No sensor cleaning unit. I didn't notice many problems after a week of use, but this model lacks the sensor cleaning that the higher priced Canon's have (ie 600d) This is actually a downgrade from the EOS 1000d (which does have it) A slightly odd move but worth a mention.
- No dedicated DOF preview button. But you can go into the custom menus and all the set button to be used for this. And NO mirror lock up (but you can use live view to overcome this)
- 2.7" LCD, 230,000 dots. Not really a con, but taking into account the year even budget models now have better LCD's. Saying that it's perfectly fine just again a little behind the times. I've used smaller lower resolution screen and managed ok with that.
Balancing out the good and bad points and taking into account the good price of this camera. I'm listing con points that might not be that important to some users, but the information is there anyway.
Overall I quite liked the camera because at this price it delivers nice images, is reasonably well featured for this price thus delivering a decent "bang per buck". On the other hand this segment has moved on, and the rather weedy raw frame rate/buffer, somewhat outdated video mode, and clearly some corners cut regarding the build and quality of the camera as well as a rather sub par viewfinder. Do drop it down somewhat.
I would have liked to give it a 3.5 or even a 4 star, but nice price or not you might have better options available.
For a video shooter I would suggest alternatives by moving up the EOS range to the 600d (which is also quite well priced but adds more here)
For a stills shooter looking at various makers and models this has a bit more to get into v the entry Nikon cameras (it has bracketing and more flash functions as well as more core photographic features) Some might find 12mp again a little dated, but for many users 12mp is just fine for decent sized prints.
I do think it's worth looking at the higher Canon's such as the 600d or 650d if you think you might outgrow this model. If you are on a tight budget, this is by no means a bad choice, just be aware of some of the limitations. I would expect an updated model in 2012, but in the meantime lagging a bit or not this camera is a bit of a bargain in most ways. I just hope next time around Canon up their game a little.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love it,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing digital SLR,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good purchase,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginners dslr,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great dslr cam!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for low noise astrophotography,
Sure it is an APS-C sensor and cheaper made than a full frame 35mm but it also costs a lot less :)
For it's price, the sensor has very low noise which is a must for long dark exposures.
As with all sensors, if you see any hot pixels (take a pic with the lens cap on with long exposure), just perform a manual clean cycle in the menu for 60 seconds and it will remap them out easily.
Great camera for a cheap price for astrophotography or an entry level DSLR.
I also recommend a CIR-PL and UVA or Skylight filter for daytime usage to protect the lens without the lenscap.
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