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Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera (With 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 DC III Lens Kit) (discontinued by manufacturer)
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- 12-megapixel resolution: Step up to DSLR image quality with a 12-megapixel APS-C-sized sensor. A 14-bit DIGIC 4 image processor provides 3.2fps continuous shooting and images that are packed with detail and tonal range
- Intuitive, on-screen feature guide: The EOS 1100D's Feature Guide provides descriptions of many of the camera's functions, as well as advice on how to use them in your own photography
- Easy to use Scene modes and Basic+: Theme-based Scene modes automatically pick the most suitable exposure, focus and drive-mode settings for the subject being photographed, while Creative Auto mode portrays adjustable functions in an easy to understand wa
- HD EOS Movie mode: Shoot stunning HD video at 25 or 30fps, with automatic exposure control leaving you free to concentrate on the action. Footage can be edited on your PC or Mac, or played directly on an HD TV via the camera's HDMI connection
- ISO 100-6400 sensitivity: Low-light shooting without flash is possible thanks to the EOS 1100D's ISO 100-6400 sensitivity range. The camera's 14-bit DIGIC 4 processor helps to control noise and maintain image quality
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The ideal choice as your first EOS camera
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.
- 2.7” LCD screen for easy viewing and reviewing of shots
- 12 Megapixels capture every scene in dazzling colour and brilliant detail
- HD movies (720p) with stereo sound, Dynamic IS and HDMI
- Feature Guide describes each mode and gives onscreen help
- New HD CMOS Pro sensor
- Creative Auto and Basic+ Modes allow you to manually adjust image settings
Feature Guide - a first for EOS cameras
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.
High Definition movie-making
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.
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Unlock your creativity
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.
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Get more hands-on with Creative Modes
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
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.
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Focusing made easy
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.
Choose your style
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.
Power in your hands
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.
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EF & EF-S Lenses
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.
Extend your lighting capabilities
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.
The bottom-end of the interchangeable lens camera has become fiercely competitive with manufacturers culling features and cutting-corners to offer a tempting upgrade path from compact cameras, at the most attractive price. As a result we've seen control dials, orientation sensors and even focus motors disappear to reduce the manufacturing costs of these entry-level, gateway cameras. From the consumer's perspective, of course, we've also seen technologies once only in the reach of the professionals filter down to almost compact camera prices.
In June 2008, rather than just letting the outgoing model's price drop when the next camera was introduced, Canon launched a completely new model that sat below its then very recent Rebel XSi/450D. The Rebel XS (EOS 1000D in Europe) was unashamedly a cut-down version of the XSi but its mixture of a well trusted sensor and compelling price tag have seen it continue to sell strongly, particularly at the price-conscious end of the market.
Two-and-a-half years is nearly two lifetimes in contemporary camera terms, so it was beginning to look like the XS might turn out to be a one-off, until the launch of its replacement in February 2011. The Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) builds on a successful formula and takes it further, offering a strong (if not exactly cutting-edge) set of features in a body that suggests it should be very capable of competing on price.
The 1100D takes a series of familiar-sounding components and folds them together in a distinctly conventional but still capable-sounding package. So there's a 12MP CMOS chip that is likely to date back to the 450D/XSi, coupled with Canon's now-standard 9-point AF system and the 63-area iFCL (Focus, color and luminance sensitive) metering system first seen in the EOS 7D. These combine with the equally well-known Digic 4 processor to offer a camera that's unlikely to offer much in the way of surprises (which should also mean the avoidance of any nasty ones).
Canon EOS 1100D specification highlights:
- 12MP CMOS sensor
- 9-point AF system (up from 7 on the 1000D)
- 63-area iFCL colour-sensitive metering (from EOS 7D)
- 720p movie recording at 30 or 25fps (H.264 compression)
- 2.7" LCD, 230,000 dots
- ISO 100-6400 (no expansion)
- Basic+ creative point-and-shoot mode
- Eye-Fi wireless SD card compatible menu options
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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.Read more ›
The 1100d is the cheapest entry point into Canon's DSLR range. Though it's now over 3 years old, and doesn't have the huge number of pixels/features some rivals have in their 2014 models. It's still a capable camera even if it's a tad dated in the marketplace.
**Update August 2014**
I've tested the new EOS 1200D and as the price is now very close to this model, I recommend buying the 1200D over this one due to a few improvements (LCD, higher resolution, better grip) for current 1100D users I would look at a 650d or higher to get a notable and worthwhile step up. Otherwise both the 1100/1200D models are good value and capable enough cameras for new users.
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 (update 04/14 - it's the cheapest I've ever seen on a DSLR)
+ Image quality is "good" few users will be unhappy here with nice tonality and good colours, good jpeg processing even at high ISO levels
+ 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.Read more ›
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.
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It is one of my best purchases, the camera is as I expected it. I can't travel without it! Very good price and quality.Published 28 days ago by rita
Best buy i ever made. Since I'm just an amateur photographer this camera was perfect for me. Not too complicated, great auto modes for starters and it ended up with me hving loads... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Katarzyna
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The perfect camera for an entry level camera (Beginners), simple, basic, well built and light. The camera comes with nice features for a beginner level camera. Read morePublished 3 months ago by hayri yildirim