The Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D is the second in Canon's line of budget-concious entry-level DSLRs, aimed more at first-time DSLR users, rather than the keen enthusiasts it attracts with the bigger Rebels. It features a solid specification based on well-known technologies with an easy-to-use interface that offers a lot of capability without the risk of it out-shining its more expensive siblings. It offers a 12MP sensor along with the 9-point AF system that's trickled down from the company's higher-end cameras.
There's also 720p movie recording at 25 or 30 fps that uses the efficient H.264 compression method. It features a smaller viewfinder and relatively simple rear screen (2.7" LCD with 230,00 dots), but all the key features for a first-time DSLR user. Available with both stabilized (IS) and unstabilized versions of the kit lens, we'd recommend paying the extra for the IS version.
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||4272 x 2848|
|Effective pixels||12.2 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.2 x 14.8 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400|
|Lens mount||Canon EF/EF-S mount|
|Focal length mult.||1.6×|
|Min shutter speed||30 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||495 g (1.09 lb / 17.46 oz)|
|Dimensions||130 x 100 x 78 mm (5.12 x 3.94 x 3.07″)|
The Canon EOS 1100D is a solid entry-level performer but doesn't offer anything out of the ordinary. The image quality is decent, it's easy to use and beginners will find their way around the user interface pretty quickly. However, competition in the entry-level market is fierce and it is worth having a closer look at other options as well.
Good for: Beginners who want a solid entry-level camera for general photography
Not so good for: Photographers who focus on video, extreme low light photography or anything that requires fast continuous shooting