Operation and controls

The Canon EOS 1100D is a typical entry-level DSLR in so far that it features a relatively limited number of external controls. However, most parameters that don't have their own dedicated hard button can be changed in the interactive settings screen which can be accessed by pressing the Q-button. There is also (limited) scope for customization. The SET button can be configured to control image quality or flash exposure compensation, amongst other functions (see the Menu section for more details), and the flash button on the top plate can be set to change ISO.

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Compared to the EOS 1000D, buttons have been moved around quite a bit and the entire layout has been brought in line with more recent Canon models. A summary of the major control layout changes over the 1000D is as follows:

  • Major re-arrangement of buttons
  • Live view and movie button added
  • 'Q' quick-menu button added
  • Flash button has moved to the top plate (customizable for use as ISO button)
  • ISO and WB buttons have moved onto the four-way controller
  • No direct buttons for metering and picture styles
  • Movie position added to mode dial

Top of camera controls (right side)

The controls on the camera's top plate are kept pretty simple and should look familiar to users of previous Canon entry-level models. The flash button has taken the ISO button's place behind the front dial but, for those who prefer things the old way, ISO can be assigned to it in the camera's custom settings. Other than that the only change over the EOS 1000D is the addition of a movie position on the mode dial.

Rear of camera controls

Compared to the EOS 1000D the buttons on the camera rear have been moved around quite a bit. All controls are now located to the right side of the 2.7 inch screen and the design has been updated in line with other recent Canon DSLRs. The movie/live view and Q-menu buttons are new additions and the ISO and WB buttons are now located on the four-way controller. Pretty much all the buttons on the back of the camera are within easy reach of your right hand thumb. There is no direct access to metering mode or picture style anymore. However, like on other Canon DSLRs the Q menu now becomes the default method for changing imaging parameters such as picture style, file size / quality, and auto lighting optimizer.