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These days it’s hard to tell the entry level cameras apart from the fully geared up models. The Canon Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) sits between the EOS 1000D and EOS 550D models, looking and feeling like any Canon DSLR, from the lofty 5D Mark II all the way down.
To suss out its personality you have to scratch beneath the surface…
The review camera arrived with the f3.5/18-35mm kit lens as the test optic. It’s quite a modest package, compact and weighing only 700 grams with the 18-35mm lens attached.
The Live View CMOS sensor packs in 12.2 megapixel capture with the maximum image size at 4272×2848 pixels or, in printed form, reaching 36x24cm.
Movies can be recorded at 1280×720 resolution and replayed via a mini HDMI output; there is no AV output on the camera to replay to an analog TV.
The Rebel T3/EOS 1100D has a nine point AF system and a useful 3fps continuous shooting speed; take note that this is a maximum speed, depending on the JPEG level chosen. But — good news! — you can shoot a total of 830 JPEG frames continuously. RAW? Maximum of five shots.
Many newcomers to photography get bamboozled with techo factoids like lens aperture versus shutter speed. The T3/1100D seeks to help this situation by splashing some text across the LCD when the mode dial is swung to a new setting. Example: “Shutter Priority AE: adjust shutter speed to make moving subjects look still …” Get the idea?
Similarly, the camera’s Basic Zone function should help newbies to shoot successful shots without a lot of brain strain.
Moving upwards in the skill department the more eager beavers will embrace the Creative Auto Shooting function, accessible via the mode dial: this gives you simple entrée to drive mode (single/continuous shot), depth of field tweaks (blurring/sharpening of the background) and flash (auto, forced on/off).
In the matter of the viewfinder menu not everyone will be happy with the T3/1100D’s arrangement of options (these are shared with the EOS 600D). You have to range across a row of icons, then swing down through a list to find your target. For me, a bit of a jungle.
Many compact digicams can do Full HiDef video so why can’t a DSLR?
Sadly, the camera has a maximum resolution of only 1280×720 pixels. If you’re moving about you will be pleased to find that auto exposure will adjust the light levels but you will be disappointed that the auto focus does not operate, so you will need to manually adjust it.
Also, you can’t snap a still image while shooting in movie mode.
Clear as a bell up until ISO 800, then definition falls off slightly at ISO 1600.
At ISO 3200 noise becomes more noticeable.
At ISO 6400 noise is up and definition is down. Still useable.
Quality: I was agreeably surprised at the quality captured by this camera. Very good value for money.
Why you would buy the Canon Rebel T3/ EOS 1100D: reasonable price for a DSLR; helpers in the system for beginner photographers.
Why you wouldn’t: no vari-angle LCD screen; no spot metering; card slot is beneath the camera.
Some people will be cranky at the sparse 84 page printed mini manual supplied with the camera: it gives only basic info to get you going. The more adventurous will print out the 292 page PDF file supplied on a CD with the kit.
The 110D is available in two other colours, aside from black: metallic grey and a limited edition Red.
An ideal entry level DSLR.
Image Sensor: 12.2 million effective pixels.
Metering: Evaluative, partial, centre-weighted metering.
Effective Sensor Size: 22.0×14.7mm CMOS.
A/D processing: 14-bit.
35 SLR Lens Factor: 1:6x.
Compatible lenses: Canon EF, EF-S mount.
Exposure Modes: Auto, Program AE, shutter and aperture priority, manual.
Shutter Speed: Bulb, 30 to 1/4000 second, Bulb. Flash sync: 1/200 sec.
Memory: SD/SDHC/SDXC cards; minimum Class 6 recommended for movie shooting.
Image Sizes (pixels): 4272×2848 to 720×480. Movies: 1280×720 to 640×480 at 24/25/30/50/60fps.
Viewfinders: Eye level pentamirror, 6.9cm LCD (230,000 pixels).
File Formats: RAW, RAW+JPEG, MPEG4.
Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB.
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 6400.
Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI mini, DC input, remote control.
Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, AC adaptor.
Dimensions: 129.9×99.7×77.9 WHDmm.
Weight: Approx. 450 g (body only).
Price: Canon EOS Rebel T3 with 18-55mm IS II Lens.
August 20, 2013 09:00 pm
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July 8, 2013 11:33 pm
Just picked up a 1100D as my first DSLR and I must say I'm quite impressed. I have a friend who does photography as a side business and she's pretty impressed at the image quality of this camera as well given I only paid $450 for it. Highly recommended for new folks starting out in photography!
February 17, 2013 02:16 pm
You should see the brown color. That's what I have and it is a great camera.
February 8, 2013 07:12 am
wow! sooo excited to handle my 1100d nxtweek!!! can't wait!!!!
July 28, 2012 05:51 am
I am fortunate to have this alongside my 550d, and enjoy using both. Did not even use kit lens supplied and sold it straight away. Using the canon 28-105 f3.5-4.5 usm mkii (japan made) mainly and really complements the 12mp sensor well, also use the 50mm f1.8 mk2 that produces beautifully composed portraits with great colour depth with the aperture stopped down a little. All the important functions are there and for my purposes I really don't need much more than these 2 provide. Not fussed with the lack of movable screen as disabled and unlikely to configure myself in to awkward positions, had a Konica Minolta a200 previously and very rarely utilised the poseable screen on that. The menu system is easy once you become accustomed to it and the "q" button on the rear allows you to access most regularly used settings quickly without fuss, have not used the ca or the basic setting modes so cannot comment on those. I mainly shoot in aperture priority mode for a bit of creative freedom and not once has the 1100d come up short or found me wanting, although the loss of spot metering (as mentioned by another comment) and sensor cleaning system (on the 1000d if memory serves!) is a shame, but has not meant a shot was missed either.Also used a couple of film slr lenses with adapters (Olympus om10 50mm and Praktica 24mm) and these have been fine with the 1100d, especially the Praktica, but would say the Olympus lens is easier to use and more responsive with the 550d, as I think the central AF point is more sensitve on that, feel free to correct me though! Overall it's a great beginner or 2nd body camera, or first come to that if it does all you need. Regularly crop and print up to A4 without image quality degrading to a noticeable extent. Battery life is very impressive and spare batteries will not break the bank, I preview with slide show on my tv so that tends to wear the battery quicker than normal so have a spare fully charged at hand if I am out and about. Some reviews mention the tactile feel of the plastic body as diminishing the quality appearance but I find it more than acceptable and very resilient, if that's the worst complaint from the experts you have nothing to worry about! Available now for very reasonable prices but be prepared to replace the kit lens to get the best out of the camera. Highly rated by me on a cost to performance basis, also for the functional ease of use for newcomers and the more experienced as well
May 14, 2012 06:42 pm
i have a dslr canon 1100d. but my problem in shooting during daytime it's like foggy and rough not clear. somewhat poor quality than ordinary digicams. can you give me some advice where to set it?
May 12, 2012 10:18 pm
I bought my 1100D back in March and am doing the "silk route" to china and beyond! I am travelling for at 18mths and needed something that ws utterly reliable, lightweight, Great for auto/quick shooting, but had the necessary mods for when I wanted to be creative. Well I am currently in Iran, and shooting mosques,(blue tiles) deserts(sandy colours) Mud brick buildings and white washes. This camera exposes superbly, it never under or over colours the pictures like my Sony used to. It has not failed me at any time, it is an extremely tuff DSLR. My 18-55mm IS lens produces very pleasing shots. Especially when you take into account, most people using this camera are not professionals! After all thats not what its meant to be! There are Professional cameras from Canon for those people. I do tire of hearing people saying a camera hasnt got this or that. Lets face it we are never going to get the "perfect" Camera, and this camera does so much that to damn it because it doesnt have "great" glass or tilting screen or or or is short sighted. I know this Camera produces the results.Any imperfections are me not taking care to set it up how I needed to. In addition, I see this as a great base, I don't need shed loads of bells and whistles.I want to be able to have the ability to "think" how I want a shot to turn out. I will be staying with this camera for quite a few years more yet. If I feel the need I will buy a wide angle, and I will look lovingly at the scratches and marks at the base of my camera a nd remeber where I got each one! A Camera is there to be used, Use it and stop polishing them and picking about what they can't do, and focus on what they can do!
March 20, 2012 12:02 am
actually canon eos 1100d is quite a decent entry level dslr. I just bought mine last February 2012 and this is my first time in photography but i was able to get some decent pictures here are my photos taken using canon eos 1100d
March 14, 2012 05:24 am
I found it too heavy for my carpel syndrome damaged wrists, but my very talented granddaughter loves it. It is a great first camera for a young photographer (or an older one with sturdy wrists!). At least two other friends of hers (all around 15 or 16) have also gotten them. They are pretty well placed price-wise, and there are lots of lenses available that won't break the bank. Even though I'm not using it, I'm watching how well my granddaughter's work is developing using it and it makes me very happy.
March 14, 2012 03:31 am
I'm im love with this cam. I'm a newbie in DSLR, bought this one in Aug 2011 and only changed the lens to 15-85mm. I'm really surprised with ISO6400 performance. What is starting to annoy me is that my custom Av settings like ISO, focus mode n stuff stay the same when i go to Tv mode. It'd be good to have, like, 2 separate sets of settings for Av and Tv modes.
So far the cam is working great and you can see pictures taken with it on flickr.com/serzhanja . I assure you, there are some stunning ones ;)
March 12, 2012 12:14 am
I'm like spamming now, but noticing that this started in 2011, & Canon is trying to clear out Xs, Xsi, etc., there are,( w/ a little looking ) smokin deals on lens, taken out of kit pkgs. also a huge rebate is offered W/ a scanner Cam purch., *which the whls resellers fanagle to allow: an EF-S 28-90, 29$, EF-S 18-55, 34&, &, EF 75-300 $79 !! Coarse the level of chipped, prgmbl adapters, allowing AF Confirm, Metering, & Apr. presets, vintage lenses @ $25 r a score, coupled w/ deeply hidden features, R strongly suggest, grab A T3, or spend $3K or more,( Cam's r not for vid, just a side beni ); but again if u NEED that U need a $3K w/ a kick stand! All in good fun, respect all the views, MVHO~.
March 12, 2012 12:02 am
Sorry, I missed Marilyn's comments B4, so I think mine were redundant. I would like to add, in short I won a T3, & was using an Xsi, which the T3 basically is, but with a very customizable interface, TOTAL button reconfig, all to right. Also, set + other buttons r Programable , & , Marilyn, the Digic dual processor, allows histograms, on Color+WB, & cached image (Multi) capture using the Dial in AE. I found that feature, as a novice, great as I couldn't get a bad shot w/ out using a vintage MF Chipped Adapter, manually stopping down the shot. My flash actually got stuck, & I shot 20 + keepers in a basement at night!! Great stuff all, & IMHO, unless ur a pro, at @ $450 USD w/ kit lens, Canon has a winner. *X-Tended batt add ons R >$24, * only mov drawback Batt life~. Tnx!
March 11, 2012 11:31 pm
My 2 cents. 2 impt. things, The interface is far more in depth than a few 'guide que's' incl lens color effects, & ** AF in MovMode using 1 of 2 live view combos or 1/2 Shutter button. 2. It DOES have DOF (using Live View), a Histogram(color/wb) next to each photo, alliwing quick 'mastery', of settings, & CReative Mode incl lens filter effects, & Cust settings. I'm a up+comer, I used an Xsi, 450D, until ( wishing I just had Mov) Karma hit & I got the T3 on a bid. It's great, & the 'next level' is really 4-5 steps up for a Pro, at @ $450. body only right now, (less than I pd for my used XSi,* & Sold it for 375) I think Canon, crushed 'entry Level' w/ 12.2mpx & kept going!
MHO, I appreciate when a user comments, so I DID!
January 2, 2012 11:20 am
Sorry, 18-135mm... brain glitch.
January 2, 2012 11:16 am
I got the T3 originally for me. After I got a different lens (35-135mm) to replace the original "kit" lens, I began to really enjoy it. Most importantly, got some great pictures on it until my aging wrists decided I needed something else altogether. I gave it to my granddaughter who is a very talented young lady and she absolutely LOVES it. I just got her a second, longer lens for Christmas ... and she is extremely happy with the rig. Her wrists are low mileage, not having half a century of pounding on keyboards.
I think this is a great starter camera for the ambitious and a very serviceable camera for anyone. The one thing about it that I found annoying in its absence was a spot meter function. It was almost a deal breaker for me, but it was the right price, so I bought it anyhow. I did miss having spot metering, but I found that center weighted metering was good enough to mostly make up the gap.
I have heard people complain that it's "plastic-y" and poorly made. I did not find that to be true. My granddaughter totes it all over the place and it has been sturdy and reliable. It's a good basic camera ... not a lot of bells and whistles. It's a solid performer; should you have money to get fancier, would be also be a fine second camera.
Just a user's opinion!
January 1, 2012 04:05 am
I own a Canon point and shoot. I want to get into a DSLR. This one looks like a good model to start out with. The specs on it are pretty much all I need. Thanks!
November 25, 2011 12:25 am
how to adjust the bulbmode in canon 1100D?
August 22, 2011 11:58 am
I meant 58mm, not 52. Sorry.
August 22, 2011 11:58 am
FYI, filter size varies by lens. The 85mm and the kit 18-55 use a 52mm. The 18-135 zoom I just ordered uses a 67. Check each lens individually before you buy anything.
August 22, 2011 11:48 am
I'm not sure if this is typical, but I own this camera and the kit 18-55mm lens totally sucks. Flat colors, soft in every light in which I've tried it, including medium bright sunlight. The camera is fine. Just put a better lens on it and it's a whole different experience. With my 85mm USM IS AF (alphabet soup!) Canon lens, the picture quality is terrific. Maybe the lens you got is an exception, but I know a lot of people who have the kit lens and I don't know a single one who thinks it even rises to the level of mediocre. I have heard better things about the Nikon equivalent, although it's no great shakes either. I can't understand how reality can be SO far removed from the review. I do know how to shoot. And I have given that lens plenty of opportunity to show me what it can do. Which is why I just bought the 18-135mm Canon zoom. It's not a brilliant lens by any means, but by all reports, it's a whole lot better than the kit lens. Of course, that's setting the bar pretty low. I was ready to throw the entire camera out the window until I realized that the problem was the lens quality. Or more to the point, lack thereof. As I said ... I cannot understand why your review is SO far off the mark on this lens.
May 16, 2011 04:52 pm
Thank you for this review!
It seems Canon had to make some difference between the D600 and the D1100 - they have to manage different levels of price and features. I use a G11 and i realy love the flexible screen. It gives so many possibilities to shoot from unusual angles. Above the head shoots without ladder or from very low without laying myself down in the mud. so i guess i go for a DSLR with a flexible screen.
As Rick said already - i feeled a cold shiver while i was looking at the dog sculpture - but however - the colors are great.
May 13, 2011 03:40 am
I am dreaming to buy a DSLR, but I am in lack of money. I hope one day I will hold a DSLR and take extravagant pictures with that cam. :)
Till then, just observe what you people say about EOS and similar.... ;)
April 29, 2011 02:20 am
Planning to buy for my daughter along with tamron 17-50 F2,8 Lens. Any views on the combination.
April 28, 2011 04:47 am
Good review. This seems like a good entry level camera and I agree with another reviewer that the shots have vivid color. I have a Canon and love it so I think anyone starting with this one will be pretty happy.
April 26, 2011 01:10 pm
Come on guys, give the writer a break. He is recommending this camera as an entry level DSLR. IMHO, this camera seems to take great shots. Look at all those vivid colors. Great shots, btw.
April 21, 2011 01:33 pm
i just bought this camera it is my first dslr upgrade from my point and shoot it works great it isnt the t31 my buddy has but its still awsome for the price
April 19, 2011 07:34 am
Just noticed something... The T3 has a 58mm diameter lens, the T2 is 67mm. This will affect your filters if you want to use them on a upgraded canon. Other than that, is this a big deal?
April 18, 2011 10:52 pm
It's a 18-55mm not -35mm
April 18, 2011 08:31 am
Nothing against the review but one of the reasons to NOT buy it is the fact that it doesnt have a vari-angle LCD screen? What is it with this trend and when will i have to deal with it on prosumer and above. FYI, i dont consider the 60D a prosumer camera.
April 18, 2011 06:32 am
"The review camera arrived with the f3.5/18-35mm kit lens as the test optic. It’s quite a modest package, compact and weighing only 700 grams with the 18-35mm lens attached."
Should say 18-55 not 18-35...
April 18, 2011 06:05 am
That dog thing is kind of creeping me out.
April 18, 2011 03:01 am
Its already being sold here in Manila, saw the red one, it looks good!
April 18, 2011 12:44 am
That's a review? That's..just 2 pictures with the basic information..
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