For a long time, Canon has been focusing on DSLR cameras aimed at the prosumer target audience. However, the trend has slowly changed with Canon launching competitive DSLR cameras for the lower price segment. The EOS 400D and then, the EOS 1000D were all designed for this market. Canon recently launched the EOS 1100D, which is an update to the 1000D.
The flash component also has the metallic grey finish
The camera is marketed as DSLR for beginners who want to make the transition from compact cameras. The previous version of this model was the 1000D which found itself with many admirers. Let’s see if the 1100D can outshine its predecessor.
Design and Build Quality
The Canon EOS 1100D we received was a metallic grey colour. Canon offers customers the option of red, brown and black as well. This is one of few DSLR models that comes with a choice of colour. Canon bundles the usual 18 - 55mm stabilized lens with the camera. There are a variety of lenses that are compatible with the 1100D. The mount of this camera is an EF-S lens mount, which is a subset of Canon digital single-lens reflex cameras with APS-C sized image sensors . The IOS 1100D having a EF-S mount makes it backward compatible with the EF lens mount. There’s a switch to toggle between auto and manual focus as well, and a switch for enabling and disabling the stabilization is present, too.
Next to the dial is a slider for switching the camera on or off; a common feature of Canon cameras. Above the on/off switch is a designated flash button which when pressed activates the flash. The buttons are spaced out well on the top and there no issues of pressing wrong buttons were noticed.
Sturdy battery bay
We found the quality of the display to be average. The small screen means less preview area. The preview screen also takes up a lot of space displaying details of the image.
Placed to the right of the display are the controls for changing the camera settings while shooting. To the left, you find the bay for the HDMI-out port, a standard mini USB, as well as a port for an optional remote control. Underneath the camera is a bay which houses the battery and the memory card slot. The strap that came along with the EOS 1100D is light grey in colour and is more comfortable than most other straps. There’s a patch of smoother fabric that doesn’t rub against your neck.
Bundled with the standard 18 - 55mm lens
The body of the camera is made entirely out of plastic. Though the look and the smooth plastic finish make the camera look attractive, it lacks any sort of grip on the side. This makes the camera slightly uncomfortable to hold and there’s a tendency of it slipping out of your hand. The Canon EOS 1100D is a sturdy camera and could withstand a few bumps here and there. Overall the design of the camera is good with the layout of the buttons being spaced well. Weighing in at a mere 495g, the 1100D is a light weight camera and can be easily carried around .