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Canon 1100D – EOS Rebel T3


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The Canon EOS 1100D, also known as the Canon EOS Rebel T3 in North America, is an entry-level DSLR camera that was released in 2011. The Canon 1100D is a solid entry-level DSLR that offers good image quality, reliable performance, and user-friendly features. While it may lack some of the advanced capabilities of newer models, it remains a capable option for beginners and enthusiasts on a budget or those looking for a backup camera.

Image Quality: The Canon 1100D features a 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, which delivers good image quality, especially in well-lit conditions. While it may not match the resolution of newer models, it’s more than adequate for everyday photography needs.

ISO Performance: The camera offers an ISO range of 100-6400, which can be expanded up to 12800. While noise may become noticeable at higher ISO settings, it performs reasonably well in low light situations for an entry-level DSLR.

Autofocus: The 1100D utilizes a 9-point autofocus system, which is decent for its class. While it may not be as advanced as some higher-end models, it’s responsive and accurate for general shooting.

Performance: The camera offers a respectable 3 frames per second continuous shooting speed, which is suitable for capturing basic action shots and everyday moments.

LCD Screen: The 2.7-inch LCD screen is sufficient for reviewing images and navigating the camera’s menu system, although it lacks touch functionality and may seem small compared to newer models.
Video Capability: The Canon 1100D can shoot 720p HD video at 30 frames per second. While it’s not the highest resolution or frame rate available, it’s adequate for capturing casual video clips.

Build Quality and Ergonomics: The camera features a lightweight plastic body, which may not feel as robust as higher-end DSLRs but contributes to its portability. The ergonomics are decent, with a comfortable grip and intuitive button layout for easy operation.

Battery Life: The Canon 1100D is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which offers decent battery life for a day of shooting. However, it’s always a good idea to carry a spare battery for extended outings.


Camera Make: Canon
Camera Type: DSLR
Date First Manufactured: 2011
Megapixels: 12
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Size: APC
Camera sensor size
Viewfinder: Electronic
LCD Screen: Fixed
Continuous Shooting: 3fps
Built in Flash: Yes
Image Stabilisation: No
AE Bracketing: Yes
Back Button Focus: No
Face Detection Focus: Yes
ND Filter: No
Highest Video Resolution: 4K
Microphone Port: No
Lens Mount: Canon EF/EF-S
Storage Memory: One SD card slot
Weight: 495g
Width: 130mm
Height: 100mm
Depth: 78mm

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Canon 1100D – EOS Rebel T3

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My Thoughts on this Camera

If this was my only DSLR I would be very pleased with the camera and the results. It has many things going for it. I bought the camera for a good price as there was no charger so it could have been faulty.

It is a lightweight, easy-to-use camera. Whether you want to shoot in auto or use a priority mode it is easy to get the hang of the controls and produce the results you desire.  The menu is easy to use and I did not need to search out a manual (Although I had used a Canon 1000D which is very similar)

I don’t worry about the number of pixels as I know I can always run the images through Topaz Gigapixel to enhance and improve any image, I am more interested in whether I enjoy the camera and whether I would choose it rather than another DSLR. I think the answer is ‘maybe’. It has everything you need but I feel it lacks a little personality.

I particularly liked the smoothness & responsiveness of the controls and I felt that I could improve my photography by using it.


My Last Thoughts - Keep & Use, or Sell?

Will I keep it? No, lovely camera and easy to use. But not a camera with enough unique features, image quality and/or style
Will I use it? No – Not for me it’s a little too bulky for the features available. I prefer to use Olympus EM1 MkII given its com parable size

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