Canon 1100D

 
Canon EOS 1100D front
 
  • 12MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 495g - 130 x 100 x 78mm
  • Introduced April 2011
  • Additionally Known as EOS Rebel T3 / EOS Kiss X50
  • Replaced the Canon 1000D
  • Successor is Canon 1200D
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
67
Imaging
54
Features
45
Overall
50

Canon 1100D overview

Canon 1100D is Canon's Entry-Level DSLR digital camera originally launched on April of 2011. It has a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4272 x 2848. It is known as "EOS Rebel T3 / EOS Kiss X50" in other regions.

Canon released this model to upgrade the older Canon 1000D (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently launched the fresher Canon 1200D (Read Full Comparison) to upgrade this camera.

The 1100D ranks at #55 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all around #403 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can try out our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your custom requirements.

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Below is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon 1100D history

The Canon 1100D is part of a family of cameras. You can see the full range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-T6 front thumbnailCanon T6
1100D vs T6
18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2016
Canon-EOS-1200D front thumbnailCanon 1200D
1100D vs 1200D
18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2014
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Canon-EOS-100D front thumbnailCanon 100D
1100D vs 100D
18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-1100D front thumbnailCanon 1100D12MPAPS-C3.0 fps2011
Canon-EOS-1000D front thumbnailCanon 1000D
1100D vs 1000D
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008

Canon 1100D Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon 1100D based on factors that are generally seen as important in a digital camera.

better than average battery power (700 CIPA)
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
exports RAW formats
great min ISO (100)
has built in flash
has face detect focus
has HDMI out
has phase detect auto focus
manual focus
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no headphone support
no image stabilization
no microphone support
no Timelapse recording
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
screen does not articulate
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
tiny screen (2.7")
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Canon 1100D Sensor details

The Canon 1100D houses the Digic 4 processor chip. The sensor size on the Canon 1100D is 22.2mm x 14.8mm (APS-C). The 329 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4272 x 2848 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 12MP and has a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. RAW format is saved which means that you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below shows the 1100D's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The 1100D sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is displayed in green.

Canon EOS 1100D sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 1100D dimensions

Canon 1100D weighs in at 1.09 pounds (495 gr / 17.46 ounces) & has exterior size of 130mm x 100mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538 gr and the Canon 1100D is very similar as compared to various competitors.

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Below is a visual of the Canon 1100D besides a soda to help you get a feel for its scale.

Canon EOS 1100D dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button design on the 1100D.

Canon EOS 1100D topview buttons dials

Canon 1100D Lens specs

The 1100D fits the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 324 lenses available for purchase. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the 1100D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-S-18-55mm-f3.5-5.6 lensCanon EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.618-55mmf/3.5-5.6 190g
Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T1.4-35-Canon-EF lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T 1,43535mmf/1.4 830g
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Tamron-18-400mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-VC-HLD-Canon-EF-S lensTamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD18-400mmf/3.5-6.3 710g
Tokina-AT-X-14-20mm-F2-Pro-DX-Canon-EF lensTokina AT-X 14-20mm F2 Pro DX14-20mmf/2.0 725g
Sigma-120-300mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM120-300mmf/2.8 2950g
Canon-EF-8-15mm-f4L-Fisheye-USM lensCanon EF 8-15mm f4L Fisheye USM8-15mmf/4.0 540g
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Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T2-35-Canon-EF lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T 23535mmf/2.0 570g
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Canon 1100D Connectivity

The 1100D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras with NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to transfer images and oftentimes change settings without connecting directly to the camera.

Some applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB port.

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Canon 1100D Video specs

The highest video resolution on the Canon 1100D is 1280 x 720 and you can capture in H.264 and Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You really should go for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The camera doesn't include a microphone and / or headphone port which means you get no control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to look into another camera if you need decent sound for your videos.

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Canon 1100D Weather Sealing

Canon 1100D doesn't include weather proofing so damp conditions might damage the camera.

Canon 1100D Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon 1100D has a 2.7 inch fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs for Canon 1100D are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • Coverage 95%
  • Magnification 0.5x

Viewfinders can be very beneficial during bright outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Canon 1100D Shutter specs

Canon 1100D continuous shooting speed is 3.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon 1100D Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon 1100D comes with both integrated flash together with external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/200 seconds.

Canon 1100D Autofocus specs

Canon 1100D comes with both Phase Detect Auto Focus as well as Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & exact when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detection which makes it valuable for people photography.

The AF system has 9 focus points to pick from. Canon 1100D supports manual focusing if needed during low light or you require more accurate focusing control.

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Canon 1100D Battery life

The battery power (LP-E10) on the Canon 1100D is designed to last for 700 images according to the CIPA specifications which is above the usual when compared to its category. The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x has the highest (1900) battery life within this class of cameras.

Below is a number of Entry-Level DSLR cameras having the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
1100D vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Canon 1100D for specific styles of photography

The following graph shows a summation of the Canon 1100D for specific styles of photography. To check out more, have a look at the specific section below.

Canon 1100D Portrait photography information

The Canon 1100D has a points tally of 64 which is very good, meaning that it is a very decent fit to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support along with the flexibility to work with off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
resolution not great (12 megapixels)

Street photography with Canon 1100D

Coming in at a average rating of 58, the Canon 1100D is somewhat appropriate to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization

Sports photography with Canon 1100D

A modest sports photography points total of 52 means the Canon 1100D is somewhat suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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sensor size is nice (APS-C)
good battery life (700 per charge)
comes with phase detect AF
max fps low (3.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12MP)

Canon 1100D Travel photography highlights

Size is really crucial when picking a camera for travel. All round, the Canon 1100D gets a reasonable 53 as a travel camera which is fairly appropriate to purchase for your trips.

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better than average battery life (700 shots)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse function
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen

Canon 1100D as a Landscape photography camera

When you are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon 1100D and it's modest grade of 56 for a landscape camera is reasonably appropriate within the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (700 CIPA)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
no image stabilization
MP count low (12MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Canon 1100D as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera preferably should posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and preferably IBIS. Considering everything, the Canon 1100D is just not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a terrible score of 22.

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provides face detection focus
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic support

Canon 1100D Alternatives

If you need replacements to the 1100D, below is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Entry-Level DSLR.

The diagram below shows you an overview of the 1100D versus it's top scored competitors shown earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might view as alternative options. To read through a comprehensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Canon
Model type
Canon EOS 1100D
Also called as
EOS Rebel T3 / EOS Kiss X50
Category
Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced
2011-04-13
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor Chip
Digic 4
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor measurements
22.2 x 14.8mm
Sensor surface area
328.6mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
Highest resolution
4272 x 2848
RAW files
Highest native ISO
6400
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
9
Cross type focus points
1
Lens
Lens support
Canon EF/EF-S
Total lenses
326
Focal length multiplier
1.6
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7"
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech
TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95%
Viewfinder magnification
0.5x
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
62
DXO Color Depth rating
21.9
DXO Dynamic range rating
11.0
DXO Low light rating
755
Features
Lowest shutter speed
30s
Highest shutter speed
1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate
3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
9.20 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/200s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (29.97, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution
1280x720
Video data format
H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
495 grams (1.09 lbs)
Physical dimensions
130 x 100 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1")
Other
Battery life
700 photos
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery ID
LP-E10
Self timer
Yes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots
Single
Launch pricing
$450