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Canon EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (1100DBB)
The Canon EOS 1100D is an entry-level digital SLR aimed for novices who are new in photography or those who want to graduate from the traditional point-and-shoot digital cameras. It has its predecessors' features, including that of EOS 1000D which stayed in the market for almost three years (the normal lifespan of most DSLRs is one year or less). EOS 1100D has 12 Megapixel sensor, a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to ISO 6400, and a 9-point autofocus system which is an improvement of its predecessor's 7-point AF system. It also has Canon's latest 63- zone metering sensor which adjusts the exposure depending on the subject's color and brightness. This technology is also featured in higher-spec cameras including the semi-pro EOS 7D. Unlike the EOS 1000D, the EOS 1100D has a bigger LCD screen (2.7 inches) and HD movie recording capabilities of up to 720p in resolution at 30 frames per second. The screen's resolution is rather low but it is acceptable for an entry-level camera. The camera also has a continuous shooting mode that can capture images up to 3 frames per second. In terms of build and style, EOS 1100D is the same with its predecessor. Higher model cameras are made from rubberised materials. In contrast, EOS 1100D is made of polycarbonate resin attached to a stainless steel sub-frame--making the camera light but durable. Canon incorporates a new design for the EOS 1100D, putting the ISO button on the rear instead of on the top--making it rather hard to adjust the ISO setting while looking through the viewfinder. Since this camera is aimed for novices, it has many features that eases a newbie into using a DSLR. Aside from the usual automatic scene programs featured in DSLRs like Portrait and Landscape, the EOS 1100D also has the Basic+ features that allows users to set parameters to each of the auto scene modes. Also included is a creative auto mode which provides more control over the settings while still in the safety of automatic operation--a sort of training wheels for budding photographers. Canon has also made the settings menu easier by providing description of what each setting will do. The EOS 1100D also has a feature first seen on the EOS 60D which allows users to rate captured images in- camera. When the images are downloaded into the computer, the ratings will help identify your favorite images automatically. Although the EOS 1100D provides flexibility with its range of ISO levels, the long exposure noise reduction feature is absent. This results in noise appearing on the images taken at exposures longer than a few seconds. However, coupled with a high performance lens kit, the noise problem can be resolved.