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I got this as a birthday present last year, it was my first DSLR as I was just getting into photography at university. I got the camera and a lens and charger for around £250 which is really cheap for a DSLR, but I definitely feel the quality was good enough for my university work and I haven't felt the need to upgrade after owning it for over a year! It's also so simple to use, as well as the full auto and no-flash automatic modes there's a fully manual mode where you can change every single setting, and three modes in between that, one where you can set just the aperture and let the camera take care of everything else, another where you can set just the shutter speed, and another where you can set both aperture and shutter speed and everything else is automatic. I found these really useful in learning to operate the camera, since I'm a very hands-on learner and I needed to be able to figure out what the settings do by changing them.
I would a thousand times recommend this camera if you're only using point and shoot at the moment and you're hoping to get more serious about photography but are unsure about investing £500+ for a top end DSLR. The pictures I've taken with this camera are really lovely and perfectly sharp and clear, and the colours are nice too. As a beginner this camera will not only cover your basic needs but it will help you learn and begin to understand DSLR photography too!
I have had this item from Christmas 2013 and I have used it most days. I just LOVE it, it has an amazing view finder and the battery is so good. I have any had to charge it once a day. Some times I can use it ALL day none stop and it still has 50% left in the little screen on the digital screen where it says how much battery you have left.
If you are going to use this for video you WOULD need an external mic because I would have to say the audio on this is very poor, but then again, its a DSLR not a video camera. If you do go out and buy a mic it would need to be one that you don't connect to the DSLR because this camera dose not have an external mic input, and if you do go any buy one of those you would need a good editing software to match the audio with the video.
I have always enjoyed taking photographs and when I was a teenager I had a Canon EOS 1000F film camera that I liked to use. I was never an expert but the quality of photographs was always much better than on my smaller Canon model. When things went digital I stuck with Canon since I was so impressed by their products and I got a point and shoot Canon IXUS model which I've since updated in the same range. However, the more I used my IXUS the more practice I got at taking better pictures until I felt I was at a point where I could really benefit from getting a digital SLR camera. I looked around at a few different brands but when I found this Canon EOS 1100D digital SLR model it was described as being the perfect model for beginners in the world of digital SLR cameras and this sounded perfect.
I bought this from Amazon.co.uk with the standard lens kit that comes with it but you can also buy just the body at a slightly cheaper price. In the box I got the camera body, a 18-55mm lens, a battery charger, camera battery, camera strap, USB lead, camera software on disc, instruction manual on disk and a basic instruction manual paper booklet. I have since discovered that several companies sell this kit along with things like camera bags, different lenses, flashes and memory cards with prices varying depending on what's included but if you buy from Amazon like me then you'll need to get these things separately.
Since I'm a complete novice to this field I can only recount my personal experiences with the camera so far rather than compare it to other similar SLR cameras or explain it's more complicated technical aspects (since I don't understand them all yet!). I'll start with the body though and how it feels: after initially handling the camera it becomes quickly obvious that the lens is a lot heavier than the camera body. This hasn't felt like a problem to me so far as I'm holding it and using it although it is quite noticeable when operating the control panel on the back of the camera and you need to adjust your grip to account for this. The body itself is smooth and pleasant to hold. I feel it's easy to get a good grip and the main operating switch at the front of the camera is easy to access with your index finger. The control panel buttons and mode dial are also easy to access. The supplied lens cover is a little difficult to replace. I've had the lens cover fall off the front of the lens several times when I've had the camera in my camera bag. The supplied strap is very soft and wide with a rubber re-enforcement where it hangs around the neck.
As mentioned, I only have a very basic understanding of digital SLR photography. It would require actual classes to be fully knowledgeable about everything this camera is capable of achieving. However in relation to the brand's explanation of the basic features of this camera - Canon state this is a "high performance digital single-lens reflex camera" which has a CMOS sensor with 12.2 mega pixels. It is equipped for continuous shooting (3 frames per second) and can also shoot HD movies. The camera has a choice of 9 AF points which guide you to frame photographs in a creative way. The camera has a quick 0.1 second start up time. Several other key features relate to the camera optimising photographs in different lighting conditions. There is also a Basic+ and Creative Auto mode allowing you to create a certain look for your pictures.
As a beginner it took me a lot of practice to start getting the photographs I wanted although I've had a lot of fun trying out the camera. It's obviously totally different to snapping around with a point and shoot camera and you have so much more control and input into the photograph. There are so many different ways to take the photograph to suit your wishes and it takes practice to figure out what works best. What's brilliant about the camera is that when you switch between modes the LCD screen on the back of the camera lights up with an explanation of what this mode will give you and what you need to do to achieve a certain type of photograph. For example, it will flash up to set the aperture at a lower number to achieve a particular effect or it will tell you that this mode blurs certain parts of the photograph. This is an extremely useful aid for a beginner like me and it helps you to learn about using the camera whilst you are using it functionally too.
The camera is equipped with software including Zoombrowser, Picture Style Editor and Digital Photograph Professional (for Windows 7, XP, Vista) to enable you to sort, store and alter your photographs. The most basic of the software is easy to use but there is also advanced modes for the more experienced user.
I've taken a lot of photographs which after loading onto my computer have completely astonished me with their quality and beauty. Some photographs I've taken look so real that you'd think you could put your hand through the screen and into the photograph itself! I wasn't sure about the 12.2 mega pixels when I bought this as newer models are appearing with 16 mega pixels but I find the clarity and quality of the pictures to be superb. Photographs I've taken of people have a professional glossy quality about them and I've had requests from family members to take some great pictures of them! Landscape photographs can look stunning and I'm learning how to capture certain objects or things so they look like a work of art! I'm mostly taking photographs of my dogs and my local area right now as I love to capture nature and things like sunsets or light through trees. I'm also impressed by the HD video although I have found focusing a little tricky. In regards to this I was concerned about which memory card would work well with the camera but a list of compatible ones can be found at the Canon website. I'm currently using a 16gb Sandisk Extreme.
I'm just having a lot of fun using this camera and I feel that I might have been struggling with some other brands but Canon have tailored this for a beginner whilst allowing more advanced users to use it too. I would therefore recommend this to anyone wanting to take their photography to another level and buy their first SLR camera.
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I had been really excited to get a digital SLR (or DLSR) camera as I'd been looking into getting one for ages and believed that getting one of these would mean that I would have a better chance of taking fantastic photographs if I learnt to use it properly.
I got my DSLR camera last year, opting for the Canon 1100D, which I picked up as part of a deal in Curry's where I got the camera body, an 18-55mm lens, a 75-300mm lens, a carry case for the camera and lenses and an 8GB SD card all for £485.00.
~ What is an SLR camera? ~
SLR stands for single lens reflex. That clears that one up.
.... That didn't help, did it?..
It basically means that you see exactly what is being picked up through the lens so that you can see exactly what is going to be captured in your image.
This works through a mirror and prism system. The light comes through your lens and hits a mirror placed at a 45 degree angle, which then reflects the light up into an expensive glass block called a pentaprism which then redirects the image through the prism and out through the camera's eyepiece/ viewfinder.
~ Why an SLR camera? ~
I asked the same question myself when doing some research into which camera I wanted to buy.
~ Other options - Bridge cameras ~
Another option on the market is something known as a 'bridge camera', which apparently forms a bridge between compact cameras and full-blown SLR cameras.
Bridge cameras have many of the same features as an 'entry-level' (I really hate that term) digital SLR camera, but do not have changeable lenses and are more user friendly than SLR cameras in that you are still able to use them as a point-and-shoot just like a compact camera.
They generally look more like SLR cameras in that they are big and chunky with a bigger lens than your average compact.
~ WHY AN SLR CAMERA? ~
The biggest advantages of SLR cameras are that they are fast and you are in control. When you press the button to take a photo it is a mechanical motion that forces the photograph to be taken straight away, unlike in compact digital cameras where the your camera sensor is electronically activated every time you take a photo, which often causes a delay.
With wide ranges of features and a lens that you can adjust manually/mechanically by twisting, you are in control of your SLR camera which means it's down to you to capture the best images that you can.
~ Canon 1100D - Appearance ~
The Canon 1100D seems to be one of the cheapest SLRs that you can buy. You can buy the body on its own, if you already have lenses, for around £229.00.
The camera is black and chunky with a 3 inch screen on the back as well as an eyepiece and 13 different buttons excluding the 2 button on top of the camera, where there is also a dial, winder and on/off switch.
The bottom of the camera has a universal tripod screw hole and the battery and SD card compartment. There is also a pop-up flash on the top of the camera, which there is a button to manually pop it up and there is a silver slot on top of the flash to fit your own flash on top, if you have one.
There is a cap to keep over the front of your camera if you do not have a lens on it as it is very important to keep dirt and dust out of the insides of your camera. The lenses are easy to attach and remove. There is a button at the front of the camera and you press that and twist the lens to remove it.
Each lens comes with either a red dot or a white square on the side next to where it attaches to the camera. The camera also has a red dot and white square on and you match these shapes up to one another and twist until you hear a click to attach the lens to the camera.
The camera also has small metal handles which the camera strap attaches to. The strap comes with the camera.
On the side of the camera there is a little compartment that opens up to reveal an HDMI port, a USB port and a small jack port.
The screen of the camera is used mainly for playing back your images. Taking photos using just the screen shuts off the eyepiece and the screen does not show the image that you see through the eyepiece so you can only use one at a time - either the eyepiece or the screen.
~ My experience ~
I didn't know loads about the ins and outs of photography before buying this camera and have since learnt a bit more about the relationship between shutter speed, aperture and ISO with the help of youtube! It is not essential to know anything about these things, but it certainly helps if your photos are not what you are hoping to achieve using the automatic settings!
~ Automatic mode ~
The automatic settings are fine. They tend to produce good results. I have some fantastic photos which I have taken using the automatic setting which really show the depth of field, blurring the background and focussing on the subject effectively. However I have found the odd time, using the automatic setting that the camera has chosen the wrong thing to focus on as the subject, for example if there has been a tree in the foreground and then the intended subject behind/ next to it, it has focussed on the tree rather than the intended subject, but 9 times out of 10 I have been pleased with the results in automatic mode. It is easy to use in automatic - just point and shoot like you do with a compact and the camera makes all of the hard decisions for you.
~ Manual settings ~
After a while using the automatic settings I started learning how to use the manual settings. It is one thing knowing what aperture and shutter speeds do, but another knowing where to go on the camera to change them!
Even after learning how to change these settings and use different functions on the camera, when I was out one day with my camera I spent so long trying to remember where to change some of the settings that I'd missed half of the event I was hoping to take photographs of!
To change the aperture on the settings you have to hold one button down on the back of the camera (marked Av) and scroll the winder at the front of the camera to change the aperture up or down. I found this difficult to remember at first.
I also found that it was unclear how to use the video function. Once I had twisted the mode button on the top of the camera to video and I pressed the shutter button to take a video nothing happened! You have to press a 'screen' button with a red dot next to it on the back of the camera and then press the shutter button to start recording videos. To stop recording you press the 'screen'/ red dot button again.
Again this is something that I have found took a while to get used to.
Playing back your videos you just need to press the playback button then the middle 'set' button, but this also took me a while to figure out despite having used many a compact camera and I do feel like I can find my way round most cameras, but I seemed to struggle with this quite a bit at first.
I don't find the menu to be extensive like on some cameras I have used, but if it was maybe it would be easier to find what I am looking for.
Other than my initial problems finding my way around the camera I have thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with different settings on the camera and learning at the same time.
I have been impressed with the capabilities of the camera and I have purchased a few additional lenses, which I have enjoyed experimenting with.
The camera is comfortable to hold and although it is one of the lightest SLR digital cameras on the market at 494g without lenses, it can sometimes be a pain to carry around with you when you're on a day out, rather than a deliberate mission to take some photographs.
The images that I capture are pin sharp and good quality. The camera has 12 megapixels. I have been impressed with what I have been able to capture with this camera.
~ Video ~
I do not use the video function regularly, but I have used it on holiday, at a friend's wedding and at a gig. The sound quality is good and the picture is clear and of a good quality. The camera takes HD (high definition) video. I never film more than a few minutes as there is not usually anything that holds my attention for that long and also I imagine it will not be good for battery life.
~ Battery ~
I have found the battery life to be really good on this camera and it has never let me down lasting all day on days out and when on holiday. I do carry a fully charged spare battery just in case, which can be picked up on ebay for around the £10.00 mark. I find that the battery charges fairly quickly as well - the charger also comes with your camera as you'd expect.
~ Conclusion ~
At first I found this camera a bit of a struggle to find my way around, which was incredibly frustrating at the time, but I am now a lot more used to the layout and I really want to make this camera work for me and help me to progress with my new found hobby! It is meant to be ideal for beginners so I can't imagine how difficult a professional camera would be use!
Although this camera would be restricting for a professional or experienced photographer (or so they say on the photography forum I am now a member of), it is great for my current requirements and I don't imagine that I will need to replace it any time soon! It is one of the cheapest DSLR cameras on the market and has all of the basic settings that I need! Once used to the layout, I have found it easy to use and the results that it produces are impressive with great detailing and depth of field. I would recommend this camera to a beginner wanting to buy their first SLR camera.
The first reason for the price, you not must paid for a thousand dollars for a DSLR 'pro'just buy canon 1100d ,you'll be a PRO photographer :DThe results of this camera is pretty good photos, and sharp. But the most special is the use of high ISO noise produced which is very minimal.main disadvantage is which the weight is only 495g ,when pressed Shuter likely to shake the cameraBut it reccomended to buy for who want to be a professional photographer
The Canon EOS 1100D is the perfect entry level digital SLR. For anyone who is new to SLR's or is on a budget, this camera will fit the bill, but after time it will have its limitations. I have just upgraded to the 600D, at a couple of hundred pounds more than this particular model, I notice the difference, but I will always have a soft spot for the 1100D! This entry level camera varies in price depending on what you want from it. For example Jessops offer a range of packages increasing in price. For £329.95 you can buy the camera body only, but spend a little more (£359.95) and you can pick up the camera, a 8GB Sandisk memory card and a bag to store it all in. I've had the camera quite a while and to be honest I can't remember how much I paid for it, but it is worth shopping around. Various shops have offers on all the time. Buyacamera.com is always a good choice and I've bought a few cameras from here now with no problems.
The beauty about this SLR is the ability to create beautiful images that only an SLR can, as well as HD video content. It has 12 megapixels image quality so not the best on the market, but unless you are printing to large sizes (about A3 paper size), you won't notice. The 14-bit DIGIC 4 image processor provides 3.2fps which will work alongside the other features within the camera to provide fast shooting and quality images.
The camera has an on screen feature guide which provides descriptions of the functions within the camera. What I like is that it provides little tips of how to use them for your photography. Most people buying this camera will be fairly new or have limited or beginners knowledge on SLR's so this is a handy little feature to bear in mind when considering this camera.
An added feature for unconfident users and users who have been used to standard digital cameras, is the easy to use scene modes which allows that you can choose to use the automatic mode rather than manual settings to allow the camera to choose the most suitable exposure and focus. The Basic + technology changes the auto modes according to light and ambience.
The HD movie mode allows it can be used as a camcorder. The footage can be edited on PC's or Macs and can also be linked directly to your TV (with a HDMI connection). This isn't something we used a lot as we already had a camcorder and we found that instances that we did want to record we also wanted to shoot so one of us did each! We did use it the odd time though and it certainly is a nice little feature.
The ISO 100-6400 sensitivity is a good range which will be enough to satisfy most amateur photographers and will help to reduce grainy images at high ISO levels. There is also central cross type point which helps the camera to focus quickly using vertical and horizontal lines. This is a good number of auto focus points which can be independently selected to identify a specific focal point (both static and moving objects).
The one thing that is fantastic about digital SLR's is obviously that it is digital. While this seems a silly thing to say, it is ideal for beginners and means that you can keep practicing and practising and never be afraid of pressing the shutter release to take your photo, because it really doesn't matter if it hasn't come out the way you expected (in fact this helps as you can learn from the mistakes). I would also say that if you haven't invested in a bag, but are thinking of buying an SLR, go for a package and spend the extra for the carry bag. These SLRs are a lot of money and keeping your kit clean, dry and all together is important. Having a bag is also a handy way to carry a spare battery - there is nothing worse than going out for the day hoping to get some good snaps and realising that your battery is dead (I think we've all been there with one electrical item or another!).
All in all this is a really great entry level SLR, and it's light and easy to carry around. I upgraded mine as I wanted a higher resolution and more focus points as well as higher ISO settings. It feels slightly plastic and you can feel a difference as you upgrade. As I have started to take photography a little more seriously and I have improved (some might say!) it was time to upgrade, but I wouldn't have been without the 1100 D, it's shown me how to use SLR's properly and has given me some great pictures along the way. Definitely recommended.
Other General information:
LCD Monitor: 2.7"
Sensor Size (WxH mm) 22.2 x 14.7mm
Max Consecutive Shots: 830
Continuous Shooting Speed: 3fps
Extra features: Depth of Field Preview, White Balance Mode, Built in Flash, Tri-Pod Thread
Body Dimensions (WxHxD) mm129.9 x 99.7 x 77.9 mm
The Canon EOS 1100D is a great camera if you're on a budget and looking for something that will "do the job". I would recommend it for anyone who's starting out in photography and for a first camera, but if you want something advanced with the capabilities of taking AMAZING pictures, then unfortunately this camera probably isn't for you. I think it's shutter speed and aperture could definitely be improved but for a first time camera it's not too bad. The automatic functions are surprisingly good and although on occasion it's too much, the flash is pretty good and doesn't make everyone in the picture look horrendous (like most flash on cameras). All in all, a good first time camera but if you're looking for a more advanced one, this is not for you!
I got this camera for christmas, from my parents, and was so happy as I was not expecting such a lovely camera!!! I was so happy with it and couldn't wait to get started, so I went straight outside to take some pictures to test it out. It has loads of different settings, so it really helps, when you first get it just to have a fiddle around and test each one out. I love using the landscape setting when I'm doing outdoor photography, it really captures the light so well and the quality of the picture you capture is of such a high quality, I was suprised! When I got this camera, I got a lens with it and then my parents also bought me one more lens (a tamron one). I'm now so glad they did, as the lens that came with this camera didn't have a great zoom on it and it really helps to buy another lens which has more of a zoom :) I'm more than happy to take this camera to college with me and use it on a photography course I might be doing, as all in all a fabulous camera! I'm no camera expert and this was my first proper camera, so my review may not be great or may not use the correct terms for certain things so I'm sorry about that! Thanks for reading :)