Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3

Last Updated (20 April’13):
- Review by PopPhoto

Canon EOS 1100D/Rebel T3 features 12.2 MP CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, ISO 100-6400, Improved EOS HD Movie mode with expanded recording [HD: 30p (29.97) / 25p], and with in-camera movie editing options, High speed, reliable 9-point AF system utilizing a high precision, f/5.6 cross-type center point, Enhanced metering with a 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system for accurate metering between exposures, 3.0 fps continuous shooting up to approximately 3 JPEGs or approximately 2 RAW, and 2.7-inch wide TFT LCD monitor (230,000 dots) with Live View function for improved viewing. The camera measures 5.1 (W) x 3.9 (H) x 3.1 (D) in./ Approx. 129.9 (W) x 99.7 (H) x 77.9 (D) mm and weighs 17.4 oz. / 495g (body only).

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Expert Reviews

Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D Reviews

PopPhoto reviews the Canon EOS 1100D and writes;
“What’s hot: Fast AF; low noise to ISO 800. What’s not: Video capped at 720p; top ISO 6400. Who it’s for: Anyone looking to enter Canon’s DSLR system for as little money as possible.”
Rating: N/A

DCR reviews the Canon EOS 1100D and writes;
“ISO 100, 200, and 400 sensitivities were all quite clean and hard to tell apart. ISO 800 showed a bit of deterioration over 400, primarily a loss of some fine details in areas such as the bear’s nose. ISO 1600 showed another slight decline over 800, with a bit more grain showing up in printed areas and more loss of fine details. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon EOS 1100D and writes;
“Canon’s EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D is a solid entry-level DSLR which ticks the boxes of most first-time buyers without breaking the bank. By employing numerous parts from previous models, there’s no surprises in terms of performance, but the 12 Megapixel sensor with Canon’s latest metering system deliver good-looking images, and you also get a decent Live View mode and the opportunity to film 720p HD video, albeit with auto exposures and manual focusing only. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

T3 reviews the Canon EOS 1100D and writes;
“In terms of still images, the 1100D will please anyone looking to up their game. Though we find the Canon’s default colour setting a little subdued, choosing the likes of vivid mode adds some needed contrast and saturation. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

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ePhotozine reviews the Canon EOS 1100D and writes;
“The Canon EOS 1100D delivers great image quality, with excellent noise levels, right upto ISO3200. It’s not until ISO6400 that you start seeing noise artefacts, or hot black and white pixels. The colour produced in images is excellent with very rich colours, high levels of saturation and good contrast, sharpness, and tone. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalVersus reviews the Canon EOS 1100D and writes;
“Noise management has thankfully been upgraded too, and there’s no noticeable loss in picture quality up to 1600 ISO. At 3200 ISO, a slight granularity can be seen on an 8″ x 12″ (20 x 30 cm) print, but it’s still not too much of a problem. In fact, even the highest ISO setting is perfectly suitable for smaller-sized prints.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon EOS 1100D and writes;
“Overall performance from the test camera was in line with previous Canon DSLR cameras we’ve reviewed. Autofocusing was fast and accurate under most conditions when shooting stills and noticeably slower (as expected) while recording video clips. In dim lighting, ‘hunting’ was negligible.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PocketLint reviews the Canon EOS 1100D and writes;
“The 1100D forges together decent performance with good, if not slightly soft (with kit lens), image quality. First time DSLR users won’t find a package as complete as this anywhere else at the moment, giving Canon the winning strike by a whisker in the entry-level DSLR market”
Rating: ★★★★½

TechRadar reviews the Canon EOS 1100D and writes;
“The improvements Canon has made internally on the EOS 1100D, particularly with its high ISO performance, blow its predecessor out of the water and bring the Canon 1100D’s image quality in-line with other contemporary models from higher up the pecking order.”
Rating: N/A

PhotoRadar reviews the Canon EOS 1100D and writes;
“The Canon 1100D feels like a very good camera inside a plastic body. Its menus are very fast to navigate through, and the LCD on the Canon EOS 1100D is superb. In total, the Canon 1100D is very easy to use and perfect for a beginner.”
Rating: N/A

ImagingResource has a peview of the Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D and writes;
“We found the Canon T3 to be an excellent entry-level model, with good handling characteristics, good image quality, and an unusually rich feature set for its price point. Rare to find at its bargain price point, this is a model that’s approachable for beginners but could be interesting and rewarding for enthusiasts as well. We always withhold final judgement on cameras until we’ve had a chance to test a production sample, but in the case of the Canon T3, we’re comfortable recommending it from day one: This is a very solid entry-level SLR that will please a wide range of users.”
rating: N/A

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Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D Features

New Technology for Outstanding Images.
12.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed.

Canon’s CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. It offers many of the same new technologies to maximize each pixel’s light gathering efficiency that were first seen with the professional EOS-1D Mark III model. It’s an APS-C size sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm), and there’s an effective 1.6x increase in the lens’s marked focal length when attached.

12.2 Megapixel APS-C Size CMOS Sensor
DIGIC 4 Image Processor

The improved DIGIC 4 Image Processor ensures that images are captured, processed and saved with remarkable speed. The EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s new 3:2 multiple aspect ratio, in-camera RAW image processing, creative filters, image resizing and provided S2 and S3 image-recording quality are all possible thanks to the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. With dazzling results, the new DIGIC 4 Image Processor also works to capture and process data of images shot at 12.2 Megapixels at 3.0 fps, as well as 14-bit signal processing for excellent image gradation, enhanced Face Detection Live mode, Full HD video recording, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Lens Peripheral Optimization.

Excellence from Dawn to Dusk.
ISO 100 – 6400 for shooting from bright to dim light.

With a broad range of ISO settings, the EOS Rebel T3 enables shooting from sunrise to sunset and helps ensure capture of the finest detail. With enhanced high-sensitivity optimization, subjects can be captured clearly and easily at high shutter speeds without flash, with minimized blur and noise. In bright scenes, especially long exposures in daylight, optimal exposure can be achieved with a fully open wide-diameter lens, no dark filter needed.

Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3

High Definition Made Easy.
Improved EOS HD Movie mode with expanded recording [HD: 30p (29.97) / 25p], and with in-camera video editing options.

The EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s expanded repertoire of technologies includes shooting video in brilliantly clear, exactingly sharp high definition for playback on your HDTV! Shooting at 1280 x 720 at 30 (29.97) or 25 frames per second, HD video can be taken immediately through the EOS Rebel T3 camera’s intuitive operation and layout. Parameters for white balance and picture style are already set — just grab and go!

Incredible AutoFocus.
High speed, reliable 9-point AF system utilizing a high precision, f/5.6 cross-type center point.

The EOS Rebel T3 has a high-precision, 9-point AF system utilizing a high-precision, f/5.6 cross-type center point. The 9-point AF system uses both normal and high-precision focus depending on the aperture and available light. The 9 focus points can be chosen automatically or manually selected.

Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3

Accurate Metering for Perfect Exposure.
Enhanced metering with a 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system for accurate metering between exposures.

The EOS Rebel T3 features Canon’s newest Dual-layer sensor, with 63 zones. By measuring not only the amount of light, but also taking into account color and luminosity, this new system delivers a very high level of accuracy for better results every time. Since the metering sensor has a color measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimized; the EOS Rebel T3 gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes, such as sports on a cloudy day, or indoor holiday scenes.

Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3

Speedy, Precise Operation.
3.0 fps continuous shooting up to approximately 3 JPEGs or approximately 2 RAW.

The EOS Rebel T3 operates with such effortless speed that operation is nothing short of intuitive. With instant startup times, speedy autofocus and minimal shutter lag, the EOS Rebel T3 is one of the fastest cameras available today. It can shoot up to 3.0 fps (frames per second), in bursts of up to approximately 3 JPEGs or 2 RAW files, so you won’t miss a shot.

Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3

See the Image on a Large LCD with Live View Function.
2.7-inch wide TFT LCD monitor (230,000 dots) with Live View function for improved viewing.

The EOS Rebel T3 has a huge, bright 2.7-inch TFT (thin film transistor) LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and a viewing angle of 170°. It’s perfect for Live View composition or viewing camera settings like AF, ISO, Metering, AF Point selection and flash options. And the maximum brightness of the EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s LCD monitor is about 30% greater than its predecessor, which is a big benefit when you’re using the camera in bright sunlight.

Live View Function
Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the huge 2.7-inch LCD monitor. It’s easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. And now, there are two ways to use Autofocus along with Live View Function in the EOS Rebel T3. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping straight lines in your subject straight in your pictures. In the studio, Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through the EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s USB connection.

Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3

Make Your Images As You See Them.
Express your creativity with ease using advanced imaging features like the new Basic+ function, Quick Setting function and Creative Auto.

Basic+ is a new creative imaging feature that makes it easy to create the image effects you want. It can be set with the Quick Control screen in Basic Zone modes. Basic+ provides two options:

Shoot by ambience selection:
Based on the Picture Style and its parameters (sharpness, contrast, saturation, and color tone), the exposure compensation and white balance correction are adjusted to attain the selected ambience. You can also select the strength of the ambience effect.

Shoot by lighting or scene type:
Although the actual parameter set is the white balance, the settings are expressed in more understandable terms.

The EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s Quick Control screen gives you instant access to the most common settings, all in one place! It’s a great way to quickly confirm or change settings while you’re shooting. The Quick Control screen is particularly useful when you’re shooting from a tripod or monopod, with the camera at eye level, because it eliminates the need to view the LCD data panel on top of the camera while changing settings.

For beginners looking to expand their photographic horizons, the EOS Rebel T3 offers Creative Auto mode. While basic settings are based on full automatic operation, shooting guides on the LCD screen enable you to make corrections based on simple to follow guidelines. In essence, with Creative Auto mode, you can learn about photography while taking stunning photographs.

Photography Made Truly Easy.
New Feature Guide offers short descriptions of each function and Quick Control screen for easy operation.

The Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR demystifies great photography by including an in-camera Feature Guide. Appearing on the camera’s LCD, the Feature Guide displays a simple description or advice for the respective function. It is displayed in each shooting mode, during Mode Dial operations, and for Quick Control screen functions (during normal shooting, Live View shooting, movie shooting, and playback). The Feature Guide appears automatically during Mode Dial operations and when a function is selected on the Quick Control screen.

Speedy, Wireless Image Capture and Transmission.
Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

The EOS Rebel T3 uses popular SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Compact, inexpensive and available in increasingly large capacities, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards are a perfect complement to the EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s compact and lightweight body design.

Additionally, the EOS Rebel T3 is compatible with Eye-Fi* SD cards, which are outfitted with a Wi-Fi transmitter (IEEE 802.11b/g) and internal antenna for wireless, high-speed transfer of images. With an Eye-Fi card installed, the EOS Rebel T3 can display the Eye-Fi’s connection status and error notes with ease, for fully functional wireless uploading of images directly from the camera.

*Canon cameras are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be available outside the United States and Canada; please contact the card manufacturer for territory availability.

Shooting Made Easy
Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

EF & EF-S Lenses
The EOS Rebel T3 is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF and EF-S lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as Aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses, and Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology are featured in select lenses to minimize the effect of camera shake. Through Canon lenses, photographers can truly maximize the quality and liberating performance of the EOS Rebel T3.


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