Canon EOS 1100D, DxOMark review for the new Canon entry-level body

Wednesday March 16 2011

Sensor Review
Introduction | Compared to Nikon D3100 & Sony SLT A33 | Compared to Sony NEX 5: High-end mirrorless or entry-level DSLR? | Compared to EOS 1000D: Improvement? | Conclusion
Canon EOS 1100D, DxOMark review for the new Canon entry-level body

The EOS 1100D (Rebel T3) replaces the EOS 1000 as Canon’s entry-level body. It combines a 12-megapixel sensor, Canon’s 9-point AF engine coupled to the 63-zone metering system introduced by the EOS7D, and of course the now-standard Digic 4 image processor. Taken individually, none of these features is really new, but the combination of all these solid elements should prove interesting. Moreover, the EOS 1100D is now gifted with a video recording function… but only 720p, which could be a limitation compared to what competitors propose for a similar price point.

As we will see later, although the EOS 1100D uses different and more recent hardware, its metrics are hardly improved. But before examining the details, we will spend some time analyzing not just how the new Rebel stands on the shelves against the fierce competition of the Nikon D3100 and the Sony SLT Alpha 33, but also against another category entirely: large-sensor mirrorless cameras such as the Sony NEX 5, which may be a real threat to the entry-level DSLR segment.