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

Compared to Sony NEX 5: High-end mirrorless or entry-level DSLR?

Entry-level APS-C bodies are strongly challenged by APS-C mirrorless compact cameras. Same sensor, smaller form factor, same price point… life on the dealer’s shelves is not so easy for entry-level DSLR today! Let’s compare the EOS 1100D metrics to those for the Sony NEX 5 to make things clear.

And the results are clear. Leveraging on a good 14-megapixel Exmor R sensor, the NEX 5 produces solid DSLR-like metrics in all the tested fields. It manages to outperform the EOS 1100D, although by just a little bit. Better Overall score, better Portrait score, better Landscape score, and better Sports score… the NEX 5 takes it all.

However, the main difference lies in Dynamic Range, where the NEX 5 is almost 1 EV ahead at ISO 400 and below, and stays above the EOS 1100D up to ISO 800. Once again Canon is handicapped by its low-ISO noise production in the darkest zones (as indicated by the full SNR chart analysis).

Thus it is clear that the fierce competition of the large sensor mirrorless cameras will make it hard for this entry-level DSLR: similar or better performance, same price point (the NEX 5 is only $50 more), interchangeable lenses, and a better video function. Can Canon avoid producing an APS-C mirrorless camera and still remain competitive?

View Sony NEX 5 vs Canon EOS 1100D