The Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3) builds upon the previous EOS 1000D (XS) release. But just how good is the 1100D (T3)? Can it be crowned the king of entry-level DSLRs? The What Digital Camera Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3) review…

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3)

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:90%


  • Fast AF for entry-level model, good image quality


  • Build quality (plastic finish), slow live view focusing


Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3) Review


Price as reviewed:


Value & Verdict

Canon EOS 1100D Review (Rebel T3 Review) – Value

Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3

Gone are the days when entry-level modes were just a few hundred pounds. The Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3) will be £500 in the UK or $600 in the USA upon its launch. This will likely slide over time to be on a par with the Nikon D3100‘s current £450 price tag and, although there are some cheaper options out there such as the Sony A390 and Pentax K-x, neither of these offer the all-round performance and image quality combination that this latest Canon can. As much as a pricetag some £50 less would be nice, the match of performance and image quality makes it even more a worthy purchase.

Canon EOS 1100D Review (Rebel T3 Review) – Verdict

There are very few things that let the Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3) down. Although we’re not overly keen on some design elements, the body’s smooth plastic finish or the live view mode’s sluggish focusing, that’s pretty much where the moaning stops.

Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3The 1100D (T3) has a whole lot of shooting options under its belt, image quality is up there with the best the entry-level market has to offer throughout the ISO 100-6400 range and the autofocus system is of a similar calibre. The combination of the two is a great mix and this essentially makes the 1100D the best current entry-level DSLR that money can buy. A better kit lens would sort out some of the imaging qualms that we do have, but the Canon EF-S fit has a huge variety on offer to get yet more out of your camera in the future.

Those looking for a slightly more ‘friendly’, easy-to-use experience may want to opt for the Nikon D3100’s Guide Mode, but those seeking an overall more advanced model will be pleased with what the EOS 1100D (Rebel T3) has to offer.


LCD:2.7in, 230k-dot
AF Points:9-point AF system, f/5.6 cross-type centre point
Colour Temp Control:2000-10,000K
Field of View:95%
White Balance Bracket:Yes, +/-3 levels in single level increments
Sensor:12.2MP APS-C CMOS
Max Flash Sync:1/200th sec
Focal Length Mag:1.6x
Dust Reduction:Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces, sensor-mapping of dust for manual removing
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens-based
Metering System:TTL full aperture metering with 63-zone SPC
Movie Mode:720p HD, 30 or 25fps, H.264 (MOV format)
Exposure Modes:Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, No Flash, Creative Auto, Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, A-DEP
Live Mode:Yes
Connectivity:Remote, USB out, HDMI out
Weight:495g (body only)
File Format:JPEG, Raw, Raw + JPEG
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E10
Dimensions:129.9 x 99.7 x 77.9 mm
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000 sec
Focusing Modes:AI Focus, One Shot, AI Servo (Live View: Quick mode, Live mode)
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous, Self timer (2s, 10s, 10s + continuous shots 2-10)
Output Size:4272 × 2848
Viewfinder Type:Pentamirror
PC Socket:No
Compression:Fine, Standard / Small, Medium, Large JPEG
Cable Release:Yes
Exposure Comp:+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
Memory Card:SD / SDHC / SDXC
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 9.2 (ISO 100)
Lens Mount:Canon EF-S
White Balance:AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Blue/Amber / Magenta/Green +/-9
  1. 1. Canon EOS 1100D Review (Rebel T3 Review) - Features
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Movie/Video Mode
  6. 6. Value & Verdict
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