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Canon 1100D/T3 vs Canon 600D/T3i

When Canon first introduced the EOS 1000D, it didn’t really get much support from the market with a lot of folks going for the Canon EOS 500D or the 450D instead. The question now is that will we be seeing the same thing with the Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i) and the Canon EOS 1100D (Rebel T3)? Obviously, the difference is vast as is the price differences. When I compared the Canon 600D with the Nikon D3100 previously, it was a straight David versus Goliath battle but with David getting crushed with a back heel. Don’t expect it to be any different this time. So why consider buying a Canon EOS 1100D?

Canon EOS 1100D vs. Canon EOS 600D ā€“ The Specifications

Features Canon EOS 1100D Canon EOS 600D
Sensor Type APS-C CMOS Sensor APS-C CMOS Sensor
Sensor Size 22.2×14.7mm 22.3×14.9mm
Sensor Resolution 12.2 megapixels 18.0 megapixels
LCD 2.7-inch (230k dots) TFT LCD 3.0-inch (1040k dots) 3:2 TFT LCD
Tilt LCD No Yes
Live View Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Pentamirror type Pentamirror type
Viewfinder Coverage Approx. 95% Approx. 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8x (with 50mm at infinity) 0.85x (with 50mm at infinity)
HD Movie 1280 x 720 @29.97, 25fps 1920 Ɨ 1080 @29.97, 25, 23.976fps, 1280 x 720 @59.94, 50fps
Max. Continuous Burst Speed 3fps 3.7fps
AF System 9-point AF System 9-point AF System
Built-in Image Stabilisation No No
Image Sensitivity ISO 100 to 6400 ISO 100 to 6400 (Extendable to 12800)
Shutter Speed Range 1/4000 to 30s & Bulb 1/4000 to 30s & Bulb
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Weight (Body only, incl. battery & memory card) Approx. 495g Approx. 570g
Dimensions (H x W x D) Approx. 129.9 x 99.7 x 77.9mm Approx. 133 x 99.5 x 79.7mm
The first thing you would notice for the Canon EOS 1100D is the much smaller resolution of its sensor. Considering that the Nikon D3100 is around 14 megapixels, it’s interesting to see the usually high resolution Canon with such a low resolution model. Mind you, as many Nikon fans would testify, 12 megapixels is plenty for amateur shooting and the lower resolution actually gives you a better chance of keeping noise very reasonable throughout its shooting range. It’s quite likely that you may even see better noise handling on the 1100D over the 600D under similar low light conditions and ISO
settings as they are both running on the DIGIC 4 processor. However, the new sensor on the EOS 1100D is sadly missing the EOS integrated cleaning system which I feel is a great “peace of mind” feature for new users of interchangeable lens cameras.

The LCD of the 1100D is also vastly inferior to the 600D’s vari-angle 3.0-inch (1040k dots) 3:2 TFT LCD. At only 2.7-inch and a resolution of 230,000 dots, it’s even smaller than that of the Nikon D3100, albeit at the same resolution. Movie mode is also vastly different but considering that you need to be competent at manual focusing during movie mode, most beginners won’t mind too much the difference between the 600D and the 1100D. Although if you are getting a new DSLR specifically for the movie mode, you may find the 1100D rather limited given that most new cameras are already offering FULL HD.

Who should get a Canon EOS 1100D?

Rather than looking at who should get a Canon EOS 600D, which I expect to be as popular as the 550D, I’d rather define the crowd who may find the EOS 1100Dinteresting.

  • Budget Conscious BuyerIn today’s world of austerity measures, it goes without saying that you need to consider how much you can budget for your new purchase. For those new to DSLRs, smart money may be better spent on lenses and accessories to allow you to be more creative as you develop your skills.
  • Absolute BeginnersThe 600D is really a feature packed camera that you won’t feel any need to upgrade from in a quite a long while. The only thing consumer level about it is probably its body and that’s only because higher end models are better and not the 600D being of poor build. The rest is more than good enough to deliver some fine results in capable hands. However, if you new to photography, the core features of the 1100D are pretty much the same to the 600D so you won’t be getting inferior image quality. That makes the 1100D a pretty good buy. What’s more, given the product life cycle of DSLRs in this level, you’ll probably be upgrading a much better new model by the time you graduate from your 1100D.
  • Casual / Travel ShootersIf you are only getting a DSLR because you want better photos to your compacts or bridge cameras, you will certainly get your money’s worth with the EOS 1100D. It’s slightly more compact to the 600D and over 10% lighter. This allows you to keep the “big, heavy DSLR” concept to a very reasonable level and great for travelling as well where you may not want to carry a more expensive or heavier DSLR.

The Final Verdict

Yes, the Canon EOS 600D is better but then so is the Canon EOS 7D. Matching the camera body to your needs is very important even though the trend for getting the best camera you can afford is still a prevalent behavior. Our advice is always that if you are given a choice, save your money for better glass. Camera bodies come and go; good glass is forever if you take care of them. I definitely wouldn’t mind taking the Canon 1100D on a holiday with me along with a nice 17-50mm standard zoom or an all-in-one zoom for all occasions.

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