- Sizes: 1280x720p (HD): 30 fps (NTSC), 25 fps (PAL).
- Audio: 48kHz Mono (Internal Mic), Linear PCM.
- Format: .MOV MPEG-4 AVC, H.264.
- File size: 3.7 MB/sec.
- Maximum file size per clip: 4GB or 29min 59 sec.
- Running time: 17 minutes (approximate, based on 4GB file).
It only makes sense that the EOS 1100D would have some video limitations, given its entry-level price point. Because Canon doesn’t include an image-stabilization system in its camera bodies, make sure that you buy the EOS 1100D with the 18–55mm IS II zoom lens to reduce any blurring from lens shake. You can only shoot at 720p resolution (but at 30 or 25 frames per second), so there is no Full HD, and a small number of manual options. Neither is there full-time auto-focus, since aperture, shutter speed and ISO are set automatically. You must manually focus the lens when zooming in or out and you can’t take still photos.
As an introductory DSLR, the EOS 1100D includes only an internal microphone, with no connector for an external mic. The maximum clip length is 17 minutes, but that should be more than adequate for most photographers who purchase and use this camera. You can connect the camera from its HDMI port under a side flap to a flat-panel TV, with an option cable. Even with all those limitations, the EOS 1100D’s large sensor and interchangeable lenses will make it possible for most DSLR newcomers to create interesting video.
Operating the EOS 1100D in movie mode is relatively simple and automatic. The mode is selected on the main shooting dial and the LCD presents a Live View screen, which is shown in 16:9 aspect ratio for movie recording. Then, press the Record/Live View button on the back of the camera to start shooting. Various functions do allow you to control some aspects of your video before you start shooting. These include the option to compensate for exposure, and lock it into position; pre-selecting a picture style; and pre-focusing with a half press of the shutter release. You can also choose more than one auto-focus: Live mode, face detection live mode or quick mode.
Canon EOS 1100D DSLR Video Specs
After you spend a few minutes examining the Canon EOS 1100D DSLR camera (and reading this two-part PhotographyTalk.com article), you should be able to decide if it’s time for your first DSLR. A true novice will probably find it to be a bit more than he or she is prepared to use. Conversely, if you’ve decided that you want to advance to the next level of a hobbyist and you think you will continue to pursue digital photography seriously in the future, then the EOS 1100D is a good first step. Not only will you add to your skills and experience, but also you will be in a better position to trade it in for more advanced Canon DSLRs in the future.