Canon announces 600D, 1100D entry-level digital SLR cameras

Thinking of taking the plunge on a new digital camera? Canon has announced two new models, making its entry-level line-up more varied.

First up is Canon’s 600D, a smaller version of the 60D released last year. Not everything about the cameras is the same, but we’re sure happy to see that Canon has included a 3 inch vari-angle LCD similar to what’s on the 60D.

There’s a lot more in common with the 60D here, including an ISO range (100-6400, expandable to 12800), 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, 9-point auto-focus, and 1080p Full HD movie capture mode.

Much like the enthusiast level 60D, the Canon 600D features a 3 inch articulating LCD screen.

Meanwhile, the EOS 1100D is Canon’s update to the 1000D, offering better low light performance (100-6400 ISO) on a slightly larger sensor (12.2 megapixel on the 1100D, 10.1 megapixel on the 1000D).

Our brief play with the 1100D really showed us how lightweight the camera was, with the build definitely aimed at the first-time digital SLR owner. Beginners will love the “Feature Guide” function, a first for Canon that offers camera advice on the  2.7 inch LCD.

The Canon 1100D will be available in three colours, including black, metallic grey, and the limited edition red.

No prices or availability yet, but with these announcements, Canon’s entry-level digital SLR line-up now consists of five cameras: 1000D, 1100D, 500D, 550D, and the 600D.