However attractive the idea of making the jump to a pro-grade DSLR camera is to many photography enthusiasts, the high price range that the cameras have a tendency to fall into can be quite the barrier.
Canon are looking to make it a little more affordable for those interested in DSLR photography with the release of their EOS 1100D kit, with prices starting at a pocket-friendly £419.
Canon describe the 1100D as “the Digital SLR (DSLR) for consumers who want to take the first step on their journey to outstanding still images and HD video”, but don’t let that tag-line fool you into thinking this is an underpowered piece of kit; it’s got quality specs oozing out of every orifice.
The 1100D features a 12MP APS-C CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 image processing, with an ISO sensitivity range of 100-6400. 63 zone iFCL exposure monitoring and a 9 point auto focus system are also included.
In terms of video recording, you’re maxing out at 720p, with snaps and vids previewed on a 2.7 inch 230,000-dot display.
The camera can be bought as part of several packages; £419 will grab you just the body alone, £459 will bag you the EOS 1100D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III lens, while £499 will slap the EOS 1100D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens onto the camera’s nose.
Expect to see it hitting shelves in April, but for now take a look at some more snaps of the camera below.