LCD and Viewfinder
Canon 1100D has a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. At only 2.7", the screen is on the smaller side and 230kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
1100D has a built-in Optical (pentamirror) viewfinder. The viewfinder has a coverage of 95% and a magnification ratio of 0.5x. 95% coverage means that what you see in your viewfinder while shooting will slightly be different from the actual image.
Max Shutter speed
Canon 1100D can shoot continuously at max speed of 3 fps
and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec
1100D has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Canon 1100D features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 9 focus points and 1 of these sensors are of Cross-type. Cross-type sensors locks focus faster and more accurate compared to single type sensors. Canon 1100D also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon 1100D, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 29.97,25 fps and save in H.264 and Motion JPEG formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution
1100D has a built-in Stereo microphone but no speaker.
Canon 1100D doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a DSLR camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Pentax K-3 or Pentax K-S2 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect 1100D to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Canon 1100D is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 700 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 943 shots, Canon 1100D has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend 1100D owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level DSLR Cameras
Pentax K-x with its 1900shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Check the comparison of Canon 1100D vs Pentax K-x or take a look at Longest Battery Life DSLR cameras list.
Canon 1100D Features Compared to Main Competitors
You can download Canon 1100D's User Manual here