Canon has expanded its EOS System line of digital SLRs, adding two consumer-focussed models -- the EOS 600D and the EOS 1100D. The company says that they offer new levels of flexibility and imaging performance, amnd are upgrades to the 550D and 1000D respectively.

Sitting at the top of Canon's entry-level DSLR portfolio, the EOS 600D features an 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, fast DIGIC 4 image processing and Full HD video capture -- allowing photographers to switch seamlessly between still images and video. Over its predecessor, the EOS 550D, the 600D gains a 7.7cm Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen. A 9-point Auto Focus system also ensures that subjects are in-focus, no matter where it is in the frame.

The EOS 600D also includes a new Feature Guide that offers those new to photography a guide to camera modes and main settings, allowing them to improve their photographic skills every time they take a photo. A new Scene Intelligent Auto mode also offers point-and-shoot simplicity, analysing each scene and adjusting settings to take the best possible image. New Picture Style Auto processes the image based on the scene, making images more engaging, according to Canon.

The EOS 600D is available from early April 2011. It costs £565 for the body only; £640 with a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens; or £790 with a EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens (all prices exclude VAT).

EOS 1100D ups resolution

The EOS 1100D is an upgraded version of Canon's entry-level digital SLR. A 12.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor means EOS 1100D owners can shoot photos up to A3 size, or crop images to create more interesting compositions.

The EOS 1100D also features the same iFCL Metering system developed for the EOS 7D, linked to the 9-point AF system to ensure all subjects are in-focus and well-exposed in all lighting conditions. For those who wish to shoot video and stills, the EOS 1100D also offers 720p HD video capture for even more flexibility.

Making it even easier for EOS 1100D users to capture truly artistic shots, Basic+ and Creative Auto modes remove any confusing technical terms, using plain language to describe settings and their effect on an image. Users can also apply different atmospheres to a scene based on the creative intent or lighting type, or, alternatively, make images lighter, darker or blur the background to create more interesting results.

The EOS 1100D will also ship in April. It costs £349 (body only); £415 with a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens, or £382 with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III lens (all prices exclude VAT).