Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D
12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor; Digic 4 processor; 2.7-inch LCD; 9-point auto-focus; 720p HD video; JPEG + RAW; 3 fps burst shooting (JPEG); Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens; EF/EF-S lens mount; Captures to SD/SDHC/SDXC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The Canon Rebel T3 is a bare-bones entry-level dSLR. At $600, including an 18-55mm IS II kit lens, this is one of the cheapest points of entry to any dSLR system and any interchangeable-lens camera system, for that matter. It sports a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, possibly the same one used in the previous-generation XS or XSi entry-level dSLRs. The interface is simple by dSLR standards, but shouldn't be intimidating to folks stepping up from an entry-level system; that is, after all, the target market for this kind of camera. In the grand scheme of dSLRs, this is unexciting, but accessible to plenty of potential buyers. A few years back, this kind of camera would have been a hit, but there are many, many other dSLR and mirrorless options these days, most of which are more exciting that this model.