Canon Rebel T3

Released February, 2011
  • 12.2 MP
  • APS-C 22.2 x 14.7 mm CMOS
  • 2.7" LCD
720p video is another conservative choice, with no manual control over exposure and no auto-focusing during recording, but it does provide a solid enough introduction to the world of movie-making.
by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)
8.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon Rebel T3

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Rebel T3
8.5
EOS 40D
8.4
D5100
9.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Rebel T3
6.6
EOS 40D
9.2
D5100
6.8
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Rebel T3
8.8
EOS 40D
9.9
D5100
8.7
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Rebel T3
9.0
EOS 40D
9.3
D5100
9.1
Reviews from canonwatch.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 2 more

8.6

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Rebel T3
8.6
EOS 40D
9.1
D5100
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon Rebel T3

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Rebel T3
755 ISO
D5100
1,183 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Rebel T3
1,700 LPH
D3200
3,000 LPH
D5100
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3
309 ms
EOS 40D
128 ms
EOS 500D
159 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Rebel T3
113 ms
EOS 40D
61 ms
Rebel SL1
76 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Rebel T3
300 ms
Rebel SL1
600 ms
D5100
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3
3 fps
EOS 40D
6.5 fps
D5100
4 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon Rebel T3


6.9
At 720p the footage is not quite as detailed as the 1080p output of some of the competitors but motion is smooth and there are no visible artifacts.

9.0
The small body, large buttons and intuitive external controls, Creative Auto mode and on-screen Feature Guide make the EOS 1100d more appealing to owners of compacts looking to upgrade to a DSLR, but we'd also have liked to see an integrated cleaning system and the Scene Intelligent Auto mode included too, both features which would have made this camera even more beginner-friendly.

7.0
JPEGs further benefit from a choice of Fine or Regular quality, with the sensor able to output a maximum 4272 x 2848 pixels at the full 12MP resolution.

8.0
Although the raw files definitely contain more detail, the difference is only slight, especially at lower ISO sensitivities and most should be pleased with the results direct from the camera.

Overall

8.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

We struggled to see the point of the close-up mode though, as the quality of one's close-up shots depends more on the use of the right kinds of accessory - such as a macro lens and possibly a ring flash - than any camera setting.
by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)
It's basically a hand-holding form of aperture priority mode as the user can select whether they wish to have a blurred background, or everything in focus and the camera will select the best setting it can for the conditions.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)
Pair this camera up with a fast-aperture prime lens and you'll have an ideal compact solution for low light street photography for example.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)

Photography

The usual range of automatic scene programs are available such as Portrait, Landscape, Sports, etcetera, but with a twist.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)
As an easy-to-use creative mode it’s certainly useful, although we can’t really see how it helps beginners to learn the fundamentals of photography other than getting them to think about depth-of-field.
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2011)
The Canon EOS 1100D's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography.
by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)

Video

If you turn the mode dial to the position denoted by the movie camera icon, the camera will enter Live View automatically.
by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)
Note that the available frame rates are also dependent on what you have set in the menu under "Video system": NTSC or PAL.
by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)
It’s possible to record high definition movies with the 1100D although you are limited to just two settings: 1280 x 720 at 30fps, or 1280 x 720 at 25fps – there’s no way to record movies at non-HD quality.
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2011)

Sensor

By ISO 1600 there's no doubt that noise intrusion has begun to eat into detail in shadow areas, although overall the image is still perfectly usable.
by TrustedReviews (Jul, 2011)
The flash button can be programmed to change ISO and the SET button can take over various functions including depth-of-field preview.
by DPReview (Apr, 2011)
This camera produces noise-free images at ISO 100 all the way up to ISO 1600, with some noise appearing at ISO 3200 and more at the fastest setting of 6400.
by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)

Ease of use

Considering the features added to improve ease of use, this camera should find a home in many a beginner's kit bag, and even maybe in the camera kits of some more advanced photographers.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)
With the features added to improve ease of use taken into account, this camera should find a home in many a beginner's kit bag, and even maybe in the camera kits of some more advanced photographers.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP
Resolution 4272 x 2848
Size APS-C
Area 22.2 x 14.7 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 26.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No
Tested vertical resolution 1,700 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 1,700 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 9
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous No

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 130 x 100 x 78 mm
Thickness 78 mm
Weight 459 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
WiFi None
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p No
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video

display

Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.87x
Viewfinder size 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 700 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 309 ms
Shutter lag 113 ms
Startup delay 300 ms
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