Canon Rebel T3i

Released February, 2011
New: Rebel T4i (Jun, 2012)
  • 17.9 MP
  • APS-C 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Overall the video shooting isn't as seamlessly integrated as it is on the 7D - you still have to select a separate mode to engage video shooting for one thing.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
8.6 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Canon Rebel T3i

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Rebel T3i
8.6
D3200
9.5
EOS 60D
8.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Rebel T3i
6.5
D3200
6.5
EOS 60D
7.2
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Rebel T3i
7.9
D3200
8.3
EOS 60D
8.4
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Rebel T3i
9.1
D3200
9.0
EOS 60D
9.2
Reviews from canonwatch.com, 1001noisycameras.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 3 more

8.6

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Rebel T3i
8.6
D3200
8.8
EOS 60D
8.8

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Canon Rebel T3i

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

Rebel T3i
793 ISO
D3200
1,131 ISO
EOS 700D
681 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Rebel T3i
2,500 LPH
D3200
3,000 LPH
Lumix DMC-GH3
2,900 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3i
283 ms
EOS 60D
253 ms
EOS 700D
264 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Rebel T3i
87 ms
D3200
114 ms
EOS Rebel T5
113 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Rebel T3i
1,500 ms
D3200
400 ms
EOS 60D
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3i
3.7 fps
EOS 80D
7 fps

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Canon Rebel T3i


7.7
It's only available in Full HD mode, and when set to 3x it crops into the central portion of the sensor, effectively producing a full-resolution output in which one sensor pixel corresponds to one output pixel.

9.0
The Canon EOS 600D'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.

8.0
At 135mm the 18-145mm kit lens has produced an image displaying good levels of sharpness and detail.

8.0
Another significant addition is the Wireless Flash option, which allows the camera's pop-up flash to be used as the master for other Speedlite flashguns.

7.8
Ironically, this design is more suited to pros who plan to use the camera as a cheap video dSLR and never take it off the video setting than to the consumers at whom it's ostensibly targeted.

Overall

8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Used at 18mm the Canon 18-135mm IS kit lens is able to fit plenty in the frame, although it does produces some notable barrel distortion.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
The new lens claims an extra stop of image stabilization, but I didn't find it more effective (of course, it's always possible that I'm a year shakier).
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
By selecting the A-Dep shooting mode we’ve asked the 600D to maximise the depth of field and yet it’s selected an aperture of just f/3..
by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)

Video

As usual, the video looks very good.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
Once the mode dial has been turned to the relevant position, video recording may be started by pressing the dedicated button on the rear.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
The small, light and friendly EOS 600D fits that bill very well, yet it also offers enough features for both the beginner to grow into and to tempt the more experienced user, most notably 18 megapixels, ISO range of 100-12,800, 63-zone metering sensor, full HD movie mode and built-in wireless flash control.
by Photography Blog (Mar, 2011)

Photography

Using the ‘Landscape’ Picture Style has increased the vibrancy of both the cherry blossom and the blue sky behind it, with fairly pleasing results.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)
Canon's version of an easy mode, Creative Auto, operates via what it calls "ambience selection"-Standard, Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool, Brighter, Darker, and Monochrome-for which you can set it to one of three levels.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)
Canon's triple-digit EOS line has traditionally catered for those dipping their toes into DSLR photography, but as successive models have acquired more functionality, they've ventured further into enthusiast territory.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)

Screen

From the front it simply looks like the newer model has bulked up a little, while on the top-plate the only changes are to the design and functionality of the mode dial, and the addition of the display button, whose former space on the rear is now taken by an Info button.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
The LCD screen moves freely about its hinge, although accessing the Menu and Info buttons above it can be awkward when the screen is pulled away from the camera's body, because in most positions it's directly in the way.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2011)
And of course, you can choose to fold the screen back in towards the camera body for extra protection when it’s not in use.
by TrustedReviews (May, 2014)

Focus

In live view 'Live Mode' the whole package is considerably less impressive - the accuracy is fine but focusing will regularly take 3-4 seconds.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
The four-way controller provides direct access to white balance, focus and drive modes, and picture style during normal shooting, but there's no hard button for metering mode.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)
We found this mode change somewhat disconcerting, and more than once ended up inadvertently changing the AF point position when we really wanted to set the white balance or drive mode.
by DPReview (Mar, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x
Pixel size 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,500 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,500 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 133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7 mm
Thickness 79.7 mm
Weight 570 g
Is weather sealed No

features

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

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video None

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.53x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.7 fps
Battery life 440 photos
Continuous shooting 3.7 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 283 ms
Shutter lag 87 ms
Startup delay 1,500 ms
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