Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of T3 vs 650D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Rebel T3
9.4
EOS 650D
9.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Rebel T3
6.3
EOS 650D
7.0
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Rebel T3
8.4
EOS 650D
8.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Rebel T3
9.0
EOS 650D
9.2
Reviews from canonwatch.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 2 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Rebel T3
8.8
EOS 650D
8.9

Winner
Canon EOS 650D 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 650D  based on its focusing and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Rebel T3 vs EOS 650D

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

Rebel T3
755 ISO
EOS 650D
722 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Rebel T3
1,700 LPH
EOS 650D
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3
309 ms
EOS 650D
269 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Rebel T3
113 ms
EOS 650D
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Rebel T3
300 ms
EOS 650D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3
3 fps
EOS 650D
5 fps

Features Key features of the Rebel T3  vs EOS 650D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Rebel T3
12.2 MP
EOS 650D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Rebel T3
6,400 ISO
EOS 650D
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Rebel T3
2.7"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Rebel T3
0.54x
EOS 650D
0.53x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Rebel T3
26.8 microns
EOS 650D
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Rebel T3  vs EOS 650D 

6.9
7.7
For users moving up from compact cameras, the 650D offers a very significant increase in image quality and a comfortable to hold camera wrapped in an interface that accommodates both touchscreen and external control operation.
EOS 650D

9.0
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.
Rebel T3

7.0
8.0
ISO performance is pretty good on the whole and while some noise does begin to show itself as low as ISO 400 images retain their integrity right up until ISO 12,800.
EOS 650D

8.0
9.0
With its touchscreen, Hybrid AF and other user-friendly functions, the Canon 650D transforms the way you use a camera and how you take pictures.
EOS 650D

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Rebel T3  vs
EOS 650D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 4272 x 2848 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 22.2 x 14.7 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 26.8 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No Yes
Tested vertical resolution 1,700 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 1,700 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

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

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 130 x 100 x 78 mm 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8 mm
Thickness 78 mm 78.8 mm
Weight 459 g 575 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No Yes
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Rebel T3  vs
EOS 650D 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p No Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 2.7" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No Yes
Has a flip out screen No Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.87x 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.54x 0.53x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps 5 fps
Battery life 700 440
Continuous shooting
5 fps @ 5184 x 3456, JPEG, 22 shots
5 fps @ 5184 x 3456, RAW, 6 shots
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 309 ms 269 ms
Shutter lag 113 ms 74 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 700 ms
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