Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of T3 vs SL1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from canonwatch.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, photographyblog.com and 2 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Winner
Canon Rebel SL1 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon Rebel SL1  based on its image quality, focusing and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Rebel T3 vs SL1

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

Rebel T3
755 ISO
Rebel SL1
843 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3
309 ms
Rebel SL1
264 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Rebel T3
113 ms
Rebel SL1
76 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Rebel T3
300 ms
Rebel SL1
600 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3
3 fps
Rebel SL1
4 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Rebel T3
700 photos
Rebel SL1
380 photos

Features Key features of the Rebel T3  vs SL1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Rebel T3
12.2 MP
Rebel SL1
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Rebel T3
6,400 ISO
Rebel SL1
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

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Rebel T3
0.54x
Rebel SL1
0.54x

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

Rebel T3
26.8 microns
Rebel SL1
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Rebel T3  vs SL1 

6.9
7.8
Indeed, it currently stands as the better alternative for those who want to shoot in live view mode, and for anyone who thinks they'll want to shoot a movie now and then, thanks to Hybrid AF II.
Rebel SL1

8.0
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.
Rebel T3

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Rebel T3  vs
SL1 
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
CR2 14bit
Self cleaning sensor No Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 9 9
Cross type focus points 1 1
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 117 x 91 x 69 mm
Thickness 78 mm 69 mm
Weight 459 g 407 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

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

video

Rebel T3  vs
SL1 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
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 No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

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

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps 4 fps
Battery life 700 380
Continuous shooting
4 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 309 ms 264 ms
Shutter lag 113 ms 76 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 600 ms
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