Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of T3 vs T1i

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

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Rebel T3 vs T1i

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

Rebel T3
755 ISO
Rebel T1i
663 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Rebel T3
1,700 LPH
Rebel T1i
2,000 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3
309 ms
Rebel T1i
159 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Rebel T3
113 ms
Rebel T1i
89 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Rebel T3
300 ms
Rebel T1i
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3
3 fps
Rebel T1i
3.4 fps

Features Key features of the Rebel T3  vs T1i 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Rebel T3
12.2 MP
Rebel T1i
15.1 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Rebel T3
6,400 ISO
Rebel T1i
12,800 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 T1i
0.54x

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

Rebel T3
26.8 microns
Rebel T1i
22.1 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Rebel T3  vs T1i 

6.9
6.7
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.
Rebel T3

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
9.0
The image quality is quite printable at 1600 ISO, which is about what you need for good indoor no-flash photography.
Rebel T1i

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.3 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Rebel T3  vs
T1i 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 12.2 MP 15.1 MP
Resolution 4272 x 2848 4752 x 3168
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 22.1 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No Yes
Tested vertical resolution 1,700 LPH 2,000 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 1,700 LPH 2,000 LPH

focus system

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

shutter

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

form factor

Size 130 x 100 x 78 mm 129 x 98 x 62 mm
Thickness 78 mm 62 mm
Weight 459 g 520 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

Rebel T3  vs
T1i 
Video 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 20 fps
Shoots video in 24p No No
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None None
Autofocus while shooting video Manual

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 2.7" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 920 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
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 3.4 fps
Battery life 700 400
Continuous shooting
3.4 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 309 ms 159 ms
Shutter lag 113 ms 89 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 300 ms
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