Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of T3 vs T2i

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 T2i 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon Rebel T2i  based on its image quality, focusing and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Rebel T3 vs T2i

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

Rebel T3
755 ISO
Rebel T2i
784 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Rebel T3
1,700 LPH
Rebel T2i
2,100 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3
309 ms
Rebel T2i
252 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Rebel T3
113 ms
Rebel T2i
96 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Rebel T3
300 ms
Rebel T2i
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel T3
3 fps
Rebel T2i
3.7 fps

Features Key features of the Rebel T3  vs T2i 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Rebel T3
12.2 MP
Rebel T2i
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Rebel T3
6,400 ISO
Rebel T2i
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 T2i
0.54x

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

Rebel T3
26.8 microns
Rebel T2i
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Rebel T3  vs T2i 

6.9
7.7
It's an obvious point - higher resolution sensors make higher demands on lenses - but it is one which is easily overlooked in the race to put higher and higher pixel counts into low-end and enthusiast DSLRs.
Rebel T2i

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
Shots at 1600 ISO are comparable with the results from the EOS 5D MkII, arguably the best high-ISO camera on the market, and even at 3200 ISO shots are perfectly usable, although quality does break down at the 6400 ISO maximum setting.
Rebel T2i

8.0
9.0
Just remember that to make the most of all that extra sensor resolution you'll need to shoot in RAW, and get some extra lenses.
Rebel T2i

Overall

8.0 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Rebel T3  vs
T2i 
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 6,400 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No Yes
Tested vertical resolution 1,700 LPH 2,100 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 1,700 LPH 2,100 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 530 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
T2i 
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

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 2.7" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 1,040 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 3.7 fps
Battery life 700 440
Continuous shooting
3.7 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 309 ms 252 ms
Shutter lag 113 ms 96 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 400 ms
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