Canon EOS Rebel T3 (with 18-55mm IS II lens)

Rather than introduce brand-new dSLR models at bargain-basement costs because Pentax plus Sony tend to do, Canon traditionally lets its somewhat higher-end models slowly fall inside cost till they’re the de facto entry-level models. However its active starter, the EOS Rebel XS, that the Canon EOS Rebel T3 replaces, has been about because the summer of 2008 plus even Canon should think it’s lookin a bit dowdy compared with competitors which, though aged, aren’t very that older. So Canon spruced up its low-end models a small with all the newest imaging plus metering systems–and somehow managed to provide a camera which nonetheless feels 3 years of age.

That’s to not state which the T3 is bad; it’s not. In truth, the photo standard is very advantageous for the cost, because we’ve come to anticipate from Canon. It has good midrange (ISO 400-3,200) sensitivity performance. JPEGs receive a bit grainy, however stay especially usable, up by ISO 800, and commence to receive soft at ISO 1,600. At ISO 3,200, the JPEG images don’t look terrible, nevertheless you are able to see certain color sound plus pictures develop hot pixels. As normal, Canon’s JPEG processing is very advantageous. I couldn’t receive better results from processing the raw versions–I might receive different results, yet just by trading off dynamic range for color plus grain.

Overall, the T3 provides good color reproduction, though inside shadowed regions the white balance gets a small too cool. The standard Standard Imagine Style pushes the saturation plus sharpness a bit over I like, nevertheless there are no wholesale hue shifts as well as the Neutral fashion functions out perfectly should you like. Metering plus exposure are strong.

In its Standard Imagine Style setting (sharpness at +3), the camera and 18-55mm lens renders especially sharp images–possibly a small too sharp. You are able to dial it back, still. The lens produces good out-of-focus features, at its widest the distortion isn’t too bad. Like many inexpensive lenses, it’s very susceptible to fringing. I didn’t see any purple, yet, plus it seems to remain found on the edges of the frame.

For the many element, the T3 works like the rest of the budget dSLRs, though its burst speed is worse than the 3-year-old XSi plus almost at the bottom of its class. Time to start plus shoot runs regarding 0.4 2nd, whilst concentrating plus shooting inside wise light takes 0.3 second; inside dim light, which rises to 0.6 next. Typical JPEG shot-to-shot time rounds about 0.5 2nd (raw is a bit slower at 0.6 second), plus with flash enabled it–surprisingly–stays the same. All of which is very typical, well adequate performance for a low-end model. Continuous shooting, though, is a mediocre 2.9 frames per 2nd, that is merely because bad because the Nikon D3100. In practice, that’s only quickly enough to capture kids plus dogs, nevertheless just when they’re moving predictably, plus with all the knowledge which you might sometimes not receive the shot. And Live Mode autofocus is because slow because you’d anticipate.

  Canon EOS Rebel XS Canon EOS Rebel T3 Canon EOS Rebel XSi Canon EOS Rebel T1i Canon EOS Rebel T2i Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Sensor (efficient resolution) 10.1-megapixel CMOS 12.2-megapixel CMOS 12.2-megapixel CMOS 15.1-megapixel CMOS 18-megapixel CMOS 18-megapixel CMOS
22.2 x 14.8mm 22.2 x 14.7mm 22.2 x 14.8mm 22.3 x 14.9mm 22.3 x 14.9mm 22.3 x 14.9mm
Image processor version Digic III Digic 4 Digic III Digic 4 Digic 4 Digic 4
Sensitivity range ISO 100 – ISO 1,600 ISO 100 – ISO 6,400 ISO 100 – ISO 1,600 ISO 100 – ISO 3,200/12,800 (expanded) ISO 100 – ISO 6,400/ 12,800 (expanded) ISO 100 – ISO 6,400/ 12,800 (expanded)
Continuous shooting 3fps
5 raw/unlimited JPEG
3fps JPEG/2 fps raw
5 raw/830 JPEG
3.5fps
6 raw/53 JPEG
3.5fps
6 raw/53 JPEG
3.7fps
6 raw/34 JPEG
3.7fps
11 raw/34 JPEG
Viewfinder (mag/ efficient mag) 95% coverage
0.81x/0.51x
95% coverage
0.80x/0.50x
95% coverage
0.87x/0.54x
95% coverage
0.87x/0.54x
95% coverage
0.87x/0.54x
95% coverage
0.87x/0.54x
Autofocus 7-pt AF
n/a
9-pt AF
all cross-type; center double cross to f5.6
9-pt AF
center cross-type
9-pt AF
center cross-type
9-pt AF
center cross-type to f2.8
9-pt AF
center cross-type to f2.8
Shutter Speed 1/4,000 to 25 secs; bulb; 1/160 x-sync 1/4,000 to 25 secs; bulb; 1/200 x-sync 1/4,000 to 20 secs; bulb; 1/160 x-sync 1/4,000 to 25 secs; bulb; 1/160 x-sync 1/4,000 to 20 secs; bulb; 1/160 x-sync n/a
Metering 35 zones 63-zone iFCL 35 zones 35 zones 63-zone iFCL 63-zone iFCL
Live View Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video None H.264 QuickTime MOV 720/25p/30p None H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/20p; 720/30p H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/24p/ 25p/30p; 720/50p/ 60p H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/24p/ 25p/30p; 720/50p/ 60p
Manual aperture plus shutter inside video n/a No n/a No Yes Yes
Audio n/a Mono n/a Mono Mono; mic input Mono; mic input
Image stabilization Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical Optical
LCD size 2.5 inches fixed
230,000 pixels
2.7 inches fixed
230,000 pixels
2 inches fixed
230,000 pixels
3 inches fixed
920,000 pixels
3 inches fixed
1.04 megapixels
3 inches articulated
1.04 megapixels
Memory slots 1 x SDHC 1 x SDXC 1 x SDHC 1 x SDHC 1 x SDXC 1 x SDXC
Wireless flash No No No No No Yes
Battery lifetime (CIPA rating) 500 shots 700 shots 500 shots 400 shots 550 shots 440 shots
Dimensions (WHD, inches) 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4 5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 5.1 x 3.8 x 3.0 5.1 x 3.8 x 3.0
Body working fat (ounces) 17.6 17.5 18.5 18.6 18.6 18.6 (est)
Mfr. Price n/a n/a n/a $ 549 (est; body only) $ 699.99 (est; body only) $ 799.99 (body only)
$ 549.99 (with 18-55 IS lens) $ 599.99 (with 18-55mm IS II lens)
$ 649.99 (with 18-55mm IS lens) $ 799.99 (with 18-55mm IS lens) $ 899.99 (with 18-55mm IS lens) $ 899.99 (with 18-55mm IS II lens)
n/a n/a n/a n/a $ 980 (est; with 18-135mm IS lens) $ 1,099.99 (with 18-135mm IS lens)
Release date August 2008 March 2011 April 2008 April 2009 March 2010 March 2011

The T3′s movie capture is very limited: 720p, with exposure compensation truly the only control plus no autofocus. That mentioned, the standard is OK; it’s appropriate for capturing unique clips.

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