Canon T3i 18.0 Megapixel Digital SLR Reviews Roundup

Canon announces two new entry-level DSLRs, the EOS Rebel T3i (aka 600D) and EOS Rebel T3 (aka 1100D). The Canon Rebel T3i comes with a 18 Megapixels CMOS sensor and a 3-inch vari-angle LCD display. It support capturing of video in full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution at 24p, 25p, or 30p. What's more, the T3i digitally provides additional zoom power without sacrificing quality. The new Movie Digital Zoom feature allows 3x to 10x magnification while shooting Full HD video. Unlike standard digital zoom for still images, Movie Digital Zoom crops the video image directly from the CMOS sensor at Full HD resolution to preserve video quality and still provide additional telephoto power beyond just the lens.

The Canon EOS T3i DSLR camera is scheduled to be available in the beginning of March, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $799.99. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon's new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $899.99. There is also a second kit version with Canon's EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1099.00.
The Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR camera is scheduled to be available in early March, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $799.99. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $899.99.

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Canon EOS Rebel T3i Camera Reviews Roundup

DPI - Nov 27 2011
"The Canon Rebel T3i, also known as the Canon EOS 600D, is an entry-level digital SLR that's definitely worth a look. The camera is an evolutionary step up from the Rebel T2i (EOS 550D) but introduces a handful of appreciated features such as the rotating 3 inch display, wireless flash control and improved Auto mode. The Rebel T3i has the usual SLR features..." More »
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BJP - Aug 22 2011
"The 600D also offers full manual control of shutter and aperture, defaulting to an auto ISO when this is selected and, like the more expensive 60D, has the option to adjust stereo audio input over 64 levels with a graphic display in 22 steps from -40dB to 0. Although Canon's official line is that the stereo 3.5mm 5v phantom-powered jack input is for microph..." More »
Not Rated
Imaging Resource - Aug 16 2011
"Like the Canon 60D, the T3i is a great choice for family to enthusiast photographers. If you're happy shooting natural light and have no intention of tuning your lenses, you won't notice that neither the T3i nor 60D has the Microfocus adjustment or an X-sync terminal (if you have no idea what those are, again, you probably won't miss them). The 3.7 fps fram..." More »
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RegHardware - Jul 30 2011
"Canon must be feeling the pressure as Nikon gradually rolls out H.264 video across its DSLRs, but the 600D holds its own nonetheless. You can shoot at 25 or 24fps in 1080p mode, or 50fps in 720p mode, with a 'legacy' 640 x 480 mode for masochists. Video quality is superb, with the only disappointment that Canon still hasn't made progress when it comes..." More »
80out of 100
TechRadar - Jun 17 2011
"Although the 600D's focusing speed is generally good, the meagre burst rate and slow down upon processing mean that it's perhaps not the ideal camera for action photography. It's also probably not ideal for larger handed users, but otherwise there's little to complain about. The various changes bestowed upon the 600D perhaps make a little more sense he..." More »
80out of 100
BobAtkins - Jun 15 2011
"The Canon Digital Rebel T3i is the logical development of Canon's current DSLR philosophy which differentiates cameras by features rather than by image quality. In the current EOS DSLR lineup the Rebel T2i, Rebel T3i, EOS 60D and EOS 7D all use the same 18MP sensor and they all have essentially identical image quality. The Canon EOS Rebel T3i is the top-of-..." More »
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PhotographyBay - Jun 11 2011
"As a video-capable DSLR, the Rebel T3i is probably the most capable and user-friendly camera in its class.  It offers a whole lot of options for video resolution and frame rates.  You get 1920 x 1080 at 24p, 25p or 30p.  Additionally, you can shoot 50p and 60p at 1280 x 720 resolution. One of the surprise new features in movie mode was t..." More »
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CNET UK - Jun 05 2011
"As for photos, the 600D is equipped with a large, APS-C-sized image sensor with an 18-megapixel resolution. An advanced 14-bit image processor, ultra-high ISO sensitivity -- up to a theoretical ISO 12,800 -- and a nine-point autofocus round out its specs. Unless you leave the lens cap on, it's pretty easy to take a decent photo. The 600D provides plent..." More »
90out of 100
Steve's Digicam - May 06 2011
"The fact that the T3i is able to produce beautiful photos is no surprise, due to the fact that it encompasses the same image sensor and processor combination found on its predecessor; along with other EOS models. With 18-megapixels, your printing options are almost endless. Whether you're printing your typical 4x6-inch, or huge poster sized photos, the T3i..." More »
Not Rated
MacWorld - Apr 29 2011
"With either kit lens, the 18-55mm or the 18-135mm, the Canon T3i provides excellent image quality in terms of sharpness and detail. If you're tempted to upgrade to the 18-135mm kit lens for its extended zoom range (29-216mm in 35mm terms), then it's probably worth the bump in price. But in terms of image quality, the 18-55mm holds its own nicely against the..." More »
90out of 100
Digital Camera Resource Page - Apr 28 2011
"As with its predecessor, the Rebel T3i has a nice mix of features for both beginners and more advanced users. Beginners can choose from a new Scene Intelligent Auto mode (which doesn't actually tell you what scene it's using) or a Creative Auto mode (which lets you adjust "ambiance" or "background blur" with ease). Canon has added some h..." More »
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Digital Camera Info - Apr 21 2011
"With three other cameras in the Canon family that feature this same 18MP APS-C sensor system, there really isn't a lot that surprised us about the T3i. It showed incremental improvements in its ability to handle noise in still images and video, with slightly improved dynamic range. We found in long exposures, Canon has found a way to improve color accuracy..." More »
79out of 100
Trusted Reviews - Apr 20 2011
"It's possible to use the two contrast-detect AF modes while recording movies, but it's not a great user experience, being both incredibly slow and quite noisy - the latter being something the camera's built-in microphone is sure to pick up. With a bit of practice you'll get far better results by switching AF off altogether and using the manual focus ring on..." More »
80out of 100
ePhotoZine - Apr 15 2011
"Feels good, looks good, takes stunning photos. What more could you want? Sure it would be nice if there was more warning about the battery giving up, and it would be nice if the continuous shooting mode was a little quicker, but these are minor niggles compared to a camera that delivers an excellent all round package, and offers good value for money as well..." More »
90out of 100
Camera Labs - Apr 03 2011
"The EOS 600D / Rebel T3i continues a strategy started with the EOS 60D, where Canon slots a new camera in-between existing ones, rather than directly replacing a specific model. As such the EOS 600D / T3i slots between the EOS 550D / Rebel T2i and the EOS 60D, narrowing their feature gap. While frustrating for people who desire greater innovation, it's..." More »
88out of 100
dpreview - Apr 01 2011
"The JPEG output is the standard Canon performance - colors closer to punchy than neutral and rather crunchy sharpening giving strongly defined edges. It's not a look that's to everyone's tastes, of course, but it does help give the images a bit more impact - which is exactly what many users at this level will be looking for. Of course it can be toned-down i..." More »
77out of 100
PhotoReview Australia - Mar 29 2011
"Not surprisingly, the performance of the review camera was similar to that of the EOS 550D, although our Imatest evaluations showed the EOS 660D delivered slightly higher resolution overall with both JPEG and CR2.RAW files. High ISO resolution was somewhat better that we found in our tests of the EOS 550D, particularly with JPEG files. Autofocusing was..." More »
85out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Mar 29 2011
"While Canon's pro body lineup turns over in a more leisurely fashion, the entry-level lineup now has six offerings including the T3i "flagship" that replaces the former flagship T2i after only a year on the market. To be sure, there are features that differentiate the two, notably the full HD video capability and an articulating monitor. But with..." More »
80out of 100
infoSync - Mar 25 2011
"The Canon EOS Rebel T3i inherits the same 18-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor with Digic 4 processing from last year's T2i. Therefore, we really didn't experience any changes in the still image department. We get the ability to shoot in RAW, and the giant dimensions of the 18-megapixel images makes them highly conducive to crops. Overall, the highlight of..." More »
83out of 100
CNET US - Mar 23 2011
"Overall, the T3i has an excellent noise profile, unsurprisingly similar to that of the 60D's. JPEGs look very clean up through ISO 400, and even at ISO 800 you really have to scrutinize to see the beginnings of detail degradation; at ISO 1600 the noise becomes more obvious but still isn't too bad. ISO 400 is sort of my tipping-point sensitivity; to sho..." More »
70out of 100
Pocket-lint - Mar 23 2011
"The 600D's images are the icing on the cake. Image noise is well-controlled and JPEG images straight from the camera exhibit little to no interfering image grain from ISO 100-800. Noise reduction does begin to soften images hereafter, though it's only really the top-end ISO 12,800 extension option that struggles considerably. Shooting in RAW allows for grea..." More »
90out of 100
Photography BLOG - Mar 23 2011
"The Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i further blurs the lines between consumer and prosumer DSLR, offering the portability of the former with some of the advanced features of the latter. The vari-angle LCD is the most welcome addition, making perfect sense on a camera that will potentially be used by all the family for both stills and video alike. It may not be th..." More »
90out of 100
CNET AU - Mar 22 2011
"We tested the 600D primarily with the kit 18-135mm lens but it also comes in a range of other kit configurations including a more standard 18-55mm. As the sensor and image processor of the 550D and 600D is identical, image quality is exactly the same. What this means to photographers who haven't experienced the 550D is excellent colour rendition and noise c..." More »
85out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Mar 15 2011
"The T3i starts up quickly (Canon claims 0.1 second) and auto focused quickly for stills in the morning gloom, but the same could not be said for AF in video capture. The T3i was reluctant to acquire focus for movies in the gloomy morning light, in some cases settling into a series of going back and forth from close focus to infinity without acquiring. The T..." More »
Not Rated
Amateur Photographer - Feb 08 2011
"What was 'green square' mode has, in the Canon EOS 600D, become Scene Intelligent Auto - a mode that analyses the brightness and colours of what it is looking at to determine what the subject and setting is, and which then enhances colours, white balance and exposure accordingly.  While most manufacturers will link this kind of analysis to a collection..." More »
Not Rated
dpreview - Feb 08 2011
"In the past we've not been big fans of Canon's entry-level models in terms of handling; since the EOS 350D they've been afflicted by a tiny, slim grips that seem to have been designed for the smallest of hands. The 600D finally addresses this with a grip that's slightly deeper, front to back, than its predecessor's, coupled with a sculpted channel on the ba..." More »
Not Rated
Imaging Resource - Feb 07 2011
"I liked the Canon T3's swivel screen, though I confess that I forgot to use it more often than not; indeed, shooting in Live View mode still doesn't often occur to me, even though I use mirrorless cameras about half the time these days. When I feel an SLR in my hand, I naturally want to bring it to my eye to compose images. I am certain, though, that I woul..." More »
Not Rated
PhotoRadar - Feb 07 2011
"Photographers who are tempted by the EOS 60D's articulated screen but who cannot justify (or afford) the Canon 60D price, or even those who want a slightly smaller camera, will be thrilled by the fact that the Canon 600D has the same LCD screen. Articulated screens improve handling for video shooting, although it's a shame there's no level to keep horizons..." More »
Not Rated

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User Review of the camera - Canon EOS Rebel T3i

  • 2014-09-26 07:00
    Great camera, It is actually pretty light for hiking, Scott Angus
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    Great camera, It is actually pretty light for hiking, rock climbing, and mountaineering compared to other DSLR cameras. It takes great pictures.
  • 2014-09-25 07:00
    Great starter DSLR camera, Larry Parker
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    Great starter DSLR camera. Easy to use. One complaint I have is that the auto focus sometimes stutters and doesnt seem to find focus.
  • 2014-09-23 07:00
    Five Stars, Lu
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    good price. I used it two years ago. not too heavy
  • 2014-09-23 07:00
    Five Stars, Suzyne
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  • 2014-09-23 07:00
    Five Stars, Arturo Lozano
    Great Camera, shipping was fast as well.
  • 2014-09-23 07:00
    Five Stars, BLANCA VARGAS
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    very practical
  • 2014-09-22 07:00
    Five Stars, LUNG KWOK BOWIE
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    love it
  • 2014-09-22 07:00
    This is a great camera. I use it for portfolio work and ..., Kelsey Martin
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    This is a great camera. I use it for portfolio work and my sister uses it for short videos. It does not come with a memory card, as most don't so you purchase that separately and they are fairly cheap. I didnt think it shot far away distances so well you would definitely need to buy a special lens. You would just think for 500+ you would get a little more... This is my first real camera purchase so we shall see...
  • 2014-09-22 07:00
    basic, Jason Steiner
    Great entry-level DLSR for the amateur photographer. Though IMO, the T2i was way better, this is one of the season's better starter cameras. Fair to middling, it has the fundamentals, and not much else.
  • 2014-09-21 07:00
    AMAZING, catreview
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    This camera is life-changing! Amazing.
  • 2014-09-20 07:00
    Great intermediate camera at a good price., J Fairlight
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    A great intermediate level camera. I've been using it for a couple years at work, shooting stills and video on the factory floor for product and training as well as for formal video shoots for commercials and web videos.
    Most functions are easy to get to. A few of them (such as WP) are buried so you may need to keep the manual close. The two stage zoom preview is great for pulling a precise focus. Speed and exposure are fast and easy via a toggle button and wheel. If you have unevenly bright / dark backgrounds, you may need to tweak things a bit to reduce color halos at edges.
    File size restrictions limit video files to about thirty minutes. For longer shoots you will have to press the record button to start recording the next file. It's not a deal killer, but you need to be aware of this. If you plan on videoing conferences, etc., you will need the AC adapter (sold separately). Videos max out at 1920 x 1080 at 30 FPS. Output is in .mov format. The built-in mic is okay for reference purposes but you will need a mic for serious work. In a pinch I have also used my iPhone along with a lavalier mic and a brilliant audio sync app and achieved perfect results.
    Minor issues: On the unit I received the focus ring on the lens was slightly loose, which means that a spacer may have been left out during assembly. It hasn't affected function or performance in any way. After using this for a couple of years I bought a second one for my daughter but the lens was fine. I bought the first camera with a couple of batteries. One is still working great after three years. The other swelled up after about a year and was replaced.
    Overall, this is a great serious intermediate level camera and great for the price. If you want to move up, start with a couple of decent lenses and then work your way up to a better body.
  • 2014-09-18 07:00
    This hardy little T3i body is great. I love the photos I can take with ..., Faye
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    I own Canon Lens so I upgraded my camera. This hardy little T3i body is great. I love the photos I can take with it. The clarity is fantastic. and the colors great. The18.1mp is great for anyone looking to up grade their camera as they can afford to. One nice feature is on the back. The viewing screen which closes to protect it, yet you can open it, flip it out and turn it 360 degrees to view it. The handle grip on the right side seems to fit any hand and is very comfortable. You can use the built in flash or mount a larger one if needed. Canon has great cameras and you should truly look at this one before Canon upgrades and quit producing it.
  • 2014-09-17 07:00
    Five Stars, Andy Chen
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    Fantastic camera, easy to use and takes excellent quality pictures.
  • 2014-09-16 07:00
    I love this camera, Edgar Flores
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    I love this camera, wounderful and v heavy duty because I used it a lot and still in very good shape after 4 years.
  • 2014-09-13 07:00
    Five Stars, Richard Hughes
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    It's a gift.
  • 2014-09-11 07:00
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  • 2014-09-10 07:00
    Great camera. Make sure they ship you the right model!, K
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    My rating is for the product itself, and not the fact that I ordered it from Amazon...because in the end, I bought a T3i at Meijer. Originally I ordered it on Amazon, but when it arrived I received a mis-shipped Canon Rebel T3. Seems like an honest mistake, although, since this was such a pricey product I was pretty disappointed and worried that I would not receive the proper camera.
    A service rep at Amazon handled things very professionally and promptly, but because of the price of the product, they could not do a direct exchange and I was instructed to send the original back, receive my refund (which I did, no compaints) and then purchase again. Convenience dictated that I ended up buying it at Meijer instead.
    But...THE CAMERA IS FANTASTIC. The T3i has changed my life. I bought it for a trip abroad last year and have been using it non-stop ever since. It is wonderful for portraits, headshots, and landscapes. I am not a photographer by trade, but I learn something new every time I use this device. One year after purchase I am craving a lens with greater focal length, but starting with an 18-55mm lens was a great jumping off point. At any rate, this camera is a great investment and you will not regret your purchase.
  • 2014-09-09 07:00
    I love it, gml118
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    Couldn't be happier!
  • 2014-09-07 07:00
    easy to use, Doris M Green
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    Yes--it's everything I was hoping for: sharp images, easy to use, even in the midst of hectic activity at professional conferences and other events.
  • 2014-09-06 07:00
    Five Stars, PDLLC
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    Great camera!! Great price!! Very happy.