Canon T3 12.2 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 T3 Camera Reviews Roundup


MacWorld - Oct 25 2011
"The T3's image quality is quite good, with excellent color reproduction that's both natural and accurate, without being dull. Photographers who prefer punchier color, can always adjust saturation or intensity using a selected picture style or ambience option. Exposure accuracy is also one of the T3's strengths and the camera earned a word score of Superior..." More »
70out of 100
PopPhoto - Aug 30 2011
"If you want rapid-fire bursts, the T3 may not be for you. It tops out at 3 frames per second for JPEGs-sluggish even for this class-up to card capacity. The rate slows to 2 fps for up to 5 RAW images, or 0.8 fps for one RAW + JPEG shot. Burst performance is almost always best when capturing JPEGs alone, since these smaller files write faster to a memory car..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Info - Jul 29 2011
"The Canon T3 is an entry-level DSLR camera, coming in at just $499 for the body only. As such, we weren't expecting miracles, though the camera does suffer from obvious cost-cutting in production and a truncated feature-set that keeps the T3 placed firmly below the T3i in the Canon model line. One thing that hasn't been cut is the image quality, as the sens..." More »
75out of 100
Digital Camera Review - Jul 29 2011
"With the introduction of the T3, Canon lists no fewer than six Rebel cameras in their total DSLR pool of thirteen models. The T3 fits into this hierarchy near the bottom of the pile with an MSRP of only $50 more than the cheapest model, the Rebel XS. Canon's entry-level model fleet spans an MSRP range from $550-$900 and includes offerings with sensor resolu..." More »
80out of 100
Trusted Reviews - Jul 22 2011
"Metering is well controlled and consistent, although it's worth noting that even with the camera set to evaluative mode, the metering system does tends to favour light levels immediately around the active focus points. There's no AE/AL Lock button to help get round this either, although a dab of AV compensation can usually help out. Colour is very much..." More »
70out of 100
Steve's Digicam - Jul 22 2011
"In low light, like expected from a dSLR, the T3 performed great. Using the OVF, the AF system acquired focus on the subject in less than ½ second with the pop-up flash employed for AF-assist, and almost a second if the pop-up flash is not ready. The intelligent Full Auto mode automatically deploys the flash in low light. In more advanced exposure modes (Pr..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Review - Jul 07 2011
"The T3 continues one of my usual Canon gripes - files are output at 72 dots per inch (dpi) which results in an image size of almost 60 x 40 inches, making them hard to view in e-mails. You have to resize to send reasonably viewable shots, or resize to make good prints. At least one other Japanese camera company outputs their stuff at 300 dpi - perfect for p..." More »
Not Rated
Camera Labs - Jul 03 2011
"Canon's EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D is a solid entry-level DSLR which ticks the boxes of most first-time buyers without breaking the bank. By employing numerous parts from previous models, there's no surprises in terms of performance, but the 12 Megapixel sensor with Canon's latest metering system deliver good-looking images, and you also get a decent Live View mo..." More »
80out of 100
CNET UK - Apr 20 2011
"A big factor in the quality of any image is the lens. Our review unit was supplied with an 18-55mm lens with built-in image stabilisation, but the 1100D also supports the full range of Canon and third-party EOS lenses and accessories. The combination we used certainly delivered some great results. Our standard test shot gave us vivid, well-balanced col..." More »
80out of 100
dpreview - Apr 15 2011
"We had no issues with the EOS 1100D's image quality and at default settings the out-of-camera JPEGs show natural colors and a decent amount of detail. The camera's metering and focusing are very unproblematic in almost all shooting situations and only occasionally, mainly in sunny conditions, can it be useful to dial in 1/3EV or so of negative exposure comp..." More »
69out of 100
ePhotoZine - Apr 14 2011
"Exposure is excellent, I took hundreds of photos and never had any concern about exposure, although occasionally I set the exposure compensation to -0.3 to help keep highlight detail in scenes of  contrast. The camera produces very detailed images, and despite the low resolution of only 12 megapixels. JPEG images can be up to 12mb in size, especially w..." More »
80out of 100
Photography BLOG - Mar 25 2011
"The EOS 1100D / T3 is a great entry-level DSLR camera that's well-suited to its beginner target audience. The combination of proven metering, auto-focus and processing systems with a sensible 12 megapixel sensor and simplified control layout is a winning one. There are some notable downsides - the low-resolution LCD screen, lack of an integrated cleaning sy..." More »
90out of 100
Pocket-lint - Mar 18 2011
"The 1100D's image quality is generally very good, though the limitations of the kit lens do throw things awry. The 18-55mm doesn't produce the sharpest images, plus there's notable colour fringing in a number of shooting conditions. But ignore the lens for a moment and, actually, the 1100D really does deliver decent quality. Take its ISO 100-6400 range..." More »
90out of 100
TechRadar - Mar 17 2011
"With this being a basic model, designed for those looking for an introduction to digital SLRs, it was never intended to set the world on fire with new technology. The improvements Canon have made internally are more than welcome, and well overdue, especially in the area if high ISO performance, where the EOS 1100D blows its predecessor out of the water, bri..." More »
80out of 100

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User Review of the camera - Canon EOS Rebel T3

  • 2014-08-14 07:00
    Four Stars, LUISA GOMEZ
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    LIKE IT
  • 2014-08-14 07:00
    Tough camera, Tim Barnes
    Was taking pictures of a waterfall, fell in the water, camera slipped from my hand on the way hit the rocks and went into the water. Removed the battery. Took the camera home and dried it out. It is still working. Highly recommend for anyone looking to by a digital camera!!!
  • 2014-08-12 07:00
    It worked fine until June, James A. Cunningham
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    Beware of Canon cameras. From my experience, if it fails you have to pay for the repair. In other words, the cameras have no warranty. I ordered an EOS Rebel T3 in March, 2014. It worked fine until June, whereupon it would not automatically focus. The company claims a one year warranty so I thought I could simply take it to a local repair shop and have it repaired. My first surprise was that unlike Nikon and Sony they have no warranty repair facility in the San Francisco Bay area with its population of 7 million people. You have to send the unit to Virginia. So I did. Then I got another surprise about a week later. A letter arrived from canon stating that they would not even start the repair until receipt of $205.23. This is outrageous. I could not even get the camera back until sending them a check for the postage. I will never buy a product from Canon again.
  • 2014-08-12 07:00
    Fantastic DSLR Camera for Amateurs!, April
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    Fantastic starter camera! I've wanted this camera forever and although I took forever to buy it, I'm very happy with the purchase. They now have a T3i model (which is is compatible with a wireless remote), but the T3 serves its purpose and has the same quality. I'm going to be a picture-taking, Instagraming fool now!
  • 2014-08-11 07:00
    Spots appear in photos, celt-rock
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    I love this camera, but what I don't love are the spots that have started appearing in the same place on each picture. Doesn't matter if we change the lens, it's still there which means it's something internal on the light sensor or something. A friend of ours also has spots appear in her photos. They are small, black/grey spots that look more like mold spots. In some pictures you don't even notice but when taking a landscape picture they really stand out in a beautiful blue sky. My hope is that Canon recognizes this problem and has fixed it in newer cameras. In the old days you could just take off the lens and clean the mirror for SLR Film cameras. Cleaning the light sensor on these is beyond my pay grade.
    Other than that it's a great camera, battery's last forever before needing a charge, holds quite a few videos and photos (one trip we had 550 photos before finally downloading to our computer). Other than the spots it seems pretty durable and decent quality photos. I wouldn't complain so much about the spots except that it appears to be a common problem with this camera. Otherwise I would have thought that we had just done something to screw it up.
  • 2014-08-11 07:00
    Satisfied, eric
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    First time out I thoroughly enjoyed the way the auto feature of the camera works. After a few minutes I was experimenting with the various settings. Bottom line this camera wonderful.
  • 2014-08-10 07:00
    They absolutely loved it! They said it was the model they ..., Melony Mooney
    I bought this as a wedding gift for my son and his bride. They absolutely loved it! They said it was the model they wanted because of all the features. My father was a photographer and he always used Canon cameras so I have no doubts about quality. Shipped right on time, too.
  • 2014-08-10 07:00
    Five Stars, franziska
    my daughter loves it
  • 2014-08-08 07:00
    A great camera to have if you are an aspiring photographer, Ateles paniscus
    A great camera to have if you are an aspiring photographer. Paired with a good "how to" book you can take incredible pictures. I invested as well in a good macro and zoom lens to take my picture taking to the next level. Buttons and Menus are easy to find/use and I was quite impressed with how simple it was to access manual settings like shutter speed and iso.
  • 2014-08-08 07:00
    Really great starter camera, ericavm
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    Really great starter camera. Taking up photography as a hobby is an investment, and is the perfect camera to start. The lens is also great -- it avoids the need for a wider lens (smaller mm #) since it starts at 18mm but is also great if you're into portraits since it goes up to 55mm. This is one of my best purchases ever.
  • 2014-08-07 07:00
    Five Stars, Amazon Customer
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    excellent product. came ahead of schedule and was in good working order. would order from this seller again.
  • 2014-08-05 07:00
    Two Stars, Manohar G M
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    ok for the price.. I actually wanted T3i..
  • 2014-08-04 07:00
    Awesome little camera..., EdithDReynolds
    Having sold all of my DSLR gear before switching to micro 4/3rds a few years ago, I began looking for an inexpensive DSLR that would be a good every day carry around camera. The T3 is perfect. Great for beginner, but also has the flexibility for a more advanced shooter. Except for a slow burst/buffer rate. i see no downsides. Build quality is excellent for a plastic camera. It doesn't feel cheap and fits my hands well. Image quality is very good, right up there with my MFT gear. A grand slam home run! I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
  • 2014-08-02 07:00
    Great product at great price, CHERI L ROUTZAHN
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    Just what we wanted at a great price. Not an expert photographer so didn't want to spent too much. Replacing a prior camera we lost. Would definitely purchasee again. But hope we don't need to:)
  • 2014-08-02 07:00
    Just what I needed, intheport
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    A good buy!
  • 2014-08-02 07:00
    Great camera for the price., Eddie Burdette "Paul Edward Burdtte"
    I bought this camera at Wal Mart because Wal Mart had a sale on them for $299. I needed it because I had lost the battery door to my XS and this was a whole lot cheaper than I could get a new XS for. The only problem I have with it and it is a very minor one is that due to the cd rom on my computer is not working I cannot transfer the pictures directly from my camera to my computer. However, I can take the sd card out of my camera an plug it into my computer and from there transfer the images using the softeware I got with the XS. Once transfered my old solfware that came with the XS works perfectly. I hope to get a high end Canon DSLR eventualy. But for now the XS and T3 will do nicely. I have been using it mosstly to take close up photos of flowers, insects, and pet dogs. I have been using mostly with the Canon 100mm macro lens.
  • 2014-08-01 07:00
    Five Stars, Sarita Hill
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    it takes great photos
  • 2014-07-30 07:00
    Corrected Review, Raymond
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    Have corrected earlier issues with the auto settings; seems to be working 100%
  • 2014-07-30 07:00
    Five Stars, Kristin S.
    Absolutely love this camera! Perfect for a beginner. The quality is amazing.
  • 2014-07-30 07:00
    Great entry DSLR for my wife, Ryan Thompson
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    Great entry DSLR for my wife. She loves it and is overwhelmed with the myriad of features the camera has. On the plus side, I can screw in the appropriate mount for my telescope and take some pretty sweet pics!