Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3i Review

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Review posted 5/5/2011

Quick Take
Pros

  • Well-built, professional feel
  • Compact, yet comfortable body
  • Offers a plethora of useful exposure options for Any user
  • Image quality is excellent, both indoors and out
  • Robust shooting performance
  • OVF is nice and comfortable
  • The articulating 3.0-inch LCD is amazing, and versatile
  • Full HD video recording with robust options
  • Impressive high ISO performance
  • Awesome "bang for your buck", especially with the newly added 18-135mm IS kit lens option
Cons
  • Live View shooting performance is still quite sluggish
  • Autofocus during Live View is very poor, hunting for focus even in good lighting
Bottom Line
Canon's EOS Digital Rebel line remains a leader in the entry-level dSLR market, with the latest T3i model being no exception. This camera offers robust shooting options and performance, along with very pleasing image quality. The T3i is sure to please most any user, and offers an excellent value when paired with either of the kit lens options; EF-S 18-55mm IS or EF-S 18-135mm IS. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
20110207_loRes_t3i_3q.jpgWhile the Canon EOS Rebel T3 is for someone getting started with dSLRs, Canon's newly announced EOS Rebel T3i is rolling out as their flagship model in the Rebel series.  Designed for the those seeking professional results with affordability in mind, the T3i features a 3.0-inch variable angle LCD screen with 1.04 million dot display (a first for the Rebel series).  It uses the same 18-Megapixel sensor as the previous model and can shoot at full HD resolution at frame rates of 24p, 25p and 30p.

The EOS Rebel T3i can consecutive images up to 3.7 frames per second and includes the same 9-point auto focus system & 63-zone metering system as the T2i and its sibling the Rebel T3. It has an ISO range of 100 - 12,800 and now takes picture style into account for those that use that automatic shooting mode.  This means the camera automatically analyzes faces, brightness, colors, movement and contrast of the entire scene to improve the picture quality.  The T3i includes creative picture filters such as Toy Camera and Soft Focus and a new aspect ratio option that can take stills at 1:1, 16:9 and 4:3.

Canon EOS Rebel T3i key features include:  

  • 18-Megapixel CMOS image sensor
  •  DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor
  • Canon EF-EF-S lens mount system
  • 3.0-inch "Vari-angle" LCD screen with 1.04 million dots
  • Fast 9-point Auto focus system
  • 63-zone Dual-layer Metering system
  • Burst mode shooting at up to 3.7 frames per second 
  • Record full 1080p HD video (24p, 25p, 30p) with stereo sound
  • External Mic port for optional microphones
  • ISO sensitivity from 100 - 6400 (up to 12,800 with ISO expansion enabled)
  • Li-ion battery pack (up to 550 shots per charge with OVF)
  • Compatible with SD/MMC, SDHC and SDXC memory cards; also Eye-Fi compliant
The Canon EOS Rebel T3i is avaialble in three configurations:
  •  Body only for $799.99 US
  • Kit that contains Canon's EF-S 18-55mm IS lens for $899.99 US
  • Kit that contains Canon's EF-S 18-135mm IS lens for $1099.99 US

What's in the box?:
  • EOS Rebel T3i Body
  • EF-S IS Type II Lens (depending on kit purchased)
  • Eyecup Ef
  • Wide Strap EW-100DBIII
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • Battery Pack LP-E8
  • Battery Charger LC-E8E
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk and Instruction Manuals "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet


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