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- 600D vs D5100 Comparison Review @ DigitalRev
Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) is a 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera features ISO 100-12800, Improved EOS Full HD Movie mode with manual exposure control, expanded recording [1920 x 1080 Full HD video at frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25.0 frames per second] with new Movie Digital zoom and Video Snapshot features for enhanced movie shooting options, New Scene Intelligent Auto mode and Picture Style Auto incorporating the new EOS Scene Detection System to capture beautiful scenes with ease, 3.7 fps continuous shooting up to approximately 34 JPEGs or approximately 6 RAW, and Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor (3:2) for shooting at high or low angles and 1,040,000-dot VGA with reflection reduction. The camera measures (W x H x D) 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in./133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7mm and weighs 18.2 oz. / 515g (body only).
Overall Rating: | Latest Price Info: only $450.00 (body only)
Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Reviews
DigitalRev compares the Nikon D5100 to the canon 600d and writes;
“Get the Nikon D5100 if you prefer a well spec’d camera that is very much tuned to the entry-level user and can give you great photos with minimal fuss. Get the Canon EOS 600D if you are planning to get serious in photography as well as DSLR videography and want something you won’t want to put aside even after you get rally good.”
HardwareZone reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“There are a lot of choices vying for your dollars. But the 600D will still appeal to those looking for an easy to use, entry-level Canon DSLR camera with above-average image and video performance. “
Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“Canon has taken an already awesome camera (the T2i), and added a few more bells and whistles to make an even more appealing package. This series offers class leading performance, image quality, video quality, and features in a very saturated market. “
Canon 600D vs Nikon D5100 comparison review by DigitalRev;
DCRP reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“Overall, I liked the Canon EOS Rebel T3i, and it remains a top choice for those looking for a capable yet budget-friendly camera. While I don’t think most Rebel T2i owners are going to be rushing out to buy one, it’s a nice upgrade for those with older Rebel models. Just don’t forget to save some money for some nice lenses to go along with it!”
DCI reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“The T3i features 1080/30p video recording, with solid sharpness results and attractively rendered motion. There is slightly less chromatic aberration than with comparable cameras on the market, but autofocus remains painfully slow in both video recording and live view. “
TrustedReviews reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“The 600D also scores very highly for overall image quality. While the choice of Picture Style does affect the characteristics of each image, there’s a consistency of quality that marks the 600D out as a rock solid performer. Used on the Auto Picture Style setting, JPEGs consistently deliver a pleasing degree of punch and vibrancy without looking over-worked or unnatural. “
MacWorld.uk reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“# Pros: Excellent sensor and great high-ISO quality, articulating LCD screen is bright and detailed, some improvements over the EOS 550D
# Cons: Some menu options hard to find, layout of controls could be better”
CameraLabs reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“… for those who simply want a good, solid upper-entry-level DSLR with great image quality and advanced movie features, the 600D / T3i is hard to beat. It earns our Highly Recommended rating, but consider your requirements carefully as the models on either side of it, or indeed ones from rivals may be more appropriate for your needs. “
PhotoReview.au reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“The review camera powered up ready for shooting in just over one second and we measured an average capture lag of 0.2 seconds, which was eliminated when shots were pre-focused. Shot-to-shot times averaged 0.5 seconds. “
Phoblographer reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“..it is perhaps the best bang for your buck camera that is available on the market right now and really can’t be beat at all at the time of writing this posting. With this said, the Canon T3i wins The Phoblographer’s Editor’s Choice for Entry-Level DSLR”
CNET reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“For the money, the T3i is a great choice for dSLR videographers–though the cheaper T2i can still suffice if you don’t need the articulated LCD–and is a solid choice for creative still shooters. But while the image quality and general shooting performance are top-notch, if you’re upgrading to shoot sports, kids, or pets, the T3i may not be able to keep up. “
PCAdvisor reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“It’s an excellent choice for shooting in automatic mode, though, and the photos and video it produces are definitely impressive given its entry-level positioning in Canon’s camera line-up. “
PhotograhyBlog reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“Canon EOS 600D / Rebel T3i cleverly occupies a position that’s mid-way between the 550D and the 7D without being subjected to a price increase on launch. It’s the most capable yet friendly Rebel yet, and easily worthy of our Highly Recommended award. “
DigitalTrends reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“The Canon T3i features sterling picture quality, eminently usable vari-angle screen and solid 1080p HD videos, you really can’t go wrong with it. “
WDC reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“Noise in Raw files up to ISO 800 is barely noticeable and very well controlled. ISO 800 is starting to show minor signs of breaking up, while ISO 1600 displayed some unwanted colour noise. Above that, and at ISO 3200 & 6400, Noise is noticeable, but considering the sensitivity, is well controlled. At the ISO equivalent of 12,800, and as you’d expect, Noise is quite pronounced but if it’s your only option, still very useable.”
EOS 600D vs EOS 60D Comparison Review video by DigitalRev;
PhotoRadar reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“It’s far from revolutionary, but the Canon 600D is a well specified camera that’s ideal for those wanting to get creative and elevate their photography to the next level. The various changes bestowed upon the Canon 600D make a little more sense here than they do in the enthusiast EOS 60D, and what results is a model that provides plenty of growing space for beginners but enough to keep the more adventurous happy.”
GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“It’s able to take excellent quality photos even in poor lighting, and amateurs will like its versatile screen and shooting guide. We do think the controls could be more newbie-friendly, and the menu’s vast array of options isn’t welcoming to anyone unfamiliar with Canon cameras.”
CGG reviews the Canon 600D and writes;
“If you own a Rebel T2i or even a T1i (and don’t care about video), there’s little reason for you to upgrade to the T3i, the improvements just aren’t worth it. But for other Rebel owners, would-be filmmakers on a budget, and certainly for first-time DSLR owners, yes…we “Highly Recommended” the Canon EOS Rebel T3i.”
Digitalcamerainfo has a preview of the Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) and writes;
“Speaking of video, the T3i has a number of new video features, including Video Snapshot and a 10x digital zoom that works with HD recording. Video Snapshot isn’t the most useful feature, and we’ve seen it before on Canon’s Vixia line of consumer camcorders, but some users may like its ability to limit video clips to a specific length (2, 4, or 6 seconds).”
Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Hands-on review video;
Imaging-resource has a preview of the Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) and writes;
“Autofocus is good and fast on the T3i when shooting through the viewfinder in its normal phase-detect mode, 0.16 second at telephoto according to our test of the prototype, which is smokin’ fast. Shooting in Live View is a little slower. Contrast-detect is about 0.83 second, and Quick AF is the slowest at 1.18 seconds. Not great, if not uncommon, so bear that in mind when choosing which to use.”
Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) User Reviews
“I took a long time to research and decide whether or not getting into a DSLR was worth it for me. Having now made the purchase, I can say without hesitation that it was well worth the money. Especially for a beginner like me, the T3i is a great camera.” – By M. Sargent
Quite pleased with the Canon T3i
“The view finder is very clear and has all basic settings info on the bottom border. The camera comes with a comfortable, good quality neck strap and is quite light and small compared to other SLRs. Battery life seems to be very good – longer than I expected.” – By Dave K.
Canon T3i – Best DSLR for Under $1,000
“Photo quality generally looks great up through ISO 800 and begins to show some small signs of degradation from ISO 1,600 on. The little scrolling wheel toward the front of the camera makes selection of a variety of functions… including ISO… really easy.” – By David Robert
Great product for entry-level photographers and those who want to shoot pictures/video
“Lenses – L lenses are great if you can afford them but if you can get yourself some Canon glass with image stabilization, this works great for entry-level photographers! But if you are in it for the video, you want to get better glass!” – By Dennis A. Amith
A dSLR to grow with me
“There is even a Live Mode with facial recognition and tracking, chases my sons face all over and gives me the correct focus. The Live Mode was the only mode I figured I would be able to use, but I find the standard viewfinder eyepiece to be very easy to use and has all of the information you need.” – By Madphule
Works great! Amazing in low light and awesome video recording
“I purchased this camera mainly for recording video. Its quality is amazing, and the on-board mic records great to me as well. For anyone wondering about the new HD digital movie zoom, I created a video demonstrating its quality and the microphone quality as well!” – By Chad B
a high end for DSLR beginners
“The EOS T3i, positioned between the EOS T2i and EOS 60D, features scene intelligent auto, 3-inch vari-angle clear view LCD and a selection of five creative filters including the new fish eye effect (which is awesome!!) honestly, once you get this camera, no need for Photoshop.” – By Arsene Lupin
Canon T3i vs Nikon D5100
“T3i has White Balance Shifts with the Custom White Balance, Nikon D5100 Customer White Balance is a one shot setup. T3i’s image quality seems to be a little better than D5100. Especially the LCD is brighter and looks great. T3i can work with any Canon lens, D5100 only works with AF-S lenses due to the lack of a body motor.” – By Kevin Luo
Busy Mom/The Family Photographer – T3i a great intro dSLR
“BEAUTIFUL PICTURES: This kind of goes without saying at this tier of camera, but the pictures are just amazing quality. Coming from the land of point-and-shoot, I’m pretty blown away. And I know I’m only touching the tip of the iceberg for what’s possible.” – By W. Edwards
Choosing between the T3i, T2i, 60D and 7D
“Continuous Shooting Speed: The T3i can shoot 3.7 frames per second. The 7D can shoot a blazing 8 frames per second, in which the photos barely change from frame to frame. The 60D can shoot a respectable 5.3 fps which is actually a more useful rate. If you need the extremely high fps for sports, wildlife, or other action shooting, get the 7D.” – By dojoklo
Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Sample Photos
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- Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Sample Photos @ DCI
- Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
- Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Sample Photos @ Dpreview
- Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Sample Photos @ CNET
- Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Sample Photos @ PhotoRadar
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Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) User Manual (PDF)
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Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) Features
High Resolution Still Capture
18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed.
The EOS Rebel T3i has an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor that captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range and offers more than enough resolution for big enlargements or crops. This first-class sensor features many of the same new technologies as used by professional Canon cameras to maximize each pixel’s light-gathering efficiency. Its APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format).
DIGIC 4 Image Processor
The Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor dramatically speeds up the entire EOS Rebel T3i DSLR’s camera operations for intuitive operation and offers improvements in both fine detail and natural color reproduction. It works in concert with the EOS Rebel T3i DSLR’s CMOS Image Sensor to achieve phenomenal levels of performance in nearly any situation.
Amazing Results, No Matter the Light.
ISO 100 – 6400 (expandable to 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light.
The EOS Rebel T3i features an expanded ISO range that makes shooting possible in situations previously unthinkable without flash. With an ISO rating up to 6400 (expandable to ISO 12800), along with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor’s improved noise-reduction technology, creative possibilities abound. Combine the EOS Rebel T3i with one of Canon’s EF or EF-S lenses with Optical Image Stabilizer and the shooting possibilities for both movies and stills expand even further.
HD Dreams Come True.
Improved EOS Full HD Movie mode with manual exposure control, expanded recording [1920 x 1080 Full HD video at frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25.0 frames per second] with new Movie Digital zoom and Video Snapshot features for enhanced video shooting options.
The EOS Rebel T3i does not just shoot video clips, it offers the enhanced ease-of-use, image quality, smooth frame rates and adaptive exposure compensation necessary in a professional video-making tool by boasting the most advanced EOS video capturing features to date: When Full HD (1920 x 1080) is set, you can use Movie Digital Zoom to magnify the center of the image by 3–10x while at the same time maintaining gorgeous Canon Full HD image quality. With the Video Snapshot feature, the EOS Rebel T3i DSLR will capture short video clips (of 2, 4 or 8 seconds) then combine them automatically into one video file as a snapshot or highlights “album.” With no editing needed after shooting, the compiled video is perfect for sharing online or displaying directly on an HDTV via the camera’s HDMI port.
In addition to a number of different recording size and frame rate modes, the EOS Rebel T3i enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features and even allows for in-camera editing. The large CMOS sensor and compatibility with over 60 lenses provide a wealth of depth-of-field options. And it’s all as easy as the press of a button — the EOS Rebel T3i has a dedicated Live View/Movie Recording start/stop button that gets the shooting started fast.
Three Recording Sizes
Full HD Video is captured at 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30p (29.97), 24p (23.976) or 25p frames per second, for up to 4GB per clip. Video are saved as .MOV files and can be viewed in Full HD with HDMI output. Other recording sizes include HD at 1280 x 720 (50p/60p (59.94) fps) or SD/VGA at 640 x 480 (30p (29.97) and 25p fps).
Low Angles or High, a Big Vari-angle LCD Captures All the Details.
Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor (3:2) for shooting at high or low angles and 1,040,000-dot VGA with reflection reduction using multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.
The EOS Rebel T3i features a bright, high resolution, flip-out Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor for shooting at a variety of angles. By simply rotating the monitor, you can hold the camera directly overhead for above-the-crowd shots at concerts, or hold the camera at a low angle for kids and pets. By rotating the LCD monitor fully, the EOS Rebel T3i becomes the ideal camera for self-portraits. The EOS Rebel T3i freely enables easy angle adjustments even if the camera is mounted on a tripod or has a battery grip attached.
Model used is not EOS Rebel T3i and is used to illustrate vari-angle feature only.
With 1,040,000 (dots/VGA) pixels for spectacular detail, the advanced, smudge-resistant monitor includes high transparency materials plus anti-reflective and water-repellant coatings to provide clear and bright viewing. Superb for reviewing, editing and deleting photos or composing new images in Live View function, the Vari-angle Clear View LCD monitor is also the perfect means for accessing camera settings like ISO, metering modes, AF Point selection, the horizontal Electronic Level and flash options.
Automatic Scene Analysis for Standout Color.
New Scene Intelligent Auto mode and Picture Style Auto incorporating the new EOS Scene Detection System to capture beautiful scenes with ease.
The EOS Rebel T3i DSLR’s new Scene Intelligent Auto mode unites five Canon digital camera technologies – the new Picture Style Auto, plus Automatic Lighting Optimizer, Automatic White Balance, Autofocus, and Automatic Exposure –into a powerful new feature for photographers. Using the advanced EOS Scene Detection System, the camera automatically analyzes the image, taking into account faces, colors, brightness, movement and contrast. Scene Intelligent Auto then chooses the enhancing features to deliver maximum impact. Blues and greens are more vivid, “hot” colors are more fiery, and skin tones are smooth and truer to life.
Intelligent Scene Analysis for Superb Exposure.
Enhanced metering with a 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system for accurate metering between exposures, and 9-point AF system utilizing a high precision, f/2.8 cross-type center point.
The EOS Rebel T3i features a sophisticated, 63-zone Dual-layer sensor designed to complement the 9-point AF system. By taking into account the color and luminosity surrounding chosen AF points, this system delivers an advanced level of accuracy for better results even in difficult lighting situations. Since the metering sensor has a color measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimized; the EOS Rebel T3i gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes, such as in a theater or concert hall. This makes the EOS Rebel T3i ideal for scenes with extreme difference in brightness such as brightly lit scenes or backlit scenes; the camera balances exposure of the main subject at the background, and exposures are not overly influenced by bright areas in the shot. Since the EOS Rebel T3i provides high-speed X-sync (“X-sync” means the fastest shutter speed that can synchronize with a flash burst at the moment the shutter is fully released) up to 1/200 sec., the range of photographic expression is dramatically increased, allowing the EOS Rebel T3i to be used with confidence in bright scenes or dim.
Make Your Images As You See Them.
Express your creativity with advanced imaging features like Basic+ function, Multi-Aspect function and Creative Filters.
Basic+ is a new creative imaging feature that makes it easy to create the image effects you want. It can be set with the Quick Control screen in Basic Zone modes. Basic+ provides two options:
Shoot by ambience selection
Based on the Picture Style and its parameters (sharpness, contrast, saturation, and color tone), the exposure compensation and white balance correction are adjusted to attain the selected ambience. You can also can also select the strength of the ambience effect.
Shoot by lighting or scene type
Although the actual parameter set is the white balance, the settings are expressed in more understandable terms.
The Multi-Aspect Function of the EOS Rebel T3i lets you express an image in one of three ways by matching the aspect ratio to each scene. In addition to the camera’s standard 3:2 ration, the Multi-Aspect Function includes a 1:1 ratio that creates the sensation that the viewer’s gaze is focusing upon the center of the image. At the 4:3 ratio, you get nearly the same aspect ratio as a regular TV or a 4:3 computer display. The 16:9 aspect ratio provides a wide look, much the same as HDTV.
The EOS Rebel T3i incorporates five in-camera Creative Filters so you can artistically manipulate scenes without the aid of an outside computer. Soft Focus lends a dreamy, romantic aspect, while Grainy Black and White gives a dramatically gritty, hard-bitten look. Miniature Effect creates an illusion in which expansive subjects are seemingly reduced to doll-house-like proportions, and Toy Camera Effect recreates the colors and softness rendered by cameras with a plastic lens, an effect often sought after by art photographers. Fish Eye Effect mimics the “Fisheye” lenses that are favorites of professional photographers for their quirky, convex perspective.
Never Miss a Moment.
3.7 fps continuous shooting up to approximately 34 JPEGs or approximately 6 RAW.
The EOS Rebel T3i can shoot up to 3.7 frames per second (fps) for up to approximately 6 consecutive RAW files or approximately 34 full-resolution JPEGs. Shooting at speeds of up to 1/4000 sec., the EOS Rebel T3i can capture even rapidly-unfolding scenes with ease.
Photography Made Truly Easy.
New Feature Guide offers short descriptions of each function and Quick Control screen for easy operation.
The Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR demystifies great photography by including an in-camera Feature Guide. Appearing on the camera’s LCD, the Feature Guide displays a simple description or advice for the respective function. It is displayed in each shooting mode, during Mode Dial operations, and for Quick Control screen functions (during normal shooting, Live View shooting, movie shooting, and playback). The Feature Guide appears automatically during Mode Dial operations and when a function is selected on the Quick Control screen.
Flexible Storage with Memory Cards.
Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
The EOS Rebel T3i uses popular SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Compact, inexpensive and available in increasingly large capacities, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards are a perfect complement to the EOS Rebel T3i DSLR’s compact and lightweight body design.
Additionally, the EOS Rebel T3i is compatible with Eye-Fi* SD cards, which are outfitted with a Wi-Fi transmitter (IEEE 802.11b/g) and an internal antenna for wireless, high-speed transfer of images. With an Eye-Fi card installed, the EOS Rebel EOS Rebel T3i can display the Eye-Fi’s connection status and error notes with ease, for fully functional wireless uploading of images directly from the camera.
*Canon cameras are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be available outside the United States and Canada; please contact the card manufacturer for territory availability.
The Best Optics for the Best Images.
Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.
The EOS Rebel T3i is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, including compact and lightweight EF-S lenses, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver outstanding performance and deliver beautiful results. Special technologies like the Canon Image Stabilizer technology in select lenses helps to minimize the effect of camera shake, effectively adding up to four stops of light. With a dizzying array of lenses perfect for travel, sports, still life and everything in between, photographers can truly maximize the quality and performance of their EOS Rebel T3i with superlative Canon optics.
With a flash sync speed of 1/200 of a second, the EOS Rebel T3i also features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. With any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total darkness. With E-TTL II, the exact same 35-zone metering sensor used for measuring ambient light is also used for flash metering — giving even finer metering command of the image area. If you prefer a broader area for flash metering, there’s a menu setting to change to “Average” flash metering — where the entire 35-zone area is measured evenly for flash exposure. Additionally, the EOS Rebel T3i has a Speedlite transmitter built-in for convenient, full-featured wireless control of EX-series Speedlite flashes set as slave units.
The Canon Speedlite 430EX II is the ideal step-up accessory for powerful flash shooting with the EOS Rebel T3i. It has excellent flash power (maximum guide number of 141 ft./43m at ISO 100), and is the perfect way to get great flash pictures when you can’t get right up to the subject. The 430EX II is also great for bounce flash, with its tilting and swiveling flash head. It automatically zooms the flash head to cover lenses ranging from 16mm up to 105mm or longer with the EOS Rebel T3i. Of course, it works with the camera to provide full E-TTL II automatic flash exposure. And the 430EX II has a powerful AF-assist beam, which allows the camera to autofocus even in total darkness on subjects as far as 32 ft. from the camera.
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