The Differences Between the Canon EOS Rebel T3I and the T3
Both the Canon EOS Rebel T3 and the T3i were released to the public for purchase in March, 2011. The T3i was meant to appeal to the entry level photographer who wanted a camera with more quality features than the T3i’s predecessor the T2i, but wasn’t adamant enough to spend the money for the 60D. However, The T3 (approximately $530) is not just a cheaper version of the T3i (approximately $830), with the same ergonomics and a few less features. Don’t let the similar name fool you. There is a big difference between the two models. As opposed to the higher end T3i, the T3 was meant to replace the lower end of the Canon DSLR lineup which consisted of both the Canon XS and the T1i.
With that in mind, the T3 is still a great camera for beginner photographers. You still get excellent looking photos and many great features for a beginning user. Unless you’re a more advanced photographer, you probably won’t be concerned about most of the features that separate the T3 from the T3i.
What are some of the differences between the T3 and the T3i? One of the major differences between the two is that the video recording for the T3i is recorded at 1080 HD as opposed to the 720 HD that is recorded by the T3. Also, the T3i shoots pictures with an impressive 18 megapixels, a significant difference when compared to the 12 megapixels of the T3. Another difference is the shutter speed, which is quicker, shooting 3.7 frames per second (fps) instead of 3 fps. The T3i also includes a 3 inch swivel LCD panel with higher quality resolution.
Despite those significant differences between the two models, the T3’s 12.2 megapixels is still a drastic improvement from the previous XS model in both size and quality. It’s important to realize that the T3 was never made to be close to the T3i, but was constructed to replace the lower models. Because it’s cheap, canon assumes that the photographers are relatively new. Because of this Canon has made it extremely easy for even the newest photographer to learn and operate, making it ideal for those who aren’t quite as technical in their photography skill level or as knowledgeable.