Canon EOS Rebel T1i (with 18-55mm IS lens) comparison

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i (with 18-55mm IS lens)

Canon EOS Rebel T1i (with 18-55mm IS lens)
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Canon EOS Rebel T3 (with 18-55mm IS II lens)

Canon EOS Rebel T3 (with 18-55mm IS II lens)
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Canon EOS Rebel T3i (with 18-55mm IS II Lens)

Canon EOS Rebel T3i (with 18-55mm IS II Lens)
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Canon EOS Rebel T2i (with 18-55mm lens)

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Nikon D5200 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)

Nikon D5200 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)
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Price $1,099 at 1 store $299 to $449 at 2 stores $549 to $925 at 8 stores $699 at 1 store $569 to $1,596 at 9 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.1 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 35 reviews 3.5 stars out of 5 reviews 4.5 stars out of 16 reviews 4.5 stars out of 40 reviews 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews
Release date April 18, 2009 April 01, 2011 March 07, 2011 March 06, 2010 November 06, 2012
The Bottom Line A solid, slightly better-than-basic dSLR, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i delivers photo quality and performance that adequately compensates for most of its annoyances. Though it's a perfectly fine entry-level camera, there are better options for the money than the Canon EOS Rebel T3. For the money, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a great choice for dSLR videographers--though the cheaper T2i can still suffice if you don't need the articulated LCD--and it's a solid choice for creative still shooters. But though the image quality and general shooting performance are top-notch, if you're upgrading to capture sports, kids, or pets, the T3i may not be able to keep up. A great follow-up to the T1i, if you want the best photo and video quality in a dSLR for less than $1,000, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i is hard to beat. The Nikon D5200 makes a great choice for family and vacation photographers.

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Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7 in - Color
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - 3 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 5.1 in x 2.4 in x 3.9 in
5.1 in x 3.1 in x 3.9 in
5.2 in x 3.1 in x 3.9 in
5 in x 2.4 in x 3.8 in
5.1 in x 3.9 in x 3.1 in
Lens System 3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 II Canon EF-S
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 II Canon EF-S
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX
Optical sensor type CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO auto (100-3200)
ISO 6400
ISO 12800
ISO 100-3200
ISO auto (100-6400)
ISO 100-6400
ISO auto (100-6400)
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO auto (100-6400)
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO 25600
ISO auto
Video capture H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1920 x 1080 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 1280 x 720 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
MOV - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 424 -
H.264 - 640 x 424 -
Battery technology Info unavailable Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Weight 16.9 oz
17.5 oz
18.2 oz
16.8 oz
17.8 oz
Product Type Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
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