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

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

Nikon D5200 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)
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Canon EOS Rebel T5i (with 18-55mm STM lens)

Canon EOS Rebel T5i (with 18-55mm STM lens)
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Nikon D3200 (with 18-55mm VR lens, Black)

Nikon D3200 (with 18-55mm VR lens, Black)
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Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (with 18-55mm STM lens)

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (with 18-55mm STM lens)
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Price $475 to $925 at 11 stores $569 to $1,446 at 7 stores $609 to $1,048 at 9 stores $476 to $1,373 at 8 stores $649 to $848 at 10 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.6 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 16 reviews 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews 3.5 stars out of 5 reviews 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date March 07, 2011 November 06, 2012 March 19, 2013 April 18, 2012 March 19, 2013
The Bottom Line 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. The Nikon D5200 makes a great choice for family and vacation photographers. While the Canon EOS Rebel T5i is -- almost literally -- the same solid camera as its predecessor, it's starting to lag frustratingly behind the competition in some ways. A solid if unexceptional entry-level dSLR, the Nikon D3200 should still please most folks looking for an upgrade from their point-and-shoots. While the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is a perfectly reasonable entry-level dSLR, you can get the same photo and video quality in a smaller body for the same money (or less) by opting for a mirrorless interchangeable-lens model.

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Optical sensor type CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Video capture 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 - 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 -
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 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 424 -
H.264 - 640 x 424 -
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 -
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
Weight 18.2 oz
17.8 oz
18.5 oz
16 oz
13 oz
Light sensitivity ISO auto (100-6400)
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO 25600
ISO auto
ISO auto (100-6400)
ISO 100-12800
ISO 25600
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO auto
ISO auto (100-6400)
ISO 100-12800
ISO 25600
Lens System 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 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 IS STM Canon EF-S
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 IS STM Canon EF-S
Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 5.2 in x 3.1 in x 3.9 in
5.1 in x 3.9 in x 3.1 in
5.2 in x 3.1 in x 3.9 in
4.9 in x 3 in x 3.8 in
4.6 in x 2.7 in x 3.6 in
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