Canon EOS Rebel T3i (with 18-135mm IS lens) comparison

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Canon EOS Rebel T3i (with 18-135mm IS lens)

Canon EOS Rebel T3i (with 18-135mm IS lens)
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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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Canon PowerShot SX280 HS (Red)

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

Nikon D5200 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)
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Price $749 to $899 at 7 stores $649 to $799 at 11 stores $696 to $1,086 at 7 stores $569 to $1,193 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: 7.6 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 0 stars No reviews, write one! 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one! 1.0 stars out of 1 review 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews
Release date March 07, 2011 March 19, 2013 January 16, 2013 March 27, 2013 November 06, 2012
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. 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. The Nikon D5200 makes a great choice for family and vacation photographers. Wi-Fi connectivity and a new processor help make Canon's PowerShot SX280 HS one of the top compact megazooms available. But you'd better load up on batteries. 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 - 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
4.6 in x 2.7 in x 3.6 in
5.1 in x 3.9 in x 3.1 in
4.2 in x 1.3 in x 2.5 in
5.1 in x 3.9 in x 3.1 in
Lens System 7.5 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 135 mm - F/3.5-5.6 Canon EF-S
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 ED II Nikon AF-S DX
20 x x
Zoom lens - 4.5 mm - 90 mm - F/3.5-6.8
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 (100-6400)
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO auto (100-6400)
ISO 100-12800
ISO 25600
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO 25600
ISO auto
ISO 3200
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 80
ISO 6400
ISO 400
ISO auto
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO 25600
ISO auto
Digital zoom Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 4 x
Info unavailable
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 -
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H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
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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 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 320 x 240 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
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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 -
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Weight 18.2 oz
13 oz
17.8 oz
7.4 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 - Compact
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
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