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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 D3100 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)

Nikon D3100 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)
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Canon EOS Rebel T4i (with 18-135mm STM lens)

Canon EOS Rebel T4i (with 18-135mm STM lens)
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Price $549 to $925 at 8 stores $374 to $389 at 2 stores $979 to $1,190 at 3 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.4 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 16 reviews 4.0 stars out of 26 reviews 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date March 07, 2011 September 01, 2010 June 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. A very good entry-level dSLR, the Nikon D3100 delivers excellent photo quality in a body that's streamlined for experienced photographers, but relatively unintimidating for the less advanced. Its only weakness is performance; though solid, it nevertheless lags behind the competition. A fine camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T4i's more expensive 18-135mm STM kit (or body with another STM lens) is the only version that merits an unqualified recommendation. You can probably find better alternatives if you just want a sub-$1,000 dSLR for still photography.

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Type 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) 5.2 in x 3.1 in x 3.9 in
4.9 in x 3 in x 3.8 in
5.2 in x 3.1 in x 3.9 in
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 Nikon AF-S DX VR
7.5 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 135 mm - F/3.5-5.6 IS STM Canon EF-S
Optical sensor type CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO auto (100-6400)
ISO 100-6400
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ISO 100-3200
ISO auto
ISO 100-12800
ISO 25600
ISO auto (100-12800)
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Battery technology Info unavailable Lithium ion
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Weight 18.2 oz
16 oz
18.3 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
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