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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 D5100 (with 18-55mm VR lens)

Nikon D5100 (with 18-55mm VR lens)
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Nikon D7000 (Body Only)

Nikon D7000 (Body Only)
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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 $439 to $749 at 15 stores $459 to $549 at 3 stores $649 to $896 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: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 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 17 reviews 4.0 stars out of 39 reviews 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date March 07, 2011 April 15, 2011 October 15, 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. Though it doesn't rank first based on any individual aspect of the camera, the Nikon D5100 delivers a solid combination of image quality, performance, features, and design that puts it out in front if you're looking for a well-rounded option under $1,000. An excellent dSLR for experienced shooters or Nikon professionals looking for a relatively cheap option, the Nikon D7000 delivers on almost all counts, including the company's best shooting design to date. 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 - Low Temperature Poly-Silicon (LTPS) - 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
5 in x 3.1 in x 3.8 in
5.2 in x 3 in x 4.1 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
Info unavailable 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
CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO auto (100-6400)
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
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ISO auto
ISO auto
ISO 100-25600
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
19.8 oz
1.5 lbs
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
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
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