Canon EOS Rebel T3 (with 18-55mm IS II lens)
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: REBEL T3 BLACK
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CNET editors' review
price range: $299.99 - $2,299.00
- Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 07/07/2011
- Released on: 04/01/2011
The good: Unsurprisingly, the Canon EOS Rebel T3 delivers excellent photo quality.
The bad: Average performance, a nothing-but-the-basics feature set and claustrophobic viewfinder leave the camera an uninspiring shooter.
The bottom line: Though it's a perfectly fine entry-level camera, there are better options for the money than the Canon EOS Rebel T3.
My two cents
by Branden01 on September 28, 2011
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Summary: I recently purchased a Rebel T3 as a second camera body for shooting events professionally. (My primary camera is a Canon 5D MkII.) I am very impressed with the performance ...
Summary: I recently purchased a Rebel T3 as a second camera body for shooting events professionally. (My primary camera is a Canon 5D MkII.) I am very impressed with the performance and image quality of this Rebel T3, and recommend it to anyone searching for a high quality dSLR.Edit
Here's what is Most Impressive about the Rebel T3:
* Very light weight and easy to carry, yet Very solid design and craftsmanship
* Auto-white Balance is impressively improved over older models
* High-ISO (low light) performance is also amazing -- detail is preserved even at ISO 3200
* Tethered to a computer, this model works seamlessly and naturally
* The menus have built-in descriptions that can be enabled or disabled in accordance with the shooter's familiarity with the camera -- this is immensely useful
* Video quality is exceptional, and having a separate mode for video greatly simplifies use
* The menus are the same great Canon system that they've been perfecting and refining with each new release
* Bright and colorful LED screen
* Full compatibility with hundreds of models of lenses
Here are what I consider the compromises:
* The rear button system is a little different than the higher-end models, but almost as easy to use. I think this is a consequence of the smaller body size, mostly.
* No informational LCD. Instead the LED screen displays the information, or you see the details through the viewfinder. This is inconvenient, but again probably due to the size.
* No depth-of-field preview button
* SD memory cards only -- not CF like older Canon models
Altogether, I consider the compromises to be minor and mostly unimportant when it comes to actually taking photos. What you are getting with the Rebel T3 is the latest imaging technology in a small, compact, affordable body. It is a reliable, professional-level gateway into digital imaging. There are only minor compromises, which ultimately do not greatly affect the image. I feel confident in declaring that my skill level is the limiting factor on this camera, not its technical specifics.
Regarding lenses, I cannot speak about the included kit lens since I immediately sold it (the "body only" box was not available at the time). The lenses I've primarily used in the month I've had the Rebel T3 have been the EF 28mm f/1.8, which provides a "normal" field of view, the EF 100mm f/2, which is ideal for head/face portraiture, and the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, which is an excellent lens for travel and casual shooting, with very modern Image Stabilization. All three have performed excellently on this camera. ( Before you will buy the Rebel T3 I suggest you have to check for best price or lowest price in market at --> http://camerarev.blogspot.com/2011/09/canon-eos-rebel-t3.html )
Updated on Mar 14, 2014
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8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
For a first time SLR user this camera is great
by Lessthan0 on July 11, 2011
Pros: -Easy to use out of the box
-Features for the money
Cons: -Camera grip slippery
Summary: I was tired of taking pictures of the back of my childrens heads with my point and shoot so I started to research my options. I wanted an SLR that ...
Summary: I was tired of taking pictures of the back of my childrens heads with my point and shoot so I started to research my options. I wanted an SLR that could take continuous pictures, quality pictures and most importantly something that I could easily learn on my own without getting into the weeds and spending hours doing so.
Unfortunately CNet did not review this camera before I bought it, but for the money and it's performance I was comfortable pulling the trigger. The review CNet did is fair but if your looking for an entry level SLR the cons should not concern you. If you are like me you want something easy to use that is a step up from a point and shoot and doesn't break the bank. This camera has met that for me.
I've had the camera for a couple of months and mostly used the Auto setting and it takes real nice pictures. I've become adventurous and started to use the Manual settings and the pictures are equally as
nice. The user interface is very straight forward and explains what each feature does and what it means to change a particular setting. You learn how to use the camera very quickly and it's fun playing around with the settings.
I would recommend buying the 55-275 lens, it really allows you to take those candid pictures from a far enough distance that might otherwise not happen. The best is taking those picture without your kids yelling "Stop That" The video feature is fine but don't expect this to replace your video camera, it's good for a short video but that's really it.
The grip on the camera is the same material as the body, so to me it was a little slick and I wish it had some form of texture. That's the only con I have.
If you are in the market for an easy to use, entry level, action picture SLR this is a solid choice.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
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by darthlaidher2001 on July 10, 2011
Pros: Excellent image quality, decent video quality,excellent color reproduction.
Cons: Plastic feel to the body,questionable placement of the sd card slot.
Summary: Bottom line is that the camera performs excellent in the area's that matter the most and that's in the quality of photos. Sure the plastic body is a ...
Summary: Bottom line is that the camera performs excellent in the area's that matter the most and that's in the quality of photos. Sure the plastic body is a little cheap but are you buying a camera for the body or the performance?
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Camera: 5, Service Center: 0
by J-38 on January 26, 2012
Pros: This camera apparently has a lot of capability but I have not been able to use it yet.
Cons: The camera body is so flimsy that with normal holding pressure in my right hand, my thumb could make the display go to half-brightness and flicker. Let up with my thumb, display works properly. Press right above the four way selector switch.
Summary: I sent the camera with the original pre-printed registration card to the "warranty" repair center. Since this was a Christmas gift I do not have an itemized sales receipt. Canon ...
Summary: I sent the camera with the original pre-printed registration card to the "warranty" repair center. Since this was a Christmas gift I do not have an itemized sales receipt. Canon sent me an estimate for $220 to fix a camera that was defective out of the box. Unacceptable. Zero for customer service.Customer Service / Repair Center accepted my purchase information and they repaired the intermittent camera and shipped it to my door in less than seven days. Very speedy and responsive service.
Updated on Feb 21, 2012
This camera has seven semi-automatic modes (portrait, distance, close-up, etc.)and four manual / coupled modes, and a movie mode. Compared to my 1970s vintage SLR this camera has all I was looking for, and then some.
I have not used the photo software very much yet but it is far and away the best I have seen, very intuitive.
I like the grip and feel of the camera. Unlike cell phones and point and shoot cameras this one is not going to be dropped. The buttons are easy to work.
I would have to give the Canon Rebel T3 a solid 4 now, possibly a 5 after I learn to use more of its features.
Excellent camera for the beginner SLR owners
by KBear1118 on August 8, 2011
Pros: Shutter speed is fantastic, excellent pictures, really like the lens that came with the camera.
Cons: None yet, but still trying it out.
Summary: For the price of this camera I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for their first SLR camera. I will probably buy another one for my daughter for ...
Summary: For the price of this camera I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for their first SLR camera. I will probably buy another one for my daughter for Christmas.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: REBEL T3 BLACK
- Description: Perfect for photographers ready to make the move to digital SLR photography, the EOS Rebel T3 delivers beautiful photos and video, speed, simplicity and fun. It features a 12.2 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor for richly detailed images and quick camera response. It has Canon's amazing 63-zone, Dual-layer metering for accurate exposures and features Canon's Basic+ function, HD video recording and Live View shooting, plus a convenient in-camera Feature Guide. The EOS Rebel T3 is as beautiful as the pictures it takes.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode,
with Movie recording
- Enclosure Color Black
- Resolution 12.2 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Total Pixels 12,600,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 12,200,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 14.7 x 22mm
- Field of View Crop Factor 1.6
- Optical Zoom 3 x
- Image Processor DIGIC 4
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL phase detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- Digital Video Format MOV,
- Image Recording Format JPEG,
RAW + JPEG
- Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
- AV Interfaces HDMI
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO auto (100-6400),
- Exposure Metering Partial (10%),
- Exposure Metering Zones 63
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Special Effects Portrait,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 30 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±5 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
- White Balance Bracketing Yes
- X-sync Speed 1/200 sec
- Exposure Range EV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )
- Type 3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 II Canon EF-S
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 29 - 88 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 9.8 in
- Max View Angle 74.3 degrees
- Zoom Adjustment Manual
- Lens Construction 9 groups / 11 elements
- Filter Size 58 mm
- Lens System Mounting Canon EF
- Features Aspherical lens
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 9.2
- Flash Modes Rear curtain sync,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features Flash +/- compensation,
- Continuous Shooting Speed 0.8 frames per second,
2 frames per second,
3 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Flash Terminal Hot shoe
- Additional Features Display brightness control,
Dust Delete Data system,
Depth-of-field preview button,
Eye-Fi Card Ready,
Live Face detection AF mode,
Exif Print support,
720p HD movie recording,
RGB primary color filter,
Auto power save,
Digital noise reduction,
Auto Lighting Optimizer,
Highlight point display,
LCD live view mode,
Built-in help guide,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type Optical - Eye-level mirror pentaprism
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Field Coverage 95%
- Magnification 0.8x
- Dioptric Correction Range -2.5 to +0.5
- Viewfinder Frames Autofocus frame
- Viewfinder Information Memory card status,
Highlight tone priority,
Flash charge completion,
Flash compensation on/off,
High-speed sync indicator
- Type 2.7 in LCD display
- Resolution 230,000 pixels
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Connector Type 1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x Remote control
- Software Drivers & Utilities
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
- Supported Battery Canon LP-E10
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
SDXC Memory Card
- Image Storage Fine,
Normal RAW 4272 x 2848,
JPEG 4272 x 2848,
JPEG 3088 x 2056,
JPEG 2256 x 1504,
JPEG 1920 x 1280,
JPEG 720 x 480
- Video Capture MOV - 1280 x 720,
MOV - 1280 x 720
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5.1 in
- Depth 3.1 in
- Height 3.9 in
- Weight 17.5 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.
29 - 88mm F/3.5,
14.7 x 22mm,
14.7 x 22mm,