Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera

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77% Silver Award
The Rebel T3i is exactly the camera that we'd expect it to be - feature-rich, reasonably priced, enjoyable to use and, most importantly, it takes great pictures.”

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Key Features

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 3.7 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 9-point AF system
  • ISO 100-6400 expandable to 12800
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • 3.0 inch articulated LCD with 1,040,000 dots
  • Wireless flash control
  • 'Basic+' shooting mode and 'Creative Filters'

Product Description

Beginners upgrading to their first DSLR would do well to consider the 18MP Canon EOS Rebel T3i. A fully articulated 3.0 inch LCD comes in handy when shooting video or using a tripod, and first-time DSLR owners will find features like the Basic+ and Creative Auto shooting modes helpful. Those who want the ultimate level of control over image quality will find that the T3i's RAW output offers a gateway to better low-light pictures and finer detail, but the JPEGs are solid, and image quality in everyday use is very nice indeed. Canon offers more capable DSLRs in its lineup (the more recent T5i is a pretty serious upgrade) , but the T3i is no slouch, and offers excellent value.


Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 5184 x 3456
Other resolutions 5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 19 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 4
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (3-10x )
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 9
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.85×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 13.00 m
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Continuous drive 4 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 sec or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 440
Weight (inc. batteries) 570 g (1.26 lb / 20.11 oz)
Dimensions 133 x 100 x 80 mm (5.24 x 3.94 x 3.15)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by USB cable and PC)
GPS None


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Silver Award
Silver Award
77 %
Overall Score

The latest model in Canon's popular Rebel series is very much the camera that the range's history leads us to expect: well featured, well-designed and competitively priced. It's a very conventional camera in a part of the market that is seeing some interesting innovations, but the conventional DSLR design still best suits many people's needs, especially when it's done this convincingly.

Good For

Enthusiast shooters looking for some of the latest technology in a well-designed, well-priced package. Movie shooters on a budget.

Not So Good For

Upgraders looking for a compact-camera-like user experience. Users for whom small size is paramount (who might want to consider a mirrorless alternative)

User Reviews

4.67647 out of 5 stars
  • saratabburu, Dec 18, 2012 GMT:
    This is my first DSLR Camera

    Good camera to start learning photography. I had to choose between a 600D,D5100 and Sony A57 and I went for the 600D.And I have no regrets about that. Mainly because the specification were not that too different and the price tag, made me choose the 600D. . I love the weight and the Grip of the body. I use my camera to take landscapes . The menu is very logical and user friendly. A great camera, i love it!! Problems: The autofocus in liveview and shooting Sports is slow. That could have ...

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  • miked58, May 19, 2012 GMT:
    Great cameras

    I have used these for professional shoots with a variety of lens - the L series lens really shine on this camera. Results are first class. The cameras will take some abuse - I dropped an earlier version when running in the rain and it hit the concrete at speed but was unmarked and still worked flawlessly. Highly recommended. Problems: One camera had a SD card issue but was repaired under warranty.

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  • FelipeSasso, Apr 24, 2012 GMT:
    Very, very good!!

    Before reading this: I'm using Google Translator to help me. For three years I used a Canon SX10is for amateur photography. I learned photography on this camera, reading, studying and testing. After a while, I decided to get in a DSLR with the 600D. It is a beautiful camera! Full of features and options. I'm really enjoying it. Always wanted the 550D, but I had the opportunity to buy a 600D with a lens 75-300mm (I wrote a review about it here on dpreview). I'm still learning because there are ...

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  • David zzzzzzzzzz, Feb 5, 2012 GMT:
    You will need to spend some on lenses to get the most from the T3i

    I really was having a hard time getting some good shots until I stopped using the kit lens. My biggest complaint about the kit lens is the colors, they seem unnatural to me. Anyway, got the 15-85 and the 70-300mm and have some really pleasing results but is has taken some work to get there. One thing I noticed though, with the original rebel it seemed easier to get good shots, even with the kit lens. Some of the low light photos with the original Rebel were not great, but the flash ...

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Questions & Answers


5D mk i in 2014, cheap FF or bad idea?

Dear all, I would love to hear your perspective on the following matter: I've wanted to buy a good (digital) camera for years, but I'm a student so I'm on a limited budget. The original 5D is relatively cheap nowadays, it's tempting to buy one. Full-frame seems to offer advantages that no cropped sensor camera can offer. The ability to get great photos in low light (the 5D still triumphs all non-full frame camera's on DxOmark's charts). Easy bokeh. And wide-angle shots, no crop! Am I being overly optimistic about this? How smart is buying a 5D in 2014? Here are some of my thoughts: As far as I can tell, the drawbacks aren't that bad. A CF card instead of SD card. It doesn't have a a pop-up flash. Viewing pictures back on-camera is a tad slow. Most likely I won't have any warranty, as I will be buying second hand. Not that many megapixels (I don't really care about this one). Slow AF (how slow, does anyone know how it compares to a, for example, 60D?). Some things I like about the 5D ...

Bart - asked
5 months ago


Bart, I think the idea of getting an original 5D as a stepping stone to full-frame photography is brilliant. I have recommended this to some student friends of mine. It takes absolutely brilliant images and the control of depth-of-field and wide angle capability are features that cropped-snsor cameras just can't match. I've seen these cameras for $400 to $500 on E-bay. It's amazing that this technology is can be had for the price of a decent point-and-shoot. The things I dislike about my 5D are  the somewhat narrow dynamic range and the propensity for dust on the sensor (so frequent cleaning required). Other than that, it will make beautiful images. Continue Reading

John Bohland answered
5 months ago

I completely agree.  I purchased a used 5d last year, I use it more now than my 7d.  Other than the issues noted above - lack of Windows drivers, and no MFA would be the only negatives I would add.  None of the negatives would prevent me from making the same decision right now.  It's a great low cost way to get the FF perspective! Continue Reading

Atoche answered
5 months ago

The 5D1 was always a great camera.  Needs a little more sensor cleaning possibly than newer cameras, but not a huge issue. If you're buying a second hand one, (well it would have to be second hand...) make sure you buy a CR2016 button battery (about £1.50) for the internal clock battery.  By now it would possibly be past it's best.  Easy to swap out and will keep the camera working for many more years. I had two 5D1's before selling one.  The other sits in a cupboard waiting for someone to buy it off me.  (REALLY need to learn how to sell things on eBay...) Continue Reading

leecamera answered
5 months ago


Black Rapid-style strap question

Does anyone know of a Black Rapid-style strap that doesn't use the tripod lug to connect the camera to the strap? I'm sure that makes attaching a camera to the strap more complicated, balance-wise, so I'm guessing that's why I haven't heard of one. I'm curious, though, because while I love the IDEA of the Black Rapid, the two things that deter me are A) the (sometimes) loosening up of the mounting lug, allowing the camera to fall from your hands when you think you're putting it down, and B) I've read that while the lug is strong enough to hold your camera up on a tripod, it shouldn't be used as a carrying point as it can bend/break/do other bad things. Any thoughts on this? I still have the crummy stock strap that came with my 600d (I know, sacriledge) but short of building my own frankenstein strap, I can't seem to quite find just the perfect solution. (Well, no, that's not true, I know I would love to have one of those backpack-style chest strap rig things, but my wife would ...

2 months ago


Yep, .......I've had a couple of the older BR straps which had problems with the tripod mount loosening or breaking and decided on the Op/Tech sling because it works the same but mounts to the strap lugs..........besides it was 1/2 the cost and was compatible with the other extensions and straps......... Continue Reading

Hank3152 answered
2 months ago

My thoughts on this are that I wouldn't recommend anyone carry around their equipment in a way that makes them uncomfortable, but I don't see a trend of BlackRapid-equipped cameras crashing to the ground. The point of the BlackRapid style strap is to have the camera hang down behind the hip with the lens pointing backward to provide good protection, quick access and reasonable comfort. I carry my D7100 (675g) and some heavy lenses (e.g. 590g 10mm) on a BlackRapid strap dangling from the connector screwed into the tripod socket. On the BlackRapid website they have videos that demonstrate how to attach the strap to the connector. The procedure includes a slight twist of the strap hook to ensure that the connector is firmly screwed down to the tripod socket. The procedure has become second nature to me and my connector does not become loose. BlackRapid also sells the Tether Kit which includes a supplementary attachment to one of the camera strap lugs. It would catch the camera in the ... Continue Reading

Gollan answered
2 months ago

I think I'm missing something, but I can't figure out how to post a reply that isn't specifically linked to another reply. But! Thanks, to everyone who has posted info! I definitely like that Op/Tech setup. I surely appreciate all the input, seeing as how my funds are limited and can't afford to buy a bunch of things and test them out myself. There's nothing like a pool of experienced people to reach out to for things like this. Speaking of, I need to go start a thread somewhere on my next (non-camera) question... Continue Reading

2 months ago


Night shooting w/Nikon D3300

Hello, so I just got a D3300 and went downtown to do some night shooting and to my chagrin I was unable to see a preview of exposure changes while in live view under normal shooting operation. Not to mention the fact that I can't change aperture settings while in live view, but I realize the hardware limitation there. I can switch to manual movie mode and that will show exposure changes but then it wont allow me to reduce down below a 1/30th shutter speed. My problem is that when shooting a dark subject I need to be able to see it in order to focus on it. The trick I found that helps is that I can switch to movie mode, and crank up the ISO, then digizoom in and focus, then turn the ISO back down to a reasonable level, turn the movie mode off so that I can now reduce the shutter speed down so that I can have proper exposure. However annoying that may be, it works... unless the subject is super dim. I was just trying to get a shot of my car in super dim light and even with the shutter ...

conradcliff asked
7 days ago


Right. Nikon don't do that. It's not really intended for use with live view. It has lousy live view. Use the viewfinder. Well, if the shutter speed is longer than 1/30th it won't be able to shoot 30 frames per second. It's too dark to see through the viewfinder? That seems like it's too dark to take a picture. Use the viewfinder. It's that window over the LCD display. Continue Reading

Leonard Migliore answered
7 days ago

Leonard, to my knowledge the viewfinder does not show exposure changes and therefore would not allow me to see my subject for focusing. And yes, I understand why it can't go below 1/30th in movie mode. I believe one of the reasons why I have the option of decreasing my shutter speed is to take photos of dimly lit subjects. I can take the same photo with my friends T3i so I don't know how you can definitively say that it's too dark to take a picture when you can't see it through the viewfinder. Why would you try to make rules that stifle creativity? Additionally, the digital zoom doesn't work with the viewfinder so getting crisp focus on distant subjects is more difficult, especially for a beginner like me. You're reply wasn't constructive in the least. Continue Reading

conradcliff answered
7 days ago

Leonard, to my knowledge the viewfinder does not show exposure changes and therefore would not allow me to see my subject for focusing. And yes, I understand why it can't go below 1/30th in movie mode. I believe one of the reasons why I have the option of decreasing my shutter speed is to take photos of dimly lit subjects. I can take the same photo with my friends T3i so I don't know how you can definitively say that it's too dark to take a picture when you can't see it through the viewfinder. Why would you try to make rules that stifle creativity? Additionally, the digital zoom doesn't work with the viewfinder so getting crisp focus on distant subjects is more difficult, especially for a beginner like me. You're reply wasn't constructive in the least. Hey? What if we started a petition to get Nikon to make a firmware update to show exposure changes in liveview apart from movie mode? That's a dumb idea isn't it? Continue Reading

conradcliff answered
7 days ago
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