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

4.69231 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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  • EOS Rebel T3i Body
  • Lens kit includes EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Type II Lens OR EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
  • Eyecup Ef
  • Wide Strap EW-100DBIII
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
  • Battery Pack LP-E8
  • Battery Charger LC-E8E
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk
  • Instruction Manuals
  • "Great Photography is Easy" and "Do More with Macro" Booklet

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Warranty Information

"Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Canon Canada Inc. (collectively "Canon") warrant to the original end‐user purchaser, when delivered in new condition in its original container, that the Product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. Product returned to a Canon repair facility and proven to be defective upon inspection will, at Canon’s sole discretion and without charge, be (a) repaired utilizing new, remanufactured, repaired and/or recycled parts; (b) exchanged for a new Product or; (c) exchanged for a refurbished Product, as determined by the Canon repair facility. Warranty exchange or replacement does not extend the original warranty period of the Product. "

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