Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens

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69% Tried & Tested
The T3 shows that in the entry-level bracket, good ergonomics and a thought-out user interface can be more important than some additional bells and whistles.”

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Key Features

  • 12MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Up to 3 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 9-point AF system
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 720p HD video recording
  • 2.7-inch LCD with 230,000 dots
  • Eye-fi wireless SD card compatible menu options
  • Basic+ control menu
  • Q-menu for access to frequently-used settings

Product Description

The Canon EOS Rebel T3 is a solid entry-level DSLR with a price that will please the budget-conscious. A 12MP CMOS sensor produces images with natural color and good detail. Video recording is available at 720p HD resolution, and the T3 inherits a 63-zone color-sensitive metering system from the Canon EOS 7D. The EOS T3 is also outfitted with a 2.7-inch, 230,000 dot LCD. Beginners will like the Basic+ control menu, while more advanced shooters will appreciate the T3's manual controls and customization options. Frequently accessed settings are available through the camera's Q-menu, and shooters of all skill levels will find their way around the T3's interface quickly.


Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 4272 x 2848
Other resolutions 3088 x 2056, 2256 x 1504, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 13 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.2 x 14.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 4
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
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 No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 9
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.8×
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 9.20 m
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, E-TTL II)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Continuous drive 3 fps
Self-timer Yes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • 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 images at -/+ 3 steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (29.97, 25 fps)
Format H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone Stereo
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (E3 connector)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 700
Weight (inc. batteries) 495 g (1.09 lb / 17.46 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 100 x 78 mm (5.12 x 3.94 x 3.07)
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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Tried & Tested
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69 %
Overall Score

The Canon EOS 1100D is a solid entry-level performer, but doesn't offer anything out of the ordinary. The image quality is decent, it's easy to use and beginners will find their way around the user interface pretty quickly. However, competition in the entry-level market is fierce and it is worth having a closer look at other options as well.

Good For

Beginners who want a solid entry-level camera for general photography

Not So Good For

Photographers who focus on video, extreme low light photography or anything that requires fast continuous shooting

User Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
  • july62, Apr 25, 2012 GMT:

    It is a very shame for dpreview to give it %69 rating just because of i think it's plastic look with no rubberrized grip. I also think dpreview does not take into account its own studio test shot under "studio shots comparision" section where many brands being compared each other under same studio test shot and i can deffinately say that 1100D is the BEST re picture quality (high contrast,sharpness,colour accuracy and ISO performance) compared to many other brands and models based on my ...

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  • SpaceSnail, Feb 23, 2012 GMT:
    My first DSLR

    Amazing value. The kit lense was great for learning how to use all the settings, and when combined with more specific use lenses gives stunning results. Bracketing function is useful, as is setting the timer for a series of auto-shots. Also when using live-view to take a phone, you can digitally zoom in. This helps adjusting manual focus, to give pin-point accuracy for shalllow field depths. Video recording very useful, and powerful tool with a DSL, and this camera gives great results. Partic ...

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  • Oussouye, Dec 22, 2011 GMT:
    An amazing powerfull and lovely camera for Photographers and Pictures lovers

    I use video just for the fun. About photography, I use only Raw format, then and only if needed I could make a PNG, JPEG, or any formats. I don't use camera for sport or Formula (under zero) 1 pictures . What I like: - Light camera but full of gifts - Manual, Av, TV modes. ( but all canon DSLR offer that) - All the back buttons to one side ( the right one). Once right hand hold this camera lets your left hand free to control the lens or do anything else. - Accepting all Eos lenses ( all ...

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  • vbess, Oct 30, 2011 GMT:
    Excellent Beginner DSLR

    This is an Excellent choice for someone who is learning or wants to learn the In's & Out's of a DSLR. It takes excellent pictures and the controls are very easy. If one is learning ISO/WB/Apeture & ShutterSpeed this is the camera for you. The body is nice and sleek with a great look. Its a shame DP gave it a 69% all because of the body design. But they did give it good reviews on the camera's tech and at 12mp that is more then enough. Again if your are planning one using a PRO DSLR or a more ...

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Questions & Answers


SD card vs Micro-SD w/ adapter‏

Are there major differences between the two assuming the camera card slot is for SD/SDHC/SDXC? (aside from the form/size factor of course) SD form or MicroSD form for a camera fitted with an SD slot? I see that there are more options for micro-SDs in stores nowadays - usually fitted with SD-form adapters. Would the performance of the adapted micro-SD card be the same as an SD card assuming both are of the same class and speed rating? Any foreseeable risks involved in using adapted micro-SDs?

mgco asked
1 year ago


Need to make sure that the adapter is not going to be a bottleneck. It seems like you might be safe if the adapter comes with the card and the manufacturer rates the whole package for a given speed, but you need to read carefully too! Reading a few reviews would be good too. Continue Reading

daroga answered
1 year ago

As far as I can tell, the adapter is only a piece of plastic with connectors to fit the micro card into a bigger slot. Should be no impact on performance. Using a micro card, however, will mean you will be at a greater risk of losing it :) Continue Reading

Aruta answered
1 year ago

If you leave the micro-SD card in the adapter there really isn't any greater chance of losing it. The one concern I have about using the micro-SD card in an adapter is the adapter is a possible failure point. I have a micro-SD card and adapter that I use in my D5100, and so far I have not had any issues with it. The underlying electronic components are the same no matter what, it is just a different package. Continue Reading

GeoffH answered
1 year ago


Which zoom lens with macro function do you recommend?

Hi There, I'm relatively new to the digital SLR world. I have a Canon Rebel T3 and am currently using the kit lens. I would like to purchase a zoom lens with a greater zoom capacity and a macro function. Which lens would you recommend?

Tegan asked
1 year ago


You can also add a Raynox DCR250 snap-on lens. It sells for less than $100 and will work with almost any lens. Here's a picture I took of a wine glass refracting one of my son's cups from behind it: I shot it with my old Canon XTi and 18-55mm kit lens. The nice thing about the Raynox is it's a minimal investment, and still gives you an idea if you really want to pursue macros more thoroughly or not. If you find you like it, you can always purchase a more expensive macro lens. Continue Reading

AndraM answered
1 year ago

Canon 24-70 f/4 L IS. Or put another way: what's your budget? Continue Reading

Philip Kendall answered
1 year ago

I've never heard of this lens before.  This might be a fun purchase to do some real macro photography someday. Continue Reading

Hoogineer answered
1 year ago


Canon 28mm f/1.8 USM vs Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 !!!

Hi everyone! I've had the Canon EOS 1100D for a while and have been using the Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens that came with it. I wasn't happy with the performance and image quality. I was fed up with having to go up to higher ISO settings to achieve desired exposure when taking photos indoor. So I decided to upgrade to a faster lens. I recently bought the Canon EF 28mm f1.8 USM and started taking test photos right away and comparing them with my previous lens, but the results are very disappointing. My question is, isn't a faster lens supposed to achieve the same exposure using faster speed shutter while other settings are unchanged? Why is my fast prime lens performing no better than my previous 18-55 and sometimes even worse, when comparing the images taken with same settings?! Even the sharpness of the images doesn't improve at all using the new lens! here are some samples I took. all taken indoor and photos are cropped: compare exposure and sharpness compare exposure and sharpness aut ...

light house asked
23 days ago


I also recently bought 28mm 1.8 as a level up from my kit 18-55. After very similar testing as described in the post I encountered the same result and could not find the difference when using the 28mm. Bokeh is better with wider aperture of 28mm and build quality noticeably better but I use my prime 85mm for portraits so this lens doesn't really bring much value to me comparing to 18-55. Continue Reading

irek02 answered
7 days ago


  • EOS Rebel T3 Body
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Type II Lens
  • Eyecup Ef
  • Wide Strap EW-200DB
  • Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • Battery Pack LP-E10
  • Battery Charger LC-E10
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk
  • Instruction Manuals
  • "Great Photography is Easy" and "Do More with Macro" Booklets

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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