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Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Canon EOS Rebel T3 is a basic digital SLR with full auto and manual controls at an entry-level price. Introduced in 2011, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles (and megapixels) of its linemate the EOS Rebel T3i or the more recently released EOS Rebel T4i, but the T3's lower price reflects its just-the-basics approach.

The T3 captures still images in JPEG and RAW formats, and records 720p full-HD video for up to about 17 minutes of continuous shooting -- again, not the 1080p video on the T3i and T4i models, but still respectable and possibly enough for casual shooters wanting to move up to a digital SLR camera without breaking the budget.

Prices For Rebel T3 With One Lens

(Prices as of 01/8/2013)
One-lens kit One-lens bundle One-lens bundle Source
(18-55mm18-55mm IS II lens)   (18-55mm lens, 4GB or 8GB memory card, gadget bag, & more)   (18-55mm lens, 16GB memory card, gadget bag, & more)  
$430Best Buy
$429$489$488B&H Photo Video
$479$524Adorama Camera

Prices For Rebel T2 With Two Lenses

(Prices as of 01/8/2013)
Two-lens kit Two-lens kit Two-lens kit Two-lens bundle Source
(18-55mm & 75-300mm lenses)   (18-55mm & 75-300mm lenses, 8GB SDHC card, backpack)   (18-55mm & 55-250mm lenses)   (18-55mm & 55-250mm lenses, 8GB SDHC card, backpack)  
$580$650$630$700Best Buy
$579$630Adorama Camera

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$25-$75Replacement battery
$20-$80Replacement battery charger
$70-$500+Optional external flash attachment


DimensionsHeight: 3.9"
Width: 5.1"
Depth: 3.1"
Weight17.4 oz. (body only)
Included in BoxBattery pack, battery charger, wide strap, eyecup, interface cable, software (EOS Digital Solution)
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, Eye-Fi card
Megapixels12.2 MP
Sensor22.2mmx14.8mm (APS-C size) CMOS sensor
ViewfinderEye-level SLR optical viewfinder with fixed pentamirror
Monitor2.7" TFT liquid-crystal LCD monitor (about 230k dots), with seven levels brightness control
Video720p full-HD video recording at 25-30 frames per second; about 17 minutes continuous recording time
FlashAuto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentaprism; recycling time about 2 seconds; hot shoe (outlet) for optional external TTL autoflash
Shutter Speed30 seconds to 1/4000, bulb, settable in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments
SensitivityISO 100-6400 in whole-stop increments
Exposure ModesProgram (shiftable), shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, automatic depth-of-field, full auto, flash off, creative auto, program AE with ambience selection, autoflash
Continuous ShootingAbout 3 frames per second in JPEG format; about 2 fps in RAW; about 0.8 fps in RAW+JPEG
Compatible LensesCanon EF and EF-S lenses (Canon EF mount)
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery pack; battery life varies depending on settings and conditions
Other FeaturesStill images recorded in JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG formats
About 0.1 second start-up time
7 picture styles (standard, portrait, landscape, faithful, monochrome, user defined 1-3)
2-second or 10-second self-timer delay
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at

Sample Lenses

1. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II standard autofocus lens$110-$125
2. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II standard zoom lens$200
3. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II telephoto lens$247-$299
4. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM standard autofocus lens$329-$400
5. Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro USM lens$410-$470
6. Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX ultra wide angle, short zoom autofocus lens$599
7. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM telephoto lens$650
(List as of 01/8/2013)

What People Are Saying:

Most critics like the image and video quality on the Canon EOS Rebel T3, but many say it's good but it's not the best entry-level DSLR available. However, Consumer Reports named it a Best Buy in 2012, calling its viewfinder excellent and rating it very good for image and video quality, flash photos and ease of use, but only good (a relatively mediocre ranking) for LCD quality.
  • CNET: "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."
  • "(T)he Canon T3 offers good image quality, a friendly design, and excellent battery life. Although its burst-shooting capabilities don't match the best-in-class, and has a few omissions such as dust removal and spot metering, these are fairly easy to overlook given the entry-level pricetag. In all, a fairly easy recommendation for the first-time SLR buyer."
  • "Pros: Very fast. Good low-light performance. Cons: Body feels underbuilt. Similarly priced Micro Four Thirds cameras offer better performance in smaller bodies. Live View LCD suffers from painfully slow focus. Poor focusing in movie mode. Bottom line: The Canon EOS Rebel T3 is a decent entry-level D-SLR, but spending just a little more can get you a better-performing compact interchangeable lens camera with a smaller build."