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Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Canon EOS Rebel T3i is an entry-level DSLR camera that can allow amateur photographers to become accustomed to the size, features and controls of a digital SLR. It captures still images in both JPEG and RAW formats, and records 1080p full-HD video with zoom. The Video Snapshot feature lets the user record short video bursts of up to eight seconds.

The T3i includes an articulating LCD screen that flips to the side and rotates up to 170 degrees. There's a built-in, pop-up flash in addition to the hot shoe (outlet) for an optional external flash.

Prices For T3i, Body Only or With One Lens

(Prices as of 12/14/2012)
T3i        One-lens kit One-lens kit Source
(Body only)   (18-55mm zoom lens)   (18-135mm zoom lens)  
$600$600$800Best Buy
$600$600$768B&H Photo Video

Prices For Two Lenses, With 18-55mm Zoom Lens

(Prices as of 12/14/2012)
Two-lens kit Two-lens kit Two-lens bundle Two-lens kit Source
(18-55mm & 75-300mm lenses)   (18-55mm & 55-250mm lenses)   (18-55mm zoom & 55-250mm zoom lenses, 8GB or 16GB memory card, bag)   (18-55mm & 75-300mm lenses)  
$700$749$799$750Best Buy

Prices For Two Lenses, With 18-135mm Zoom Lenses

(Prices as of 12/14/2012)
Two-lens kit Two-lens kit Source
(18-135mm & 75-300mm lenses)   (18-135mm & 55-250mm lenses)  
$900$950Best Buy

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
$50-$70Replacement battery pack (charger $60)
$135-$220Battery grip
$1,400-$1,600Underwater housing (to 200')


DimensionsHeight: 3.9"
Width: 5.2"
Depth: 3.1"
Weight18.2 oz. (body only)
Included in BoxEyecup, strap, USB cable, AV cable, battery, battery charger, software (EOS Digital Solution), photography booklets
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels18 MP
Sensor22.3mmx14.9mm (APS-C size) CMOS sensor
ViewfinderEye-level optical SLR viewfinder (with fixed pentamirror)
MonitorVari-angle (folds out and rotates 170 degrees) 3" TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor (about 1.040 million dots)
Video1080p Full HD video recording at 30, 24 and 25 frames per second, with zoom and video snapshot
FlashBuilt-in, auto pop-up flash, recycling time about 3 seconds; hot shoe (outlet) for optional external flash
Shutter Speed30 seconds to 1/4000 second
SensitivityAuto, ISO 100-6400 (in whole-stop increments), expandable to 12800
Exposure ModesProgram AE (shiftable), shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, automatic depth-of-field, scene intelligent auto, flash off, creative auto, programmed modes, E-TTL II autoflash, program AE
Continuous ShootingAbout 3.7 frames per second, up to 34 images in JPEG or 6 in RAW
Compatible LensesCanon EF lenses including EF-S lenses
BatteriesRechargeable battery pack; battery life varies depending on type and number of batteries used and shooting methods
Other FeaturesRecords still images in JPEG and RAW formats
10 picture styles (auto, standard, portrait, landscape, neutral, 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. EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II standard zoom lens$200
2. EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II telephoto zoom lens$300
3. EF 35mm f/2 wide-angle lens$320
4. EF 50mm f/1.4 USM AF standard (portrait) lens$400
5. EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS standard zoom lens$500
6. EF 8-15mm f/4L fisheye USM ultra-wide zoom$1,500
7. EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens$2,500
8. EF 200mm f/2L IS USM telephoto lens$6,000
(List as of 12/14/2012)

What People Are Saying:

Critics generally like the image quality and performance of the Canon EOS Rebel T3i, but say it can be too slow for action shots and that it is not as fast as it predecessor, the less-expensive T2i. A top seller at many retailers, the T3i is on lists of the best digital SLR cameras at CNET, PC Mag and The T3i was named a Best Buy at Consumer Reports, which rates the viewfinder as excellent and the image quality, flash photos, video quality, ease of use and LCD quality as very good.
  • CNET: "For the money, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a great choice for dSLR videographers--though the cheaper T2i can still suffice if you don't need the articulated LCD--and it's a solid choice for creative still shooters. But though the image quality and general shooting performance are top-notch, if you're upgrading to capture sports, kids, or pets, the T3i may not be able to keep up.
  • "The Canon Rebel T3i is a good midrange digital SLR, but its relatively soft kit lens and sluggish Live View mode keep it from being a worthy upgrade to the T2i, which beats the T3i in every major testing category. Since the Live View mode is painfully slow, the flip-out LCD, the only notable upgrade over the T3i, fails to justify the $100 premium."
  • "You can build an entire system around the T3i by purchasing additional lenses, but we encountered no problems handling common shooting situations with the kit 18-135mm zoom lens. For about $1,200, you can have a versatile camera/lens combination that would serve most hobbyists quite well."