Summary Canon T3

Prices Price
Body only $290 - $370 With 18-55mm lens $399 - $499
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Within its price range #n/a of 1 Among similar cameras #n/a of 14
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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size Help APS-C 22.2x14.7mm Screen resolution Help 230k dots
Megapixels Help 12.2 MP Movie format Help 720p @ 30fps
Screen size Help 2.7" Light sensitivity Help 6,400 ISO
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Also known as: Canon EOS 1100D

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Pros

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The Canon T3 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Lens availability More lenses available Help
197 lenses
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$289.95
Startup delay Short startup delay Help
300 ms startup delay
Weight Light Help
459 g

Cons

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The Canon T3 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Screen size Very small screen Help
2.7"
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
3 fps
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Autofocus Manual focus only Help
None
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Shutter lag Longer shutter lag Help
309 ms shutter lag
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
1
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
95%
Thickness Thick Help
3.1"
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
755 ISO
Overall image quality Very low overall image quality Help
62.0
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Color depth Less color depth Help
21.9 bits
Dynamic range Very narrow dynamic range Help
11 EV
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
0.54x
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
9
Sensor size Very small sensor Help
APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
Announced Old Help
February, 2011
Size Slightly large Help
Professional size 130x100x78 mm
Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor Help
May require cleaning

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Avatar for CHAP CHAP (3:48 PM, March 29, 2014)
What*
 
cyens (2:33 AM, February 22, 2014)
I love this camera, its very well made and takes very nice pictures!
 
Ali (1:23 PM, September 22, 2013)
I don't know that much about cameras, but I'd assume you'd want something with image stabilization and very little shutter lag.
 
Avatar for Sophia Ballin Sophia Ballin (0:40 AM, March 11, 2013)
I was wondering if the canon rebel t3 can use lenses from the canon rebel t3i ?
 
Dez (8:56 PM, February 23, 2013)
I am debating on buying the canon rebel t3 or Fujifilm finepix hs25exr. Does anyone have any advice on which one to go with? I have a 1 year old and 2 year old so I'd like something that would be great for capturing children.
 
Randy (1:46 AM, February 02, 2012)
try another memory card
 
Randy (1:41 AM, February 02, 2012)
Great camera for the price had it for about 4 months now shot over 3 thousands pictures with-out any problems, just keep a lens on it to keep the sensor clean and if it needs to be there's a very easy instructions in your manual to do it your self or take it to best-buy.
 
Avatar for juliekwak juliekwak (6:54 AM, January 29, 2012)
it does indeed, especially paired with the 50mm f/1.8 ("nifty fifty") :)
 
Bob Fisher (0:56 AM, January 23, 2012)
Probably not, unless you plan on shooting in dusty/dirty conditions it isn't too big of a deal. 
 
Josifarmer96 (2:42 AM, January 17, 2012)
I am debating buying this camera as my first personal DSLR camera. Is the lack of a self- cleaning sensor really that much of a con? Should I spend more  money on a camera that does have one? 
 
Photoguy32 (5:29 AM, January 07, 2012)
I Have this camera and did alot of research on it before I bought it and found that alot of things on the internet talk about how bad it is when actually it is a very well made camera. It is worth the money and produces great photos. If anyone is looking for a good camera thats easy to use I would highly recomend this camera.
 
Avatar for Steven Suarez Steven Suarez (6:20 PM, November 08, 2011)
Amazing camera!!! I love it!
 
Julianshnayder34 (4:45 AM, August 30, 2011)
I have a question, do you think it would be worth it to sell my Canon T3 and buy a used 40D that just had its shutter replaced? The things that worry me is how it will fit in my hand, and the cropping difference between this camera and that one. How much better is the picture quality truly on the 40D? Also how much cropping will I lose going from 12.2 mp to 10.1? Thank you for any clarification.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:55 PM, August 28, 2011)
The Canon T3 specs are updated now.
 
Avatar for Julian Shnayder Julian Shnayder (4:24 PM, August 28, 2011)
That is good to know for my own personal information as well, because now there is no question that I have to use blowers to clean the dust of the sensor, but I will not attempt any more drastic means like swabbing.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:17 PM, August 28, 2011)
Hi Darth, yes the T3 does accept EF and EF-S lenses, we include both when we display the # of lenses available.  Lack of image stabilization is listed as a con because DSLRs from Sony and Pentax (for example) include in-body image stabilization which means you get IS with all lenses.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:16 PM, August 28, 2011)
Hi Julian, good catch, it looks like according to Canon that the T3 lacks the automatic sensor cleaning that the T3i has (for example), we'll get the specs updated.
 
Avatar for Julian Shnayder Julian Shnayder (2:47 PM, August 28, 2011)
I keep reading from various sites as well as the manual for the camera that it does not have a self cleaning sensor. Yet for various versus against other cameras your site states that it does, I would appreciate if that was checked out, Thank you.
 
Tycus1supreme (7:22 AM, August 14, 2011)
in comparison to the canon sx30 is, i thought it would get greater rate but it didn't! This camera is smaller and lighter and even though it doesn't have flip-out screen or an image stabilizer it has a WAY bigger sensor and higher true pixels., with the correct settings you wouldn't need the UltraSonic Image Stabilizer... 
 
Avatar for darth laidher darth laidher (8:34 PM, August 04, 2011)
just going over the specs, it says  that the T3  accepts EF lenses which is true but it also accepts EF-S lenses. Also why lable no image stabilization a con?? a lot if not most canon lenses come with image stabilization so IMO that should not be considered a con.
 
Avatar for darth laidher darth laidher (8:14 PM, August 04, 2011)
I own this camera and it takes great pictures. 
 
bigheug (1:35 AM, July 10, 2011)
i took some pics and i went back to view them and they were not there...any ideas why its not saving all of them.
 
Thebeast (5:41 PM, April 24, 2011)
its actually a very good camera... despite all the internet criticism
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:34 PM, March 26, 2011)
How do you mean it doesn't work?
 
Timmyome67 (4:23 PM, March 26, 2011)
bad camera . dosent work