As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Canon Rebel T3 is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Canon Rebel T3's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T5 and the EOS Rebel T6) and Nikon (such as the D3200 and the D3100)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon T3 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 1500 ms) and has a slightly longer battery life (700 shots vs 440 shots).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 18 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
3 years newer
$337 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the T3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 18 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the T3)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and T3

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $337.37 vs $393.99

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
5 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the T3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the T3)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and T3

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Inexpensive: $299.00 vs $393.99

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
similar age

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the T3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the T3)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3i and T3

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
2 years newer
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the T3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the T3)

  • None found

common strengths of the SL1 and T3

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the T3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the T3)

  • None found

common strengths of the T2i and T3

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the T4i (vs the T3)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the T4i (vs the T3)

  • None found

common strengths of the T4i and T3

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon T3 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it lets you preview your photos on the screen, has much less startup delay (300 ms vs 500 ms), is newer (february 2011 vs september 2009), is slightly smaller (professional size (130×100×78 mm) vs professional size (147×113×74 mm)) and has a CMOS-family sensor (CMOS vs CCD).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.54x vs 0.62x) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 17.9 MP).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
2 years newer
$1,877 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the T3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots much faster: 7 fps vs 3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the T3)

  • Significantly heavier: 755 g vs 459 g

common strengths of the 70D and T3

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (130×100×78 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.69 vs $393.99

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
2 years newer
$949 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,275 - $1,799 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the T3)

  • Shoots much faster: 10 fps vs 3 fps
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7D Mark II (vs the T3)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (149×112×78 mm) vs Professional size (130×100×78 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 910 g vs 459 g

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and T3

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Inexpensive: $949.00 vs $393.99
  • Built-in flashes

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
1 year older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the T3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Shoots much faster: 8 fps vs 3 fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the T3)

  • Significantly heavier: 860 g vs 459 g

common strengths of the 7D and T3

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Professional size (130×100×78 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,099.00 vs $393.99

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
5 months older
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the T3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Shoots significantly faster: 5.3 fps vs 3 fps

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the T3)

  • Significantly heavier: 755 g vs 459 g

common strengths of the 60D and T3

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Professional size (130×100×78 mm)
  • Very inexpensive: $554.94 vs $393.99

Canon EOS 40D

Canon EOS 40D
3 years older
$1,800 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the T3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Shoots much faster: 6.5 fps vs 3 fps
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the T3)

  • Significantly heavier: 822 g vs 459 g

common strengths of the 40D and T3

  • Many lenses available: 220 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Fairly small: Professional size (146×108×74 mm) vs Professional size (130×100×78 mm)
  • Built-in flashes

Nikon D200

Nikon D200
5 years older
$332 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D200 (vs the T3)

  • Weather sealed
  • Shoots significantly faster: 5 fps vs 3 fps
  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the D200 (vs the T3)

  • No live view
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"
  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS

common strengths of the D200 and T3

  • Many lenses available: 230 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Very inexpensive: $332.24 vs $393.99
  • Built-in flashes

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon T3 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), much more lenses available (220 lenses vs 55 lenses), has a significantly longer battery life (700 shots vs 330 shots), focuses automatically (phase detection vs contrast detection) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 614k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (12.2 MP vs 20.1 MP).

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the T3)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the T3)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Slower autofocus: Contrast detection vs Phase detection
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and T3

  • Each has a built-in flash

Samsung NX210

Samsung NX210
1 year newer
$717 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NX210 (vs the T3)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Supports 24p
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the NX210 (vs the T3)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 55 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 700 shots

common strengths of the NX210 and T3

  • Inexpensive: $717.39 vs $393.99