As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Canon Rebel T3i is also often compared to pro DSLRs and mirrorless. The Canon Rebel T3i's top rivals come from Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the Rebel T5i) and Nikon (such as the D5100 and the D90)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

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 T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and T3i

  • None found

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
2 years newer
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the T5i and T3i

  • None found

Canon Rebel SL1

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

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the SL1 and T3i

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T5

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

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and T3i

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
4 years newer
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the T6i and T3i

  • None found

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
similar age
$394 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the T3 and T3i

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Canon EOS 60D

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

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the 60D and T3i

  • None found

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
1 year newer
$999 - $1,499 (body only)
$1,330 - $1,899 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the 6D and T3i

  • None found

Canon EOS 40D

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

Significant advantages of the 40D (vs the T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 40D (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the 40D and T3i

  • None found

Nikon D700

Nikon D700
2 years older
$1,591 (body only)
$2,277 24-85mm lens

Significant advantages of the D700 (vs the T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D700 (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the D700 and T3i

  • None found

Canon EOS 50D

Canon EOS 50D
2 years older
$532 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 50D (vs the T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 50D (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the 50D and T3i

  • None found

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 T3i)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the T3i)

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D and T3i

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon T3i compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (1,040k dots vs 921k dots), has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has a screen which flips out, has an external mic jack and much more lenses available (220 lenses vs 13 lenses).

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.3"), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.53x vs 0.70x), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
3 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the T3i)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.70x vs 0.53x

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the T3i)

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

common strengths of the A6000 and T3i

  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)

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7 years newer

Significant advantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the T3i)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 51,200 ISO vs 6,400 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) (vs the T3i)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Shorter battery life: 235 shots vs 440 shots

common strengths of the EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M) and T3i

  • Both use faster phase detection autofocus: Phase detection vs Phase detection
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Each has a built-in flash

Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300
1 year newer
$699 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX300 (vs the T3i)

  • Much larger screen: 3.3" vs 3"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has an OLED screen: OLED vs LCD

Significant disadvantages of the NX300 (vs the T3i)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 55 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 768k dots vs 1,040k dots

common strengths of the NX300 and T3i

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-GM5 (vs the T3i)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Much smaller: Compact (99×60×36 mm) vs Professional size (133×100×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GM5 (vs the T3i)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 108 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the DMC-GM5 and T3i

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
1 year newer
$469 - $629 (body only)
$649 - $749 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the T3i)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Much smaller: Compact (109×66×32 mm) vs Professional size (133×100×80 mm)
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 3.1"

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the T3i)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the EOS M and T3i

  • Have external mic jacks

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
1 year newer
$606 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-6 (vs the T3i)

  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.71x vs 0.53x
  • Significantly smaller: Mid size (120×67×43 mm) vs Professional size (133×100×80 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-6 (vs the T3i)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 220 lenses
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Slower autofocus: Hybrid detection vs Phase detection

common strengths of the NEX-6 and T3i

  • Each has a built-in flash