Canon Rebel SL1 vs Canon Rebel T3

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Canon Rebel SL1

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Canon Rebel T3

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Weight
Light-weight
459 g

Items often bought with the SL1 or T3

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SL1

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4.5x higher resolution screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
843 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The SL1 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Much smaller
117×91×69 mm vs 130×100×78 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
264 ms vs 309 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Thickness
Much thinner
2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SL1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
63.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
407 g vs 459 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
700 shots vs 380 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
21.9 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Lowest price
Cheaper
$332.12 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $67 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Weight Light weight Help
              SL1407 g
              T3459 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SL1$399.00
              T3$332.12
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SL14 fps
              T33 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SL117.9 MP
              T312.2 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SL1264 ms
              T3309 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SL112,800 ISO
              T36,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              SL111.3 EV
              T311 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              SL121.8 bits
              T321.9 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SL163.0
              T362.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.54x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              SL11080p @ 30fps
              T3720p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1843 ISO
              T3755 ISO

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              competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel SL1.

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3.

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