Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3

41

Canon Rebel T3

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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
 

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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
700 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
130x100x78 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 570 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$389.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $110 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Better image quality
65.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
283 ms vs 309 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 22.3x14.9mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              T3:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
              T3i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Size Large Help
              T3:130x100x78 mm
              T3i:133x99x79 mm
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3:3 fps
              T3i:3.7 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3:309 ms
              T3i:283 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3:0.54x
              T3i:0.53x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3:11 EV
              T3i:11.5 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3:62.0
              T3i:65.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3:21.9 bits
              T3i:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3:755 ISO
              T3i:793 ISO

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $649 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3i.

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              Kaitlin (2:06 PM, July 22, 2014)
              Both the T3 and the T3i can be used with any of the EF or EF-S lenses.
               
              Avatar for Fox Whispers Fox Whispers (1:23 PM, July 15, 2014)
              Does anyone know if their lenses are interchangeable? Like if you get a lens that is for the T3i can you use it for the T3? Thanks.
               
              Nikki (2:37 PM, July 11, 2012)
              I've had the t3i for about a year now and I absolutely love it!! It's great for everyday use or for shooting sports, fireworks, concerts, and more! Wonderful camera.