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

Canon Rebel T3i vs Canon Rebel T3

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

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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differences

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
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 570 g
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Around 20% lighter
Size
Smaller
130×100×78 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$332.12 vs $478.99
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The best price we've seen is $147 cheaper (more than 30% 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
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
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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1 f-stop more dynamic range
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
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              T3$332.12
              T3i$478.99
              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%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T33 fps
              T3i3.7 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3309 ms
              T3i283 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T312.2 MP
              T3i17.9 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T311 EV
              T3i11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T30.54x
              T3i0.53x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T362.0
              T3i65.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T321.9 bits
              T3i22.1 bits
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T3720p @ 30fps
              T3i1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3755 ISO
              T3i793 ISO

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $482 - $649 body only

              $587 - $699 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $410 - $497 body only

              $489 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              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.