Canon Rebel T3 vs Canon EOS 20D

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Canon Rebel T3

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Canon EOS 20D

29

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Great battery life
Battery life
700 shots
Light-weight
Weight
459 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 20D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.56x
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
5 fps
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size
Much larger screen
2.7" vs 1.8"
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50% larger screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 8.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
230k dots vs 118k dots
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More than 90% higher resolution screen
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$332.12 vs $942.01
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The best price we've seen is $610 cheaper (2.8x less)
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
755 ISO vs 721 ISO
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The T3 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Weight
Much lighter
459 g vs 770 g
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More than 40% lighter
Size
Smaller
130×100×78 mm vs 144×106×72 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Canon 20D

Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.56x vs 0.54x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
              220 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3720p @ 30fps
              20DNone
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T312.2 MP
              20D8.2 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              T3230k dots
              20D118k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              T32.7"
              20D1.8"
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T36,400 ISO
              20D1,600 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              21.9 bits
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              62.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3755 ISO
              20D721 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Canon EOS 20D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 30D

              Canon EOS 30D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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