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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
164 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x98x65 mm
 
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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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen size Significantly larger screen 2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Battery life Longer battery life 700 shots vs 500 shots
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40% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.50x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 755 ISO vs 719 ISO
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The T3 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution Higher true resolution 12.2 MP vs 10.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Lowest price Much cheaper $419.00 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $580 cheaper (2.4x less)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Lighter 459 g vs 502 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XS

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 164 ms vs 309 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Size Much smaller 126x98x65 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Color depth Better color depth 22 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Thickness Much thinner 2.6" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 22.2x14.8mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Weight Light weight Help
              T3:459 g
              Rebel XS:502 g
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3:720p @ 30fps
              Rebel XS:None
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              T3:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
              Rebel XS:APS-C 22.2x14.8mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3:12.2 MP
              Rebel XS:10.1 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              T3:2.7"
              Rebel XS:2.5"
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3:11 EV
              Rebel XS:10.9 EV
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3:6,400 ISO
              Rebel XS:1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
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              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3:0.54x
              Rebel XS:0.50x
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3:21.9 bits
              Rebel XS:22 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3:755 ISO
              Rebel XS:719 ISO

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $549 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $277 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 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 EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $674 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $695 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              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 EOS Digital Rebel XS Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS.

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