Canon Rebel T2i vs Canon Rebel T3

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Canon Rebel T3

40

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
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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Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
700 shots vs 440 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$339.00 vs $898.00
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The best price we've seen is $559 cheaper (2.6x less)
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Weight
Lighter
459 g vs 530 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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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
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 62.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
252 ms vs 309 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Size
Significantly smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 130×100×78 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
784 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The T2i has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              T3300 ms
              T2i400 ms
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              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
              T2i3.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T312.2 MP
              T2i17.9 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3309 ms
              T2i252 ms
              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
              T2i11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T362.0
              T2i66.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T321.9 bits
              T2i22.1 bits
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              T3720p @ 30fps
              T2i1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3755 ISO
              T2i784 ISO

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              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 significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              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
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

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

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

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