Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D vs Canon Rebel T3i

Canon EOS 7D


Canon Rebel T3i



Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i.
Explore our gallery of 43 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 7D.


Canon EOS 7D Competitors

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D


$799 - $999 body only

$1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D


$1,230 - $1,399 body only

$1,799 with 24-105mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II


$1,340 - $1,499 body only

$1,649 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$482 - $649 body only

$579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$289 body only

$379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out


Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
More than 10% higher resolution screen
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 22 bits
Almost the same
Significantly lighter
570 g vs 860 g
More than 30% lighter
133×100×80 mm vs 148×111×74 mm
More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$459.00 vs $799.00
The best price we've seen is $340 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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the Canon T3i

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1500 ms
3.7x less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
8 fps vs 3.7 fps
More than 2x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
131 ms vs 283 ms
2.2x less delay when taking photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
Sealed to shoot in the rain
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.62x vs 0.53x
Around 40% larger viewfinder
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 1
Grab focus in difficult situations
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.5 EV
0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life
Longer battery life
800 shots vs 440 shots
More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 9
Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
66.0 vs 65.0
Almost the same
2.9" vs 3.1"
Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
2x faster max shutter speed
Canon EOS 7D Learn more about
the Canon 7D


Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3i11.5 EV
              7D11.7 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3i22.1 bits
              7D22 bits
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i793 ISO
              7D854 ISO




              Canon EOS 7D Canon Rebel T3i
              Canon EOS 7D Canon Rebel T3i
              Canon EOS 7D Canon Rebel T3i


              Canon EOS 7D
              EOS 7D

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              Canon Rebel T3i
              Rebel T3i

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              Showing 13 comments

              Randy (4:56 PM, July 15, 2013)
              Don't think T3i has buit-in focus motor!!
              Antonio Pedroso (11:54 PM, March 24, 2012)
              Hi there, i love your comparison!But I can help you with more information.
              I already had the both cameras. Now I got a 7d.
              But my reason to change was that the t3i when pluged in a HDMI external monitor through its mini hdmi output, shows the image as is:
              when previewing, its full hd output. When recording  shows only an SD image on the hdmi output.When playing it show full hd hdmi output.
              But when using the 7d , it shows all the time the ful hd hdmi output without change never the size of the image when doing play, rec or preview.
              But what I like in t3i is that it has the control to turn off the hell AGC audio, that 7d does not have ( i hate them because of this).
              I really dont know why the canon does a god job in some cameras and a shit in anothers.
              That's all folks that I had to tell.

              Antonio Pedroso
              Fioremomma (4:26 PM, February 03, 2012)
              I didn't find the format confusing but could be to others. Great review, Im depending on this site to make my purchase.
              Diego (6:22 PM, January 15, 2012)
              You say that neither 7D or T3i has weather sealed and the 7D it does have it.
              Agray (4:10 PM, December 23, 2011)
              Your comparison review is perfectly on-point statistically and cogently presented in visually literate layout. Any comments to the contrary reflect flaws in the commentor, as you so deftly and kindly point out. Your review fundamentally confirmed my decision and contributed significantly to my feeling of confidence and satisfaction; both before and after my purchase of the T3i. Thank you kindly.
              Mike (1:32 AM, November 21, 2011)
              This comparison is great, thanks!
              skyfox (5:44 PM, September 24, 2011)
              this review was super, uber helpful
              JC Hambone (10:07 PM, September 04, 2011)
              Great review
              Good Job!
              FatalityBySponge (9:24 PM, July 26, 2011)
              The format was just confusing. I would suggest in future comparison, to not switch the columns back and forth. Keep one camera in column 2 and the other in column 1. Thanks for the review, though! Very helpful!
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:14 PM, May 20, 2011)
              Hey Hawkeye, is there something specific we have wrong. I have compared our specs to Canon's website and it looks correct. 

              Thanks again.
              Hawkeye245 (0:17 AM, May 20, 2011)
              Your information about the t3i and the 7d incorrect, I would suggest looking the cameras up again and fixing your specs.
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:42 PM, April 05, 2011)
              Hi Sylvain, I think you misinterpreted the page, the page shows that the 7D has a 1/8000s shutter speed and shoots at 8fps. You can confirm this on our Canon 7D specs page.
              Sylvain (4:01 AM, April 05, 2011)
              You should be careful. You're providing wrong and confusing information. For instance the 1/8000s is for the 7D and not the T3i. Same for the 8 fps.