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 resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
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 - $899 body only

$889 - $1,019 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay More startup delay
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D


$1,269 - $1,399 body only

$1,699 - $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


$1,199 - $1,299 body only

$1,549 - $1,680 with 18-135mm lens

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

Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$304 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$456 - $649 body only

$529 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$389 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

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


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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.