Updated (May, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

Canon Rebel T3i vs Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 127x94x64 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

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Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i. Explore our gallery of 24 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT.

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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 115k dots
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More than 9x higher resolution 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
Much higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 637 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Overall image quality
Better image quality
65.0 vs 60.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.53x vs 0.49x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 2.8 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$519.00 vs $999.95
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The best price we've seen is $481 cheaper (around 50% less)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The T3i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Canon Rebel XT

Size
Much smaller
127x94x64 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3.1"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
540 g vs 570 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              T3i12,800 ISO
              Rebel XTNone
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i3.7 fps
              Rebel XT2.8 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3i17.9 MP
              Rebel XT8 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3i6,400 ISO
              Rebel XT1,600 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T3i11.5 EV
              Rebel XT10.8 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i0.53x
              Rebel XT0.49x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3i65.0
              Rebel XT60.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3i22.1 bits
              Rebel XT21.8 bits
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              T3i1080p @ 30fps
              Rebel XTNone
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i793 ISO
              Rebel XT637 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $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 significantly larger
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $525 body only

              $630 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Color depth Better color depth
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Live view Has live view
              Size Larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker

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