Updated (May 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3i vs Canon Rebel T1i

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

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differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 20fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but T3i does so at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
65.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$478.99 vs $825.00
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The best price we've seen is $346 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.7 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
440 shots vs 400 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Canon T1i

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 1500 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
159 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size
Much smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
520 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
              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%
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i3.7 fps
              T1i3.4 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3i6,400 ISO
              T1i3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              T3i17.9 MP
              T1i15.1 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T3i440 shots
              T1i400 shots
              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
              11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i0.53x
              T1i0.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3i65.0
              T1i63.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3i22.1 bits
              T1i21.7 bits
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              T3i1080p @ 30fps
              T1i1080p @ 20fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i793 ISO
              T1i663 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $589 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 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
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 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 slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3i.

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T1i.

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