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

Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i

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Canon Rebel T1i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

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

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T1i

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 20fps
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 129x98x62 mm
 
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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 Higher 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 Much cheaper $199.95 vs $744.99
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The best price we've seen is $545 cheaper (3.7x less)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The T3i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 440 shots vs 400 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3.7 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
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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 Significantly less shutter lag 159 ms vs 283 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Size Much smaller 129x98x62 mm vs 133x99x79 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 Common Weaknesses
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              T3i:3.7 fps
              T1i:3.4 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              T3i:440 shots
              T1i:400 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T3i:6,400 ISO
              T1i:3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T3i:0.53x
              T1i:0.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T3i:65.0
              T1i:63.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T3i:22.1 bits
              T1i:21.7 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i:793 ISO
              T1i:663 ISO
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              T3i:1080p @ 30fps
              T1i:1080p @ 20fps

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $477 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 Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $670 body only

              $485 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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

              Canon EOS Rebel T1i Competitors

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

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