Canon Rebel T2i vs Canon Rebel T3i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i


Canon Rebel T3i



Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

Items often bought with the T2i or T3i


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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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$458.89 vs $898.00
The best price we've seen is $439 cheaper (around 50% less)
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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1500 ms
3.7x less delay when turning on
Much smaller
129×98×62 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
Around 30% smaller
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
More than 20% thinner
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
252 ms vs 283 ms
More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
66.0 vs 65.0
Almost the same
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
Almost the same
530 g vs 570 g
Around 10% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3.7 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              440 shots
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T3i283 ms
              T2i252 ms
              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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              22.1 bits
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T3i793 ISO
              T2i784 ISO




              Shared Competitors



              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 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

              $349 - $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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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 Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors



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

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors



              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.


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              Canon Rebel T3i
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              Canon EOS Rebel T2i
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              Farid (10:22 PM, June 06, 2012)
              Hey mari.
              I just bought myself one a T3i. I personally love the swivel screen because I've been working on short films and it is really helpful for directing and compositing. If you don't plan on making short films or compositing nit-picky shots, the swivel screen wouldnt make much difference.
              Hope this helps
              Lexie1 (3:56 PM, May 06, 2012)
              T2i is a great camera and pretty much same as T3i except for the flip just as others have said.  I saved by getting T2i and bought more glass and accessories.  Light is all about the lense.  Standard kit lenses are not great for low light, so buy the camera frame only and get 2.8 or better f stop for the biggest aperture possible.  I prefer the canon 24-70mm f/2.8.  I also own the 100mm 1:1 macro f/2.8 and 50 mm f/1.4 that produces great bokeh.  These lenses are great for portraits, landscapes, macro, and sports and perform well in low light. (read up on exposure so you'll know how to adjust manual settings for all lighting needs). If needed, get the canon speedlight external flash.  I currently have the 430 and like it, but may invest in the 580 for added functionality.  Note:Tamron also has a 28-75mm f/2.8 which is very comparable to 24-70 canon at less than half the price and also works on Full Frame body.
              Lexie1 (3:44 PM, May 06, 2012)
              I found these a while back and yes, they were great...I learned alot of new settings and tricks just by watching these and taking notes. 
              Wolfmanwoj (0:01 PM, February 19, 2012)
              One of the biggest things they forgot on here is that the T3i can record audio manually, something that is big for beginner videographers who do not have the money for an h4n zoom.

              Also helps if you shoot on the road and don't have a second person to do audio.
              Joel J (3:50 PM, February 02, 2012)
              I recently got the Canon t2i (aka 550D) and I'm in love with it.  I didn't need the swivel screen and since I'm starting, I'd rather have the extra money towards lenses than a remote shutter.  Check out these videos on how to use your new Canon.  They're the best tutorial videos I've ever seen.

              Part 1 
              Part 2
              Part 3

              George (2:25 PM, January 13, 2012)
              I know the T3i has wireless flash.  Does the T2i support it as well?  If so, must you buy anything else besides the Speedlite external flash?
              Avatar for pelermon pelermon (2:00 PM, December 05, 2011)
              You have it backwards Lance - The T2i is Thinner and Lighter, -- The T2i has it all over the T3i except the fold out screen - Which may be an issue with time ( My Samsung phone eventually wore a micro wire with the movement of the flipout screen.)  NOW YOU HAVE A LARGE PROBLEM
              Mccoys1 (5:58 PM, November 30, 2011)
              My 8 year old Rebel EOS XT 350D died while being used last night.  I am looking at T2i or T3i.  Since I never use the lens that come with the camera but use higher zoom lens, I am wondering how up graded zoom lens work with the video on these cameras.  Does anyone know?
              Scrmhawk (8:09 PM, November 28, 2011)
              neither camera is great for low light. Much over iso 800 has highly degraded quality. The high megapixels actually create more noise in the lower light for the sensor. You will need faster lenses then the stock ones that come with it.
              TJ Nedd (3:21 PM, November 27, 2011)
              What do you recomend? T3i or T2i (For filming.)
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:26 PM, November 25, 2011)
              The T3i and T2i are almost the same camera inside, the T2i is only slightly better in image quality and low light performance. The T3i also have a built in flash controller that will allow you control multiple off camera flashes at the same time. Usually you have to buy a $100 external device to do that. 
              I would go with the T2i and use the extra money to buy a lens.
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:20 PM, November 25, 2011)
              It is a great camera, and the flip out screen is an asset, but as you can see above that is really the only big difference. 
              Can't Decide (4:51 AM, November 25, 2011)
              hey snapsort, i know the major difference is the flip out screen but i feel like the T2i has more advantages that outweigh the T3i (just barely). But do you think that differences like those in image quality and speed make the T2i a better camera even without a flip out scree? I am really torn between the two. Money isn't really the issue but does the T3i have disadvantages that make more of a difference?
              Chewbacca720 (5:20 AM, October 12, 2011)
              that's why its "common weaknesses"
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:48 PM, October 05, 2011)
              Hi Sacha, we got this from Imaging Resource, I think the T3i gets a slower startup time because it cleans the sensor on startup, which can be disabled.
              Avatar for Sacha Sayan Sacha Sayan (4:14 AM, October 05, 2011)
              Hey Snapsort, when does your information come from? Every other source I can find on these two cameras indicates that internally, the hardware is nearly the same, so I'm surprised to see such a difference on something like startup time (400ms vs 1500ms).

              I'm not saying that your data is flawed, just curious where the information comes from.
              H Bouzon (1:40 PM, September 25, 2011)
              Let's not forget remote flash firing if anyone here cares for it. If you ever plan on buying an external flash, seriously consider the t3i.
              H Bouzon (1:35 PM, September 25, 2011)
              $100 dollars more also buys you remote flash firing, a feature found only on the 60D and other pro models. The T3i also has a neat feature in video mode which allows you to apply a 3x digital zoom without video image degregation thanks to the abundant number of pixels on the sensor. This is a great feature for extreme closeup videos, nothing compared to a point and shoot's digital zoom. Along with the flip screen, these features are definitely worth the extra 100 bucks.
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (9:48 PM, September 18, 2011)
              Hi Steve, both cameras have same resolution, 17.9MP, see our comparison of the specs.
              Stevep397 (7:50 PM, September 18, 2011)
              The T2i is 18 megapixel compared to 12.5 for the T3i. You can create higher quality pictures and enlargements with the T2i.
              Nicolebielat5 (3:51 PM, September 17, 2011)
              Hello- I am researching the Canon T2 & T3 as well and this information is very helpful.  I have a 35mm Nikon N65 and recently I have dusted it off & have been trying to play around with the non-auto settings... both manual and the different programs but... it has been 17  years since I have had a photography class.  Since I can't remember what setting I used inbetween taking the photo and developing.... you can imagine.  Do you know of a good beginning photography book you could recommend?  The manual is just not enough. I'm afraid that my DSLR days are farther out than I would like them to be!  Film and developing gets pricey :-)

              Also- I bought a canvis print from a photographer and I asked him what he used.  He said that he used to use Nikon but b/c of his commercial clients he had to move to Canon... he seemed like he persoanlly prefered Nikon... do you happen to know the difference between the two?
              Thanks! Nicole B
              Smazour (6:40 PM, September 11, 2011)
              I am looking into purchasing a camera to take action shots of sports in low light gyms. Any preference between the T2i or T3i?
              Sandy (6:30 PM, September 11, 2011)
              I have two children in athletics and am looking for a camera that can take pictures in low light gyms. I have researched both the T3i and T2i. Does anyone feel one is better than the other for indoor pics?
              Pete Paris (10:06 PM, September 06, 2011)
              Alex,  if you haven't bought the T2i yet, check out Sam's Club they have a special financing offer on all electronics for 18 months no interest. They have the T3i for $849.  Just so you know I don't make any money off the following link but I am considering purchasing this camera via the financing option  So it will cost me about $60 a month and if I happen to sell one of my photos I will pay it off sooner than planned.  I hope this helps you.

              *$849.00 after $50 Instant Savings* Canon T3i 18.0MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm IS Lens
              Shadz (7:07 PM, August 14, 2011)
              Here t3i is almost 200-300dolars cheaper.Should i get t3i ?