Review of Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
Reviewed on: July 20, 2013
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Pros & Cons
The EOS Rebel T3i has an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor that captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range with enough resolution for big enlargements or crops by maximizing each pixel’s light gathering efficiency. Its APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format). With an ISO rating up to 6400 (expandable to ISO 12800), along with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor's improved noise-reduction technology, and one of Canon's EF or EF-S lenses with Optical Image Stabilizer the shooting possibilities for both movies and stills expand even further. The EOS Rebel T3i can shoot up to 3.7 frames per second (fps) for up to approximately 6 consecutive RAW files or approximately 34 full-resolution JPEGs. The Rebel does not just shoot video clips; it offers the enhanced ease-of-use, image quality, smooth frame rates and adaptive exposure compensation necessary in a professional video-making tool by capturing features to date. When Full HD (1920 x 1080) is set, use the Movie Digital Zoom to magnify the center of the image by approximately 3-10x. With the Video Snapshot feature, the Rebel will capture short video clips (of 2, 4 or 8 seconds) then combine them automatically into one video. The videos can be recorded in 3 sizes – Full HD Video at 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30p, 24p or 25p FPS, for up to 4 GB per clip. These videos are saved as .MOV files and can be viewed with HDMI output.
The EOS Rebel T3i features a bright, high resolution, flip-out Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor for shooting at a variety of angles. It freely enables easy angle adjustments even if the camera is mounted on a tripod or has a battery grip attached. With 1,040,000 (dots/VGA) pixels for spectacular detail, the advanced, smudge-resistant monitor includes high transparency materials plus anti-reflective and water-repellent coatings to provide clear and bright viewing. The Rebel uses the advanced EOS Scene Detection System, to automatically analyze the image, taking into account faces, colors, brightness, movement and contrast. This camera also features a new Basic+ creative imaging feature that makes it easy to create the image affects as per choice. It can be set with the Quick Control screen in Basic Zone modes and provides two options namely ‘Shoot by ambience selection’ and ‘Shoot by lighting or scene type”.
Compact, inexpensive and available in increasingly large capacities, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards are a perfect complement to the EOS Rebel T3i DSLR’s compact and lightweight body design. The Rebel is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, including compact and lightweight EF-S lenses, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. With a flash sync speed of 1/200 of a second, the Rebel also features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. The Canon Rebel T3i DSLR demystifies great photography by including an in-camera Feature Guide. Appearing on the camera’s LCD, the Feature Guide displays a simple description or advice for each shooting mode, during Mode Dial operations, and for Quick Control screen functions (during normal shooting, Live View shooting, movie shooting, and playback).
However, some major concerns connected with this DSLR are – Slower auto focus, burst rate and tiny buffer caused unpredictable delays of shooting images or videos even in continuous mode. It was also noticed that the video shooting consumes more battery while using the LCD screen of the camera.
Overall, the EOS Rebel T3i helps capture all special moments and cherish memories over and over again. Photographers looking for an easy-to-use camera that will help them create their next masterpiece need look no further than the Canon EOS Rebel T3i.
- Dimension: 3.1” D x 3.9” H x 5.2” W
- Weight: 1.13 pounds
Review Group #: 1
Easy to use • Easy to use buttons • Creates great picture quality even with automatic mode • Light weight
Review Group #: 2
Great quality pictures • Larger JPEG, P-mode and Quick AF features • May miss shots because of slow responsiveness • Frequent and unpredictable delays even in continuous mode
Review Group #: 3
Good image and video quality • Live mode helps compose shots from various angles • Good battery life • Continuous shooting works nicely • No full auto focus while shooting videos • Manual or customized selection of auto focus • Standard flash works decently • Sports mode or fast mode works well • Little helpful feature guide • AF does not seem to work that well • Cropped sensor makes it hard to get wider shots
Review Group #: 4
Pretty fast • Good low light picture quality • Good HD movie • Accurate with clear LCD • Crisp and beautiful images with good color • Sharp and clear images even without zoom lens
Review Group #: 5
Easy to access menu • Good resolution and dynamic range • Digital zoom in video • Class 10 SDHC card recommended to shoot HD videos • 480i resolution for shooting with external video monitor • No in-built Mic • Video shooting consumes batteries faster while using LCD screen • Slow AF system • Slow burst with tiny buffer • Monaural video sound • Inaccurate white balance indoors
Review Group #: 6
Good picture and video quality • The colors are nicely reproduced
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