This “beginner-friendly” camera is a great starting point for anyone who wants to step up their interest, and quality output with a DSLR camera. The T3i features Canon’s tried-and-true 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 9-point AF and 63-zone metering system. For those wishing to improve the quality of their available-light images, it boasts an impressive ISO range of 100 to 6400 that is expandable to 12,800.
In addition to its attractive price tag, the T3i offers a number of features that make creative photography easy, inlcluding its Feature guide, which displays short explanations of what each function does, and a Scene Intelligent Auto exposure mode that analyzes the scene in front of the camera and sets its exposure and image-processing parameters accordingly.
Another nice beginner touch for those starting out making movies is its Video Snapshot mode that allows the user to create short “takes,” rather than one long continuous clip, and play them back sequentially, and to use them to produce more complex movies without having to edit them on a computer. And for those more adventurous, the T3i offers full manual control for even more creative options.
To add to the creative capabilities of this camera, the T3i offers a host of features. Its Basic+ allows you to control the “look” of your images by easily controlling background blur. Its Creative Filters provide a range of effects to your images after you’ve shot them, including toy camera, fisheye and fake-miniature. And nothing inspires creativity more than changing up lenses on your DSLR, and the T3i accepts the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.
All in all, the T3i is an open and affordable invitation to improve your photographs and have fun in the process.From the Manufacturer:
Looking for an easy-to-use camera that will help you create your next masterpiece? Look no further than the Canon EOS Rebel T3i. The next in a long line of phenomenal compact DSLRs, the EOS Rebel T3i continues the Rebel tradition of easy operation, compact design and no-compromise performance. Featuring Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor and an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor - plus cutting-edge technologies like Full HD video recording, Live View shooting, Wireless flash photography and even a Vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD monitor - the EOS Rebel T3i offers the best of EOS photography in a compact package.
Regardless of experience level, the EOS Rebel T3i will help maneuver you down the path of taking great photos with the new EOS Feature Guide. The guide is designed to help first-time users and beginning enthusiasts better understand each camera setting with descriptions and guided recommendations for when to utilize certain settings. Along with an explanation of camera settings and modes, the Feature Guide includes easy-to-understand directions of how to use particular settings such as aperture adjustment in Canon's Creative Auto mode.
Canon aims to make everyone a better photographer and has enhanced the capabilities of the Rebel T3i's automatic mode with new Scene Intelligent Auto technology, re-branding the green mode dial setting with a boxed "A+" design. This new camera setting now takes Picture Style into account as part of the camera's "Auto" setting. Previously, the automatic setting on a Rebel DSLR adjusted exposure, focus, white balance, and Auto Lighting Optimizer. By incorporating this fifth parameter the camera more intelligently analyzes scenes and adjusts settings based on the subject matter being shot. So when the camera is photographing a face it will reproduce more natural skin tones or blue skies for more vivid landscapes, a flashy red car for more saturated color and evening sunsets for more expressive images.Features:
- 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed.
- ISO 100 - 6400 (expandable to 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light.
- Improved EOS Full HD Movie mode with manual exposure control, expanded recording [1920 x 1080 Full HD video at frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25.0 frames per second] with new Movie Digital zoom and Video Snapshot features for enhanced movie shooting options.
- Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor (3:2) for shooting at high or low angles and 1,040,000-dot VGA with reflection reduction using multi coating and high-transparency materials for bright and clear viewing.
- New Scene Intelligent Auto mode and Picture Style Auto incorporating the new EOS Scene Detection System to capture beautiful scenes with ease.
- Express your creativity with advanced imaging features like Basic+ function, Multi-Aspect function and Creative Filters.
- Enhanced metering with a 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system for accurate metering between exposures, and 9-point AF system utilizing a high precision, f/2.8 cross-type center point.
- 3.7 fps continuous shooting up to approximately 34 JPEGs or approximately 6 RAW.
- New Feature Guide offers short descriptions of each function and Quick Control screen for easy operation.
- Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
- Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.
Camera Type: Digital, AF/AE single-lens reflex, camera with built-in flash
Recording Media: SD/SDHC/SDXC card, via external media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, or via Wireless LAN (Eye-Fi card*))
*Canon cameras are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be approved in all regions, or from one region to another; please contact the card manufacturer for status of approval in the country/region of use.
Image Format: 22.3 x 14.9 mm (APS-C size)
Compatible Lenses: Canon EF lenses including EF-S lenses (35mm-equivalent focal length is approx.1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens Mount: Canon EF mount
Sensor Type: High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Pixels: Effective pixels: Approx. 18.0 megapixels
Total Pixels:Total pixels: Approx. 18.70 megapixels
Aspect Ratio: 3:2 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters
Low Pass Filter: Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion Feature: (1) Automatic Sensor Cleaning - Removes dust adhering to the low-pass filter. Self-cleaning executed automatically (taking 2 sec.) when power is turned on or off. Manual execution also possible (taking 5 sec.). Low-pass filter has a fluorine coating. (2) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image - The coordinates of the dust adhering to the low-pass filter are detected by a test shot and appended to subsequent images. The dust coordinate data appended to the image is used by the provided software to automatically erase the dust spots. (3) Manual cleaning of sensor
Recording Format: Design rule for Camera File System 2.0 and 2.30
File Size: (1) Large: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5,184 x 3,456); (2) Medium: Approx. 8.00 Megapixels (3,456 x 2,304); (3) Small: Approx. 4.50 Megapixels (2,592 x 1,728); (4) S2: Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1,920 x 1,280); (5) S3: Approx. 0.35 Megapixels (720 x 480); (6) RAW: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5,184 x 3,456)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
Recording Functions: Images record directly to the CF card.
File Numbering: Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset.
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording: RAW and Large JPEG images are recorded simultaneously
Color Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom
Auto White Balance: Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation: White balance correction: Blue/amber bias: ±9 levels; Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels; White balance bracketing: ±3 levels, in single-level increments
Color Temperature Information Transmission: Provided
Viewfinder Type: Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage: Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95% (TD)
Magnification: Approx. 0.85x / 23.8° (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1 (dpt))
Eye Point: Approx. 19 mm (At -1m-1 from the eyepiece lens center)
Dioptric Adjustment Correction: Adjustable from approx. -3.0 to +1.0 m-1 (dpt)
Focusing Screen: Fixed
Mirror: Quick-return half mirror (transmittance: reflectance ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder Information: 1) AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light); 2) Exposure information (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning); 3) Flash information (Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock, red-eye reduction light); 4) Image information (Highlight tone priority, Monochrome shooting, maximum burst, white balance correction, SD card information); 5) Composition information (Grid, electronic level); 6) Battery check
Depth Of Field Preview: Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
AF Sensor Type: TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points: 9 points (Center AF point is cross-type, vertical-line sensitive at f/2.8.)
AF Working Range: EV -0.5 - 18 (at 23°C/73°F and ISO 100, based on Canon's testing standards)
Focusing Modes: (1) Autofocus- One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF; (2) Manual focus (MF)
AF Point Selection: (1) Manual selection; (2) Auto selection *Automatically set (2) in Basic Zone modes and A-DEP mode.
Selected AF Point Display: Indicated by superimposed display in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor
AF Assist Beam: (1) Intermittent firing of built-in flash; (2) Effective range: Approx. 4 m/13.1 ft at center, approx. 3.5 m/11.5 ft at periphery * With an EOS-dedicated Speedlite attached, the Speedlite's AF-assist beam is emitted instead. * Compatible with assist-beam (intermittent firing) of 320EX, 270EX II and 270EX flashes.
Metering Modes: TTL maximum aperture metering with 63-zone metering sensor- Evaluative metering (linkable to all AF points); Partial metering (center, approx. 9% of viewfinder at center); Spot metering (center, approx. 4% of viewfinder at center); Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range: EV 1.0 - EV 20.0 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Systems: Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Automatic depth-of-field, Scene Intelligent Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Programmed Image Control modes, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed Range: Auto, ISO 100 - 6400 (in whole-stop increments), H: 12800
Exposure Compensation: Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (AEB ±2 stops) * Indicated up to ±3 stops in the viewfinder.
AE Lock: Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved; Manual: By AE lock button
Shutter: Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled. 1/4000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec. 1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.) * Settable in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments. Soft-touch electromagnetic release 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay (1) The EOS Rebel T3i has a remote control terminal for Remote Switch RS-60E3. (2) Compatible with Remote Controller RC-6, RC-1 and RC-5.
Shutter Type: Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled.
Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec. 1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.) * Settable in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.
Shutter Release: Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self Timer: 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote Control: (1) The EOS Rebel T3i has a remote control terminal for Remote Switch RS-60E3. (2) Compatible with Remote Controller RC-6, RC-1 and RC-5.
Built-in Flash Type: Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentaprism
Guide Number: Approx. 13/43 (at ISO 100 in meters/feet)
Recycling Time: Approx. 3 sec.
Flash Ready Indicator: Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage: Up to 17mm focal length (equivalent to approx. 28mm in 135 format)
FE Lock: Provided
Flash Exposure Compensation: Up to ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments Flash exposure compensation for built-in flash and Speedlite can be set with the camera.
Flash Metering: E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop or 1/2-stop increments
FE Lock: Provided
Drive Modes: Single, Continuous, 10-sec. self-timer/Remote control, 2-sec. self-timer, Continuous shooting after 10-sec. self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed: Max. approx. 3.7 fps [TD] (with One-Shot AF or AI SERVO AF) Same as with Battery Grip BG-E8 loaded with size-AA/LR6 alkaline batteries.
Maximum Burst: JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 34; RAW: approx. 6; RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 3 * The number of possible shots and maximum burst apply to a 4GB card based on Canon's testing standards. * The image file size, number of possible shots, and maximum burst will vary depending on the shooting conditions (3:2 aspect ratio, subject, memory card brand, ISO speed, Picture Style, Custom Functions, etc.). * "F" indicates that continuous shooting is possible until the card becomes full.
Shooting Modes: Still photo shooting and video shooting
Focusing: (1) Autofocus (Same as focusing with Live View shooting) Before shooting a movie, 1, 2, and 3 below are possible. AF during movie shooting is possible with [AF w/ shutter button during video]. When this is set to [Enable], 1 and 2 below are possible: A. Live mode B. Face detection Live mode C. Quick mode * If 3 has been set when you start shooting a movie, it will switch to 1 automatically. (2) Manual focusing * Magnify the image by about 5x or 10x and focus manually. * Magnified view not possible with digital zoom nor during movie shooting.
Metering Modes: (1) AF point-linked evaluative metering * Used when the AF mode is Face detection Live mode and a face has been detected. (2) Center-weighted average metering * Used during manual focus, when the AF mode is Face detection Live mode and a face has not been detected. Also used in the Live mode and Quick mode. * Metering range: EV 0 to EV 20 (At 23°C/73°F and ISO 100, with 50mm f/1.4 lens)
Metering Range: EV 0 to EV 20 (At 23°C/73°F and ISO 100, with 50mm f/1.4 lens)
Grid Display: Two grids provided (not displayed during movie shooting): (1) Grid 1: Pair of vertical and horizontal lines (2) Grid 2: 5 vertical and 3 horizontal lines
Exposure Simulation: Provided
Silent Shooting: Not provided
Monitor Type: TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size: 3.0 in. (Screen aspect ratio of 3:2)
Pixels: Approx. 1,040,000 dots
Coverage: Approx. 100%
Viewing Angle: 170°
Brightness Control: Adjustable to one of seven brightness levels
Interface Languages: 25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese)
Display Format: (1) Single image display Single image, basic information, detailed information, histogram display (2) Index display 4-image index and 9-image index. (3) Jump display (Image jump w/ Main Dial) 1/10/100 images, shooting date, by folder, movies, stills, rating
Highlight Alert: On the detailed information and histogram displays, highlight areas with no image data will blink.
Protection: Erase protection can be applied/canceled for a single image, all images in a folder, or all images in the card.
Erase: Erase single image, erase selected images, erase all images on folder, erase all images in a card, or erase only unprotected images.
Compatible Printers: PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable Images: JPEG images complying to Design rule for Camera File System; RAW images printable. Movies cannot be printed.
DPOF: Version 1.1 compatible
Custom Functions: 11 Custom Functions with 34 settings settable with the camera
Camera User Settings: Not provided
Battery: Battery Pack LP-E8 x 1
* With the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E8, AC power is possible.
* With BG-E8, two battery packs (LP-E8) can be used. Or six size-AA/LR6 batteries can be used.
Battery Check: Automatic battery level check when power is turned ON. Battery level indicated in one of four levels on LCD monitor.
Power Saving: Power turns off after the set time of non-operation elapses [Auto power off] settable to 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min., 4 min., 8 min., or 15 min.
Date/Time Battery: Built-in secondary battery. When fully-charged, the date/time can be maintained for about three months.
Start-up Time: Approx. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in./133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7mm
Weight: Approx. 18.2 oz. / 515g (body only)
Working Temperature Range: 32-104°F/0-40°C
Working Humidity Range: 85% or less