Canon EOS Rebel T3 review

Canon EOS Rebel T3 review: Canon EOS Rebel T3

Canon EOS Rebel T3 review: Rather than introducing new, bargain-priced DSLR models like Pentax and Sony tend to do, Canon traditionally lets its slightly higher-end models gradually drop in price to become the de facto entry-level models. But its current starter device, the EOS Rebel XS, which replaces the Canon EOS Rebel T3, has been around since the summer of 2008 and even Canon has to think it’s a bit sloppy compared to competitors who, while old, aren’t quite. that old. So Canon has perfected its low-end models with the latest imaging and metering systems and somehow managed to produce a camera that still looks 3 years old.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 review

This is not to say that the T3 is bad; it is not. In fact, the quality of the photos is quite good for the price, as expected from Canon. It has excellent medium sensitivity performance (ISO 400-3,200). JPEGs get a little grainy, but they remain very usable, up to ISO 800, and start to get soft at ISO 1,600. At ISO 3,200, JPEG photos don’t look terrible, but you can see some color noise and the images develop hot pixels. As usual, Canon’s JPEG processing is quite good. I couldn’t get much better results from processing the raw versions: I could get different results, but only by swapping the dynamic range for color and grain.

Overall, the T3 offers excellent color reproduction, although in the shaded areas the white balance gets a little too cool. The default Standard Picture Style pushes the saturation and sharpness a little more than I like, but there are no bulk hue changes and the Neutral style works well if you prefer. Metering and exposure are solid.

In its Standard Picture Style setting (sharpness at +3), the camera plus the 18-55mm lens renders very sharp images, perhaps a little too sharp. You can call it back, however. The lens produces nice blurry highlights and, at best, the distortion is not too severe. Like most economic targets, it is quite susceptible to fringes. However, I didn’t see any purples and it tends to stick around the edges of the frame.

For the most part, the T3 performs like the rest of budget DSLRs, although its burst rate is worse than the 3-year-old XSi and pretty much at the bottom of its class. The time for turning on and shooting takes about 0.4 seconds, while focusing and shooting in good light takes 0.3 seconds; in low light conditions, which rises to 0.6 seconds. Typical shot-to-shot JPEG time rounds off to 0.5 seconds (raw is a bit slower at 0.6 seconds) and with flash enabled, surprisingly, it stays the same. This is all pretty typical, perfectly adequate performance for a low-end model. Continuous shooting, however, is a mediocre 2.9 frames per second, which is just as bad as the Nikon D3100. Basically, it’s fast enough to catch children and pets, but only if they move predictably and with the knowledge that you may not get at times. the shot. And the autofocus in Live mode is as slow as you’d expect.

Canon EOS Rebel XS Canon EOS Rebel T3 Canon EOS Rebel XSiCanon EOS Rebel T1iCanon EOS Rebel T2iCanon EOS Rebel T3i
Sensor (effective resolution)10.1 megapixel CMOS12.2 megapixel CMOS12.2 megapixel CMOS15.1 megapixel CMOS18 megapixel CMOS18 megapixel CMOS
22.2 x 14.8 mm22.2 x 14.7 mm22.2 x 14.8 mm22.3 x 14.9 mm22.3 x 14.9 mm22.3 x 14.9 mm
Image processor versionDigic IIIDigic 4Digic IIIDigic 4Digic 4Digic 4
Sensitivity rangeISO 100 – ISO 1600ISO 100 – ISO 6.400ISO 100 – ISO 1600ISO 100 – ISO 3,200 / 12,800 (expanded)ISO 100 – ISO 6.400 / 12.800 (expanded)ISO 100 – ISO 6.400 / 12.800 (expanded)
Continuous shooting3fps
5 raw / unlimited JPEGs
JPEG 3 fps / 2 fps raw
5 raw / 830 JPEG
3.5fps
6 raw / 53 JPEG
3.5fps
6 raw / 53 JPEG
3.7fps
6 raw / 34 JPEG
3.7fps
11 raw / 34 JPEG
Viewfinder (mag / effective)95% coverage
0.81x / 0.51x
95% coverage
0.80x / 0.50x
95% coverage
0.87x / 0.54x
95% coverage
0.87x / 0.54x
95% coverage
0.87x / 0.54x
95% coverage
0.87x / 0.54x
Autofocus7-point AF
n / A
9-point AF
all cross; dual cross center at f5.6
9-point AF
central cross
9-point AF
central cross
9-point AF
cross center at f2.8
9-point AF
cross center at f2.8
Shutter speedfrom 1 / 4,000 to 30 seconds; light bulb; Synchronization x 1/160from 1 / 4,000 to 30 seconds; light bulb; 1/200 x-syncfrom 1 / 4,000 to 30 seconds; light bulb; Synchronization x 1/160from 1 / 4,000 to 30 seconds; light bulb; Synchronization x 1/160from 1 / 4,000 to 30 seconds; light bulb; Synchronization x 1/160n / A
measurement35 zonesiFCL. with 63 zones35 zones35 zonesiFCL. with 63 zonesiFCL. with 63 zones
LiveYupYupYupYupYupYup
videoNoneH.264 QuickTime MOV 720 / 25p / 30pNoneH.264 QuickTime MOV 1080 / 20p; 720 / 30pH.264 QuickTime MOV 1080 / 24p / 25p / 30p; 720 / 50p / 60pH.264 QuickTime MOV 1080 / 24p / 25p / 30p; 720 / 50p / 60p
Manual aperture and shutter in the videon / ANon / ANoYupYup
Audion / AMonon / AMonoMono; MIC inMono; MIC in
Image stabilizationOpticalOpticalOpticalOpticalOpticalOptical
Dimensions of the LCDFixed 2.5 inches
230,000 pixels
2.7 inch fixed
230,000 pixels
2 fixed inches
230,000 pixels
3 inch fixed
920,000 pixels
3 inch fixed
1.04 megapixels
3-inch articulated
1.04 megapixels
Memory slot1 x SDHC1 x SDXC1 x SDHC1 x SDHC1 x SDXC1 x SDXC
Wireless flashNoNoNoNoNoYup
Battery life (CIPA classification)500 shots700 shots500 shots400 shots550 shots440 shots
Dimensions (WHD, inch)5.0 x 3.8 x 2.4 inches5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 inches5.1 x 3.8 x 2.4 inches5.1 x 3.8 x 3.05.1 x 3.8 x 3.0
Operating body weight (ounces)17.617.518.518.618.618.6 (east)
manufacturer Pricen / An / An / A$ 549 (estimate; body only)$ 699.99 (estimate; body only)$ 799.99 (body only)
$ 549.99 (with IS 18-55 lens)$ 599.99 (with 18-55mm IS II lens)$ 649.99 (with 18-55mm IS lens)$ 799.99 (with 18-55mm IS lens)$ 899.99 (with 18-55mm IS lens)$ 899.99 (with 18-55mm IS II lens)
n / An / An / An / A$ 980 (estimate; with 18-135mm IS lens)$ 1,099.99 (with 18-135mm IS lens)
Release dateAugust 2008March 2011April 2008April 2009March 2010March 2011

The video capture of the T3 is quite limited: 720p, with exposure compensation the only control and no autofocus. That said, the quality is OK; it is suitable for capturing random clips.

While not the heaviest camera in its class, the T3’s body is rather clunky. And while I like the rubberized grip, the whole camera feels very cheap and plastic. The control layout is simple and functional. The four navigation buttons call up ISO sensitivity, drive mode, white balance and autofocus mode options, while exposure compensation, movie / live recording mode, menu, control fast, playback and display occupy other buttons around them. All buttons are flat with little tactile feedback. The only buttons with any type of travel are the exposure lock and AF point select buttons, positioned for thumb-based operation. They still manage to feel soft.

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