Canon Reveals Two New DSLRs: EOS Rebel T3 And T3i

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The digital camera space has evolved quite significantly over the years, and there's nothing quite like a new DSLR introduction to get the CE working talking. Well, except for two DSLR introductions! Canon has just revealed two new ones, the EOS Rebel T3 and EOS Rebel T3i. Both of these are entry-to-mid-level units, with neither costing over $800 in a body-only configuration. Neither camera is a major overhaul from prior models, but it's all about the baby steps when you're trying to keep pace with Fujifilm, Sony, Nikon and everyone else.


One of the new features on both of the new models is the EOS Feature Guide, which has an enhanced Quick Settings Screen that now includes detailed descriptions of camera settings. The EOS Feature 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.

The T3 features a 12.2-megapixel Canon CMOS image sensor, a proprietary DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, a 9-point Autofocus system and a 63-zone dual-layer metering system. It also has a new 720p video mode, and supports SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. The ISO gap is 100 to 6400, a built-in pop-up flash and a price of $599.99 (which includes the company's new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II zoom lens). The T3i, on the other hand, has an 18MP sensor, three-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen, new Scene Intelligent Auto, new Video Snapshot technology and new Feature Guide instruction. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon's new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $899.99. It will also be available in a second kit version with Canon's EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1099.00.


Will Nikon and the other big players come out with something to rival these? We'll see in the coming weeks!
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rapid1 replied on Mon, Feb 7 2011 12:27 PM

I really want a DSLR. I currently have a high end (but older) Canon device, and really like them. Of course at least on the consumer end of things the Rebel pretty much owns the DSLR market as well from what it seems. SO advancement's on the pre-standing equipment is always good. It also means there will be some price breaks on last years models as well.

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coolice replied on Mon, Feb 7 2011 3:11 PM

Rebel owns the DSLR market??

I dont think so, i'd assume that the Nikon D series does, from a mix of d40, d60, d80, d90.

I see those dslr's EVERYWHERE.... more than the Canon.

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Marc B replied on Tue, Feb 8 2011 10:38 AM

I see Canon's everywhere, and this Rebel series offers a lot of bang for the buck. I dig my T2i, and shelve my XL2 much of the time now because the video from the T2i looks so rich, and it's also very light and discrete to lug around. I've seen Nikon DSLRs produce some excellent video, but a lot of people will choose Canon because they often have access to old lenses that will work great on DSLRs, as well as the option to use high end professional glass that will still fit right onto a consumer camera body.

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