Rebel T3i/600D

  • Editor Rating
  • Rated 3 stars
$280 to $470
  • 60%

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  • Last modified: October 18, 2017
  • Usability
    Editor: 70%
  • Image Quality
    Editor: 40%
  • Speed
    Editor: 40%
  • Accessories
    Editor: 75%

One step up from entry-level, these cameras offer identical image quality and focusing to the T3. However, they do add some nice features:

  • An articulating screen, which is useful for self-portraits, video, and shots at high or low angles.
  • 1080p video recording

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX_I9KPPdWY You might want to upgrade if you find it annoying to adjust exposure compensation, if you struggle with focusing on moving subjects, or if you want better image quality. The only significant difference between the T3i and the T4i/T5i is that the later models add a touch screen. The image quality and focusing are essentially unchanged. Before buying one of these Canon cameras, consider the Nikon D3200. While the new Nikons tend to have fewer features, they have substantially better image quality. For example, the image quality of the Nikon D3200 ($400) is about 25% better than the T5i/700D ($650), which is enough to make a visible difference in your photos. However, the D3200 lacks many of the T5i’s important features, such as an articulating touchscreen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WuwnAuvmTw

Pros

  • The cheapest way to get 1080p video
  • Articulating screen improves usability
  • Compatible with Canon lenses & flashes

Cons

  • Poor image quality by today’s standards
  • Slow autofocusing and frame rate makes it a poor choice for action
  • Manual controls require extra button pushes