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Canon Announces T3 and T3i: Do You Know Which One You Want?

by Chris Gampat on 02/07/2011

Just when we thought we made it easier for you, Canon went and announced the Canon T3i and T3 DSLRs, effectively replacing the Canon T2i in almost every way: or did they? Look a little bit closer at these two new cameras and you’ll see that there is a clear difference of who they are targeting. Additionally, it makes the choices between the two Rebels and 60D much easier.

The Rebel T3 has a 12.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 4 image processor, shoots at 3 fps and shoots HD video at 30p. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 100-6400, and it also has a 2.7″ LCD (230,000-dot).

Then there is the new Rebel T3i, which has an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 4 image processor, 3.7 fps, full HD video (30p-24p-25p), HD (60p-50p) and SD video (30p-25p) with full manual exposure control, ISO range of 100-6400, 3″ LCD with 1.04-million dots.

Now here’s the cool part: both cameras include a 9-point AF system with an F/2.8 cross-type center point with a 63-zone Dual-layer metering system. In English, that means that when you’re using a lens that is F/2.8 or faster, it will be able to help the camera track your subject easier in the AI Servo mode (continuous AF tracking.) I’ve seen it work very well on my 7D, especially if you’re shooting stuff like this or when you’re in terribly low light like this.

Get the T3i if: you feel that the Canon 60D will be overkill with its better build quality. The cameras seem to have inherited features of the 60D like the swivel LCD screen.

Get the T3 if: you want insanely good high ISO results (12MP sensor combined with the same processing engine of the Canon 5D Mk II? It’s a no brainer!)

This is the camera I’m considering, especially since I have the very highly rated 35mm F/1.4 L.

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