Canon Rebel T3/T3i DSLR: Specs, Price & Release Date

We at OSM have been covering cameras quite extensively especially since CES 2011 so it’s only natural that we start looking at DSLRs too right? With that in mind, let’s have a look at a couple of new ones from Canon or if you are looking for a point and shoot device, they have also just given the news of the PowerShot range.

We are all aware that Canon thrive in the camera and DSLR market so it’s no surprise to see them dipping into it with a couple of updated models. The new models are the Rebel T3 (1100D) and the T3i (600D).

The Rebel T3 has a 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, a 63-zone dual-layer meter system and a DIGIC 4 imaging processor. The device will be shipping at the end of March setting you back $599.99, it will also come with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II zoom lens to get you started.

As for the T3i, it has an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor with the same DIGIC 4 imaging processor. It also has a pop-up flash along with much, much more. Engadget’s Darren Murph says that this will start shipping at the end of March as well and it will set you back $799 for the body only. If you want the lens too then you are looking at $899. Perhaps one of its cooler features is the pull out swivel LCD that you can see below.

Over at Crunchgear, their author Devin Coldeway is warning that these devices aren’t that much of a step up so is urging the average consumer to perhaps go with the T2i, who knows with the release of the new ones they may reduce its price! If this isn’t enough for you, then head over and read the entire press release for the new Canon DSLRs by clicking here. We would like you to draw your own conclusion so have a look at the video at the bottom of the article, it’s a review of the T2i. Currently there aren’t any videos of the T3i so it might be worth holding back till March so you can do a full comparison between the two.

Will you go with one of the new T3/T3i or opt for the T2i? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • hopeless canon user

    Wow, this is pretty pointless, why even bother with this product in the line up? No sensor or processor improvement. What segment of the market are they targeting with this? Do they really expect this to have an impact to the bottom line, and us users to be willing to shell out this kinda money for a incremental feature improvement?

    • Tim Ollason

      I'm with you on this, it seems kinda pointless and that they are releasing it just because others are adding their products. It's almost like they don't want to be forgotten don't you think?

    • John

      I can see it being a great feature if you shoot video and want a swivel screen… But I agree its not worth it if its just for Photos.

  • Qwert

    Well,
    I was about to pick up the T2i but I might just wait for the T3i since its only $100 more.
    Then again, when the T3i comes out maybe the T2i price will drop($600 perhaps). If thats the case and everythings the same but the flip out screen…ill go with the T2i.

  • http://www.rinny-wilson.com Rinny

    Just like Qwert, I've been planning to get the T2i in the near future mainly for video purposes. But having the swivel screen and the digital zoom for just $100 more is definitely worth it in my opinion. But it's no reason to upgrade from the T2i if you already have one.

    • John

      the T3i/T3 also have built in wireless flash functions reducing the need to buy a transmitter for those external flashes .

  • Erika

    I think it's a mixture of everyone's thoughts. I think Canon doesn't want to be forgotten and their sales on the T2i are probably dropping a little (they just ended a 4 month run for a $100 rebate on the T2i). And so they figure if they add a swivel screen they can start getting their $900 a camera again. Because at this point its easy to find t2i for $750 or so and not through them. Plus you have people like me who were just about to buy the T2i and now I'm waiting for the T3i to come out to see how it really adds up. Even though I'll probably still go with the T2i for a hopefully reduced price.

  • ckuhn55

    T3i , looks like the right combo for me. I need the video from Canon (have 5D and several L lenses) for trip to India for 6 months. Having a second camera with these features/flip screen I see as a plus over the T2. I'll let you know in March.

  • elden

    Anyone know the exact release date? Travelling to US in mid-March and hoping to get a T3i.

  • Marianne0005

    I just bought the T3i and found that it is very good with low light situations as well as with flash photography… I’m an immediate photographer and this is my first canon as I have used Nikon before that… I must say that my picture quality is so much better than my Nikon D40… I will never buy another nikon again and will only use Canon… I was very happy with this purchase and think you will too… Its also very easy to use and has an on board friendly tutorial program to help you learn it. i give it a 5 star rating….