Canon EOS Rebel T3i

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | comments

The Canon EOS Rebel T3i caters to DSLR beginners but retains outstanding account quality.

It’s time to absolutely agitate off the winter abasement and booty some photos and video with the new Canon T3i DSLR. Is it account the cruise outdoors? We allegation the array and acquisition out in our abounding analysis below, so apprehend on.

Features and Design

Take a quick glance at the Canon EOS Rebel T3i and you’ll hardly be afraid at its anatomy and style. It looks aloof like abounding added entry-level and mid-range DSLRs on the market. Look carefully at the aback of the T3i, however, and you’ll see one of its coolest features: a 3-inch vari-angle LCD awning rated an absorbing 1 actor pixels (before you go wild, apprehend this is pixel calculation is aloof hardly added than the 921K of Nikon’s D7000). The key point is its adaptability compared to the Nikon, which has a anchored screen. With the Canon, you can authority the camera over your arch or aim low while acute the shutter. This opens a apple of new angles for your photography, and you should absolutely accomplish use of it if you buy this camera. At the actual least, you can about-face it about so the awning is adequate as you shoot with the optical viewfinder.

Like every DSLR, the best important affection on the advanced is the lens mount. In this case, the all-black T3i has a Canon EF arise and accepts over 60 EF-S lenses. Additionally actuality is a alien sensor on the actual adequate anchor with a accurately textured surface, a 4-pinhole mic, lens absolution and depth-of-field examination buttons.

On the top is the hot shoe for accessories, which sits abaft the auto pop-up flash, the approach dial, ability switch, affectation and ISO buttons as able-bodied as jog caster to accomplish agenda adjustments. The bang is angled on the grip. The approach punch is archetypal for Canon, with a mix of accepted arena and chiral options as able-bodied as a cine setting. The newest is “A+” — Arena Intelligent Auto — which is a souped-up acute auto. Actuality the camera analyzes the accountable in advanced of it and adjusts Account Appearance Auto additional the Automated Lighting Optimizer, auto white balance, autofocus and automated exposure. We begin it formed well, but there are affluence of tweaks accessible for Account Styles already you move out of A+.

The aback of the T3i has that abundant awning and an optical viewfinder with 95-percent advantage and 0.85x magnification. It’s not the brightest viewfinder we’ve anytime used, but it’s absolutely workable. It’s amidst by a elastic eyecup and a adjacent diopter ascendancy lets you acclimatize it to your eyesight. You’ll additionally acquisition the accepted blast of buttons including Menu, Info, Live View, Acknowledgment Compensation, Q, Playback and Delete. The four-way ambassador gives quick admission to AF, Account Styles, burst/self-timer and white balance. In the top appropriate bend are two buttons to enlarge or compress the admeasurement of your images during playback. Additionally actuality is a adequate deride blow with a textured accomplishment and tiny speaker.

On the appropriate ancillary of the camera is a alcove for your SD agenda (it accepts SDXC) while the larboard has two rather chiffon doors. One gives admission to A/V and mini-HDMI outs, while the additional has inputs for mics and remotes. The basal of the Made In Japan DSLR has a metal tripod arise and array compartment. The camera measures 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 (W x H x D, in inches) and weighs 18.2 ounces (body only). For comparison, the accepted Editor’s Choice 16-megapixel Nikon D7000 has agnate ambit but weighs 6 ounces added as it has a beefier anatomy and ruggedized build.

The T3i is a well-designed (for the best part) DSLR that’s accessible abundant to aces up and alpha shooting. Mastering all of its intricacies will booty time, of course. If you aloof demand to blaze abroad in A+, by all agency do so, but it would be a abashment not to abuse it.

What’s in the box

The camera anatomy and whichever kit lens you accept (our analysis sample had the 18-135mm counterbalanced lens). You additionally get a ample 324-page owner’s manual, strap, anatomy cap, USB and A/V cables, array and charger. The array is rated 550 shots after the flash, 440 application the beam 50 percent of the time, per CIPA. These are solid specs and unless you’re recording video all day long, the array should survive an continued airing in the field. You additionally get two CD-ROMs. One is the EOS Digital Solution Disk with Mac and Windows software for alteration photos and developing RAW files. The added is the software apprenticeship manual. We answerable the battery, loaded a 16GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC agenda and went on our amusing way.


Digital, AF/AE single-lens reflex, camera with built-in flash
Recording Media 
SD/SDHC/SDXC card, via external media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, or via Wireless LAN (Eye-Fi card*)) 

*Canon cameras are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be approved in all regions, or from one region to another; please contact the card manufacturer for status of approval in the country/region of use.
Image Format 
22.3 x 14.9 mm (APS-C size)
Compatible Lenses 
Canon EF lenses including EF-S lenses

(35mm-equivalent focal length is approx.1.6x the lens focal length)
Lens Mount 
Canon EF mount

Back to TopImage Sensor

High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Effective pixels: Approx. 18.0 megapixels
Total Pixels 
Total pixels: Approx. 18.70 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 
3:2 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Filter System 
RGB primary color filters
Low Pass Filter 
Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion Feature 
(1) Automatic Sensor Cleaning
  • Removes dust adhering to the low-pass filter.

  • Self-cleaning executed automatically (taking 2 sec.) when power is turned on or off. Manual execution also possible (taking 5 sec.).
  • Low-pass filter has a fluorine coating.
(2) Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
  • The coordinates of the dust adhering to the low-pass filter are detected by a test shot and appended to subsequent images.
  • The dust coordinate data appended to the image is used by the provided software to automatically erase the dust spots.
(3) Manual cleaning of sensor

Back to TopRecording System

Recording Format 
Design rule for Camera File System 2.0 and 2.30
File Size 
(1) Large: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5,184 x 3,456)

(2) Medium: Approx. 8.00 Megapixels (3,456 x 2,304)

(3) Small: Approx. 4.50 Megapixels (2,592 x 1,728)

(4) S2: Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1,920 x 1,280)

(5) S3: Approx. 0.35 Megapixels (720 x 480)

(6) RAW: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5,184 x 3,456)

Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
Recording Functions 
Images record directly to the SD card.
File Numbering 
Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset.
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording 
RAW and Large JPEG images are recorded simultaneously
Color Space 
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style 
Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3

Back to TopWhite Balance

Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom
Auto White Balance 
Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation 
White balance correction:
  • Blue/amber bias: ±9 levels
  • Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels
White balance bracketing:
  • ±3 levels, in single-level increments
Color Temperature Information Transmission 

Back to TopViewfinder

Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentamirror)
Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95% (TD)
Approx. 0.85x / 23.8° (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1 (dpt))
Eye Point 
Approx. 19 mm (At -1m-1 from the eyepiece lens center)
Dioptric Adjustment Correction 
Adjustable from approx. -3.0 to +1.0 m-1 (dpt)
Focusing Screen 
Quick-return half mirror (transmittance: reflectance ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder Information 
1) AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light)

2) Exposure information (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning)

3) Flash information (Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock, red-eye reduction light)

4) Image information (Highlight tone priority, Monochrome shooting, maximum burst, white balance correction, SD card information)

5) Composition information (Grid, electronic level)

6) Battery check
Depth Of Field Preview 
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button

Back to TopAutofocus

TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points 
9 points (Center AF point is cross-type, vertical-line sensitive at f/2.8.)
AF Working Range 
EV -0.5 - 18 (at 23°C/73°F and ISO 100, based on Canon's testing standards)
Focusing Modes 
(1) Autofocus
  • One-Shot AF
  • Predictive AI Servo AF
  • AI Focus AF
(2) Manual focus (MF)
AF Point Selection 
(1) Manual selection

(2) Auto selection

* Automatically set (2) in Basic Zone modes and A-DEP mode.
Selected AF Point Display 
Indicated by superimposed display in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor
AF Assist Beam 
(1) Intermittent firing of built-in flash

(2) Effective range: Approx. 4 m/13.1 ft at center, approx. 3.5 m/11.5 ft at periphery

* With an EOS-dedicated Speedlite attached, the Speedlite's AF-assist beam is emitted instead.

* Compatible with assist-beam (intermittent firing) of 320EX, 270EX II and 270EX flashes.

Back to TopExposure Control

Metering Modes 
TTL maximum aperture metering with 63-zone metering sensor
  • Evaluative metering (linkable to all AF points)
  • Partial metering (center, approx. 9% of viewfinder at center)
  • Spot metering (center, approx. 4% of viewfinder at center)
  • Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range 
EV 1.0 - EV 20.0 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Systems 
Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Automatic depth-of-field, Scene Intelligent Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Programmed Image Control modes, E-TTL II autoflash program AE
ISO Speed Range 
Auto, ISO 100 - 6400 (in whole-stop increments), H: 12800
Exposure Compensation 
Manual: ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (AEB ±2 stops)

* Indicated up to ±3 stops in the viewfinder.
AE Lock 
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved

Manual: By AE lock button
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled. 1/4000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec.

1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
  • Settable in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.
Soft-touch electromagnetic release 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay (1) The EOS Rebel T3i has a remote control terminal for Remote Switch RS-60E3.

(2) Compatible with Remote Controller RC-6, RC-1 and RC-5.
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled.
Shutter Speeds 
1/4000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec.

1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
  • Settable in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.
Shutter Release 
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self Timer 
10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Remote Control 
(1) The EOS Rebel T3i has a remote control terminal for Remote Switch RS-60E3.

(2) Compatible with Remote Controller RC-6, RC-1 and RC-5.

Back to TopBuilt in Flash

Auto pop-up, retractable, built-in flash in the pentaprism
Guide Number 
Approx. 13/43 (at ISO 100 in meters/feet)
Recycling Time 
Approx. 3 sec.
Flash Ready Indicator 
Flash-ready icon lights in viewfinder
Flash Coverage 
Up to 17mm focal length (equivalent to approx. 28mm in 135 format)
FE Lock 
Flash Exposure Compensation 
Up to ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
  • Flash exposure compensation for built-in flash and Speedlite can be set with the camera.

Back to TopExternal Speedlite

Flash Metering 
E-TTL II autoflash
Flash Exposure Compensation 
±2 stops in 1/3-stop or 1/2-stop increments
FE Lock 

Back to TopDrive System

Drive Modes 
Single, Continuous, 10-sec. self-timer/Remote control, 2-sec. self-timer, Continuous shooting after 10-sec. self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed 
Max. approx. 3.7 fps [TD] (with One-Shot AF or AI SERVO AF)

* Same as with Battery Grip BG-E8 loaded with size-AA/LR6 alkaline batteries.
Maximum Burst 
JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 34

RAW: approx. 6

RAW+JPEG (Large/Fine): approx. 3

* The number of possible shots and maximum burst apply to a 4GB card based on Canon's testing standards.

* The image file size, number of possible shots, and maximum burst will vary depending on the shooting conditions (3:2 aspect ratio, subject, memory card brand, ISO speed, Picture Style, Custom Functions, etc.).

* "F" indicates that continuous shooting is possible until the card becomes full.

Back to TopLive View Functions

Shooting Modes 
Still photo shooting and video shooting
(1) Autofocus (Same as focusing with Live View shooting)

Before shooting a movie, 1, 2, and 3 below are possible.

AF during movie shooting is possible with [AF w/ shutter button during video]. When this is set to [Enable], 1 and 2 below are possible:

A. Live mode

B. Face detection Live mode

C. Quick mode

* If 3 has been set when you start shooting a movie, it will switch to 1 automatically.

(2) Manual focusing

* Magnify the image by about 5x or 10x and focus manually.

* Magnified view not possible with digital zoom nor during movie shooting.
Metering Modes 
(1) AF point-linked evaluative metering

* Used when the AF mode is Face detection Live mode and a face has been detected.

(2) Center-weighted average metering

* Used during manual focus, when the AF mode is Face detection Live mode and a face has not been detected. Also used in the Live mode and Quick mode.

* Metering range: EV 0 to EV 20 (At 23°C/73°F and ISO 100, with 50mm f/1.4 lens)
Metering Range 
EV 0 to EV 20 (At 23°C/73°F and ISO 100, with 50mm f/1.4 lens)
Grid Display 
Two grids provided (not displayed during movie shooting):

(1) Grid 1: Pair of vertical and horizontal lines

(2) Grid 2: 5 vertical and 3 horizontal lines
Exposure Simulation 
Silent Shooting 
Not provided

Back to TopLCD Monitor

TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size 
3.0 in. (Screen aspect ratio of 3:2)
Approx. 1,040,000 dots
Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle: 170°
Brightness Control 
Adjustable to one of seven brightness levels
Interface Languages 
25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese)

Back to TopPlayback

Display Format 
(1) Single image display
  • Single image, basic information, detailed information, histogram display
(2) Index display
  • 4-image index and 9-image index.
(3) Jump display (Image jump w/ Main Dial)
  • 1/10/100 images, shooting date, by folder, movies, stills, rating
Highlight Alert 
On the detailed information and histogram displays, highlight areas with no image data will blink.

Back to TopImage Protection and Erase

Erase protection can be applied/canceled for a single image, all images in a folder, or all images in the card.
Erase single image, erase selected images, erase all images on folder, erase all images in a card, or erase only unprotected images.

Back to TopDirect Printing

Compatible Printers 
PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable Images 
JPEG images complying to Design rule for Camera File System
  • RAW images printable.
  • Movies cannot be printed.

Back to TopDPOF: Digital Print Order Format

Version 1.1 compatible

Back to TopCustomization

Custom Functions 
11 Custom Functions with 34 settings settable with the camera
Camera User Settings 
Not provided

Back to TopPower Source

Battery Pack LP-E8 x 1

* With the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E8, AC power is possible.

* With BG-E8, two battery packs (LP-E8) can be used. Or six size-AA/LR6 batteries can be used.
Battery Life 
1) Camera body only:
Shooting MethodTemperatureShooting Conditions
AE 100%AE 50%, FA 50%
Viewfinder ShootingAt 73°F/23°CApprox. 550Approx. 440
At 32°F/0°CApprox. 470Approx. 400
Live View ShootingAt 73°F/23°CApprox. 200Approx. 180
At 32°F/0°CApprox. 170Approx. 150

2) With Battery Grip BG-E8:
Shooting MethodBatteryTemperatureShooting Conditions
AE 100%AE 50%, FA 50%
Viewfinder ShootingLP-E8 x 1Same as (1)
LP-E8 x 2At 73°F/23°CApprox. 1100Approx. 880
At 32°F/0°CApprox. 940Approx. 800
alkaline batteries
At 73°F/23°CApprox. 470Approx. 270
At 32°F/0°CApprox. 130Approx. 80
Live View ShootingLP-E8 x 1Same as (1)
LP-E8 x 2At 73°F/23°CApprox. 400Approx. 360
At 32°F/0°CApprox. 340Approx. 300
alkaline batteries
At 73°F/23°C--
At 32°F/0°C--
The figures above are based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) testing standards
Battery Check 
Automatic battery level check when power is turned ON.

Battery level indicated in one of four levels on LCD monitor.
Power Saving 
Power turns off after the set time of non-operation elapses

* [Auto power off] settable to 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min., 4 min., 8 min., or 15 min.
Date/Time Battery 
Built-in secondary battery. When fully-charged, the date/time can be maintained for about three months.
Start-up Time 
Approx. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)

Back to TopDimensions and Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D) 
Approx. 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in./133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7mm
Approx. 18.2 oz. / 515g (body only)

Back to TopOperating Environment

Working Temperature Range 
Working Humidity Range 
85% or less
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