Digital SLR Camera Reviews:
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens and EOS HD Movie Mode

The Canon Rebel T3 is considered introductory digital SLR. In other words, it's very suitable for a beginner and yet it's not short on the number of features and benefits to help you take great photos.

It has a nice compact design and feels like the kind of camera you can use for a quick photo shoot or take with you on a full day’s hike.

Quick Reference Points

• 17.4 oz.
• 12.2 MP
• EOS HD movie mode
• LCD live view and grid overlay option
• Memory card compatible: SD, SDHC, SDXC
• Battery LP-E10
• Extra battery pack LP-E10x1 (optional)
• Remote switch RS-60E3 (optional)
• LCD screen 2.7” (and 230,000 dots)
• File format JPEG and RAW

As you may be well aware, not all digital SLR cameras come with video capability. While this may not be a concern, or even necessary for you, I think it’s certainly worth mentioning.

With 12.2 MP (megapixels) you have the capability for creating nice enlargements. In comparison, a camera with 18 MP, for example, will give you more leeway for enlargements.

This is something you may want to consider depending on what you do with your pictures. Such as, do you have any of your pictures printed and if so do you want larger than 4x6?

LCD Live View means you have the option of placing your eye to the viewfinder for composing your pictures or using the LCD monitor (screen) on the back of the camera.

The number of dots are noted because the more you have of them the easier it is to see your subject, or playback images, on the LCD monitor. Can you find higher dots, yes. Is it a make or break for deciding which camera to buy? In my personal opinion no, it is not.

A feature you may want to experiment with at a later date is the in-camera RAW file format processing.

When you take pictures you're most likely using the JPEG file format, at least for now. This RAW processing feature means you can process RAW file formats in-camera rather than being restricted to downloading photos and then processing/editing on a computer.

Basic Features

• 3 fps
• Exposure metering for 63 zones
• 9 point high precision auto focus system
• Manual focus system feature
• 1/4000 maximum shutter speed
• ISO range 100 – 6400

3 (fps) frames per second combined with a quick auto focus allows you to capture moving subjects quite satisfactorily. The 63 zone metering will provide you with a high level of accuracy for determining exposure throughout your scene and for help in more challenging lighting situations.

You have the option of using the 9 focus points either automatically or manually selected. While auto focus is certainly a very convenient feature, so, too, is manual.

In fact, there will be certain situations when you'll want to switch to manual and the good news is it's a basic function of a great many digital SLR's.

With 1/4000 of a second shutter speed maximum you’re getting lots of help for taking action shots which require a faster shutter speed. This means you'll have more success capturing moving subjects in crisp clear focus and without unintentional subject blur.

Know, however, that if you love taking action shots you may prefer a model that can deliver a faster shutter speed, such as 1/8000 of a second, available in the Canon 60D.

With the ISO range of 100 - 6400 you'll be able to use this function to help you deal with low light situations as well as being able to take pictures without necessarily needing the flash.

You should be able to handle a variety of different photography/subject situations to your satisfaction, for the most part, with this range.

In comparison, some camera reviews will note that you can "push" the ISO. For example, ISO 100-3200, pushing to 12,800.

Exposure Duration

• Shutter speed up to 30”
• Self timers of 2” (seconds)and 10”
• Bulb mode

This gives you fabulous options, even if you don't yet realize the range of timed exposure possibilities available to you.

The self timer is more self-explanatory as you can literally set your camera to take the photo either 2 or 10 seconds after you press the shutter release button.

The bulb mode gives you complete control over the length of the exposure. In comparison, any setting other than bulb restricts you to 30" (seconds) or less.

For example, the last time I took photos of the Northern Lights I was shooting in Bulb and varying the length of exposures between 90 to 120 seconds.

Bonus Features

• Feature Guide

A built in feature Guide is displayed for each shooting mode you help you understand, and make the most of, the different settings.

• In-camera creative imaging

This means you can let loose with your creative side as you take advantage of creating a unique and artistic expression with your pictures.

• Quick control screen

Allows for quickly accessing the most common settings in one convenient location.

Is There a Warranty?

Warranty information can be quite detailed and we suggest you definitely check into it as you should expect to have some kind of coverage.

We recommended that you do your own research and ask questions prior to or at the time of purchase so you know what you’re getting, or not getting.

Expect to Pay

Generally speaking we found prices in the mid $550.00 USD varying from $547.00 to $599.00. Some providers offer such perks as free shipping or instant rebate savings.

Any Complaints?

I found a few and some may be important to you and some not.

This camera has no textured grip.

Because it's lightweight the balance may feel "off" when using longer, heavier lenses.

LCD monitor is not as reliable as some for discerning the quality of pictures. (It's always best not to judge your photos by relying on the LCD, anyway).

A memory card as part of the package would be nice.

The instruction manual could be better.

Favorable Comments

It is a good entry level model.

You're not going to pay as much as for other models.

It's nice and lightweight.

Good, fast auto focus.

Great for a beginner photographer.

Good battery life.

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