Canon® T3 review, 10.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
The Canon T3 is the little brother to the Canon T3i. The T3 cost less, but it definitely presents a case of “you get what you pay for.” The camera, which was released in early 2011, is geared toward photography enthusiasts who are looking to upgrade from advanced point and shoot models to the DSLR segment. It isn’t a professional camera, but it has many of the same features that make the higher-end cameras so desirable. In this review we’ll take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of the Canon T3.
Canon T3 Advantages
The T3 is a big step up if you’re transitioning from a point and shoot. Here are some of the advantages you can expect with the T3:
- More and better lens options: If you’re upgrading from a point and shoot one of the biggest changes you’ll notice is that the T3 has an interchangeable lens system. You can use various Canon lenses depending on the type of shooting you’ll be doing. This leads to a lot of versatility that point and shoots simply can’t match. The T3 comes with an 18-55mm lens but you’ll have to go shopping if you want more lens options.
- Low price: As we mentioned before, the T3 is less expensive than the T3i. You’ll end up paying about $400 for the T3, which is more than $200 less than the T3i. If price is a factor you can’t go wrong with the T3.
- Video: The T3 is capable of shooting video as well. It can’t capture full high definition video, but it can manage 720p which is still very good.
- Burst shooting: The T3 can shoot at 3 frames per second almost indefinitely. Technically you can do it for 830 frames at that rate, but when are you going to need to be shooting that fast for that long?
The T3 packs in a lot of great features and capabilities for such a low price. It’s definitely a great option for people who are looking into their first DSLR, but there are some drawbacks to the camera.
Canon T3 Disadvantages
The T3 isn’t a perfect camera. Here are some of the disadvantages to this camera:
- Relatively low megapixels: The T3 sensor is 12.2 megapixels, which is on the low end of what’s available on the DSLR market. For comparison, the next model up comes with 18 megapixels. The 12.2 megapixels will still get you very good images, but it isn’t quite up to the standards of other cameras on the market.
- Poor display: The display on the T3 is 2.7 inches with an aspect ratio of 4:3, but it only has 230,000 dots. The T3i screen has more than a million. As a result, the T3’s display isn’t going to be as sharp as some other displays. The T3 display is also fixed instead of articulating, which might be a turn-off for some.
- No sensor cleaner: Many DSLR cameras have automatic sensor cleaners built into the camera, but that isn’t the case with the T3. The automatic cleaners make sure that there is no dust or anything else on the sensor so you don’t have anything show up on your images. With the T3 you have to clean the sensor manually, which might not be within some photographers’ comfort zone.
The disadvantages of the T3 are definitely there, but we don’t think any of them are deal breakers. If you absolutely need some of the things you can’t get with the T3, you could always move up to the T3i. Overall, the Canon T3 is a great camera for anyone who’s just getting into photography or those who want to upgrade from a point and shoot to a DSLR.