gGadget > Canon® T3i Camera Overview
Many reviewers have named the Canon T3i camera the best entry-level DLSR on the market. The Canon T3i, or Canon EOS 600D Digital Rebel T3i (if you want to be specific), is a user-friendly DLSR that makes it easy for budding photographers to take stunning photos. It’s also one of the most efficient DLSRs for recording HD videos. Although the T3i has a somewhat short battery life, and the camera is a little sluggish when it comes to auto focusing, most users can’t find much to complain about when it comes to this camera. Here’s our overview of what’s considered the most popular camera for novice photographers right now:
The Canon Rebel T3i is a small and lightweight camera. Its body measures in at 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches, and it weighs 20.6 ounces with batteries.
The control panel on the back of the Canon Rebel T3i is pretty standard. Everything you need to carefully adjust many of the settings of your T3i is in an accessible place. If you’ve used the T2i, the T3i’s predecessor, you’ll notice that the T3i’s buttons are all in the same places as the T2i’s.
The Canon Rebel T3i’s 100-12800 range of ISO settings make it an ideal camera for all lighting conditions. The powerful yet small T3i is built to reduce noise in all situations. It just takes a few seconds to adjust the ISO settings and shoot crisp, clear pictures in the brightest situations and at night.
This DLSR’s 18.”0″ CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor work to enhance the quality and integrity of each pixel in each picture you take. The CMOS sensor speeds up how long it takes a signal to reach the image processor. The result is a picture with relatively no noise and a camera that consumes less energy overall.
You can choose from hundreds of different lenses to use with your T3i. The wide selection of T3i-compatible lenses means that you have a lot of customization options when it comes to zoom range, image stabilization, and aperture. Lenses generally range in price from around $200 to over $5,000.
The control buttons on the top of the T3i allow you to easily adjust the shutter speed, change the ISO settings, and switch to video recording mode. If you want to adjust the shutter speed, you just have to to push the capture button halfway down and turn it until you land on the right speed.
The Rebel T3i’s vast range of ISO settings work in conjunction with the camera’s built-in flash to ensure that pictures come out clear in most situations. You can also opt to add a flash attachment to the top of the camera to dramatically increase the clarity of pictures taken in low-light settings.
The Rebel T3i comes with a number of creative filter options, including “Fish-Eye Effect,” which distorts an image in the same manner a fish-eye camera lens would. Other T3i creative filter options are “Grainy Black and White Effect,” which produces an antique looking black and white image, and “Toy Camera Effect,” which produces an image with vignetting and interesting color distortions.
The T3i comes with a swivel LCD screen, which is what professional photographers seem to appreciate the most about the camera. A swivel LCD screen allows you view your picture subject even when the camera is positioned at your waist.
This mighty little DLSR is also able to capture Full HD videos in 1080p. You can use the T3i’s Video Snapshot function to record short clips of videos, which allows for easy editing of big video projects.
Overall, the Rebel T3i is a great choice for novice photographers as well as hobby and professional photographers who don’t need all the extras of a higher-end camera.