Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50
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Canon EOS Rebel T3 Review
26 April 2013
Excerpt: The Rebel T3 is Canon's replacement for its successful entry-level camera, the Rebel XS. The T3 has been a long time coming in digital photography terms. It doesn't offer much in the way of surprises, but it's a compact and easy to use DSLR.
Pros: Basic screens to help beginners learn about the camera, Reliable metering, Accurate AF
Cons: Small viewfinder, Camera body feels cheaply constructed, Limited movie mode
Conclusion: The 1100D can also shoot at a handy 3fps useful for capturing everyone looking and smiling in a big group of family members or for capturing a fast moment without the possibility of potentially missing the shot. Whether you’re keen to get into the specifics of photography and want a more customizable option or are happy to let the camera do all the work you won’t be disappointed with the quality of images that are produced.
Excerpt: (1 items) Canon’s entry-level EOS Rebel T3 is a step up from Canon’s popular XS DSLR, adding a bump up to a 12 megapixel sensor, a DIGIC 4 processor, longer battery life, higher ISO capabilities, improved autofocus and metering systems and the now ubiquitous video capture—a feature missing from the older XS. Its core functionality is very similar to its predecessor although the updated $600 (MSRP) model is even more user-friendly.
Pros: Solid but basic feature set, Superior low light/high ISO performance, Superior image quality, Beginner friendly Feature Guide
Cons: No spot metering, Video mode must be set via mode dial, Video limited to 720p (no 1080, no VGA), No dust removal system
Summary: The Canon EOS 1100D is well worth a look for users wanting to step up to the digital SLR market. It's affordable, offers a good range of features and is easily capable of shooting amazing photographs. As always, however, it'll be haunted by slightly older Canon models – it's still possible to buy the now defunct EOS 550D, for instance, which offers a bigger screen and nicer build quality for similar money.
Summary: With the introduction of the T3, Canon lists no fewer than six Rebel cameras in their total DSLR pool of thirteen models. The T3 fits into this hierarchy near the bottom of the pile with an MSRP of only $50 more than the cheapest model, the Rebel XS. Canon's entry-level model fleet spans an MSRP range from $550-$900 and includes offerings with sensor resolutions of 10, 12, 15, and 18 megapixels.
Pros: Good still and video image quality, Good burst shooting performance with JPEG files, Good high ISO noise performance, Good portability
Cons: 2.7-inch monitor size becoming dated, AF acquisition times are not bad, but among slowest in class, Video capture process involves multiple steps; no continuous AF capability
Conclusion: The Canon EOS Rebel T3 is a mixed bag. We have some difficulty recommending it wholeheartedly — newbies should closely look at the $650, 14-megapixel Nikon D3100 instead if they’re moving up to an entry-level DSLR even though it costs more. It’s a better camera. As an end note to the weekend, we took a bunch of shots with an older 16-megapixel, 10fps AVCHD Sony SLT-A55 , a $799 DSLR with an 18-55mm lens. That one was so much superior, it was comical.
Pros: Responsive, good quality 12.2-megapixel DSLR, 720p HD Videos at 30 fps, 3fps burst mode
Cons: No front AF Assist lamp (uses built-in flash), Images not super sharp, Awkward control placement
Summary: The EOS T3 / 1100D also improves on most aspects of its predecessor. The sensor resolution has jumped from 10 to 12 Megapixels , the AF system from 7 to 9-points, the DIGIC image processor upgraded from version III to IV, and the screen size from 2.5 to 2.7in. The viewfinder and continuous shooting specifications are pretty much the same as before though.
Pros: Good image quality that's similar to modern 14 Mpixel rivals., Quick and easy access to many settings., Live View and HD video recording (albeit at 720p only)., Supplied with decent RAW and remote control software.
Cons: Plasticky body with no rubber surfaces - feels cheap., Continuous shooting buffer small. Slows down for RAW., Relatively small 2.7in screen., Weaker popup flash than many rivals.
Excerpt: These days itâ€™s hard to tell the entry level cameras apart from the fully geared up models. The Canon Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) sits between the EOS 1000D and EOS 550D models, looking and feeling like any Canon DSLR, from the lofty 5D Mark II all the way down. To suss out its personality you have to scratch beneath the surface… The review camera arrived with the f3.5/18-35mm kit lens as the test optic.