The Canon EOS Rebel T3i SLR camera was unveiled in early 2010 and made it to the list the digital rebel tradition cameras that are somewhat ‘cheap’ and ideal for entry level enthusiasts. It however made it to prime end of the entry-level EOS cameras by Canon, even beating the prevailing Rebel T2i EOS 550D. The Canon EOS Rebel T3i camera has the appropriate tools for capturing full HD movies and lovely still images. Here are the features that make the Rebel T3i good for fun and straightforward photography.

Design and Features

Unlike the cameras that came before it, Canon EOS Rebel T3i SLR has a much improved grip that is a little deeper from front to back with a carved channel on the back of it. This channel provides an anchor surface for the thumb of the photographer. People with larger hands may find it a good squeeze. However, it weighs 583g, 60g heavier than its predecessor, the T2i Rebel.

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As it is with many cameras of the same class, Canon EOS Rebel T3i SLR camera uses a pentamirror viewfinder that though its overall design makes it one of the higher pentamirror finders available in the market today. The viewfinder shows approximately 95% of the scene or image to be captured with a 5% margin of error which is of very little consequence for traditional photographers.

The Canon EOS Rebel T3i SLR camera comes with a swivel-and-tilt LCD screen, a feature that makes it very easy to articulate. This is hinged on the side and not the normal primary positioning. With this kind of design, taking shots while having it placed on a tripod or a pinnacle becomes much more enjoyable. In addition to a host of other features, Canon used the ClearView display technology that makes use of a layer of optical elastic material in between the cover glass to make the EOS Rebel T3i produce exceptionally clear outdoor and indoor images.

Pros and Cons

Unlike previous models, the Rebel T3i has additional Creative Filter functions that reduce distortion of images that is seen through a fisheye lens. However, this feature is only available for still images and not videos.

The camera comes with an Auto+ mode that combines 5 auto-functions into one. These are Auto Lighting Optimizer, Auto Exposure, Auto White Balance, Picture Style Auto and Autofocus. Therefore, with one smart exposure mode, you will be ready to take shots.


The T3i is an impressive piece of investment for aspiring photographers because the quality of its images stands among the best for cameras within its price range. Additionally, its video mode is quite comprehensive and gives wonderful quality if used properly.

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