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EOS 600D / Rebel T3i vs other Canon consumer SLRs

The chart below compares the Rebel T3i with other recent Canon cameras. What we've done below is presented something of a hybrid comparison between these three models. A red cell means that a given camera performs below the other two, a green cell means that it performs better than the other two, and a yellow cell means it falls between the other two. In cases where two cameras share a capability, both cells will be colored green or red as appropriate.

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EOS 600D / Rebel T3i vs other Canon consumer SLRs
Manufacturer
Canon
Canon
Canon
Model
EOS 550D
Digital Rebel T2i
EOS 1100D
Digital Rebel T3
EOS 600D
Digital Rebel T3i
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Canon
Canon
Canon
Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Color Filter Array
RGB
RGB
RGB
Total Megapixels
18.7
12.6
18.7
Effective Megapixels
18.0
12.2
18.0
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
22.3 x 14.9
22.0 x 14.7
22.3 x 14.9
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
1.6x
1.6x
1.6x
Image Processor
DIGIC 4
DIGIC 4
DIGIC 4
A/D Resolution
14-bit
14-bit
14-bit
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level pentamirror
Coverage
95%
95%
95%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
0.87x
0.80x
0.85x
Eyepoint (mm)
19
21
19
Viewfinder Blackout (ms)
130

150

130

Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)
-3.0 to +1.0

-2.5 to +0.5

-3.0 to +1.0

Focusing Screen
Fixed, precision matte screen
Fixed, precision matte screen
Fixed, precision matte screen
Viewfinder
Info Display
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, Highlight Tone Priority (D+), maximum burst, SD memory card information
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, Highlight Tone Priority (D+), maximum burst, SD memory card information
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture, AE lock, exposure level, ISO speed, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), monochrome shooting, white balance correction, Highlight Tone Priority (D+), maximum burst, SD memory card information
Depth of Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Recording
System
Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type
SD / SDHC / SDXC
including Eye-Fi
SD / SDHC / SDXC
including Eye-Fi
SD / SDHC / SDXC
including Eye-Fi
Compatible File System
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW (14-bit CR2), JPEG
RAW (14-bit CR2), JPEG
RAW (14-bit CR2), JPEG
Maximum Resolution
5,184 x 3,456
4,272 x 2,848
5,184 x 3,456
Reduced Resolutions (JPEG only)
2,456 x 2,304
2,592 x 1,728

3,088 x 2,056 M
2,256 x 1,504 S1
1,920 x 1,280 S2
720 x 480 S3

3,456 x 2,304 M
2,592 x 1,728 S1
1,920 x 1,280 S2
720 x 480 S3

RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes,
JPEG large/fine only
Yes,
JPEG large/fine only
Yes,
JPEG large/fine only
Color Space &
White Balance
User-Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
Processing Parameters
(Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Color Tone) / # of Increments
8 options for sharpness, 9 options for contrast, saturation, and color tone. 

6 Picture styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome), plus 3 user defined
8 options for sharpness, 9 options for contrast, saturation, and color tone. 

6 Picture styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome), plus 3 user defined
8 options for sharpness, 9 options for contrast, saturation, and color tone. 

7 Picture styles (Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome), plus 3 user defined
Preset WB settings
6 (Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash)
6 (Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash)
6 (Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash)
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
Not available
Not available
Not available
WB Adjustment Range
±9 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
±9 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
±9 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
Autofocus
System
Type
TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
(TTL secondary image registration, phase detection)
TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
(TTL secondary image registration, phase detection)
TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
(TTL secondary image registration, phase detection)
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type)
9 points
(1 enhanced cross-type, 8 single-axis)
9 points
(1 cross-type f/5.6, 8 single-axis)
9 points
(1 enhanced cross-type, 8 single-axis)
Superimposed Focus Point Display
Yes
Yes
Yes
AF Working Range
EV -0.5 ~ 18
EV 0 ~ 18
EV -0.5 ~ 18
AF-assist Beam
Yes, stroboscopic flash (Range: Approx. 4.0m / 13.1ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5ft. off-center)
Yes, stroboscopic flash (Range: Approx. 4.0m / 13.1ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5ft. off-center)
Yes, stroboscopic flash (Range: Approx. 4.0m / 13.1ft. at center, approx. 3.5m/11.5ft. off-center)
AF Servo Modes
One-shot, AI Servo, AI Focus
One-shot, AI Servo, AI Focus
One-shot, AI Servo, AI Focus
AF Area Modes
Single area, Auto area, tracking (in AI Servo mode)
Single area, Auto area, tracking (in AI Servo mode)
Single area, Auto area, tracking (in AI Servo mode)
Fine-tune Focus Adjustment
No
No
No
Exposure
Control
Shooting Modes
14 - Program AE (Creative Auto, Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Manual exposure, ETTL-II autoflash, Movie
14 - Program AE (Creative Auto, Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Manual exposure, ETTL-II autoflash, Movie
14 - Program AE (Creative Auto, Auto+, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Depth-of-field AE, Manual exposure, ETTL-II autoflash, Movie
Metering Zones
63
(iFCL with dual layer sensor)
63
(iFCL with dual layer sensor)
63
(iFCL with dual layer sensor)
Metering Modes
Evaluative (linked to any AF point), center weighted average,
9% partial,
4% center spot
Evaluative (linked to any AF point), center weighted average,
10% partial
Evaluative (linked to any AF point), center weighted average,
9% partial,
4% center spot
Metering System Working Range
EV 1 ~ 20
EV 1 ~ 20
EV 1 ~ 20
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 6400 / 12800
100 ~ 6400
100 ~ 6400 / 12800
Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
±5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
±5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps, ±4 EV offset, 3 shots
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps, ±5 EV offset, 3 shots
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps, ±5 EV offset, 3 shots
Shadow Correction
Yes, Auto Lighting Optimization (4 levels)
Yes, Auto Lighting Optimization (4 levels)
Yes, Auto Lighting Optimization (4 levels)
Highlight Correction
Yes, Highlight Tone Priority
Yes, Highlight Tone Priority
Yes, Highlight Tone Priority
Shutter Speeds,
Frame Rate, Shutter Lag
Shutter Type
Mechanical, all speeds electronically controlled
Mechanical, all speeds electronically controlled
Mechanical, all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speed Range
1/4,000 ~ 30 sec. (1/2 or 1/3EV increments) and bulb
1/4,000 ~ 30 sec. (1/2 or 1/3EV increments) and bulb
1/4,000 ~ 30 sec. (1/2 or 1/3EV increments) and bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth
3.64 fps / 10 large/fine JPEG frames or 6 RAW frames or 3 RAW + JPEG frames
2.94 fps / 17 large/fine JPEG frames,
1.96 fps / 3 RAW frames,
1.35 fps / 1 RAW + JPEG frame

3.64 fps / 9 large/fine JPEG frames or 5 RAW frames,
3.33 fps / 3 RAW+JPEG frames

Shutter lag, full AF (sec.)
0.21
0.19
0.16
Shutter lag, prefocus (sec.)
0.096
0.113
0.087
Startup time (sec.)
~0.4
~0.3
~1.5
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Yes (9.2 meters, 30 feet)
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/200
1/200
1/200
Flash Exposure Compensation
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
Slow-sync flash
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
PC Sync Terminal
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Playback
System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
3.0 in. LCD / 1.04M dot
2.7 in. LCD / 230K dots
3.0 in. LCD / 1.04M dots
 
LCD Aspect Ratio
3:2
4:3
3:2
 
LCD Viewing Angles
160 degrees
170 degrees
160 degrees
 
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
1.5~10x / Yes
1.5~10x / Yes
1.5~10x / Yes
 
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
7 steps
7 steps
7 steps
 
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other Features
Computer Connection
USB 2.0 High-Speed
USB 2.0 High-Speed
USB 2.0 High-Speed
Direct Printing (PictBridge-compliant printers)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Menu Languages
25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Ukrainian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Ukrainian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Ukrainian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Camera Default Reset
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Functions (Quantity)
Yes (12)
Yes (12)
Yes (12)
Remote Control
Compatible with Remote Switch RS-60E3; Remote Controller RC-6 , RC-5, RC-1
Compatible with Remote Switch RS-60E3
No Wireless Support
Compatible with Remote Switch RS-60E3; Remote Controller RC-6 , RC-5, RC-1
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
No / n/a
No / n/a
No / n/a
Ultrasonic sensor dust-removal function
Yes
No
Yes
In-Body Anti-Shake
(sensor shift)
No
No
No
Electronic Level
No
No
No
Live View
Yes, Phase Detection or Contrast Detection:
Quick Mode, Live Mode, Face Detect Live Mode AF
Yes, Phase Detection or Contrast Detection:
Quick Mode, Live Mode, Face Detect Live Mode AF
Yes, Phase Detection or Contrast Detection:
Quick Mode, Live Mode, Face Detect Live Mode AF
Movie Mode
Yes (MPEG-4)
1920x1080@30/25/24fps, 1280x720@60/50fps, 640x480@60/50fps
Yes (MPEG-4)
1280x720@30/25 fps
Yes (MPEG-4)
1920x1080@30/25/24fps, 1280x720@60/50fps, 640x480@30/25fps
Dedicated Movie/Live View Button
Yes
Yes
Yes
Manual Exposure during Movies
Yes
(Aperture, Shutter-speed, ISO)
No
Yes
(Aperture, Shutter-speed, ISO)
Stereo Mic Jack
Yes
No
Yes
HDMI Output
Yes
(HDMI-CEC)
Yes
(HDMI-CEC)
Yes
(HDMI-CEC)
Lens Defect Correction
Yes, Peripheral Illumination Correction
Yes, Peripheral Illumination Correction
Yes, Peripheral Illumination Correction
Body Structure
Body Cover/Chassis
Largely plastic / stainless steel frame
Largely plastic / stainless steel frame
Largely plastic / stainless steel frame
Power System
Battery Compatibility
Main: LP-E8
Backup: Built-in
Main: LP-E10
Backup: Built-in
Main: LP-E8
Backup: Built-in
Rated Shooting Capacity at 20°C/68°F (CIPA test, 50% flash usage)
440
700
440
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
128.8 x 97.5 x 75.3
129.9 x 99.7 x 77.9
133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7
Weight (body only)
475 g / 16.8 oz.
495 g / 17.5 oz.
570 g / 20.1 oz.
Operational
Environment
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
Operating Humidity Range
< 85%
< 85%
< 85%
Kit Lens
Focal length/aperture
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Lens Compatibility
Lens Mount / Compatibility
EF / All EOS lenses, plus EF-S lenses
EF / All EOS lenses, plus EF-S lenses
EF / All EOS lenses, plus EF-S lenses