EOS 600D / Rebel T3i vs prosumer SLRs

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

EOS 600D / Rebel T3i vs prosumer SLRs
Manufacturer
Canon
Canon
Nikon
Nikon
Model
EOS 600D
Digital Rebel T3i
EOS 60D
D5000
D7000
Imaging
System
Sensor Manufacturer
Canon
Canon
Sony
Sony
Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Color Filter Array
RGB
RGB
RGB
RGB
Total Megapixels
18.7
19.0
12.9
16.9
Effective Megapixels
18.0
18.0
12.3
16.2
Effective Sensor Size (mm)
22.3 x 14.9
22.3 x 14.9
23.6 x 15.8
23.6 x 15.6
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.)
1.6x
1.6x
1.5x
(Nikon DX)
1.5x
(Nikon DX)
Image Processor
DIGIC 4
DIGIC 4
EXPEED
EXPEED 2
A/D Resolution
14-bit
14-bit
12-bit
14-bit
Viewfinder
Type
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level pentaprism
Eye-level pentamirror
Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage
95%
96%
95%
100%
Magnification (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
0.85x
0.95x
0.78x
0.94x
Eyepoint (mm)
19
22
17.9
19.5
Viewfinder Blackout (ms)

130

100
Unknown
Unknown
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters)

-3.0 to +1.0

-3.0 to +1.0
-1.7 to +0.7
-3.0 to +1.0
Focusing Screen
Fixed, precision matte screen
Interchangeable, Ef-A standard precision matte screen supplied
Type-B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V, with on-demand grid lines
Type-B BriteView clear matte screen Mark II, with on-demand grid lines
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 and focus confirmation light), Exposure information (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level, Spot metering circle, exposure warning), Flash information (Flash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock, red-eye reduction light), Image information (Highlight tone priority (D+), Monochrome shooting, maximum burst (2-digit display), white balance correction, card information), Electronic level (Horizontal only), Battery check
Optional framing grid, center-weighted metering circle, memory card indicator, focus point indicator, focus indicator, AE lock indicator, shutter speed, aperture, battery indicator, bracketing indicator, number of exposures remaining, buffer remaining, white balance recording indicator, exposure compensation value, flash compensation value, capture mode indicator, ISO sensitivity, flash ready indicator, flexible program indicator, exposure indicator, exposure compensation display, flash compensation indicator, exposure compensation indicator, auto ISO sensitivity indicator, warning indicator
Optional framing grid, focus points, AF area mode, AF area brackets, battery indicator, black-and-white indicator, memory card indicator, focus indicator, AE lock, shutter speed, AF mode, aperture, low battery warning, exposure and flash bracketing indicator, WB bracketing indicator, ADL bracketing indicator, ISO sensitivity indicator, flash ready indicator, FV lock indicator, flash sync indicator, aperture stop indicator, exposure indicator, exposure compensation display, tilt indicator, flash compensation indicator, exposure compensation indicator, auto ISO sensitivity indicator, number of exposures remaining, buffer remaining, ISO sensitivity, preset white balance recording indicator, exposure compensation value, Active D-Lighting amount, AF-area mode
Depth of Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
No
Yes
Recording
System
Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type
SD / SDHC / SDXC
including Eye-Fi
SD / SDHC / SDXC
including Eye-Fi
Secure Digital card
 (SDHC compatible)
Dual Secure Digital cards (SDHC/SDXC compatible)
Compatible File System
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats
RAW (14-bit CR2), JPEG
RAW (14-bit CR2) including M-RAW and S-RAW, JPEG
RAW 12-bit (compressed NEF), JPEG
RAW 12-bit or 14-bit
(lossless compressed or compressed NEF), JPEG
Maximum Resolution
5,184 x 3,456
5,184 x 3,456
4288 x 2848
4928 x 3264
Reduced Resolutions (JPEG only)

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

3,888 x 2,592 M-RAW
3,456 x 2,304 M
2,592 x 1,728 S1 or S-RAW
1,920 x 1,280 S2
720 x 480 S3
3216 x 2136;
2144 x 1424
3696 x 2448;
2464 x 1632
RAW + JPEG Recording
Yes,
JPEG large/fine only
Yes, selectable RAW / JPEG resolution, selectable JPEG compression
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Color Space &
White Balance
User-Selectable Color Space
Yes
sRGB + Adobe RGB
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. 

7 Picture styles (Auto, 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
9 options for sharpening, 7 options for contrast, 3 options for brightness, 7 options for saturation, 5-step hue adjustment.
11 options for sharpening, 8 options for contrast, 3 options for brightness, 8 options for saturation, 7-step hue adjustment.
Preset WB settings
6 (Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash)
6 (Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash)
12 (Incandescent, Fluorescent [Sodium-vapor, Warm-white, White, Cool-white, Day white, Daylight, High temp. mercury-vapor], Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade)
12 (Incandescent, Fluorescent [Sodium-vapor, Warm-white, White, Cool-white, Day white, Daylight, High temp. mercury-vapor], Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade)
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range
Not available
2,500 ~ 10,000K in 100K increments
No
2,500 ~ 10,000K in increments of roughly 10 mired
WB Adjustment Range
±9 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
±9 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
6 steps in 1-step increments
5 mireds per step
±6 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 phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM1000 autofocus module
TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM4800DX autofocus module
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type)
9 points
(1 enhanced cross-type, 8 single-axis)
9 points
(all cross-type; center AF point has dual-cross sensor for f/2.8)
11 points
(1 center cross-type, 2 horizontal-type, 8 vertical-type)
39 points
(9 cross-type, 30 line type)
Superimposed Focus Point Display
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
AF Working Range
EV -0.5 ~ 18
EV 0 ~ 20
EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
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
Bright incandescent lamp
Yes
Bright incandescent lamp
AF Servo Modes
One-shot, AI Servo, AI Focus
One-shot, AI Servo, AI Focus
AF-S (single one-shot), AF-C (continuous tracking),
AF-A (for auto selection of AF-S or AF-C modes)
AF-S (single one-shot), AF-C (continuous tracking),
AF-A (for auto selection of AF-S or AF-C modes)
AF Area Modes
Single area, Auto area, tracking (in AI Servo mode)
Single area, Auto area, tracking (in AI Servo mode)
Single area, Dynamic area, Auto area, 3D tracking (11-points)
Single point (39 or 11), Dynamic Area [9 points, 21 points, 39 points, 39 points (3D-tracking)], Auto area
Fine-tune Focus Adjustment
No
No
No
Yes (settings for up to 12 lenses)
Exposure
Control
Shooting Modes
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
13 - Program AE (Creative Auto, Full Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Flash Off, Program), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, ETTL-II autoflash, Movie
13 - Program, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Auto, Auto with flash off, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Child, Night Portrait, SCENE (accesses 13 additional scene modes).
27 - Program, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual, Auto, Auto with flash off, Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait, Night landscape, Party/indoor, Beach/snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food, Silhouette, High key, Low key), U1, U2 (user settings).
Metering Zones
63
(iFCL with dual layer sensor)
63
(iFCL with dual layer sensor)
420
2,016
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,
6.5% partial,
2.8% center spot
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); metering performed by 420-segment RGB sensor.
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm dia. circle in center of frame.
3) Spot: Meters 3.5 mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area.
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data; metering performed by 2,016-segment RGB sensor.
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 6, 8, 10 or 13mm dia. circle in center of frame.
3) Spot: Meters 3.5mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used).
Metering System Working Range
EV 1 ~ 20
EV 0 ~ 20
1) EV 0 ~ 20 (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 ~ 20 (spot metering)
(ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
1) EV 0 ~ 20 (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 ~ 20 (spot metering)
(ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
ISO Range / Extended
100 ~ 6400 / 12800
100 ~ 6400 / 12800
100 / 200 ~ 3200 / 6400
100 ~ 6400 / 25600
Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
±5 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
+/- 5EV in 1/3EV increments
+/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps, ±5 EV offset, 3 shots
±3 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps, ±5 EV offset, 3 shots
3 shots, 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
2 or 3 shots, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV steps
Shadow Correction
Yes, Auto Lighting Optimization (4 levels)
Yes, Auto Lighting Optimization (4 levels)
Yes, Active D-Lighting (4 levels + Auto )
Yes, Active D-Lighting (5 levels + Auto )
Highlight Correction
Yes, Highlight Tone Priority
Yes, Highlight Tone Priority
Yes, Active D-Lighting (4 levels + Auto )
Yes, Active D-Lighting (4 levels + Auto )
Shutter Speeds,
Frame Rate, Shutter Lag
Shutter Type
Mechanical, all speeds electronically controlled
Mechanical, all speeds electronically controlled
(rated to 100K actuations)
Electronically controlled mechanical
(rated to 100K actuations)
Electronically controlled mechanical
(rated to 150K actuations)
Shutter Speed Range
1/4,000 ~ 30 sec. (1/2 or 1/3EV increments) and bulb
1/8,000 ~ 30 sec. (1/2 or 1/3EV increments) and bulb
1/4,000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
1/8,000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth

3.7 fps
34 large/fine JPEG frames
6 RAW frames
4 RAW+JPEG
(manufacturer specs)

5.3 fps
58 large/fine JPEG frames
16 RAW frames
7 RAW+large/fine JPEG
4.0 fps / >20 JPEG large/fine or 10 RAW frames
6 fps / 100 JPEG large/fine
(manufacturer's spec)
Shutter lag, full AF (sec.)
0.25
(manufacturer spec)
0.25
0.28
0.24
Shutter lag, prefocus (sec.)
0.08
(manufacturer spec)
0.063
0.085
0.053
Startup time (sec.)
~0.4
(manufacturer spec)
~0.4
~0.4
~0.4
Flash
Built-in Flash / Guide Number at ISO 100.
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Yes (13 meters / 43 feet)
Yes
(12, manual 13)
Yes
(12, manual 13)
Max flash x-sync speed. (sec.)
1/200
1/250
1/200
1/250
(up to 1/320 at reduced GN)
Flash Exposure Compensation
±2 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
±3 EV in 1/2 or 1/3 EV increments
-3 to +1 EV, 1/3 EV steps
-3 to +1 EV, 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Slow-sync flash
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
1st or 2nd curtain
PC Sync Terminal
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Hot shoe only
Playback
System
LCD Size / Pixel Count
3.0 in. LCD / 1.04M dots
3.0 in. LCD / 1.04M dots
2.7 in LCD / 230K dots
3.0 in LCD / 920K dots
 
LCD Aspect Ratio
3:2
3:2
4:3
4:3
 
LCD Viewing Angles
160 degrees
160 degrees
170 degrees
170 degrees
 
Enlarged Playback / Scroll
1.5~10x / Yes
1.5~10x / Yes
1.1 - 25x for large images, 19x for medium images, or 13x for small ones / Yes
1.1 - 31x for large images, 23x for medium images, or 15x for small ones / Yes
 
LCD Monitor Brightness Adjustment Range
7 steps
7 steps
7 steps
7 steps
 
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Other Features
Computer Connection
USB 2.0 High-Speed
USB 2.0 High-Speed
Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed, PTP-compliant
Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed
Direct Printing (PictBridge-compliant printers)
Yes
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, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
16 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean)
22 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Danish, Norwegian, Arabic, Czech, Indonesian, Thai, Turkish)
Camera Default Reset
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Functions (Quantity)
Yes (12)
Yes (20)
Yes (23)
Yes (48)
Remote Control
Compatible with Remote Switch RS-60E3; Remote Controller RC-6 , RC-5, RC-1
Compatible with Remote Switch RS-60E3; Remote Controller RC-6 , RC-5, RC-1
Yes, accessory terminal for optional MC-DC2 wired remote, or ML-L3 wireless remote
Yes, accessory terminal for optional MC-DC2 wired remote, or ML-L3 wireless remote
Info LCD Panel / Illumination
No / n/a
Yes / Yes
(dedicated button)
No / n/a
Yes / Yes
(power switch)
Ultrasonic CCD dust-removal function
Yes
Yes
Yes
with Air-flow Control
Yes
In-Body Anti-Shake
(CCD shift)
No
No
No
No
Electronic Level
No
Yes, single axis (roll)
No
Yes, single axis (roll)
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, Contrast Detection AF only:
Face priority, Wide-Area, Normal-Area, Subject Tracking modes
Yes, Contrast Detection AF only:
Face priority, Wide-Area, Normal-Area, Subject Tracking modes; AF-F full-time continuous AF
Movie Mode
Yes (MPEG-4)
[email protected]/25/24fps, [email protected]/50fps, [email protected]/25fps
Yes (MPEG-4)
[email protected]/25/24fps, [email protected]/50fps, [email protected]/50fps
Yes (Motion JPEG):
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Yes (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC):
[email protected], [email protected]/25/24fps, [email protected]/25fps
Dedicated Movie/Live View Button
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Manual Exposure during Movies
Yes
(Aperture, Shutter-speed, ISO)
Yes
(Aperture, Shutter-speed, ISO)
No
Yes
(Aperture, Shutter-speed, ISO)
Stereo Mic Jack
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
HDMI Output
Yes
(HDMI-CEC)
Yes
(HDMI-CEC)
Yes
Yes
(HDMI-CEC)
Lens Defect Correction
Yes, Peripheral Illumination Correction
Yes, Peripheral Illumination Correction
Yes, Auto Distortion Control, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Reduction
Yes, Auto Distortion Control, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Reduction
Body Structure
Body Cover/Chassis
Largely plastic / stainless steel frame
Largely plastic / stainless steel frame
Largely plastic / stainless steel frame
Magnesium Alloy top / rear, plastic front / sides / base
Power System
Battery Compatibility
Main: LP-E8
Backup: Built-in
Main: LP-E6
Backup: Built-in
optional BG-e9 battery grip
EN-EL9 / EN-EL9a
EN-EL15,
optional MB-D11 battery grip
Rated Shooting Capacity at 20°C/68°F (CIPA test, 50% flash usage)
440
1,100
510
(with EN-EL9a)
1,050
(with EN-EL15)
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (WxHxD, mm)
133.1 x 99.5 x 79.7
144.5 x 105.8 x 78.6
127 x 104 x 80
132 x 105 x 77
Weight (body only)
570 g / 20.1 oz.
675 g / 23.8 oz.
560 g / 19.8 oz.
690 g / 24.3 oz.
Operational
Environment
Operating Temperature Range
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
0 ~ 40°C / 32 ~ 104°F
Operating Humidity Range
< 85%
< 85%
< 85%
< 85%
Kit Lens
Focal length/aperture
EF-S 18-55mm
f/3.5-5.6 IS II
EF-S 18-135mm
f/3.5-5.6 IS
18-55mm
f/3.5-5.6G VR
18-105mm
f/3.5-5.6G VR
Lens Compatibility
Lens Mount / Compatibility
EF / All EOS lenses, plus EF-S lenses
EF / All EOS lenses, plus EF-S lenses
  1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported;
  2. Type G- or D-AF-S Nikkor: All functions supported;
  3. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus;
  4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except autofocus, 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
  5. AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus;
  6. Some non-CPU lenses can be used in exposure mode M only, with no metering, autofocus or TTL flash control; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster.
  7. IX Nikkor lenses cannot be used.
  1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported;
  2. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported;
  3. Micro Nikkor 85mm F2.8D: All functions supported except some exposure modes;
  4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
  5. AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus;
  6. Non-CPU: Can be used in exposure mode A and M with metering; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster. Up to 9 non-CPU lenses can be registered.
  7. IX Nikkor Lenses cannot be used.