• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • $551 Average Retail $600 MSRP
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • $791 Average Retail $900 MSRP

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Advantages

Canon T3i over Canon T5i

  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    7.5x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Canon T5i over Canon T3i

  • Fast startup
    0.70 vs 1.50 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    17 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (single-shot mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    9 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Good grip; Full HD video recording; Swiveling LCD; Very fast autofocus; HDMI output.

  • Slow frame rate for sports shooting; Tendency to overexpose in bright sunlight; Live View AF is slow; No microfocus adjustment.

  • Excellent image quality; 9 cross-type AF points; Stereo microphones; Built-in touchscreen; Multi-shot modes; Improved kit lens; Even more affordable.

  • Little-changed from the earlier T4i; Slow Live View and video autofocus; High ISO performance is unimproved; Below-average battery life; No dedicated AF illuminator.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T4i

Canon T3i
Canon T4i
  • $551
  • APS-C
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $791
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Kit lens zoom ratio

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon T3i
Nikon D7000
  • $551
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • 60p
  • $1111
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon T5i
Nikon D7000
  • $791
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1111
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D5100

Canon T3i
Nikon D5100
  • $551
  • APS-C
  • 60p
  • Faster RAW shooting
  • $546
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon T5i
Nikon D5100
  • $791
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $546
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A58

Canon T3i
Sony A58
  • $551
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • 60p
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon T5i
Sony A58
  • $791
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax K-50

Canon T3i
Pentax K-50
  • $551
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • External Mic
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon T5i
Pentax K-50
  • $791
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $582
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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