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The Canon EOS Rebel T3 digital SLR. Photo copyright ©2011, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Canon T3: New entry-level Rebel DSLR previewed
(Monday, February 7, 2011 - 00:00 EST)

Canon USA has today announced its new Canon EOS Rebel T3 digital SLR, known in some markets as the EOS 1100D, and we've just published our hands-on Canon T3 preview.

The Canon Rebel T3 is a replacement for the 2.5 year old Rebel XS model, and incorporates quite a range of updates to bring the camera up to date in the company's line. Perhaps most significantly, the Rebel T3 increases the sensor resolution to twelve megapixels, while switching to a current-generation DIGIC 4 processor. Also new in the Canon EOS T3 is a nine-point AF system with a wider working range of EV 0 ~ 18, and a single f/5.6 cross-type point at the center of the array. This sits alongside the company's current generation, iFCL 63 segment, dual layer metering chip. The Canon T3 also now supports the latest generation SDXC cards, including Eye-Fi types, and includes a greater selection of reduced resolution shooting options.

The Canon T3 also has a much wider ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 6,400 equivalents, an expanded +/-5 EV exposure compensation range, an adjustable Auto Lighting Optimization function, and the Highlight Tone Priority mode seen on many recent Canon DSLRs. It also adds high-def 720p movie shooting capability, HDMI video output, and a slightly larger 2.7-inch LCD display. Not all the changes are entirely positive, though. There's a new pentamirror viewfinder in the EOS T3 which has the same 95% coverage as that of its predecessor, but with ever so slightly decreased magnification (0.80x) and a narrower dioptric adjustment range (-2.5 to +0.5 diopters). Burst shooting speed is barely changed at 3 frames per second, but burst depth falls to just 4-5 large/fine JPEG or two Raw frames.

The EOS Rebel T3 ships with a new kit lens, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II, in a bundle priced at around US$600. This lens' image stabilization system is said to offer a four-stop improvement. Availability is set at March 2011.

For a lot more hands-on detail, read our Canon T3 preview.

Note: The official press release launching the Canon T3 can be found in a separate news item.

Canon EOS Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D)
The Canon EOS Rebel T3 digital SLR. Photo copyright ©2011, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeSLR
Model NumberNorth America: T3
Dimensions5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in.
(130 x 100 x 78 mm)
Weight17.5 oz (495 g)
Planned Price$600
Planned AvailabilityMarch 2011
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCanon CMOS
APS-C (approx. 1.04 in. diagonal)
12.60 megapixels (total)
12.20 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Focal Length Multiplier1.60
Aspect Ratio16:9
Image Dimensions4272 x 2848 (12.2 megapixels)
3088 x 2056 (6.3 megapixels)
2256 x 1504 (3.4 megapixels)
1920 x 1280 (2.5 megapixels)
720 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Capture SpeedStandard: 2.5 frames per second for 7 frames
Continuous: 3.0 frames per second for 7 frames
Image Quality2 levels
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, SLR type; fixed eye-level pentamirror, 95% coverage, 0.80x mag., 21mm eyepoint, -2.5 to +0.5 diopter
LCD2.7 in. diagonal
230,000 dots (approx. 77,000 pixels)
Playback Zoom10.0x max
Lens TypeInterchangeable Lens
3x optical zoom
58mm lens thread
Lens MountCanon EF, EF-S
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length18.0 - 55.0mm (actual)
29 - 88mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.5 - 22 (wide) / f/5.6 - 38 (tele)
Focusing SystemPhase Detect with TTL-CT-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS Sensor: 9 points; 1 cross-type f/5.6, 8 single-axis; Live View: Phase Detect, Contrast Detect, Face etect modes
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing RangeNormal: 10" - infinity (25 cm - infinity)
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100 - 6400 in 1/3 or 1EV steps
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes63-zone Evaluative (linked to any AF point), Center-weighted, Partial (10%); iFCL with dual layer sensor
Exposure Compensation+/- 5.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
Internal FlashGuide Number: 9
Modes: E-TTL II
Range: Lens aperture dependent
Flash Exposure Compensation+/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV increments
Scene ModesCreative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports,Night portrait, Flash off, Auto Depth-of-field AE
Self TimerYes, 10, 2, Continuous (2-10) seconds
Time LapseNo
Movie FormatMPEG-4 with audio
Max. clip length: 660 seconds ()
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format.CR2 RAW (14-bit), RAW+JPEG, JPEG
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: No
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherMini HDMI-CEC, Wired Remote Jack
Battery TypeLithium-ion rechargeble
Battery Form FactorProprietary LP-E10
Product Bundle
SoftwareEOS Digital Solutions Disc (EOS Utility, ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser, Digital Photo Professional, Picture Style Editor, Movie Edit Task, Video Snapshot Task, PhotoStitch)
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary LP-E10 Lithium-ion rechargeble battery and charger
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlYes, Optional wired.
NotesFeature Guide, Basic + Function, Video Snapshot, 720p Movies.
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The Canon EOS Rebel T3 digital SLR. Photo copyright ©2011, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
The Canon EOS Rebel T3 digital SLR. Photo copyright ©2011, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!

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