• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Canon T2i advantages over Canon T3i

  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Lighter weight
    736g vs 1031g
    Lighter weight

Canon T3i advantages over Canon T2i

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $900 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 88 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-7

Canon T2i
Pentax K-7
  • $692
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T3i
Pentax K-7
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony DSLR-A580

Canon T2i
Sony DSLR-A580
  • $692
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T3i
Sony DSLR-A580
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A55

Canon T2i
Sony A55
  • $692
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T3i
Sony A55
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $734
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K-5

Canon T2i
Pentax K-5
  • $692
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T3i
Pentax K-5
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $749
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon T4i

Canon T2i
Canon T4i
  • $692
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Lighter weight
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon T3i
Canon T4i
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • $539
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Fast startup
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