• APS-C 323.4mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon T3 advantages over Leica X Vario

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Fast startup
    ~0.30 vs 1.9 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 700 vs 350 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    17 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Leica X Vario advantages over Canon T3

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,320 vs 755 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.7 vs 11.0 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/200 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    6 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    920k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.2 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.4 fps vs 2.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12500 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Well-considered ergonomics and control layout; Solid build; Good image quality; Great battery life; High-def movie capture.

  • Frame rate and burst depth not the best, especially for raw; Weak flash for an SLR; No sensor cleaning function; No spot metering.

  • Outstanding design and build; Exceptionally sharp 28-70mm equivalent zoom lens; Very good still image quality with accurate and realistic colors; Fairly speedy and accurate autofocusing.

  • Expensive, especially for a fixed-lens compact; Relatively slow f/3.5-6.4 lens; Below average video functionality and quality; Not at all pocketable, about as big and heavy as a mirrorless camera with a moderate zoom lens attached.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D3100

Canon T3
Nikon D3100
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO
Leica X Vario
Nikon D3100
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A33

Canon T3
Sony A33
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Leica X Vario
Sony A33
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Pentax K-r

Canon T3
Pentax K-r
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Leica X Vario
Pentax K-r
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sigma dp2 Quattro

Canon T3
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher max flash sync
Leica X Vario
Sigma dp2 Quattro
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Sigma dp0 Quattro

Canon T3
Sigma dp0 Quattro
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $966
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher max flash sync
Leica X Vario
Sigma dp0 Quattro
  • $2099
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $966
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
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