• APS-C 328.6mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • APS-C 323.4mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Canon XS advantages over Canon T3

  • Less shutter lag
    0.16 vs 0.31 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)

Canon T3 advantages over Canon XS

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $700 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 700 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • More pixels
    12.2 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    17 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • 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

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.

The Competition

Compared to Sony DSLR-A200

Canon XS
Sony DSLR-A200
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Canon T3
Sony DSLR-A200
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $470
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K200D

Canon XS
Pentax K200D
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T3
Pentax K200D
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony DSLR-A230

Canon XS
Sony DSLR-A230
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Canon T3
Sony DSLR-A230
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D3100

Canon XS
Nikon D3100
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 24p video
Canon T3
Nikon D3100
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Sony A33

Canon XS
Sony A33
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T3
Sony A33
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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