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Canon Rebel T3i - The Still Video Hybrid Camera

Updated on September 5, 2011

Who is Canon

February 10, 2011

Canon is a multi-national company based in Tokyo Japan. Originally Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, the company introduced its first optical film camera, the Kwanon, in 1935. After operating for approximately ten years the company changed its name to Canon, a more English friendly version of Kwanon.

Today, Canon manufactures both business and consumer imaging products. These products include printers, scanners, binoculars, compact digital cameras, film and digital SLR cameras, lenses and video camcorders.

Canon's Business Solutions division produces printers and other document solution products for both small and medium sized businesses as well as government. Printers include the mufti-function type in both color and black and white. They also produce large scanners, format printers, as well as software to support these products.

Canon also produces medical, optical and broadcast products, including x-ray devices, eye-exam instruments, broadcast lenses, semiconductors, and digital microfilm scanners.

In fact, Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory's second product, introduced in 1940, was an x-ray camera.

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Canon Rebel T3iCanon Rebel T3i
Canon Rebel T3i
Canon Rebel T3i | Source
Canon Rebel T3i
Canon Rebel T3i | Source

Canon Rebel T3i

First and foremost, this is not a "point-and-shoot" camera; it is a full fleged digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with interchangeable lenses.

Canon introduces new camera every February and this month is no exception. Canon is introducing the Rebel T3i, which is an updated T2i with one exception. The camera now has a tilt and swivel "preview" screen borrowed from the 60D.

This is one of those additions that make the camera better suited to more than still images. The intent, is to make the camera a hybrid of both still and video capture. As such the T3i is optimized for HD video and allows for 1080p shooting at 24 frames per second (fps), or 25fps or 30fps. It can also record 720p at 60fps.

The T3i camera has an 18-Megapixel sensor and a 3-inch variable angle rear-facing LCD for taking shots overhead or at other odd angles. The LCD can be swung out away from the camera body and swiveled to face forward toward the object or person being photographed.

The T3i also has an automatic mode that can take picture style into account when shooting. This mode analyses faces, colors, brightness levels, movement, contrast, and more. All of these parameters can be adjusted by the user within the camera.

The three inch diagonal Vari-Angle rear LCD has a very high resolution of over one million pixels (1,040,000). It also features an anti-reflective coating which resists fingerprints and scratches. The T3i also has several creative digital filters to get effects like soft focus, grainy black and white, Toy Camera, and a Miniature Effect Filter.

As mentioned above, the camera can also record 1080p HD video at 24fps, 25fps, and 30fps. It also has a digital zoom for movie filing with 3x to 10x.

In burst mode the camera can shoot up to 34 shots in full resolution JPEG or 11 shots in RAW format. Photos and video are stored to SD or SDHC cards and the camera supports SDXC cards too.

The T3i will ship in March with the camera body only for $799.99.

The T3i can also be ordered with a kit including an EF-S 18-55mm lens at $899.99.

Yet another kit will be offered with an 18-135mm lens with for $1,099.

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Canon Rebel T3iCanon Rebel T3i (with screen showing)
Canon Rebel T3i
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Canon Rebel T3i (with screen showing)
Canon Rebel T3i (with screen showing) | Source

Canon Rebel T3i Specifications

Canon Rebel T3i
Image Capture
18 Megapixel
ISO Ranges
100 ~ 6400 ISO
Video Recording
1920 x 1080 Full HD video at frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25.0 frames per second
1280 x 720 (50/60 fps)
SD/VGA at 640 x 480 (30fps and 25 fps)
Recording Format
Still shooting modes
shoot by ambiance
shoot by light
shoot by scene
Automatic Lighting Optimizer, Automatic White Balance
Autofocus, and Automatic Exposure
Burst Still Photo
34 jpeg or 6 RAW per second
18~55mm Zoom (image stabilized)
Supported Lenses
Uses the full complement of EF lenses
3" diagonal (1 Megapixel display)
1/200 of a second with included pop-up flash; also uses Speedlite 430EX
Image Processor
Exposure Controls
63 zone auto, manual, program, shutter- and aperture-priority
depth-of-field EA and E-TTL II auto flash modes
Settings screen that includes detailed descriptions of camera settings to help first-time users
Video Snapshot Technology
Feature settngs that tell the user all camera settings at a glance
Media Slots
Supports microSD, SDHD, & SDXC up to 32GB


Canon is clearly attempting to create a camera that is more than a still image snapper. Though the T2i had almost all the same features the addition of a tiling swiveling preview screen clearly puts this camera in another category; that of hybrid.

Return to this article in March for a full rundown of resellers and discounts (if any).


The author was not compensated in any way, monetarily, with discounts, or freebies by any of the companies mentioned.

Though the author does make a small profit for the word count of this article none of that comes directly from the manufacturers mentioned. The author also stands to make a small profit from advertising attached to this article.

The author has no control over either the advertising or the contents of those ads.


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  • TrahnTheMan profile image


    6 years ago from Asia, Oceania & between

    I recently got this camera and have used it for stills and video and it's awesome. The value for money is quite remarkable- highly recommended. Thanks for the hub!

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    7 years ago from Online

    I like the disclaimer clause that shows that you have published the page based on your interest..


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