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Top 10 Reasons To Buy A Canon Rebel T3i

Updated on April 26, 2011

Photographers are discovering the joys of digital SLR photography more and more. But what makes the Canon Rebel T3i the "go to" camera for those who are entering the Digital SLR market for the first time?

After searching for the reasons given by first time buyers, I have come up with my own "Top 10 List" for new buyers.

By way of background, Canon has been producing the Rebel series since the Canon Rebel 300D was released in 2003. This has been a revolutionary series of cameras, aimed at either first-time buyers, or budget conscious buyers, or both. By revolutionary, I mean "cutting edge" in terms of price and technology.

Technology has improved tremendously since that first Rebel, which sported a rather antiquated 6-megapixel sensor and the first DIGIC image processor. But it was revolutionary in that it put a digital SLR camera into the hands of many people for less than $1000, which had never happened before.

After the first Rebel, Canon has produced one winner after another, each with a newer and bigger sensor. The Canon Rebel T3i is different though. It has the exact same sensor as the last Rebel, the T2i. That makes this discussion even more interesting. In fact, it makes some people scratch their heads in wonder. If the image sensor is the same, why buy this model instead of the older one. Or, even more relevant, perhaps, why did Canon do it?

These are the questions that this article hopes to answer. Because I have found that there are some really good reasons that are being given for the amount of satisfaction that is already being experienced by new Canon Rebel T3i buyers.

And now, the Top 10 Reasons To Buy A Canon Rebel T3i...

10. Continuous Shooting Speed - The Rebel T3i has a continuous rate of 3.7 frames per second with a photo buffer of up to 34 JPEG images. This will make photographing your active events like soccer or gymnastics a snap.

9. Wireless Flash - Like the more expensive models 7D and 60D, the T3i incorporates wireless flash triggering. This allows you to trigger multiple off camera flashes at different output levels. And perhaps even better, you can trigger the camera remotely from the flash unit when using the new Speedlite 320EX.

8. Video Recording - One buyer put it like this, "I purchased this camera mainly for recording video. Its quality is amazing, and the on-board mic records great to me as well. I really like the swivel on the live view when doing video clips, which was another reason I chose this camera over competitive models."

7. Feature Guide Display in the LCD Panel - The Canon Rebel T3i comes with a built-in instructional guide.The guide tells beginners (or rusty intermediates) how to set the camera to get specific types of shots. For instance, if you dial up macro mode, it says "for closeups of small objects such as flowers, shoot as close as possible."

Photos Taken With Canon Rebel T3i

Male Cardinal with Canon Rebel T3i and Sigma 18-250mm lens - notice how crisp the detail is.
Male Cardinal with Canon Rebel T3i and Sigma 18-250mm lens - notice how crisp the detail is.
Azaleas in full bloom
Azaleas in full bloom
This Squirrel will sprout wings soon if he continues to eat my bird food!
This Squirrel will sprout wings soon if he continues to eat my bird food!

6. Basic PLUS modes - Getting creative has gotten so much easier with this model. Using Basic+, you can choose between ambient or scene type. These settings will give your images a very artsy mode.

5. Intelligent Auto - This camera is so "intelligent" that it knows what kind of light and situation you are in. Whether you are outside or inside, daytime or nighttime, the T3i's intelligent auto system gets the color and light "spot on."

4. Articulating LCD Panel - Many photographers will put this higher on the list since it is so useful. You can take photos from the ground looking up or from above your head, or even over a fence. Pretty cool stuff.

3. ISO = 100-6400 - This is one feature that has really improved over earlier models. There is virtually no perceptible noise at 1600 ISO. This means you can take shots in very low light without suffering loss of image quality. The photo of the Male Cardinal above was taken at ISO 1600 so that shutter speed could be 1/200. No noise and sharp as a tack.

2. Image Quality - The 18-megapixel image sensor is the exact same sensor that is in the Canon 60D and 7D. These two cameras are more expensive than the Rebel, yet you have the same quality images available to you. This is a real plus for Rebel owners.

1. Ease of Use - Canon has really done their homework on this model. Many people are wondering why there is not more of an upgrade with respect to the camera hardware, but one only has to look at the way this model has become so much more user friendly, especially for newer photographers. It is definitely a Family Digital SLR!


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      Paul Thomas 9 months ago

      Lovely photos. I own a T3i and I must say it is a true gem. I agree with everything stated except the part about noise at 1600. On the T3i noise is very noticeable above ISO400.

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      Research Paper 21 months ago from New York City

      WOW cool photos

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      thewayeyeseeit 5 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      woodwardphotos, yes, this Rebel is the best camera I have owned. These are pictures I took with my T3i.

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      woodwardphotos 5 years ago from New England

      The Rebel takes such great Photos, are the above photos shot with your camera.

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      thewayeyeseeit 5 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      Hey TrahnTheMan, thanks for the comment. Yes, I am a T3i owner. Love this camera. I agree with the Canon 50mm f1.8 - best deal on the planet for lenses.

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      TrahnTheMan 5 years ago from Asia, Oceania & between

      *VERY* informative hub. I own a T3i and can't think of anything to add! Oh- except that owners should look at downloading and adding the free software (firmware?) hack Magic Lantern, which unlocks a LOT of features the T3i is capable of but Canon didn't want to make available because it would undermine the 7D market-- with Magic Lantern the T3i has ALL the same capabilities as the 7D, but in a cheaper physical body. And the $99 50mm f1.8 is a SUPERB lens for the price when coupled with this camera- you won't be disappointed. Thanks thewayeyeseeit. BTW do you own a T3i?