Canon intros EOS Rebel T3i and T3 digital SLR cameras; starts at $599

Summary:For those who want a bit more power than a simple point-and-shoot, Canon has introduced the EOS Rebel T3 and T3i digital SLR cameras. Don't let the term "DSLR" scare you as these cameras are intended for the masses.

For those who want a bit more power than a simple point-and-shoot, Canon has introduced the EOS Rebel T3 and T3i digital SLR cameras. Don't let the term "DSLR" scare you as these cameras are intended for the masses.

A big feature on both of these Rebel cameras is the new Feature Guide, which provides detailed descriptions of most camera settings and easy-to-use settings such as Action and Night Scene.

Even though both cameras are intended for beginner photographers (or at least photographers new to the DSLR system), the Rebel T3 is definitely the lower-end of the pair. Designed to work well even in low-lighting situations, the T3 has all of your basic and necessary specs:

  • 12.2-megapixel Canon CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC 4 imaging processor
  • 9-point autofocus system
  • 63-zone dual-layer metering system
  • 720p HD video recording
  • ISO range: 100-6,400
  • Supports SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards

Set to roll out at the end of March, buyers can get the Rebel T3 bundled with Canon's new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II zoom lens for $599.99.

On to the Rebel T3i, where Canon has definitely placed most of its focus - at least when it comes to these two cameras.  This 18-megapixel camera sports many of the same specs as the T3 with some upgrades and several higher-end technologies such as a 3-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen intended for composing low-angle and overhead shots, and a feature borrowed from the Vixia line called Video Snapshot that allows for recording a series of two-, four- or eight-second video clips automatically. Note that the T3i does allow for full HD video recording.

The Rebel T3i will actually launch first during the early part of March, starting with a body-only option for $799.99. Kit choices include a bundle with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II zoom lens for $899.99 or with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens for $1099.00.

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