"My two cents"on by Branden01
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Summary I recently purchased a Rebel T3 as a second camera body for shooting events professionally. (My primary camera is a Canon 5D MkII.) I am very impressed with the performance and image quality of this Rebel T3, and recommend it to anyone searching for a high quality dSLR.
Here's what is Most Impressive about the Rebel T3:
* Very light weight and easy to carry, yet Very solid design and craftsmanship
* Auto-white Balance is impressively improved over older models
* High-ISO (low light) performance is also amazing -- detail is preserved even at ISO 3200
* Tethered to a computer, this model works seamlessly and naturally
* The menus have built-in descriptions that can be enabled or disabled in accordance with the shooter's familiarity with the camera -- this is immensely useful
* Video quality is exceptional, and having a separate mode for video greatly simplifies use
* The menus are the same great Canon system that they've been perfecting and refining with each new release
* Bright and colorful LED screen
* Full compatibility with hundreds of models of lenses
Here are what I consider the compromises:
* The rear button system is a little different than the higher-end models, but almost as easy to use. I think this is a consequence of the smaller body size, mostly.
* No informational LCD. Instead the LED screen displays the information, or you see the details through the viewfinder. This is inconvenient, but again probably due to the size.
* No depth-of-field preview button
* SD memory cards only -- not CF like older Canon models
Altogether, I consider the compromises to be minor and mostly unimportant when it comes to actually taking photos. What you are getting with the Rebel T3 is the latest imaging technology in a small, compact, affordable body. It is a reliable, professional-level gateway into digital imaging. There are only minor compromises, which ultimately do not greatly affect the image. I feel confident in declaring that my skill level is the limiting factor on this camera, not its technical specifics.
Regarding lenses, I cannot speak about the included kit lens since I immediately sold it (the "body only" box was not available at the time). The lenses I've primarily used in the month I've had the Rebel T3 have been the EF 28mm f/1.8, which provides a "normal" field of view, the EF 100mm f/2, which is ideal for head/face portraiture, and the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, which is an excellent lens for travel and casual shooting, with very modern Image Stabilization. All three have performed excellently on this camera. ( Before you will buy the Rebel T3 I suggest you have to check for best price or lowest price in market at --> http://camerarev.blogspot.com/2011/09/canon-eos-rebel-t3.html )
Pros -Easy to use out of the box
-Features for the money
Cons -Camera grip slippery
Summary I was tired of taking pictures of the back of my childrens heads with my point and shoot so I started to research my options. I wanted an SLR that could take continuous pictures, quality pictures and most importantly something that I could easily learn on my own without getting into the weeds and spending hours doing so.
Unfortunately CNet did not review this camera before I bought it, but for the money and it's performance I was comfortable pulling the trigger. The review CNet did is fair but if your looking for an entry level SLR the cons should not concern you. If you are like me you want something easy to use that is a step up from a point and shoot and doesn't break the bank. This camera has met that for me.
I've had the camera for a couple of months and mostly used the Auto setting and it takes real nice pictures. I've become adventurous and started to use the Manual settings and the pictures are equally as
nice. The user interface is very straight forward and explains what each feature does and what it means to change a particular setting. You learn how to use the camera very quickly and it's fun playing around with the settings.
I would recommend buying the 55-275 lens, it really allows you to take those candid pictures from a far enough distance that might otherwise not happen. The best is taking those picture without your kids yelling "Stop That" The video feature is fine but don't expect this to replace your video camera, it's good for a short video but that's really it.
The grip on the camera is the same material as the body, so to me it was a little slick and I wish it had some form of texture. That's the only con I have.
If you are in the market for an easy to use, entry level, action picture SLR this is a solid choice.
Pros Excellent image quality, decent video quality,excellent color reproduction.
Cons Plastic feel to the body,questionable placement of the sd card slot.
Summary Bottom line is that the camera performs excellent in the area's that matter the most and that's in the quality of photos. Sure the plastic body is a little cheap but are you buying a camera for the body or the performance?
Pros This camera apparently has a lot of capability but I have not been able to use it yet.
Cons The camera body is so flimsy that with normal holding pressure in my right hand, my thumb could make the display go to half-brightness and flicker. Let up with my thumb, display works properly. Press right above the four way selector switch.
Summary I sent the camera with the original pre-printed registration card to the "warranty" repair center. Since this was a Christmas gift I do not have an itemized sales receipt. Canon sent me an estimate for $220 to fix a camera that was defective out of the box. Unacceptable. Zero for customer service.Customer Service / Repair Center accepted my purchase information and they repaired the intermittent camera and shipped it to my door in less than seven days. Very speedy and responsive service.
Updated on Feb 21, 2012
This camera has seven semi-automatic modes (portrait, distance, close-up, etc.)and four manual / coupled modes, and a movie mode. Compared to my 1970s vintage SLR this camera has all I was looking for, and then some.
I have not used the photo software very much yet but it is far and away the best I have seen, very intuitive.
I like the grip and feel of the camera. Unlike cell phones and point and shoot cameras this one is not going to be dropped. The buttons are easy to work.
I would have to give the Canon Rebel T3 a solid 4 now, possibly a 5 after I learn to use more of its features.
Pros Shutter speed is fantastic, excellent pictures, really like the lens that came with the camera.
Cons None yet, but still trying it out.
Summary For the price of this camera I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for their first SLR camera. I will probably buy another one for my daughter for Christmas.