Canon EOS Rebel T3i

Also known as the EOS 600D. I’ve mentioned I became a photo hobbyist, simply because I came across a good deal on a DSLR. I bought it without knowing anything about it. Heck, even if I did know the specs (below) I would have never understood what any of that stuff meant. Nevertheless, I bought it. So, for the sake of completeness, I am sharing what I have and what I have learned about it.

I’ve learned this is a great entry-level camera. Yet it still has all the bells and whistles of some of the more high-end cameras. For example, the ability to fire off camera speed lights. Which, as I understand it, is great for shooting Portraits (I’ll try this once I actually learn about it).

The battery life is pretty good too. However, having been caught with a dead battery at the exact moment of the perfect shot, I bought not one, not two, but three extra batteries. Just in case.

This camera has all the “easy” features if you’re not comfortable [or knowledgeable] enough to manage the multitude of settings. Yet for those who know what you’re doing, you can also manually set things like ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. To name a few. Overall, and not knowing enough to compare to others, I like this camera and it’s very likely to last me a long time while I learn.


Sensor (effective resolution)18-megapixel CMOS – 22.3 x 14.9mm 
Image processor versionDigic 4
Sensitivity rangeISO 100 – ISO 6,400/ 12,800 (expanded) 
Continuous shooting3.7fps – 6 raw/34 JPEG
Viewfinder (mag/ effective mag)    95% coverage – 0.87x/0.54x
Autofocus9-pt AF – center cross-type to f2.8
Shutter speed1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/160 x-sync
Metering63-zone iFCL
VideoH.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/24p/ 25p/30p; 720/50p/ 60p
Manual aperture and shutter in video      Yes
AudioMono; mic input
Maximum best-quality recording time 4GB/12m
Image stabilization      Optical
LCD size    3 inches fixed – 1.04 megapixels
Memory slots1 x SDXC
Wireless flashNo
Battery life (CIPA rating)  550 shots
Dimensions (WHD, inches)        5.1 x 3.8 x 3.0
Body operating weight (ounces)  18.6

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