Canon Rebel T3

The Canon Rebel T3, in Europe called EOS 1100D is the entrance level digital SLR camera from Canon. The kit comes with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens.

The kit includes

  • EOS Rebel T3 Body
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Type II Lens
  • Eyecup Ef (not shown)
  • Wide Strap EW-200DB
  • Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • Battery Pack LP-E10
  • Battery Charger LC-E10
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk and Instruction Manuals "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet (not shown)

EOS 1100D – key features (from dpreview.com)

  • Superior 12-megapixel image quality
  • On-screen Feature Guide
  • Creative Auto and Basic+
  • HD video capture
  • ISO 100-6400 sensitivity
  • Wide-area 9-point AF system
  • 63-zone iFCL exposure metering
  • 6.8cm (2.7"), 230,000-dot screen
  • Use with all EF and EF-S lenses

Technical Details (from Amazon.com)

  • 12.2 MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed.
  • ISO 100 - 6400 for shooting from bright to dim light.
  • Improved EOS HD Movie mode with expanded recording and with in-camera video editing options.
  • High speed, reliable 9-point AF system utilizing a high precision, f/5.6 cross-type center point.
  • Enhanced metering with a 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system for accurate metering between exposures.
  • 2.7-inch TFT color LCD; Built-in flash; HD movie mode at 1280 x 720 resolution
  • Auto Focus; Dual-layer metering sensor with 73 zones; Basic+ function; Creative Auto mode; In-camera Feature Guide
  • Compatible with full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses
  • Includes EOS Rebel T3 digital SLR camera and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Type II Lens; 12 megapixel CMOS sensor; Eye-level SLR viewfinder
  • USB 2.0 terminal; HDMI mini out terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable; SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot (card not included)

More Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: REBEL T3 BLACK
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical Sensor Size: 14.7 x 22mm
  • Included Flash Type: Pop-up flash
  • Display Size: 2.7
  • Light Sensitivity: ISO 100-6400, ISO auto (100-6400)
  • Image types: JPEG, RAW
  • Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical
  • Width: 5.1 inches
  • Depth: 3.1 inches
  • Height: 3.9 inches
  • Weight: 17.5 Ounces

What I think about the camera

  • Usually you don't want to use ISO > 1600
  • No audio jack for external mics when recording video (compared to the Canon Rebel T3i)
  • The plastic body is missing the textured hand grip from higher models and feels cheap.
  • The sensor has the APS-C format (negatives of APS-C had the dimensions 25.1mm × 16.7mm). The Rebel T3 has, however, only 22.2mm x 14.8mm. This is 21.6% less area. The crop factor for lenses is thus 1.6.

Filter Diameter

All my lenses have a filter diameter of 58 mm including the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II that came with the kit.

Accessories

Check http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_rebel_t3_18_55mm_is_ii_kit#SuppliesAndAccessories

  • AC Adapter Kit ACK-E10
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700A
  • Canon Battery Charger LC-E10
  • Canon Battery Pack LP-E10 (non-original replacement costs ~ 15 USD)
  • Canon Remote Switch RS-60E3
  • Hand Strap E2
  • Dioptric Adjustment Lens E (from -4 to +2)
  • EYEPIECE EP-EX15 II
  • 58mm Circular Polarizer PL-CB
  • 58mm Filter UV Protector
  • Gelatin Filter Holder Adapter IV 58
  • Gelatin Filter Holder Adapter III 58
  • Rubber Frame EF
  • Eyecup Ef

Alternative Firmware

Magic Lantern Firmware: http://magiclantern.wikia.com/wiki/1100D

(The Canon Hack Development Kit only works with PowerShot cameras.)

Cleaning

2013-01-19:
Now that I own the camera for 1 and 1/2 years, I had some problems with dust on the sensor. I think I should check this blog post on cleaning.

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