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Video: Canon EOS Rebel T3i digital SLR camera

I've been a camera nut all my life, so it makes sense I'd end up being a video producer. Of course, it has been a roundabout journey for me, as I started at Crutchfield in 2007 writing about car audio gear. Over the years I've learned about all the electronic items we sell, and it is my job to make sure we are making videos that you will find useful, whether you're shopping for something specific or trying to install some new gear yourself. My job is a lot of fun because I get to play around with all the cool stuff you see on our website while I'm making videos about it. Getting hands-on with the gear helps me see what I should show you about a product, though the flip side is my personal wish list is a mile long...

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Zak tells us about the Canon EOS Rebel T3i digital SLR camera, and shows us some photos and HD videos he shot with the camera.

Video Transcript

Zak: I've got the Canon Rebel T3i digital SLR camera here, and it's the newest of the Rebel line. I actually have the oldest of the Rebel line , the original from 2003 at home , still in working condition. I still use it from time to time. And so picking up this one was like getting reacquainted with an old friend. It was easy to use right out of the box. It takes fantastic pictures, and if you want to you can shoot hi-def videos with it.

First thing I noticed when I picked up the Rebel T3i was how small it is. It's a very full featured camera that takes interchangeable lenses, but after having it on my shoulder all day I barely even noticed it was there. And it was even very easy to grip thanks to its' contoured side here, and also this nice tacky grip material that they've put on here so that it won't slip out when you're holding onto it.

Perhaps my favorite thing about the T3i is the main step up from the previous model is that the screen tilts and swivels wherever you want it. That's really great if you're doing anything on a tripod, or if you're doing some close up macro work, or especially when you shoot video because unless you've got the camera right in front of your face you need to be able to move that screen to where you can see it at a good angle. And having that high-res tilt and swivel screen is so valuable. And additionally you can turn it around while you're walking and keep the screen protected. I really like the screen on this camera.

You've probably heard that Hollywood and TV studios have begun to use SLR cameras to shoot certain portions of their shows, and the reason they do that is these cameras have a much larger image sensor that even top of the line camcorders do. That allows you to throw backgrounds way out of focus and really draw attention to your subject. Also of course you can attach any number of different lenses to the camera which gives you different effects. So you really have creative control over your video project and the T3i can do all that.

However you should keep in mind that it's not quite the same as using a conventional camcorder. A camcorder can track focus on a moving subject. These cannot. But you can achieve some absolutely incredible footage that you couldn't otherwise with just a little planning. And I'd recommend a tripod.

So that's the Rebel T3i, and if you have any questions about this or any of the other cameras we sell just give us a call.

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