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Canon EOS Rebel T3i Kit

18-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm zoom lens & HD movie mode

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Canon's exceptional EOS Rebel T3i may just be the finest combination of cutting-edge technology, smart shooting options, and user friendliness we've ever seen. From its newly designed, easy-to-grip body to its no-compromise photographic performance, this camera offers shutterbugs at every level a lot to love. Newbies will appreciate Canon's new Feature Guide that displays short, on-screen explanations of what each function does to help them learn how things work. Experienced shooters will find extensive settings that provide precise control over virtually every image-taking parameter, plus advanced features like wireless control of multiple off-camera flashes for creating dramatic lighting effects. Canon also included their 18-55mm image-stabilizing zoom lens with this kit for capturing outstanding, blur-free photos under all kinds of shooting conditions.


Canon's exceptional EOS Rebel T3i may just be the finest combination of cutting-edge technology, smart shooting options, and user friendliness we've ever seen. From its newly designed, easy-to-grip body to its no-compromise photographic performance, this camera offers shutterbugs at every level a lot to love. Newbies will appreciate Canon's new Feature Guide that displays short, on-screen explanations of what each function does to help them learn how things work. Experienced shooters will find extensive settings that provide precise control over virtually every image-taking parameter, plus advanced features like wireless control of multiple off-camera flashes for creating dramatic lighting effects. Canon also included their 18-55mm image-stabilizing zoom lens with this kit for capturing outstanding, blur-free photos under all kinds of shooting conditions.

Cool new features you can really use
The T3i starts off with a beautiful high-res 3" LCD screen that tilts and swivels for grabbing fantastic stills and movies from any angle — a first for the Rebel line. Then, there's Movie Digital Zoom to magnify your video images by 3-10X while maintaining full HD picture quality — great for making long telephoto shots without the bulk and hassle of carrying a big tele lens. Or, check out Video Snapshot mode. The T3i can capture two, four, or eight second bursts of video at a time, then automatically combine them into an exciting "multi-take" movie with your choice of music soundtracks playing in the background. Perfect for sharing online or displaying directly on your HDTV via the camera's HDMI output.

From full-auto to hands-on shooting, this cam does it all
The T3i makes it easy for everyone to get fantastic photos. Just set the dial to Canon's new Scene Intelligent Auto mode, and let it analyze your shots. It takes into account faces, colors, brightness, movement, and contrast, then automatically picks the perfect enhancements to bring out the best in your pictures. Or you can use the new Basic+ setting to adjust images yourself, even if you're not an expert. This mode provides easy-to-use controls that let you fine-tune the look of your pictures without needing to know anything technical about how it all works. Finally, Canon's in-camera "Creative Filters" let you compose striking photographic effects that can turn your pictures into works of art. For example, Grainy Black & White mode captures images with a gritty film look that lends drama and adds contrast. Or, there's Fish Eye Effect mode, which mimics a "fisheye" lens's rounded, extreme wide-angle characteristics for capturing surreal landscapes and funny portraits.

Product Highlights:

  • 18-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 29-88mm)
    • 3X optical zoom
    • accepts 58mm filters and attachments
  • tilt-and-swivel high-res 3" LCD (1,040,000 dots) with Live View allows composing shots on-screen in real-time
  • high-def movie mode with full-manual exposure, selectable frame rates, and dedicated record button
  • 3-10X digital zoom in movie mode while maintaining full HD image quality
  • Video Snapshot mode captures short video clips in two, four, or eight second bursts to easily create exciting, "multi-take" movies
  • optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment
  • integrated cleaning system keeps image sensor clean for spotless photos
  • DIGIC 4 image processor provides exceptional image quality and high-speed shooting
  • 9-point autofocus system for rapid, precise autofocusing
  • 63-zone metering system for accurate exposure
  • hot shoe for Canon EX-series Speedlite flash accessories
  • built-in wireless flash control can operate multiple off-camera Canon Speedlite flashes to create dramatic lighting effects
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with Canon EF and EF-S lenses
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: 3.7 frames per second (up to 34 JPEG images, or 6 RAW images)
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-12,800
  • shooting modes include: scene intelligent auto, program auto, creative auto, auto depth-of-field, flash off, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and manual
  • flash sync at 1/200 second
File Formats and Storage:
  • still image storage modes: RAW (14-bit), JPEG, or RAW+JPEG (FIne/Large)
  • top JPEG resolution (pixels): 5,184 x 3,456
  • movie file formats: MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
  • movie image size: up to 1,920 x 1,080 resolution (up to 30 frames per second)
  • uses optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • audio/video output
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • external stereo microphone input jack (microphone not included)
  • input jack for Canon RS-60E3 wired remote (also compatible with Canon RC-6 wireless remote)
  • 5-1/4"W x 4"H x 3-5/16"D (without lens)
  • weight (body only): 18.2 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • Canon 18-55mm IS II zoom lens
  • rechargeable LP-E8 lithium ion battery
  • LC-E8E battery charger
  • adjustable neck strap
  • USB and audio/video cables
  • body cap and eyepiece cover
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

Have not yet learned all the features but I really love it!

Jewels, Arizona

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera body (with body cap installed)
  • EF-S 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS II lens (with lens caps installed on both ends)
  • LP-E8 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery with plastic terminal cover installed (7.2V/1120 mAh)
  • LC-E8E Battery charger (8.4V / 0.72A)
  • 40.5" AC power cord
  • 52" USB cable with in-line noise filter (USB type A connector on one end and a male mini-USB-Ver 2.0 on the other)
  • 52" A/V cable with in-line noise filter (male mini-USB-Ver 2.0 connector on one end and stereo RCA audio plugs and RCA composite video plug on the other end)
  • Adjustable cloth neck strap (with attached eyepiece cover)
  • Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk CD-ROM Ver.24.0
  • Canon EOS Digital Software Instruction Manual CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (Spanish)
  • Camera Warranty Card
  • Lens Warranty Card
  • Do More with Macro! booklet
  • Great Photography IS Easy! booklet
  • Flash Classroom booklet
  • Online registration card
  • USB warning note
  • Manual correction sheet

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(32 Reviews)

Love it!

Jewels from Arizona on 8/25/2014

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Have not yet learned all the features but I really love it!



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Cindy from Ocala Florida on 6/23/2014

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Excellent pictures quality is awesome. Really a beginner but I think I can quickly get up to speed.

Pros: Clarity, Ease


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Anonymous from Norfolk, ma on 5/29/2014

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Great camera, easy to use right out of the box



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JoeL from Dracut, MA on 4/14/2014

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Just a beginner, but like what I see thus far. Took a ride up to the coast/beach last weekend, and got some great shots of the beach and coastline, lots more to learn.

Pros: Ease of use

Cons: Bulky, given I have not carried a full size camera/lens in a while

Wife loves it

Deggy D from Wisconsin on 1/12/2014

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I bought this as a gift for my Wife. She was a amatuer photo enthusiast 10 years ago, and this has re-kindled her enjoyment. She is a 'directions-reader', but she had enough confidence to start snapping pictures right away. The basic controls are easy enough for her to understand, and she it interested in the additional feature to help expand her abilities. I bought this off of a recommendation of 2 friends who have used this for a while, and they felt it was a great value.

Pros: Easy to use and get started


Cool Pix

Manny from New York on 1/5/2014

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Bought for the Wife....hey, figured out that I was buying a camera EVERY Christmas after getting this one. It does make sense to buy something once and be done with the process. This explains my getting a 3i. Super nice and GREAT display and picture quality. Satisfied.....all right? NO MORE CAMERS>>>>>EVER!




Paul from Magnolia on 1/1/2014

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Pros: Good directions


Very nice camera

Brian C from Olathe, KS on 12/25/2013

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I'm just scratching the surface with this camera and reading a separate book about using it but the pictures I have taken are awesome. Lots of preset settings to help ease you into it but also full manual mode once you know what you are doing. An incredible step up from the point and shoot we use to have.

Pros: Very powerful camera but easy to get started for a beginner

Cons: Need to read the manual or other book to really get everything out of the camera. Not a con - just an observation. It's not a point and shoot but you wouldn't buy it if it was.

Unbelievable color

Mark from Flowood,MS on 12/4/2013

The Canon t3i captures vivid colors like no other camera I have had. I was equally impressed by how user friendly this camera is for our family.

Pros: GREAT colors and ease of use

Cons: None so far

Canon EOS T3i Rocks

Jim from Chapel Hill, NC on 11/24/2013

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I love it~! - It does everything that I hoped it would do~!

Pros: All the features are as they say they are.


Great Camera

R_AK from AK on 10/31/2013

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Just a solid performing camera. Absolutely no complaints. Has good features, comes with a nice lens and the LCD screen is just great. Plenty of good settings - very easy to just point and shoot.

Pros: Easy to use. Very ergonomic, nice LCD screen, very decent lens comes with it.

Cons: None.

Great entry level DSLRcamera

TimK from Chicago, IL on 7/26/2013

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Excellent DSLR for the price.

Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: None

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Art L. from El Segundo, CA on 6/28/2013

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I am a novice photographer. I wanted a camera that would capture my grandchildren instantly in sports, recitals and plays with quality photos. The Canon T3i camera is very easy to use and creates high quality pictures and action shots. It more than meets all of my requirements.


Cons: It would be nice if the battery could be recharged without removing from the camera.

great camera

CJ from Tucson, A-Z on 6/16/2013

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This is a fabulous camera for anyone. It's easy to use, comes with a great lens that produces high-quality images. It has a wonderful angled monitor that can be adjusted as needed, and folds up against the camera in such a way that it protects the camera LCD monitor from being scratched when it's in a bag were being handled between uses. It is lightweight and fun to use.

Pros: Variable angle LCD makes shooting much easier. Has HD video, a real plus. Lens is high quality.


Works great

SAS from SLC, UT on 6/11/2013

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I have had this camera for a week, and have been using it quite a bit. But there is still so much to learn. It is easy to use, the manual is helpful. It feels and looks and acts like a quality camera. I haven't printed any pictures, but it seems like they are great quality. I really like the flip screen. I had it on another point and shoot camera and liked it, so it is nice to have it again! I am glad I bought it and I recommend it to others.

Pros: Lightweight Sturdy/quality Comes with Rechargeable battery/and recharging plug in informative manual


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RDJ from Brighton, TN on 6/6/2013

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Reviews, users groups, articles, blogs - I checked them all for the right camera and right company to buy it from. I am a beginner with dslr's and wanted something that allows me to learn to use a professional camera but still lets me just snap a good picture. The Canon T3i with the kit lens fills the bill. The price is reasonable and there is a ton of information for learning to use it. Like everything else worth doing, it takes time to use the manual features. In Auto mode pictures are a snap. This is the first time I have used Crutchfields. What a first class act. They texted me when I placed the order and when it was sent and when it arrived. I had a question about shipping emailed them and in minutes had a good reply. I am a happy camper with the camera and Crutchfield.

Pros: 1. Camera has both novice and pro features. 2. Level of support for the Canon T3i's on the web. 3. Crutchfield's service.

Cons: 1. None

Great Camera!!

Mark D. from Lincoln, NE on 5/21/2013

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I love this camera, I get professional quality pics without knowing much about photography thanks to the handy automatic mode. I did alot of research before purchasing this camera and everyone gave it stellar reviews........great purchase.

Pros: easy to use, helpful hint's tell you what each setting is for.

Cons: Slow focus when using display screen as viewfinder.


Kenny from Gates, TN on 4/22/2013

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Awsome Camera! Easy to use, and takes great pictures!



All you'll ever need in a DSLR

Steve R. from Skaneateles, NY on 4/10/2013

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Too many ease of use features to name, this DSLR stands heads over it's competition.



Good Camera

Larry from Floida on 2/11/2013

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Great camera, easy to use. Picture quality is excellent. A huge step up from our point and shoot. Read many reviews and settled on this camera, I'm sure there are others just as good out there, but I'm glad we decided on this camera

Pros: Long battery life, ease of use, great photos.

Cons: None

Fantastic Camera!

Anonymous from Oklahoma on 12/4/2012

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I'm not a hotshot with a camera but I know a good picture when I see one and this camera produces amazing pictures without being too difficult to operate.

Pros: Easy to operate. A little reading answers any questions you may have. Manuel is not difficult to navigate through.

Cons: Heavier than I would like but actually light weight for the type of camera it is.

Great camera and fast shipping!

PA Girl from Lansdale, PA on 10/13/2012

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T3i camera is easy to use and takes beautiful pictures. Delivery was lightning fast - received it the next business day. Camera was well packaged. Purchased camera for my 15 year old who is taking a photography class and have reignited my passion for photography. Will be looking to purchase additional zoom lenses for it.

Pros: Easy to use for a novice.

Cons: Don't particularly like having to use scroll dial to change the shutter and aperture, but can live with it.

Professional Quality at Low End Price

Stephen from Madison, CT on 10/11/2012

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I have used a point and shoot for years, but while taking a digital photography and imaging class I wanted to upgrade to a DSLR. I am extremely happy with this purchase. This camera has many if not most of the features of a high end DSLR, but without the extreme price tag. This camera comes with a great lens (18-55mm) and with the discounted lens deal you can include another adjustable focal length for under $1000 total. I included the 55-250mm lens and now am able to capture a great depth of field as well as zoom to a more detailed image located farther away. This package deal meets both ends of the spectrum as far as focal length and depth of field.

Pros: Easy to use, extremely light for a DSLR, variable angle LCD screen, excellent quality photos/video and extremely affordable.

Cons: None


Grizzly from Wilson, NC on 9/9/2012

Always wanted to have a camera with high resolution but still is affordable. Perfect pictures and nice 1080 Video makes this a good camera even for beginners. I am using Canon DSLR for some time now (300D,400D) but this camera beats them all. I really love it. Still try to figure out all functions and learn how to use the video function.

Pros: Affordable even as a kit. not too heavy. easy handling. built in Copyright protection for your pictures. Compatible with my old lenses.

Cons: none

Sweet Deal

RESand from Southeast Idaho I on 3/24/2012

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This was a great buy and will allow me to take pictures like my old film SLR camera and the lenses I buy for this model will also fit the other Canon camera that is on my wish list.

Pros: Easy to use right out the box. The camera is a great weight for me, I'm a above average sized guy, with big hands. Love that I can shoot manually as well as on the automatic settings.

Cons: Wish I had more time to use it!

Powerful features

JoelS from Milwaukee, WI on 1/29/2012

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This much, much more than an entry level dSLR camera! Pictures are tack sharp with the kit lens. Have added a 50mm f1.8 lens which is wonderful for portrait photos in low light. I have yet to use all the capability of this camera but am having fun with it.

Pros: Reasonable price. Many features and loads of lenses available.

Cons: none

Awesome product

Jackie from Guam on 1/26/2012

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The camera I ordered is really great and is user friendly. Crutchfield customer service is really great too and is accommodating to their customer needs. Will recommend to friends and families.



Great camera for a novice.

KUPA Family from Kutztown, PA on 6/1/2011

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My wife and I have been waiting for this camera to be in stock for a while. When we had the chance we bought and we both suffer from buyers remorse; not on this! We are both novices with a D-SLR but absolutely love what this camera has done for the overall quality of our picture taking. In the first week of having this camera, we took a combined total of approximately 500 pictures! Our family has never looked so good!Quality and ease of use are just right for us and we can't recommend it enough to the beginning digital photographer. Buy it and realize all the moments you were missing.



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Artifx from Florida on 6/1/2011

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Got this camera for product photography for my online store. Was looking for an entry level, semi-professional digital SLR. Been a Canon owner all my life, and this one didn't disappoint. Features match my needs, and it's very easy to use. The image quality is terrific. Did a bit of research before buying, too. Beats Nikon for lens versatility hands down.



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Chris from Lexington, NC on 5/19/2011

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Excellant service...had my camera within 2 days of the order being placed. Oh and a couple of weeks later i received a written Thank You card. Nice that some people appreciate your business. Very happy with this camera (excellant photos and movie quality is by far the best in its class. Still trying to play with the settings, much much more to learn.



Great Deal, Price and Service

David from Dallas, TX on 5/18/2011

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The vendor was very fast to respond to my request. the item was sent the same day and received by me 2 days earlier than I had been expecting. Love the Camera, want tto get more pictures and work on the digital movie capabilities...



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NewBee from Clayton, NC on 3/28/2011

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Excellent product. New to DSLR Still haven't learned all the functions, but that's the best part. Crutchfield order took only a 2 business days to deliver to me. Super fast.




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Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 29-88mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter 58mm
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS
Megapixels 18
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 5184 x 3456
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 5-1/4
Height (inches) 4
Depth (inches) 5-7/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 20.1
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Lens Features


Overview: This Canon EOS Rebel T3i kit includes the EOS Rebel T3i camera body and the EF-S 18-55mm IS II zoom lens. It has a standard Canon EF mount, and is compatible with Canon EF lenses, including EF-S lenses.

Viewfinder: The Canon EOS Rebel T3i uses an eye-level SLR viewfinder with pentamirror with 0.85x magnification (w/50mm lens) for approximately 95% vertical and horizontal coverage. It has a -3.0 to +1.0 diopter adjustment so you can focus the viewfinder to suit your eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). When using the self-timer or remote control, when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To prevent this, you can use the supplied eyepiece cover, attached to the neck strap, to cover the eyepiece.

3" Clear View LCD Monitor: The EOS Rebel T3i features a flip-out, Vari-angle 3" Clear View TFT color LCD monitor that allows you to shoot at a variety of angles. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio and approximately 1,040,000 dots for Live View composition and viewing recorded images. In normal shooting mode, the monitor displays the shooting settings. A proximity sensor just above the turns off the shooting settings display automatically when your eye nears the viewfinder eyepiece. The LCD monitor offers 100% viewing coverage and 7 brightness levels to choose from.

Live View: The Live View Function enables viewing your subjects directly on the camera's 3" LCD monitor. The camera allows you to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focusing. You can access a number of Auto Focusing modes including Quick Mode, Live Mode, and Face Detection Live Mode. Exposure simulation displays and simulates how the brightness of the actual image will look. You can choose one of two grid overlay options for the LCD screen to help you line up vertical and horizontal lines. The camera can be controlled remotely via a computer through a USB connection, or wirelessly with the optional RC-6 remote controller (280RC6, sold separately).

18.0 Megapixel CMOS Sensor: Canon's large-area CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers approximately 18.7 million total pixels and 18.0 million effective pixels. This APS-C-sized sensor (22.3mm x 14.9mm) has the same 3:2 ratio as film cameras, enabling an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF Lens focal length.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor: The next generation DIGIC 4 Image Processor uses advanced signal processing technologies to provide faster operations and write times to the memory card. The chip also enables Face Detection Live mode to detect and focus on multiple faces, while the Auto Lighting Optimizer corrects brightness and contrast automatically.

Image Recording: The camera records still images in JPEG and RAW (14-bit Canon original) formats. You can choose from the following image sizes: Large, Medium, Small 1, Small 2, and Small 3. For each resolution (except Small 2 and Small 3), you can set the compression to Fine or Normal. For RAW images, you can record only at the highest resolution. You can set the camera to RAW + JPEG and record a RAW image and a Large Fine JPEG image simultaneously.

Aspect Ratio: The camera image sensor has an aspect ratio of 3:2. You can choose to record still images in 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, and 1:1 aspect ratios. This gives you the option of selecting any of the following image sizes:

Quality Aspect Ratio and Pixel Count
3:2 4:3 16:9 1:1
(JPEG and RAW)
5184 x 3456
(18.0 MP)
4608 x 3456
(16.0 MP)
5184 x 2912
(15.1 MP)
3456 x 3456
(11.9 MP)
Medium 3456 x 2304
(8.0 MP)
3072 x 2304
(7.0 MP)
3456 x 1944
(6.7 MP)
2304 x 2304
5.3 MP
Small 1 2592 x 1728
(4.5 MP)
2304 x 1728
(4.0 MP)
2592 x 1456
(3.8 MP
1728 x 1728
(3.0 MP)
Small 2 1920 x 1280
(2.5 MP)
1696 x 1280
(2.2 MP)
1920 x 1080
(2.1 MP)
1280 x 1280
(1.6 MP)
Small 3 720 x 480
(0.35 MP)
640 x 480
(0.31 MP)
720 x 400
(0.29 MP)
480 x 480
(0.23 MP)

RAW File Format: The RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera CMOS sensor without further processing and converts it to digital data and records it onto the card as is. RAW images can be adjusted, then developed and produced into JPEG or TIFF images using the provided software.

Recording Media: The EOS Rebel T3i records images on an SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. It is also compatible with some brands of Eye-Fi cards that feature wireless transfer of images, although their performance is not guaranteed.

Note: No recording media is supplied with the camera.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System: Dust that settles on the sensor surface of the camera is removed using ultrasonic vibration. This Self Cleaning Sensor Unit routine is automatically activated whenever the camera is powered on or off. (It can also be manually activated.) A special collar positioned around the sensor collects the loosened dust. In case visible dust still remains, you can delete the effect of the dust particles from the image via the supplied software.

Shooting Modes: The EOS Rebel T3i offers 14 different shooting modes arranged on the Mode Dial in the following zones:

  • Basic Zone:
    • Scene Intelligent Auto: the camera analyses the scene, and automatically selects the settings
    • Flash Off: disables the flash
    • Creative Auto: in this auto mode, you can still set the brightness, flash mode, sharpness, image recording quality, and picture style settings.
    • Portrait: blurs the background to make the human subject stand out
    • Landscape: this mode is for wide scenic views, night scenes, etc
    • Close-up: use this mode to take close-up shots of flowers, insects, etc
    • Sports: for fast-moving subjects when you want to freeze the action
    • Night Portrait: this mode is for images of people at twilight or at night
  • Creative Zone:
    • Program AE: this is a general-purpose shooting mode, the camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the scene's brightness
    • Shutter-priority AE: in this mode, you set the shutter speed and the camera automatically sets the aperture value to suit the brightness of the subject
    • Aperture-priority AE: in this mode, you set the desired aperture value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the subject brightness
    • Manual Exposure: in this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture value as desired
    • Automatic Depth-of-field AE: this mode is for obtaining a wide depth of field automatically between a near subject and far subject
  • Movies: for recording movies (see below)

Shooting Movies: The EOS Rebel T3i can record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition at different frame rates. Movies are recorded in MOV format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression, and Linear PCM audio. You can record audio in mono using the built-in microphone, or in stereo with an optional stereo microphone with a 3.5mm plug. When shooting movies, a large-capacity SD card with a speed rating of Class 6 or higher is recommended. Slower cards may not record your movies properly. You can select from the following recording sizes and frame rates:

  • 1920 x 1080: Full HD recording quality with a 16:9 aspect ratio for viewing on a widescreen HDTV; Available frame rates: 30 fps, 24 fps
  • 1280 x 720: HD recording quality with a 16:9 aspect ratio for viewing on a widescreen HDTV; Frame rate: 60 fps
  • 640 x 480: Standard definition recording quality with a 4:3 aspect ratio; Frame rate: 30 fps

9-Point Auto-Focus System: The camera features a high-precision 9-point wide area auto-focus that uses cross-type points with lenses f/5.6 or faster, enabling the camera to focus faster, more accurately, and in ever more complex lighting. In addition, the EOS Rebel T3i incorporates a diagonally mounted, high-precision cross-type sensor at the center AF point that is sensitive to both vertical and horizontal lines when fast lenses (f/2.8 or faster) are used, for added accuracy and precision with these wide-aperture lenses. All focus points can be chosen automatically or manually.

AF Modes: The camera employs one of 3 AF systems to let you seize every photo opportunity with fast, accurate focus:

  • One-Shot AF: suited for still subjects, the camera focuses only once.
  • AI Servo AF: for moving subjects when the focusing distance keeps changing. The subject will be focused continuously while the shutter button is pressed halfway.
  • AI Focus AF: switches from One-Shot AF to AI Servo AF automatically if the subject starts moving.

Manual Focusing: If you choose to focus manually, you will need to set the focus mode switch on the lens from AF to MF, and turn the lens focusing ring until the subject looks sharp in the viewfinder.

ISO Speed: When shooting in Basic Zone modes, ISO speed is automatically set between 100 and 3200 to suit the shooting conditions. In Creative Zone modes, ISO speed may be set from 100 to 6400 in 1/3-stop increments. When ISO Expansion is turned on, you can also select an ISO speed of 12800. For Auto ISO, you can set the maximum ISO speed between 400 and 6400.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings:

  • Auto: the camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions, color temperature: 3000-7000 K
  • Daylight: for recording outdoors on a bright day, color temperature: 5200 K
  • Shade: counters strong blue tones in open shade on sunny days, color temperature: 7000 K
  • Cloudy: for cloudy days, dusk and dawn, color temperature: 6000 K
  • Tungsten Light: for incandescent illumination, color temperature: 3200 K
  • White Fluorescent Light: eliminates typical green color casts, color temperature: 4000 K
  • Flash Use: a starting point for studio strobes and Canon Speedlites, color temperature: 6000 K
  • Custom: enables you to manually set the white balance for a specific light source for better accuracy. By selecting this image, you import the white balance data for the setting, color temperature: 2000-10000 K
  • Other WB Settings:
    • Color Temperature: manually set color temperature from 2500-10000 K in 100 K increments
    • White Balance Correction: You can correct the standard color temperature for the white balance setting. It has the same effect as using a color temperature conversion filter or a color compensating filter. Each color can be corrected to one of nine levels.

Color Space: The color space refers to the range of reproducible colors. With this camera, you can set the color space for captured images to sRGB or Adobe RGB. For normal images, sRGB is recommended. In the Basic Zone modes, sRGB will be set automatically.

Shoot by Ambience: Except in the Scene Intelligent Auto and Flash Off Basic Zone modes, you can select the ambience for shooting. You can choose from Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool, Brighter, and Darker, each at Low, Standard, or Strong effects. You can also choose a Monochrome setting, with Blue, B/W, or Sepia effects.

Picture Style: By selecting a picture style you can achieve various effects matching your photographic expression or the subject. Picture Style setting is not available in Basic Zone modes, except Creative Auto. Picture Style selections include:

  • Auto: the color tone is adjusted to suit the scene
  • Standard: image looks vivid, sharp, and crisp
  • Portrait: for nice skin tones, the image looks slightly sharp and crisp, color tone can be adjusted to change skin tone
  • Landscape: vivid blues and greens, very sharp and crisp image
  • Neutral: natural colors and subdued images, no sharpness applied. (recommended for users who prefer to process images on their PC)
  • Faithful: when the subject is photographed under a color temperature of 5200 K, the color is adjusted colorimetrically to match the subject's color, no sharpness applied  (recommended for users who prefer to process images on their PC)
  • Monochrome: for black and white images
  • User Defined 1-3: you can register your own Picture Style settings for Portrait and Landscape modes.

Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-5 stops in 1/3-stop increments, although the indicator in the viewfinder can only display the setting up to +/-2 stops.

Auto Exposure Bracketing: With auto exposure bracketing (AEB), the camera automatically changes the exposure level up to +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments for three successive shots. When in Single Shooting mode, the camera will change the exposure level on three single shots (requiring three presses of the shutter release). In Continuous Shooting mode, you can take three shots with one press of the shutter release, and the exposure levels will change with each shot taken.

AE Lock: AE lock enables you to lock the exposure at a different place from the point of focus. After locking the exposure, you can recompose the shot while maintaining the desired exposure level. This feature is useful for backlit and spotlighted subjects.

Bulb Exposures: When bulb is set, the shutter is open during the time you keep pressing the shutter button fully. Bulb is useful when a long exposure is necessary for capturing night scenes, fireworks, the night sky, etc. The optional RS-60E3 remote switch (280RS60E3, sold separately) is also recommended for bulb exposures. It connects to the camera's 2.5mm sub-mini remote jack.

Flash: The camera's built-in retractable, auto pop-up flash with E-TTL II autoflash metering. The flash takes approximately 3 seconds to recycle for the next flash. The viewfinder has an icon to let you know the flash is ready. You can set the exposure compensation for the flash to +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop or 1/2-stop increments. The flash range varies with the ISO speed. Other flash functions include:

  • AF-Assist: Under low-light conditions, the built-in flash fires a brief burst of flashes when you press the shutter button halfway. This is to illuminate the subject to enable easier auto-focusing. It is effective up to approximately 13.1 feet away.
  • FE Lock: FE (flash exposure) lock obtains and locks the correct flash exposure reading for any part of a subject.
  • Red-Eye Reduction: Using the camera's Red-Eye reduction lamp before taking a flash picture will reduce the common phenomenon of red-eye effect.

External Flash: In addition to the built-in flash, the EOS Rebel T3i has a hot shoe for adding optional external flash units. The camera is compatible with Canon's entire line of EX-series Speedlites, plus Macro Lites for close-ups. Canon EX-series Speedlites offer professional-quality illumination for virtually any subject.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative Metering: the camera's standard metering mode utilizes 63 zones within the frame, and is suited for most subjects even under backlit conditions; after detecting the main subject's position, brightness, background, front and back lighting conditions, etc, the camera sets the proper exposure
  • Partial Metering: effective when the background is much brighter than the subject due to backlighting, etc, uses approximately 9% of the frame at the center
  • Spot Metering: for metering a specific part of the subject, uses approximately 3.8% of the frame at the center
  • Center-weighted Average Metering: metering is weighted at the center and then averaged for the entire scene

Continuous Shooting Mode: In Continuous Shooting mode, you can shoot up to about 3.7 shots per second. The maximum number of shots in a single burst will vary with the image quality setting. The total number of images on a 4 GB SD card and the maximum images in a single burst are as follows:

Image Size Compression File Size (MB) Possible Shots
(4 GB card)
Maximum Burst
5184 x 3456
Fine 6.4 570 34
Normal 3.2 1120 1120
3456 x 2304
Fine 3.4 1070 1070
Normal 1.7 2100 2100
Small 1
2592 x 1728
Fine 2.2 1670 1670
Normal 1.1 3180 3180
Small 2
1920 x 1280
Fine 1.3 2780 2780
Small 3
720 x 480
Fine 0.3 10780 10780
5184 x 3456
24.5 150 6
RAW + JPEG (Fine)
5184 x 3456
24.5 + 6.4 110 3

Self-Timer: The camera will record an image following a preset time delay after pressing the shutter release. The self-timer lamp and beeper will indicate a countdown before the picture is taken. You can choose from the following self-timer modes:

  • 10 Second: The camera takes a single image 10 seconds after pressing the shutter release button. You can also use the optional remote control in this mode.
  • 2 Second: The camera takes a single image 2 seconds after pressing the shutter release.
  • 10 Second Continuous Shots: The camera begins taking a series of images (two to ten) 10 seconds after the shutter release button is pressed.

Mirror Lockup: The Mirror Lockup feature helps prevent camera vibration when using a super telephoto lens or shooting close-ups.

Auto Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback.

Image Review: The image can be displayed on the LCD monitor immediately after you shoot. The review time can be set to off (not displayed), 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Hold, which keeps the image displayed on the LCD monitor until the camera is focused again.

Creative Filters: You can apply several Creative Filters to your stored images, and save them as new images. The types of filters include: Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Fish-eye Effect, Toy camera effect, and Miniature effect.

Slide Show: You can view all images on the memory card one after another with the Auto Playback function (slide show). You can set the time each image is displayed on the LCD monitor to 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, or 20 seconds. You can also select which images to display: all images, images by date, images by folder, movies only, stills only, or by rating.

Index Display: This feature allows you to view four (2 x 2) or nine (3 x 3) images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly.

Jump Display: During playback you can jump to images 1, 10 or 100 images at a time. You can also jump images by shooting date, folder, movies only, stills only, or by rating.

Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in single image playback mode, you can magnify the image from 1.5x to 10x. While the image is magnified, you can scroll anywhere around the image.

Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor.

Multi-Language: The camera's menu system supports 25 different languages including English, French and Spanish.

Auto Power Off: To save battery power, the camera turns off automatically after a period of non-operation. The Auto Power Off time can be set to 30 seconds or 1, 2, 4, 8, or 15 minutes.

Note: The Auto Power Off function will not activate in Auto Playback Mode.

PictBridge Printing: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The Canon EOS Rebel T3i conforms to Exif Print, a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with Exif Print are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

DPOF Print Settings: On the memory card, you can select which image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all at once, on optional Canon direct print function compliant printers, on PictBridge compliant printers, or at participating photo labs.

Video/HDMI Outputs: With the supplied video cable, you can playback images from the camera on a TV (NTSC or PAL). There is also a mini-HDMI jack which allows you to connect the camera to an HDTV. The HDMI output terminal is CEC-compatible. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the Canon HTC-100 (280HTC100), is required.

Power Options: The EOS Rebel T3i operates on the supplied LP-E8 Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V/1120 mAh). Battery performance decreases when used in temperatures below 32° F. The battery can be charged in the supplied LC-E8E battery charger in approximately 2 hours. Typical battery life for the LP-E8 battery is as follows:

  At 73°F (23°C) At 32°F (0°C)
No Flash Approx. 550 shots Approx. 470 shots
50% Flash Use Approx. 440 shots Approx. 400 shots

Optional Battery Grip: The optional BG-E8 battery grip (280BGE8) approximately doubles the number of possible shots with two LP-E8 batteries installed. You can also use six "AA" batteries in the battery grip. The grip is equipped with several controls, placed for vertical use; shutter button, main dial, Aperture/exposure compensation button, AF Point selection/magnify button, AE Lock/FE Lock/index/reduce button, and on/off switch. The approximate number of shots available (at 73°F) using the BG-E8 battery grip are:

  Dual LP-E8 Battery Packs Six "AA" Alkaline Batteries
No Flash Approx. 1100 Approx. 470
50% Flash Use Approx. 880 Approx. 270

Optional AC Power: With the optional ACK-E8 AC adapter kit, you can connect the camera to a household power outlet and not worry about the battery becoming exhausted.

Optional Lens Compatibility: The EOS Rebel T3i is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, and including Canon's new EF-S series lenses, manufactured specifically for the Digital SLRs.

Supplied Software

Supplied Software: The EOS Rebel T3i comes bundled with the EOS Digital Solution Disc Ver. 24.0, which includes:

  • ZoomBrowserEX Ver. 6.7 (Windows)/ImageBrowser Ver. 6.7 (Macintosh): primarily for JPEG image viewing, editing, organizing, and printing. You can also play and edit MOV movies and extract still images from movies.
  • Digital Photo Professional Ver. 3.10 (Windows/Mac): primarily for RAW image viewing, editing, processing, and printing (you can also edit JPEG images while retaining the original images)
  • Picture Style Editor Ver. 1.9 (Windows/Mac): allows you to edit Picture Style to your unique image characteristics and save them as original Picture Style files
  • EOS Utility Ver. 2.10 (Windows/Mac): allows you to download images from your camera's memory card onto your computer's hard drive
  • PhotoStitch Ver. 3.1:

System Requirements:

  Windows Macintosh
OS Windows 8, 8.1
Windows 7
Windows Vista (Service Pack 1, 2)
Windows XP (Service Pack 3)
Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6
Computer PC with one of the above OS preinstalled and built-in USB ports Macintosh with one of the above OS preinstalled and built-in USB ports

Stills: Pentium 1.3 GHz or higher
Movies: Core2 Duo 2.6 GHz or higher

Stills: Intel processor
Movies: Core2 Duo 2.6 GHz or higher

Interface USB USB
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels or more
  • Color Quality: Medium (16-bit) or more
  • Screen Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels or more
  • Color Quality: Thousands of colors or more

Lens Features

Lens: This EOS Rebel T3i kit comes with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens.

Image Stabilizer: The lens has a lens shift type Image Stabilizer. With the Image Stabilizer turned on, you can obtain sharp, natural-looking pictures in dim lighting without using flash or a tripod. The Image Stabilizer is turned on/off through a switch on the barrel of the lens.

Macro Mechanism: The lens is equipped with a macro mechanism for low magnification close-up photography. The auto-focus function is also available in the macro range.

Auto/Manual Focus Modes: To shoot in auto-focus mode, you must set the focus mode switch on the lens to "AF." To manually focus the camera, you must set the switch on the camera barrel to "MF," and focus by turning the focusing ring.

Optional Accessories: This lens can be used with an optional EW-60C hood and optional screw-on filters (58mm).


  • Focus Length/Aperture: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22-36
  • Construction: 11 elements in 9 groups
  • Angle of View:
    • Diagonal: 74º20' - 27º50'
    • Vertical: 45º30' - 15º40'
    • Horizontal: 64º30' - 15º40'
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.34x (at 55mm)
  • Field of View: 8.1 x 5.3 to 2.6 x 1.8 in. (at 0.82')
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.82' (9.84")
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 2.759"
    • Length:
      • With caps: 3.589" min; 3.905" max.
      • Without caps: 3.141" min; 3.42" max
    • Weight: 7.1 ounces

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