Canon T3i VS Canon 60D

Buying a new Canon digital SLR camera creates some interesting choices. One of them is for those who are either just starting in DSLR photography or those who are upgrading from other “entry-level” DSLRs.

In this article, we will consider the differences and similarities of the Canon T3i vs 60D.

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These are Canon’s newest offerings in the digital SLR market. The T3i is a legitimate contender in the entry level arena, but for just a couple hundred dollars more, you can get the 60D. So, it is a comparison worthy of consideration.

In the table below, you will see that there are more Highlights on the 60D side, but you would expect that if the product is going to cost more. However, before jumping to conclusions, examine the table, then let’s meet on the other side.

Canon T3i VS 60D – Specifications

Canon Rebel T3i Canon 60D
Canon 60D
Price $799 (Body Only)
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$999 (Body Only)
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Sensor Size 18.0 megapixels 18.0 megapixels
Image Processor Digic 4 Digic 4
ISO Auto, 100-6400 (12800 expanded) Auto, 100-6400 (12800 expanded)
Digital Zoom Yes (3-10x) No
Number of Focus points 9 9
Focal Length multiplier (crop factor) 1.6x 1.6x
LCD screen 3″ Articulated panel 3″ Articulated panel
Live View Yes Yes
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 96%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.85x 0.95x
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 sec 30 sec
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec 1/8000 sec
External Flash Yes – Hot-shoe plus Wireless Sync Yes – Hot-shoe plus Wireless Sync
Continuous Shooting 3.7 frames/sec 5.3 frames/sec
Video Format H.264 H.264
Features Guide Yes No
Battery Type Lithium-ion LP-E8 rechargeable Lithium-ion LP-E6 rechargeable
Battery Life 440 1100
Environmentally Sealed No Yes (Water and Dust Resistant)
Weight 1.26lb (570g) 1.66lb (755g)

Just a couple of things to point out that may sway one’s decision.

  • First, notice that the sensor and processor are the same. This simply means that you will get the same image size and quality from both cameras. This actually is a HUGE plus for the T3i.
  • Video is also the same… another plus for the Rebel.
  • Both cameras offer similar creative options such as Soft Focus, Grainy Black and White, and a few others.. again similar.

The areas that give the 60D its edge are not as obvious to a first-time buyer, but they may be significant and therefore worth mentioning.

    • First, the controls of the 60D make settings a bit easier. There is a wheel on the rear of the body rather than the 4 selection buttons on the T3i. The selection wheel has more functionality. And then there are a few more buttons on top of the camera that make accessing some of your settings easier. There is no LCD settings display window at the top of the T3i as there is on the top of the 60D. This is another clear advantage for the 60D.

Canon T3i Top Controls

Canon T3i has No LCD Settings display on top of the camera body

Canon 60D Top Display

Canon 60D has an LCD display for settings on top of the camera body Plus more settings buttons

  • Second, the continuous shooting in frames per second on the 60D is about 50% faster. If you are planning to shoot lots of action, the 60D has a major advantage. And along the same line, the shutter speed goes up to 1/8000 sec on the 60D.
  • Third, battery life on the 60D is rated more than double that of the T3i. Of course, a battery grip is available for both to extend useful shooting time, but this is an added cost.

The Canon T3i vs 60D decision is not an easy one, unless one of these feature differences is a deal-maker for you.

Hopefully, this information will make your decision easier. It is always good to know how your camera is going to fit your needs before making the purchase. Shopping smarter saves time and money.

Side-by-side video with a Canon Rebel T3i VS Canon 60D