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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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

Canon Rebel T3i VS T2i

By Wayne Rasku

Buying a new Canon Rebel digital SLR camera just got a bit more complicated. The question now is, ” Canon Rebel T3i vs T2i?”

There has been a lot of discussion about whether the T3i was worthy of release because it is not much of an upgrade. Make sure you stick with this discussion all the way through, because you will discover that there are some subtle changes here that may sway your buying decision.

Comparison Table for Canon Rebel T3i vs T2i

You can see from the table below that there is not much different in these two cameras, aside from the Articulating LCD panel. You need to read the rest of the article to see that the differences are in the software and creativity.

  Canon Rebel T3i Canon Rebel T2iCanon Rebel T2i (550D)
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" Fixed panel
Live View Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
External Flash Yes – Hot-shoe plus Wireless Sync Yes – Hot-shoe
Continuous Shooting 3.7 frames/sec 3.7 frames/sec
Video Format H.264 H.264
Weight 1.26lb (570g) 1.17lb (530g)

The first and most obvious comparison is with the basic features. The sensor and image processor are the exact same in both cameras. That means that there will be no advantage for either when it comes to image quality.

To go along with that, some of the other benchmarks for camera comparison are also identical. ISO has not changed and neither has the video capture quality. The ability to capture 3.7 still frames per second is the same, too.

The biggest difference in the hardware is the LCD screen. With the newest Rebel, you have a swivel panel that can be positioned so that you can take photos from awkward positions, either above or below where you would not be able to position a Canon Rebel T2i and still be able to see the LCD screen.

So a vari-angle LCD screen is a big advantage for the Canon Rebel T3i.

A second benefit for the new model is the ability to fire multiple flashes remotely when taking a photo. This sounds more like a pro feature, but it is definitely something that is not available on the T2i.

Third on the list of added features is in the video category. You can now use the “movie digital zoom” to zoom in to the center of the image by a factor of 3x to 10x without any degradation of the video quality. Plus there is now total manual control of focus while shooting.

But most buyers of the Canon Rebels are not going to be buying multiple flash units, so that feature advantage is almost a mute point.

The real advantage of the Canon Rebel T3i vs T2i comes in some of the creative features available now on the new model.

First, there is a new video component that allows you to take short video clips and have them stitched together inside the camera. You take 2, 4, or 8 second clips, as many as you want, and the camera does the rest.

Another creative feature is something called Basic+. When you set your camera in this Basic+ mode, there are two choices for your creative output. The first is choosing an ambience setting and the second is shooting by lighting or scene type.

With the ambience setting, you set a kind of mood for your photo as the camera adjusts the sharpness, contrast, color and saturation for effect.

With lighting or scene type, the camera employs some Creative Filters for 5 different effects. These are Fish-eye, Miniature, Soft focus, Grainy Black and White, and Toy Camera.

Finally, perhaps the most useful feature for those new to digital SLR cameras, there is now a Feature Guide that appears in the LCD panel. This guide gives a short description of the selected mode or feature so that you don’t have to go hunting for the manual or do an Internet search to find out what the feature is.

As you decide between the Canon Rebel T3i vs T2i, your decision will be based on some rather subtle advances, unless the Vari-angle LCD screen is simply something you can’t live without.

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