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Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • 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.
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.1 x 3.9 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004J3Y9U6
  • Item model number: 5157B002
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (826 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 6, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

New Technology for Outstanding Images.
12.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed.

Canon’s CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. It offers many of the same new technologies to maximize each pixel’s light gathering efficiency that were first seen with the professional EOS-1D Mark III model. It’s an APS-C size sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm), and there's an effective 1.6x increase in the lens's marked focal length when attached.


12.2 Megapixel APS-C Size CMOS Sensor


DIGIC 4 Image Processor
The improved DIGIC 4 Image Processor ensures that images are captured, processed and saved with remarkable speed. The EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s new 3:2 multiple aspect ratio, in-camera RAW image processing, creative filters, image resizing and provided S2 and S3 image-recording quality are all possible thanks to the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. With dazzling results, the new DIGIC 4 Image Processor also works to capture and process data of images shot at 12.2 Megapixels at 3.0 fps, as well as 14-bit signal processing for excellent image gradation, enhanced Face Detection Live mode, Full HD video recording, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Lens Peripheral Optimization.


Excellence from Dawn to Dusk.
ISO 100 – 6400 for shooting from bright to dim light.

With a broad range of ISO settings, the EOS Rebel T3 enables shooting from sunrise to sunset and helps ensure capture of the finest detail. With enhanced high-sensitivity optimization, subjects can be captured clearly and easily at high shutter speeds without flash, with minimized blur and noise. In bright scenes, especially long exposures in daylight, optimal exposure can be achieved with a fully open wide-diameter lens, no dark filter needed.


High Definition Made Easy.
Improved EOS HD Movie mode with expanded recording [HD: 30p (29.97) / 25p], and with in-camera video editing options.

The EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s expanded repertoire of technologies includes shooting video in brilliantly clear, exactingly sharp high definition for playback on your HDTV! Shooting at 1280 x 720 at 30 (29.97) or 25 frames per second, HD video can be taken immediately through the EOS Rebel T3 camera’s intuitive operation and layout. Parameters for white balance and picture style are already set — just grab and go!

Incredible AutoFocus.
High speed, reliable 9-point AF system utilizing a high precision, f/5.6 cross-type center point.

The EOS Rebel T3 has a high-precision, 9-point AF system utilizing a high-precision, f/5.6 cross-type center point. The 9-point AF system uses both normal and high-precision focus depending on the aperture and available light. The 9 focus points can be chosen automatically or manually selected.


9-point AF


Accurate Metering for Perfect Exposure.
Enhanced metering with a 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system for accurate metering between exposures.

The EOS Rebel T3 features Canon’s newest Dual-layer sensor, with 63 zones. By measuring not only the amount of light, but also taking into account color and luminosity, this new system delivers a very high level of accuracy for better results every time. Since the metering sensor has a color measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimized; the EOS Rebel T3 gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes, such as sports on a cloudy day, or indoor holiday scenes.


Metering zones


Speedy, Precise Operation.
3.0 fps continuous shooting up to approximately 3 JPEGs or approximately 2 RAW.

The EOS Rebel T3 operates with such effortless speed that operation is nothing short of intuitive. With instant startup times, speedy autofocus and minimal shutter lag, the EOS Rebel T3 is one of the fastest cameras available today. It can shoot up to 3.0 fps (frames per second), in bursts of up to approximately 3 JPEGs or 2 RAW files, so you won’t miss a shot.


3.0 fps Continuous Shooting


See the Image on a Large LCD with Live View Function.
2.7-inch wide TFT LCD monitor (230,000 dots) with Live View function for improved viewing.

The EOS Rebel T3 has a huge, bright 2.7-inch TFT (thin film transistor) LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and a viewing angle of 170°. It’s perfect for Live View composition or viewing camera settings like AF, ISO, Metering, AF Point selection and flash options. And the maximum brightness of the EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s LCD monitor is about 30% greater than its predecessor, which is a big benefit when you’re using the camera in bright sunlight.

Live View Function
Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the huge 2.7-inch LCD monitor. It’s easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. And now, there are two ways to use Autofocus along with Live View Function in the EOS Rebel T3. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping straight lines in your subject straight in your pictures. In the studio, Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through the EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s USB connection.


Make Your Images As You See Them.
Express your creativity with ease using advanced imaging features like the new Basic+ function, Quick Setting function and Creative Auto.

Basic+ is a new creative imaging feature that makes it easy to create the image effects you want. It can be set with the Quick Control screen in Basic Zone modes. Basic+ provides two options:

Shoot by ambience selection:
Based on the Picture Style and its parameters (sharpness, contrast, saturation, and color tone), the exposure compensation and white balance correction are adjusted to attain the selected ambience. You can also select the strength of the ambience effect.

Shoot by lighting or scene type:
Although the actual parameter set is the white balance, the settings are expressed in more understandable terms.

The EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s Quick Control screen gives you instant access to the most common settings, all in one place! It’s a great way to quickly confirm or change settings while you’re shooting. The Quick Control screen is particularly useful when you’re shooting from a tripod or monopod, with the camera at eye level, because it eliminates the need to view the LCD data panel on top of the camera while changing settings.

For beginners looking to expand their photographic horizons, the EOS Rebel T3 offers Creative Auto mode. While basic settings are based on full automatic operation, shooting guides on the LCD screen enable you to make corrections based on simple to follow guidelines. In essence, with Creative Auto mode, you can learn about photography while taking stunning photographs.


Photography Made Truly Easy.
New Feature Guide offers short descriptions of each function and Quick Control screen for easy operation.

The Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR demystifies great photography by including an in-camera Feature Guide. Appearing on the camera’s LCD, the Feature Guide displays a simple description or advice for the respective function. It is displayed in each shooting mode, during Mode Dial operations, and for Quick Control screen functions (during normal shooting, Live View shooting, movie shooting, and playback). The Feature Guide appears automatically during Mode Dial operations and when a function is selected on the Quick Control screen.


Speedy, Wireless Image Capture and Transmission.
Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

The EOS Rebel T3 uses popular SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Compact, inexpensive and available in increasingly large capacities, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards are a perfect complement to the EOS Rebel T3 DSLR’s compact and lightweight body design.

Additionally, the EOS Rebel T3 is compatible with Eye-Fi* SD cards, which are outfitted with a Wi-Fi transmitter (IEEE 802.11b/g) and internal antenna for wireless, high-speed transfer of images. With an Eye-Fi card installed, the EOS Rebel T3 can display the Eye-Fi’s connection status and error notes with ease, for fully functional wireless uploading of images directly from the camera.

*Canon cameras are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be available outside the United States and Canada; please contact the card manufacturer for territory availability.


Shooting Made Easy
Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

EF & EF-S Lenses
The EOS Rebel T3 is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF and EF-S lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as Aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses, and Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer technology are featured in select lenses to minimize the effect of camera shake. Through Canon lenses, photographers can truly maximize the quality and liberating performance of the EOS Rebel T3.

What's In The Box

·        EOS Rebel T3 Body

·        EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Type II Lens

·        Eyecup EF

·        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


Product Description

The Canon 5157B002 includes the EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera and the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS type II Lens. This camera and lens is perfect for photographers ready to make the move to digital SLR photography. The EOS Rebel T3 delivers beautiful photos and video, speed, simplicity and fun. It features a 12.2 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor for richly detailed images and quick camera response. It has Canon's amazing 63-zone, dual-layer metering for accurate exposures and features Canon's Basic+ function, HD video recording and Live View shooting, plus a convenient in-camera Feature Guide.

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Customer Reviews

It doesn't feel cheap and fits my hands well. Image quality is very good, right up there with my MFT gear. A grand slam home run! Read more ›
Perfect for a beginner. The quality is amazing. Read more ›
I had always been happy with the quality of my iPhone photos (I haven't used my…I take a photo of the same subject with each, and the difference in quality is amazing. Read more ›
I used a SLR many years ago, then got away from it with the advent of the point-and-shoot cameras. Photography is fun again. Read more ›
this is a great product. the quality of the images are wonderful, the lens with optional settings, and durability. thanks Read more ›
This lasted for a few years until recently when I started taking pictures while hiking - took the plunge…The quality of pictures is wonderful, easy to use and understand. Read more ›
We love our new camera, it's easy to use and takes great pictures. We are looking forward to learning about more of its features as we become more comfortable with it. Read more ›
I needed it because I had lost the battery door to my XS and this was a whole lot cheaper than I…Both the T3 and XS are very dependable, easy to use and take great photos. Read more ›
I am so pleased with this camera! It is easy to use, the picture quality is great and it's everything I was looking for! Read more ›
I love this camera so much. It's very simple to use and is perfect for any beginner photographer. All my photos always turn out wonderful. Read more ›
Very. Easy to use and pictures look great. My daughter is using it to take prom pictures Read more ›
I invested as well in a good…Buttons and Menus are easy to find/use and I was quite impressed with how simple it was to access manual settings like shutter speed and iso. Read more ›
I haven't taken a single picture so far that I wasn't happy with…The menu is easy to navigate and very user friendly while the overall feel of the camera is just pleasant. Read more ›
I was in the market for a backup camera to go along…Functions are easy to use, LCD is bright, ISO is good, kit lens is okay ( use to shooting with high end glass though). Read more ›
I absolutely love this Camera because I love taking pictures and I love the quality it…The picture is so crisp and clean and the settings are fairly easy to understand! I… Read more ›
I rated this camera so high because the workmanship is excellent and the controls are clearly marked making it easy to change to the desired settings. Read more ›
an 8Gb card stores about 60 photos. Menus were easy to follow for setup and use. Printed quality on a canon pixma 3500 printer are excellent. Read more ›
For the price, this is the best camera I have owned, Ive always wanted to be a photographer and I'm pleased to have this camera because my pictures are really crisp and… Read more ›
This was for my personal use, not professional so I wasn't looking for anything that delivered like a Canon 5d would. Let me say that the price is great for this camera. You… Read more ›
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It is…It arrived in time for Christmas, and since the price was really great, she was really surprised since she wasn't expecting it because they are so expensive. Read more ›
For the price, this is great for semi-professional photographers to get quality shots for use in our publications. Read more ›
I haven't found any cons about it yet. Also, the price is outstanding for a great DSLR! The lens kit (18-55mm) is a perfect starting lens. Read more ›
Tak…The lens is also great -- it avoids the need for a wider lens (smaller mm #) since it starts at 18mm but is also great if you're into portraits since it goes up to 55mm. Read more ›
Get a Canon! Finding lenses that are great quality will be easier and cheaper than if you go for Nikkon. The instructions are easy to read and understand. Read more ›
I've played with some of the settings in actual use and they definitely give…The price was good and from what I can tell the lens is a good intermediate/general use lens. Read more ›
Compatible with all other canon lenses which is huge. Very great value for what your getting, I highly recommend it. Read more ›
I…The kit lens is sufficiently sharp but it might be worth investing in the newer 18-55 STM lens, as it is reportedly sharper than the 18-55 lens included with this camera. Read more ›
I have also been able to take some nice "stop action" shots playing around with…This kit lens works great, however already looking into a lens that offers a better zoom. Read more ›
Excellent pictures!!...Even i'm working on fully automatic, i'm learning step by step to manage on manual. And the video quality is good too!! Read more ›
I'm set on complete manual with this camera and shoot RAW, so I really don't bother with JPEG or Auto features. The video feature is decent but it does not sell the camera. I… Read more ›
Love, Love, Love this camera. Easy for a beginners, more settings than I know what to do with and the video option is great for making video and picture slideshows. Pictures… Read more ›
I'm really Enjoying this T3 Canon it's AMAZING>>The video Quality is Superb!! I could not ask for anything more:) Read more ›
We needed a camera for our honeymoon that was an upgrade from a point and shoot one and this does that and more. The video is crystal clear. Love this camera. Read more ›
The difference is very noticle even to 2 people…The videos are awesome, the pictures are amazing (even if you don't know what your doing), and it is extremely easy to use. Read more ›
However, if camera is moving, it takes time to focus. Battery Life is excellent and lasts long. Haven't seen the battery drain out so far even when used extensively… Read more ›
I haven't been able to put this thing down, only when reading up on the techniques of photography and then I am right back to…One last thing, the battery life is excellent. Read more ›
I gave it a 5star, because it's a nice…Battery life is good, it can last up to 1 month with out to charge the battery again, we used it alot with our first granddaugther. Read more ›
Very clear questions appear asking you what you want to do with your pictures. Battery life is great. Love it! Read more ›
Battery life has been great - in the two weeks I have used it, I have yet to change or recharge the battery. The strap is a convenient accessory as well, though it's a… Read more ›
"Well most SLR cameras the lens options are good" The manual is easy to read and Canon stands by their lenses and camera. The battery life is awesome. Went to Canada on… Read more ›
My first DSLR and I'm loving it already. Lens is not bad, colors are vivid, functions are good. Only problem is the auto focus may take a little long, so you have to really… Read more ›
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The photos from this camera were alright with auto-focus, but my Nikon Coolpix 7000 actually outperformed this camera and even the D5200 for sharp, deep colored photos of… Read more ›
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For a beginner, this camera was easy to learn and use. Read more ›
This camera is good for those who are beginner in photography like me. Easy to learn, good quality photos and attractive size are the lovable features of this items. Read more ›
The 1100D's menu is quite easy to learn and as you become more knowledgeable in photography - you can adjust the settings to your liking. Read more ›
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This camera made me switch from film within a week. Easy to learn and contains endless features. Perfect camera for budding professionals or casual enthusiasts looking for… Read more ›
The price was fairly good considering the quality of this camera. Easy to learn to use. Lots of good features that cheaper cameras don't have. Read more ›
The menues are easy to navigate, buttons are comfortable. I use it with a speedlight, works great. Read more ›
Its very sturdy. Shutter speed is really fast even at this low price. I would recommend using tripod for all night time photography. Read more ›
We have owned this camera for over 2 months and it has not let us down! The shutter speed is very quick, and you can take multiple pictures quickly. It's durable,… Read more ›
I received this camera in the mail and i was able to use it an hour later…It has exceeded my expectations in terms of picture quality and the speed, which is incredible. Read more ›
-Functi…Pro's: Fast shutter speed, stunning low light situations, crammed with megapixels, in camera editing, amazing colors (sunsets look real to life), highly customizable Read more ›
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The pictures are crystal clear and so much better than our last camera. The auto-focus feature works well too. It is a good camera for both beginners and intermediate users. Read more ›
The pictures came…It didn't matter if the pictures were of close details, of far away views, landscapes or wildlife, the pictures are clear, in focus and the colors great. Read more ›
Be sure to add a screen protector and an SD card! Awesome features, easy to use, great auto focus!! Read more ›
But the Canon had a much smoother zoom mechanism on the lens and just felt better in my…I also felt the video was better on Canon and easier to use and faster to autofocus. Read more ›
This camera is 99% automatic in video mode. Takes decent pictures but it has a funky auto focus. This would be a good camera for the guy who wants nice SLR style photos but… Read more ›
love the camera charger, plug into the wall. great zoom and focus. best value ever! Read more ›
We've always owned point and shoot cameras and I was shocked to see the differance in…The pictures are so clear and detailed... it's truly a step up in picture taking! Read more ›
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- Its menu once you understand SLR features you will find out how to make this camera perfect for fast pictures and great detail with contrasts of colors and shapes. Read more ›
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1,830 of 1,860 people found the following review helpful By S. Vogt on May 25, 2011
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Final Update, 8/27/14

Even though this camera was released back in early 2011, it still is a wonderful and simple camera to use which delivers excellent image quality under any shooting conditions.

The camera has a glossy plastic finish which doesn't exactly exude quality or make it feel like a high-end camera. But construction on this camera is very tight. The plastic is light-weight but its not flimsy like you would expect. There is no rubberized handgrip, which I think was a mistake to omit this on this camera. Especially since its predecessor (and its competitors) have them. Outside of that, the hand grip is a very nice size. The one upshot to the lightweight plastic is that the camera feel very light with the kit lens attached.

One thing you have to watch out for is that the camera feels very out of balance when attaching a heavier lens. The Canon EF-S 18-200, while a good performer optically when paired with the T3, feels way too front heavy. And this will be true with a lot of the pro-grade Canon lenses that you attach to the T3. That said, this camera is a perfect DSLR for hiking due to its light-weight design (when used with the kit lens). It doesn't weigh you down or make you feel like you have a boat anchor around your neck.

The buttons and menu system have the typical degree of straight-forwardness found in most Canons. Canon's menu system is easy to learn and navigate through. That makes the T3 a good candidate for a student or someone that wants to learn photography in general and wants a camera they can grow with. Of course it offers full Auto mode but when you're ready to try and manipulate the more advanced manual controls, the Canon Rebel T3 is about as unintimidating as they come.
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632 of 654 people found the following review helpful By W. Stewart on August 23, 2011
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I think the camera is an amazing buy for the money. I was able to unpack the contents & begin shooting good pictures IMMEDIATELY, using the fully automatic settings & the included partially charged battery. You will however, need to supply an SD Card as this is not included, not even a small one.

The menu was a LITTLE confusing at first, but I quickly got the gist of things and am taking good pictures with the camera. Having used the full-auto settings and just dabbling with the advanced settings, I'm very pleased with the purchase and I think anyone who is either new to DSLR cameras or who doesn't want to spend over $1000 for a 'pro' or 'prosumer' DSLR will also be very happy with it right out of the box... or ANY of the T series cameras for that matter.

If you're going to be shooting in RAW (or like I do in RAW+L) I recommend getting AT LEAST a 16GB card, if not a 32GB card. The included battery is a champ. It lasts a good long time & charges quickly. I was going to get a 2nd battery, but I don't think it's necessary at this time as it lasts for several hundred shots. The manual says it takes 2 hrs to charge a fully depleted battery, but the math doesn't work out that way. The included charger is portable & charges the included 860mAh Li-Ion battey at a 580mAh rate, so a full charge should be about 1.5hrs. I'll have to time it when I need a full charge & have the spare time to check it every 10 mins or so beyond the 1hr mark.

Only a few negatives:
* When using the fully automatic settings indoors the white balance is just a little off, but this is fairly common w/all brands in the entry-level range.
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155 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Coenen TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 17, 2011
Back in the mid 1980s, I purchased a Canon EOS 650 -- one of their first autofocus film cameras -- to use as my high school's yearbook editor and photographer. I absolutely loved the camera; my nephew recently inherited it, and he loves it as well. It took amazing pictures. Offered a plethora of features. And has lasted over 20 years.

However, prior to purchasing the T3, I did my research regarding entry-level DSLR cameras, and had narrowed it down to the Nikon D3100 and the T3. Yes, the Nikon offers higher megapixels. Yes, the Nikon has better HD video modes. However, much wanting an e-reader for the specific purpose of reading books, I wanted a DSLR camera that would take amazing pictures -- not record state-of-the-art video. I have a video camera for that. (As an aside, I've shot some video with the T3, and the quality is fine for stuff like YouTube or personal blogs. If you're a user wanting more than that, I'm unsure why would would be using your DSLR for video in the first place.)

I chose the T3. And could not be happier.

Other things I like about the T3?

1. Canon is known for outstanding image quality. Their CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor combine to produce some of the best (if not _the_ best) images in the industry.

2. Canon lenses -- even the less expensive ones made for "prosumers" (professional consumers who often don't spend more on a lens than the actual camera body itself cost) -- are extremely high quality.

3. Speaking of lenses, great ones are also available from third-party vendors. In fact, I purchased a 50-200 zoom lens from Sigma, and it works perfectly with the T3. It was also quite a bit less expensive than the Canon alternative.

4. Very lightweight.
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