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4.0 out of 5 stars a high end for DSLR beginners!, February 28, 2011
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This review is from: Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (discontinued by manufacturer) (Camera)
I was so surprised how light is the T3i, (in comparison to 7D /50D or 60D) with its 18.0 mega pixel the CMOS sensor captures superb image quality with low noise and natural color
The EOS T3i, positioned between the EOS T2i and EOS 60D, features scene intelligent auto, 3-inch vari-angle clear view LCD and a selection of five creative filters including the new fish eye effect (which is awesome!!)
honestly, once you get this camera, no need for Photoshop.

I initially purchased the 7DCanon EOS 7D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch LCD (Body Only), but then I returned it due to the more complicated usage, and the post-photo processing/ editing necessary for making pictures look better.

T3i comes with an instructional guide built in, like the Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens. The guide tells beginners (or rusty intermediates) how to set the camera to get specific types of shots. For instance, if you dial up macro mode, it says "for closeups of small objects such as flowers, shoot as close as possible."
the T3i gives me all I want, clear and hassle free pictures, ready to upload/print.

it uses normal SD cards, no need for the expensive CF flash cards.
longer battery life, and low consumption.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS SLR Lens comes with the camera, and it is a great lens for beginners, and gives a great opportunity to practice Manual Focus!

Do not invest in expensive lenses from the start, you might like the point and shoot, and reselling the lenses might be a great loss.

I'm not a professional photographer, nor an electronic specialist, so I reviewed the item as a myself, so if you like my review, please rate it.

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Initial post: Mar 4, 2011 11:58:36 AM PST
Pat Denoli says:
Do you have any experience with using it in low light (indoors) without a flash? How grainy or blurry is it? If it can take a high quality picture in low light without flooding the area with a flash... kudos. That's one indication of the camera's picture-taking ability that really matters.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 5:41:17 PM PST
Arsene Lupin says:
yes I do! and it depend whether you are using it with a tripod or not, but the images are kind of better than some point and shoot, the 18-55mm lens I got with it very basic, but does a good job. the auto focus sometimes get stuck in low light, but then I switch to manual and I get the focus I want.

the camera has plenty of options ( I haven't looked at all of them yet!) but with option P and some ISO and light configuration I might get better pictures inside.

I am still learning how to use it, and the T3I offers plenty of options for that matters.

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 8:48:15 PM PST
93 AERO says:
Of course it makes sense to purchase a better lens. Don't worry, canon L lenses retain 90% of their value on ebay. Don't cheapen the experience....if you're going to spend the money on a T3i (I have a 7D), spend the money on a decent lense. It's the lens that determines the sharpness of the picture....

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2011 1:42:48 PM PST
Arsene Lupin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 1:23:10 PM PST
hiya , considering to buy this camera and was reading a lot about "buy a decent lens to it" , i am begginer at this sort of photography so can you advice me what is a decent lens? which lens I should buy for a starter, ( means I am just enetring the world of dslr photography, would like to photograph sort of bits of everything, but money is a issue , so want a good lens but not too much breaking myself ) in plain words which lens is better than kit one but for a starter ?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 1:45:05 PM PST
Arsene Lupin says:
I'm sure 93 Aero will have a better answer.

my advise, will, unless you like the swivel LCD on the back you can get the same camera without the swivel for a 20% cheaper Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP CMOS APS-C Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens then try it for a while, it comes with the same lens in T3i.

if you want a lens for everyday, check the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

those are cheap options! but very good for low light!! ( the smaller the f/ the better) for example f/1.4 is better than f/1.8 and probably more expensive. so you decide.

USM means ultrasonic speed to get in autofocus, and also very silent. so it is up to you.

Good luck in your purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2011 6:34:11 AM PDT
BBmax50 says:
Still confuses me when someone can say only wonderful things about a product and then gives 4 stars.......I don't get it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2011 2:12:53 PM PDT
Arsene Lupin says:
@BBmax50: it is a wonderful product. for me, it is not a 5 stars yet! I would give 5 Stars to the Canon 7D or a 5D mark II.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 8:05:47 AM PDT
I want to know the pros and cons of shooting video with The Canon EOS t3i. I am a beginner film maker (i mainly edit) and i want to start shooting short films.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2011 2:22:42 PM PDT
David Wilson says:
As far as lenses are concerned it's horses for courses. If you are only ever going to produce 7x5" prints for your family albums, then 'L' class lenses would be a pointless overkill and a waste of money. You wont be able to see the difference. The more expensive lenses are only appropriate if you intend to get serious - extensive cropping and/or big prints, or the desire to sell your photographs via the online image libraries, which demand superlative image quality.
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