Announced back in February 2011 along with the T3i, the Canon EOS Rebel T3 is the lesser-featured half of this duo: "only" 12.2 megapixels on the sensor; "only" a 3 frame per second (fps) continuous shooting rate; "only" 720 HD video.
And an MSRP $300 less than the T3i. You can get your hands on a T3 with the 18-55 stabilized kit lens for only $600. Here's the view at both ends of the kit lens:
The T3 has a native 100-6400 ISO sensitivity range, Canon's current generation DIGIC 4 image processor and a 1.6x crop factor thanks to its APS-C CMOS sensor. As is customary with an entry-level DSLR, a variety of scene modes complement the traditional manual shooting exposure options. Somewhat disappointing was the inclusion of a 2.7-inch LCD monitor in a camera slightly larger than the Nikon D3100 with its 3.0-inch screen.
The T3 undercuts the D3100 by $100 on the MSRP front, but anything less than 3.0-inches on a DSLR monitor seems dated.
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