Image quality and color fidelity looked pretty good at default settings, although the auto modes may be just a bit soft for my liking. Some added sharpening in the manual modes may be needed, but the T3i does quite well right out of the box and will probably satisfy most users as is.
Shutter lag (what there is of it) is good. AF tracking of moving subjects (gulls) in continuous shooting was pretty good in aperture priority with some settings changed from default.
In short, nothing really troubling reared its head in my first outing with the T3i – it acquires and shoots promptly and produces good still and video image quality in most cases. I’ve barely scratched the surface of the basic functions of the T3i so there’s a lot of features to check out, but based on one day with the camera the T3i looks to be worthy of being anointed the latest Rebel fleet flagship. Our full review of the T3i will follow in the not too distant future.
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