Canon launches two new Rebel DSLRs today. The T3i, equipped with a 60D-style swiveling LCD, moves to the top of the current lineup, and the T3 replaces the Rebel XSi.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i
The T3i will have an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, the same used in the EOS 60D, and will offer a full complement of HD video recording options including 1080p at 24, 30 or 25 fps. The T3i will also have a native ISO range up to 6400 and a Digic IV processor. Burst shooting tops out at 3.7 fps, with the ability to record 6 RAW images or 34 large JPEGs. The 60D shoots up to 5.3 fps.
The "Green Zone," an auto-only mode designed for beginning users, has been re-vamped and renamed the "A+" mode. It's now designed to detect scenes and select the appropriate scene mode, a feature moved up from Canon's PowerShot series. A Feature Guide in the T3i's menus will offer more guidance for beginners with text instructions available for different shooting modes. The built-in flash unit will be able to wirelessly trigger other flash units.
Canon EOS Rebel T3
The Rebel T3 will be Canon's new basic entry-level model, moving the XS and XSi out of the lineup. It will offer a 12.1 megapixel sensor, a Digic IV processor, intelligent scene selection and up to 3 fps burst shooting. Video mode will offer 720p HD resolution at 30 or 25 fps.
The T series lineup, to put things in perspective, will consist of the T3i, T2i and T3 in that order.
Pricing and availability
The Canon EOS Rebel T3i and T3 will be available in March. The T3i will be available for $799.99 body-only, $899.99 with an 18-55mm II lens or $1099.99 with an 18-135mm lens. The Rebel T3 will be sold for $599.99 with the 18-55mm version II lens.