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Canon t1i vs t2i vs t3i: What Digital SLR Camera to Buy?

It’s been about a year and a half since I purchased my Canon EOS Rebel T1i. In the meantime, Canon has put out not one but two upgrades… the Canon EOS Rebel T2i has been available for a while now, and the Canon EOS Rebel T3i was just released about two weeks ago.

So what are the differences between the three? If you’re comparing the Canon t1i vs t2i vs t3i, what should you be looking for…?

Price

First, let’s see how they stack up price-wise. The Canon t1i isn’t available new from the factory, but you’ll still find some floating around.  Amazon lists it at $529, a little cheaper than where it started two years ago. Amazon is currently selling the t2i for $677, and the t3i is listed at a full retail price of $799.99.

[Note: This has changed since I originally published this article. The Canon t1i has been fluctuating in and out of stock at Amazon, for a little under $500. The Canon t2i body is listed at approximately $499.99, and the Canon t3i body recently dropped in price to $624.95.]

If you’re willing to dive into the used camera market, you might find some better prices on the Canon t1i’s and Canon t2i’s. A used Canon t1i body is selling on eBay for something in the neighborhood of $400 to $450. Canon t2i’s are selling used for somewhere in the neighborhood of $650, so not a great deal; but that might change if more people start to upgrade to the t3i.

Resolution

Here’s one reason to upgrade to a Canon t2i or Canon t3i from a Canon t1i: resolution.  The t1i boasts 15.1 megapixels, which is not too shabby at all. I haven’t upgraded yet (although I plan on doing so relatively soon), and those 15.1 megapixels are enough for most purposes. I’ve made 36 inch poster prints from my football shots, and I haven’t noticed any problems stemming from resolution.

However, the Canon t2i was a clear upgrade in terms of resolution. It jumped from 15.1MP to 18MP – about 20%. Is it necessary? Probably not. Is it better? Sure. The Canon t3i still has 18 megapixels, so no upgrade there.

Despite the resolution shift, all three cameras have the same sensor… so no difference there.

Flash Control

Here’s the one reason I’d consider choosing a Canon t3i over a Canon t2i: flash control. Currently, in order to use my flashes off camera, I need to use some wireless radio triggers. If I wanted to use Canon’s built-in wireless system, I would need to either buy a (not-so-cheap) Canon Speedlite 580EX II or a Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter. Both of these products work as a master commander for Canon’s wireless system, and you can use it to control multiple Canon flashes from in camera.

The Canon t3i introduces a built-in pop-up master flash, a feature that was definitely lacking in previous models. Now, you can control Canon flashes with just the built-in pop-up flash. Of course, this also means that I’ll need to buy all Canon flashes (I currently mix a Canon flash with some Vivitar 285s for my off-camera lighting). Oh well… more money to spend. Still, for the Canon t2i vs t3i, this is a clear advantage for the Canon t3i.

Video

I don’t use my Canon t1i much for video, but I have in the past… and it’s pretty cool. Focusing and adjusting the light mid scene is a pain, but it definitely makes some high quality video. This is where you’ll see some new changes.

The Canon t2i presents an improvement over the t1i in terms of video quality and frame rate. If you’re shooting in 1080P, the Canon t1i has a frame rate of 20fps. Meanwhile, the Canon t2i (and the t3i) boast full frame rates of 24 and 30 at 1080P.

The Canon t2i also introduced an audio jack that you could plug an external microphone into. If you’re trying to make a real video and not just a home movie, this is pretty key. The built in microphone is ok, but it’s nothing special.

The Canon t3i also introduces a new twist: an articulated LCD screen. Nikon put this in the mix a while ago, and Canon is kind of playing catch up… except for the fact that it rarely matters. I have never used the LCD screen to preview/compose an image since I dumped my old Nikon Coolpix P80 for a real dSLR. However, the articulated screen does have a use for video people. If you’re shooting video you’re looking through the LCD screen anyway… so it’s nice that it moves around.

So… What to Buy?

Depends on what you’re doing.

Looking for a good quality, cheap, entry level dSLR? Try scooping up a used Canon t1i on eBay for $400. I still love my t1i, and that’s half the price tag of a new Canon t3i. In the last year, the price of a new Canon t2i has dropped, and if you’re buying a new camera… there’s almost no price difference between the Canon t2i and the Canon t1i. So just get the newer camera. Looking at the Canon t2i vs t3i, however, there’s still a decent price jump. So only upgrade if you need to.

Do you do video with your digital camera? If so, consider the t2i or the t3i. The external microphone and better video quality is a nice improvement, and the articulated screen of the t3i may help you out. This is one area where the two newer cameras have a clear advantage over buying a used, older Canon t1i.

Do you do a lot of Strobist stuff? Well, then you might want to upgrade to a Canon t3i (or a Canon EOS 60D). Both the Canon t3i and the Canon 60D offer a built-in commander option to control Canon’s flashes wirelessly. The problem? You need to own a bunch of Canon flashes. If you already bought some off-brand manual flashes, then this is quite a bit less attractive… but if you don’t own a bunch of flashes yet, it might be worth paying a bit extra to get some Canon flashes and use the built-in wireless system. It definitely provides some flexibility and power that you don’t get with wireless triggers and manual flashes.

Note: Curious about the 7D vs 60D vs t3i? I recently wrote up another thorough but simple review, looking at the pros and cons of upgrading.Check it out: Canon t3i vs 60D vs 7D.

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  1. Adam says: March 7, 2011

    The T1i is still available directly from Canon.

  2. sibi says: March 15, 2011

    canon t3i and eos 60d are two different camera. canon t3i is eos 600d, its an updation of 550d…

  3. walkere says: March 15, 2011

    @Adam: I’ve noticed that t1i still for sale in a lot of places, and you’re right that it’s still available through Canon’s website. I wonder how long that’ll last… seems strange to have 3 cameras in the same line available new with so little differences between them.

    If you look at the mid-range line, you can’t order a 50D from Canon anymore; you can only get a 60D. And the 60D was only released in the middle of last year…

    @sibi: I realize that the t3i and the 60D are two different cameras, and I didn’t intend to give people the impression that they were the same camera. I was merely suggesting that they’re both in the same price range and upgrade range; in fact there’s little upside to a 60D over a t3i to justify the extra hundred dollars.

    The only improved spec is the burst frame rate. I’ve also heard that the construction of the 60D is a little more solid and the battery is better; but otherwise they are practically identical (same sensor, same LCD screen, same video capabilities, same flash commander capabilities, etc).

  4. mommy2jands says: June 22, 2011

    I just came across your blog. I currently own a T1i and am thinking about upgrading to the T3i. I love my T1i, but my only and pretty big complaint is that if I take a lot of consecutive pictures using flash (say 10 or more shots), and still want to take more pictures using the built in flash it will say it’s busy and makes me wait about 5-7 seconds before taking another flash picture making me loose the shot. I have seen from other blogs that I am not the only one having this issue. I have two young kids and I take tons of pictures of them. Do you think upgrading to a T3i would have the same issue? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am still a novice.

  5. walkere says: June 22, 2011

    I don’t think upgrading to a T3i would help you out, no. The problem here is with the way that a camera flash works.

    For the flash to go off, it has to use up a lot of electricity really quickly. Batteries can’t deliver that electricity fast enough, so the flash charges up (“recycles” is the technical term) and stores a bunch of energy. Every time the flash goes off, some of that electricity is used up. If it all gets used up, then the flash won’t work until it charges back up.

    When you fire off 10 shots in quick succession with the flash, you’re essentially draining the power of the flash faster than the battery can recharge it. Once it’s dead, the camera stops you from taking a picture until the flash recharges.

    From what I can tell, the built-in flashes on both the Canon t1i and the Canon t3i have the same power output. They also both use batteries with similar currents. If the flashes use energy at the same rate and the batteries deliver it at the same rate, then I’d assume the flash would drain itself and need to recycle at roughly the same rate.

    One suggestion would be to try and take fewer pictures. Get the camera focused, and then anticipate the action. Sometimes hard to do with kids, I know. If only they were as predictable as football plays ;)

    Another solution would be to use a lens that allows you to take pictures without a flash. If you use a fast lens (like a f/1.8 50mm) and use a high ISO setting, you can get a decent shutter speed. Without the flash, you should be able to click away to your heart’s content. The camera will pause briefly every once in a while so that it can write all the data to your memory card, but these pauses aren’t as long or noticeable as when the flash has to recycle.

    • Cynthia says: March 9, 2012

      Trying to find out some info on my xs and came across this, just thought I would say that I found this info very helpful! Thank you

  6. Mommy2jands says: June 22, 2011

    Thank you for your input. I’ll look into the faster lens. I also read your post about flash and will probably look into that more. So it looks like I don’t need to get a new camera after all. Thanks!

  7. Suzanne Chemtob says: August 9, 2011

    I’ve just purchased the Rebel T1i from QVC, should I exchange it for the t3i?
    Thank you

  8. walkere says: August 9, 2011

    Well, that kind of depends on a) what you will use the camera for and b) the price.

    If you plan on using it to record videos from time to time, it’s potentially worth an upgrade. Otherwise, you’re better off saving the money and going with the Canon t1i. It’s a great still camera, and the t3i doesn’t offer many improvements in that area.

    If you do decide to get the T3i, though, I’d suggest you return it to QVC and buy through Amazon or another online retailer. The Canon t3i with a lens is $999.99 at QVC. The same Canon t3i kit on Amazon is only $849.99. There’s a smaller difference when it comes to the Canon t1i ($690 on QVC, $650 on Amazon).

  9. Joe Taibi says: September 6, 2011

    Don’t throw out that idea of using an STE-2 or other IR remotes for those off camera flashes just because you get that T3i. I have one and am completely annoyed by the fact you can only remotely control those other Canon flashes using the POP UP FLASH on the body! You read that right. You can try to minimize it but It uses the *^*(^ pop up flash whether you want it to or not! Why Canon? Is this not strictly IR with a choice of a few frequencies?

  10. Yoge says: September 29, 2011

    Hey,

    I really want to buy Canon Eos t1i. I want an Entry level model and I find T2i a tad more complicated than t1i. Besides, its expensive. I had a couple of questions regarding t1i:

    1) Why Can’t I buy T1i from canon? (As of Sept 29, 2011). Has canon stopped manufacturing this model? What if I buy it from Amazon (Its still available)? Does canon still provide the spare parts?

    2) If I end up getting a T2i will the prices drop in the near future? I am asking this to consider holding up until thanksgiving (2011)

  11. Valmiki says: November 11, 2011

    Yoge, will I do not know about getting a brand new T1i from Canon, they have plenty of refurbished/overstock that they sell for a significant discount direct from the factory. You can get a T1i, either with a kens (kit) or just the body.

    Good luck! Personally, I’d spend the extra to get the T2i. The upgraded specs are actually useful. The difference between the T2i and T3i is essentially nothing, apart from the moveable LCD.

  12. makamae says: November 19, 2011

    Im watching qvc and they have the canon eos rebel t3i dslr 18.0mp w/2 lens kit, camera bag, and 8gb sd card, 6′ hdmi cable and battery for $950. Im wondering if this is a good price. They also have it on easy pay where you pay $158 a month for 6 months. It looks like a good deal, but i want to make sure. Thanks

  13. Russianise says: November 21, 2011

    Hi, I was wondering if Cannon or Nikon are going to come out with some new cameras in the next six months or so to replace their old line up?

  14. Mallik Pullela says: December 19, 2011

    Walkere, First up thank you for putting this in lay man’s terms.
    Now my question, T2i and T3i cameras, are there any differences in the lens that can be used on these cameras? I mean are there any T3i or T2i specific lens I have to look for if I chose to buy one of these.

    I do not want to spend a lot of money, so leaning over towards T2i, any suggestions.
    Mallik.

  15. walkere says: December 19, 2011

    Hey Mallik. Glad to help. Both the t2i and the t3i use the same Canon EF-S/EF lenses. So no differences in that respect at all.

  16. Mallik Pullela says: December 19, 2011

    Walkere,

    Thank you for the quick response. I am leaning towards T2i (cheaper price and pretty much the same as T3i), can you suggest me if my inclination is correct?

    I am more and more interested in Still Photography with occasional Video.
    T3i has more resolution options than T2i, does this make a lot of difference.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mallik.

  17. Mindy says: January 7, 2012

    I am currently considering the Canon T2 or T3i. I live in Korea and will purchase the camera directly from Canon here. This will be my first DSLR, I travel a bit and I would like a camera to take higher quality photos. At the moment the Canon T2 (EOS 550D) with these specs 18-55IS + 50mm f1.8 is approximately $852 USD whereas the Canon T3i (EOS 600D) with the same specs is about $888 USD.

    It seems most people prefer the T2 over the T3i because you get very little difference in camera for spending (usually) much more money. If you had the option to purchase either camera and they were about the same price which camera would you choose? Since this is my first DSLR I do not have any other flashes, lenses, etc. so those would not factor into my decision.

    Also, what is your experience with the image stabilization for this series of cameras? I’ve been doing a bit of research and it seems the Canon rebels don’t come with this feature – is that true? And if so, will that cause my photos to be blurry?

    Are there any add-ons I should consider while purchasing a camera package? I always buy an extra battery but I don’t know if I should consider a tripod, external flash, etc. At the moment I just want to buy a good foundation which I can build on in the future.

  18. walkere says: January 7, 2012

    Hey Mindy,

    Considering the small price difference for you, it might be worth it to get the Canon t3i if a) you might use it every once in a while for video or b) you plan on getting a Canon flash (like a 430 EX II) to play with. I’d say $35 is a fair upgrade price for having a commander flash built in (so you can fire that other flash wirelessly).

    As for the image stabilization, that’s a function of the lens, not the camera. Some lenses, like the Canon 18-55mm, will come with IS. Others, like the Canon 50mm f/1.8, do not. I never use it, because I find it isn’t helpful with photographing people (which is mostly what I do). The image stabilization feature would (in theory) let me handhold the camera and take a picture at something like 1/8th or 1/15th of a second shutter speed, instead of 1/60th of a second. But, even if that keeps the camera still, the people move, and you end up with motion blur. It would come in handy if you shoot more scenic / landscape stuff, and in that case it makes a tripod less of a necessity.

    As for add-ons… I hardly ever use my tripod and monopod. Unless you plan on doing night-time photography or landscape photography that calls for seconds-long exposure, don’t bother. I use my external flash (Canon 430EX II) all the time. It’s a bit pricey, but it makes a huge difference taking pictures indoors. The cheapest and simplest one that I would advise you pick up is a battery grip. They double your battery capacity and give you a second shutter release button so that you can turn your camera sideways and more comfortably take portait-oriented pictures.

  19. Brenda says: January 10, 2012

    I have a T1i and I’m wanting to upgrade to the T3i will my lenses from my T1i fit the T3i? it would be nice to only have to purchase the camera body.

    • walkere says: January 11, 2012

      Yup. The Canon T1i and Canon T3i accept all of the same lenses. Almost all of the Canon lenses are interchangeable with all the other Canon bodies. The only exceptions are the “EF-S” lenses (like the 18-55mm), which work on a smaller subset of Canon cameras. But both the Canon t1i and t3i (along with the 7D and the 60D and other mid-range Canon digital cameras) accept these EF-S lenses.

  20. Brenda says: January 16, 2012

    Ok now I am torn….HELP….T3i or 7D????

  21. walkere says: January 16, 2012

    Interesting that you asked… because I was actually thinking of writing a similar guide about those choices this week.

    The 7D is quite a bit more expensive and it is hands down a better camera. If money is no option, I would buy it. But… considering the extra ~$700 you’re going to spend, it’s not the right choice for everyone.

    A lot of the benefits of the 7D apply more to people that shoot sports and events.

    The 7D has a much better auto-focus system. Being able to quickly and accurately focus is important for moving subjects (basketball players, track runners). Not so for slow moving or still subjects.

    The 7D is heavier, because it’s more durable. And weatherized. I’d feel a lot more comfortable walking up and down the sidelines in a rainstorm with a 7D than a t3i wrapped in a plastic bag.

    The 7D has a much higher frame rate. Important for burst shooting when you want to catch exactly the right moment (hurdles, high jump).

    If you’re doing portraits, family pictures, indoor events, etc… the t3i is fine. The 7D is better, but it won’t matter as much in those situations. If you’re shooting sports, though, and you’re serious about it, you’ll want to choose the more expensive 7D.

  22. Emily says: January 19, 2012

    I recently purchased a T3i and I love it! I have a question though for those who have one as well. I hear a zapping buzzing noise coming from the flash when I hold the shutter button down to focus especially in low light situations. Sounds like the bulb is about to pop or explode? Not really sure how to describe it but never had a camera make that noise before. I took it back to Wolf Camera where I purchased it and they tested it with the display model and the display was not making the zapping buzzing noise so they swapped out my camera for a new one. Got it home, charged the battery and this new camera is making the same noise! Anyone else have this experience?

  23. Cassie says: January 19, 2012

    Ok, I swear I’ve read every review on the web, trying to decide between the t2i and t3i. I’d prefer going with the t2i because that will allow me to purchase the 50mm lens..
    This will be my first DSLR camera, however I will be jumping in feet first. I have got to learn and learn fast… The pictures I will be taking are mostly portrait/full body and the images will need to be blown up much larger than poster size, maybe 6′ x 3′? I listed my website for an example of the type of pictures I will be taking

    I really need help! It seems as though the t2i/t3i are pretty much the same, however maybe the t3i has advantages considering the large prints I’ll be making? No i’m not concerned about video :)

    Thanks!

  24. walkere says: January 20, 2012

    @Cassie,

    The only significant improvement would be the built-in commander flash. If you’re doing studio type portraits and you want to use a Canon flash, then the t3i will allow you to wirelessly control if. But… that also means you’ll have to invest in at least one Canon flash as well.

    If you’re doing available light stuff and you’re not using flashes, then I don’t think there’s any significant difference for you between the t2i and the t3i. The image quality is the same (they both use the same image processor). No difference in resolution at all.

    If you can find the t2i cheap enough that the price difference pays for a 50mm f/1.8 lens… go for it! The lens will do much more for you in the long run than the newer camera body.

  25. P T says: January 31, 2012

    I need to know what is best for my first real digital SLR camera. I bought what was advertized to be a slr on HSN it is a fijifilm s40000, then starting reading on line to find it is not a slr so now looking for one, just a point and shoot. I want to take classes staring next month and learn to take portraits, landscapes, and animals. With the choices of t2i and t3i being maybe the way to go, not sure, help me here. I want to later set up a studio for portraits and peoples pets later and would like to know what I should start buying here and there before I get to that position to open a small studio. I know I have allot to learn before reaching that mark but could use your input to help make right decisions as I am learning the field. What lens should I be investing in also. I am at this time such a newcomer to what I want to accomplish so hopefully you can point me the way without wasting money on things I could use the money for to build a quality set up.
    Thank you kindly

  26. fridam says: February 14, 2012

    The improvement on the T3i over T2i is miniscule I think. articulated screen and the wirelss flash control is the only two significant improvement. as the writer says, if strobist is not your thing, no need to upgrade to T3i from T2i i think. Here is a comparison of two with specs table:

    http://www.dslrpassion.com/reviews/60-equipment/288-canon-eos-t3i-vs-t2i-600d-vs-550d-which-one-to-buy.html

  27. Kristy says: February 23, 2012

    I am deciding between the T2i and the T3i. It will be used for taking family pictures and videos (I have an 8 month old and 1 year old niece). The video has me concerned as I thought the T3i took more frames per second, which I don’t understand how that translates to the film?

    My second question is in regards to the flash. Will I need to purchase a second flash? Or what is the difference between flash for the T2i and T3i?

    Thank you!

    • walkere says: February 24, 2012

      Unless I’m mistaken, when comparing the Canon t2i vs t3i there are no differences in video framerate. Both offer full 30 fps in HD, and they offer up to 60 fps at lower resolutions. For video, this means that it captures more images each second, leading to a smoother transition from one frame to the next… a sharper image with less blurriness. This matters more when the subject is moving really fast. This is an improvement over the Canon t1i, which was only 20 fps at full 1080p resolution.

      As for the flash, yes… to utilize the commander mode in the t3i, you need to own a separate Canon flash (like a Canon 430EX II). Otherwise, the pop-up flash on the Canon t3i works exactly like it does on the Canon t2i. You don’t _have_ to have a separate flash; in other words you can use the built in flash. However, if you don’t have the separate flash, you’re not getting anything extra for you money, so you might as well buy the Canon t2i.

      If you want the fold out, move-able LCD screen (which may be useful for your video purposes), then you might want the Canon t3i. Otherwise, if you don’t have a Canon flash, it doesn’t sound like there’s much point in you choosing the more expensive camera.

  28. Paula Buckner says: March 1, 2012

    I have an off-brand external flash that works well on my Canon AE-1 SLR; can I use it on the Canon T3i DSLR I intend to purchase in the next few weeks? Thanks & regards, pb

    • walkere says: March 4, 2012

      Hmm… that’s an interesting question. I couldn’t say for sure. I would assume that you could mount the flash on the hot shoe and fire it manually, but I’m not so sure that you could use the auto capabilities built into the flash.

      The Canon AE-1 uses the older TTL metering system, while modern digital cameras use E-TTL or E-TTL II (read about it here. That article suggests that older, TTL flashes aren’t compatible with newer, digital cameras… so I’d assume you’re out of luck.

  29. Kristin says: April 7, 2012

    Hello -
    I would like to purchase the Canon T3i and want to be able to stick to using only 2 lens. I will use the camera for actions sports, still photos and close up photography. What would you recommend me purchasing? It doesn’t have to be a canon lens. I’ve heard Sigma has nice lens? Thank you

    • Brian says: April 7, 2012

      Hey Kristin,

      I’ve used a couple Sigma lenses, and I’m happy with them both. In fact, the main lens I use for sports is a Sigma lens – Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8. It’s about $900 on Amazon, and it’s got a large enough aperture that it’ll work well both indoors and outside. There’s a more expensive “OS” version (optical stabilization), but you won’t need that if you’re shooting sports and using a quick shutter speed. If you’re only shooting outside, then something like the Canon EFS 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 or a Sigma 50-200mm f/4.0-5.6
      would be ok, and much cheaper.

      As for the other lens, you probably want some kind of standard zoom. The Canon kit lens is not too bad for general stuff. The Sigma 18-50mm is a little big more expensive, but it’s got a much more solid construction and it is internally focusing (so the lens doesn’t extend in/out as it zooms and focuses). I just bought this Sigma when I ordered a camera to use at school with my yearbook club.

      As for close up photography, the Sigma zoom might be ok, depending on how “close up” you’re talking. However, extreme close-ups require a special “Macro” lens which allows the lens to focus at a lower minimum distance. These are pretty specialized lenses, so if you want to keep your purchases to a minimum I’d try to make the 70-200mm zoom work for your close-up purposes.

  30. Trish says: April 15, 2012

    Hi Brian, wow your extensive knowledge of the canon cameras is impressive :) I came to this site looking for info. that might help me see the differences/pros and cons between the T1i and the canon T3 (not T3i). My husband just bought me the T3 as a gift for $499 + $99 for the EF 75-300 lense. He just wanted to get me a nice camera that I can take great pictures of our kids with because I am the picture taker of the family. My biggest complaint with our regular 10mgpx compact digital was how camera sometimes will not let me take the picture right in the moment of when I hit the button and I miss so many great shots because of it. Regardless of that though, I don’t think he did much research as to what camera would be best for the money. I was wondering if you can you tell me if it would be worth exchanging what we have for the T1i and what more would we get out of that (also what you think the price diff. would be) or do you think the T3 is just fine for a novel photographer not looking to do anything fancy but just take really nice pics of my family and take action shots of them on the go indoors and outside sports etc.. Would love to hear your opinion. Thanks so much for your time!!! Trish

  31. Brian says: April 15, 2012

    Hey Trish. Thanks!

    There are a whole lot of similarities between the the T3 and the next tier of rebel cameras (the t1i, t2i, and t3i). To be honest, I’ve never held a Canon T3 in my hands, so I can’t really comment on the build/durability differences between them, but I suspect the housing of the two cameras is probably about the same (it gets heavier, larger, and more durable with higher end cameras like the Canon 7D).

    The biggest difference on paper is the resolution. The Canon T3 “only” has 12 MP, while the T1i has 15 and the T2i has 18. If you’re just sharing the pictures online and making small prints (i.e. standard 4×6 inches), you’d probably never know the difference, though. Unless you’re making poster size prints or doing some aggressive cropping, anything over 10 megapixels is really overkill (and good marketing).

    Another minor difference is the continuous shooting mode. The Canon T3 shoots at 3 FPS in continuous, while the T1i shots at 3.4 FPS and the T2i shoots at 3.7 FPS. It’s not a huge difference, but that’s a 20% increase if you upgrade to the T2i. You also get some slightly more advanced metering options with the T1i/T2i (spot metering), but it’s not something that a lot of people use.

    Other things – like ISO sensitivity, auto-focus points, metering zones – are identical. It’s probably only $50 or so to up to the Canon t1i, but there’s really not that much difference. There’s a slightly more significant difference between the T3 and the T2i, but the price difference is also closer to $150.

    If this is your first dSLR, I’d stick with the Canon T3 since you’ve already got it. It’ll do just fine, and you won’t see much appreciable difference with the t1i / t2i. What will help eventually is to invest in a speedlite (so you can bounce the flash off the ceiling indoors) and maybe a better zoom lens (only because you mentioned indoor sports).

  32. Lindsey says: April 23, 2012

    I looking into purchasing a Canon to capture some speedy shots such as motorcycle racing and other events! Ive have been doing some research on the EOS Rebel T2i and T3i and I could use a little advice not only on the camera itself but lens size as well. Thank you for your time.

  33. Cameras says: May 10, 2012

    all three nice but I prefer the Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Cameras,nice share

  34. Lauren says: May 21, 2012

    Just wondering which one you think would be the best for shooting still shots of food?

  35. Stacey says: May 25, 2012

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