Which Digital SLR Is Best - Canon 60D VS T3i

Published: 09th September 2011
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Perhaps you will inquire why the Canon Rebel T3i vs 60D question is even worth considering here. Are there enough differences to even be marketed together? Without doubt, it is something Canon must have thought about long and hard. It could be puzzling because they seem to be targeting the identical digital camera market share.

But hold the train, there is even a third model in the Canon line-up with the same image sensor (18-megapixels). The upper-end Canon 7D is the other camera that shares this sensor. The plot thickens!

In spite of the fact that the 7D shares the same image sensor, it is not in the same category as the 60D and T3i. It is more for semi-pros and pros, as evidenced by those who purchase it. But let's put aside the 7D for this discussion.

To be an authentic upgrade, a camera should be better or improved over the former model in all features, and this is true of the Canon Rebel T3i with respect to the T2i. Not so with the 60D. It is not equal or better in all areas with respect to the 50D.

How did this come about? You must question the guys in suits at Canon Corp. The "upgrade" question has nothing to do with how these two models compare to each other. This becomes quite plain when the sales are taken into consideration. Those who are buying seem oblivious to the "upgrade or downgrade" question.

The question now at hand is, "Which one is right for you?"

The image quality will be identical since they have the same 18-megapixel sensor along with a Digic 4 processor. They also sport the same body construction. But there are some differences to point out.

Let's take these changes in a kind of random order since there is no way of knowing which one will make the big difference for you.

Going back to the build and construction, the T3i is not environmentally sealed but the 60D is.

Shutter speed is different in these two cameras. The Canon 60D has a fast shutter speed of 1/8000 sec and a sync speed of 1/250 sec for flash exposure. Conversely, the T3i has a fastest shutter speed of 1/4000 sec and a sync speed of 1/200 sec. Under certain lighting conditions, this could make a big difference in the outcome of your picture.

With respect to Continuous Shooting Rate, the Canon T3i produces a respectable 3.7fps, however that does not compare to the 5.3fps of the 60D. Another advantage for the larger sibling. This feature alone can be a game breaker for the T3i if you are doing action photography.

The focus system is not quite the same, even though both cameras have 9 auto focus points. Each of the 9 points in the 60D is a "cross-type" auto focus point. This is not true in the T3i in which just the center point is a cross-type focus point. This can make a big difference in the way each camera handles auto-focus.

The Canon Rebel T3i is not a loser on all fronts, though. There is Video. If you are a lover of video, the Digital Zoom feature should get you excited. You can magnify the scene from 3x to 10x while maintaining excellent quality. Even is you have a prime lens of, say, 50mm, you can get the equivalent of up to 500mm by using this zoom feature.

There are some additional differences between the cameras in question, including differences in size and weight, viewfinder magnification, and battery life. Of course, there is the issue of cost. Price is actually why there are different digital SLRs on the market. The dollar figure attached to the unit may have an impact on your buying choice. The bottom line - cost - is almost always a factor in the final decision to buy.

So which camera is right for you in the Canon 60D vs T3i comparison? Would you be interested in a side-by-side-by-side comparison. You can find such a comparison at http://digital-photographic-resources.com/.

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