I’m Choosing Canon’s T3i DSLR Camera

I first saw this one Engadget, then I trotted over to Canon’s site and then Amazon’s listing. This camera looks great! The funny thing is that I am in the market for an entry level DSLR, and was just talking to Michael about it Sunday. I had decided to get the T2i, which Michael highly recommends, especially since it is getting some hacking community love with the Magic Lantern hack. FYI, Michael previously discussed the T2i, the 7D, the 60D, and the 5D Mark II.

Here are the reasons I decided on the T2i, and how the T3i compares.

  1. Canon glass. All I ever hear is how great Canon glass is. Now, to be fair I’ve heard about other glass being superior, but I don’t know enough about it to judge. So, listening to people I trust, who are in the photography field, I find Canon lenses highly regarded. How does the T3i fare in this regard? Well, it is a Canon, so…
  2. HD Video. Yes, it is a still camera, technically, but the most exciting thing about the DSLR space is the ever-increasing capabilities for capturing amazing HD video. I’ve seen the 7D’s ability first hand, as Michael shoots all our video with that camera – well except for the live streaming stuff. The T2i gives you 18-megapixels that you can get with the 7D. Just like the 7D, the T2i also gives you selectable frame rates for full HD. While the T2i doesn’t give you the 50-fps and 60-fps options, it’s still more than capable for my purposes, and it’s half the cost of a 7D. Ok, so how does the T3i stack-up? Well, it has the same functionality of the T2i, plus the new digital movie zoom feature that gives you true HD quality zooms – not just digitally re-sized, but pulled off the CMOS at full resolution at 10x! Sweet!
  3. Magic Lantern. The “coolest” draw to the T2i has to be the Magic Lantern hack. Michael just could not say enough about it. From what I read, it brings theĀ  T2i’s capabilities very close to much more expensive cameras. What about the T3i? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see if the Magic Lantern folks release a port for the T3i.

Now, here’s the big reason I will be pre-ordering the T3i instead of the T2i: the new tilt-out screen. The benefit of the tilt-out is the ability to do low slung and above the crowd shots a lot easier.

UPDATE! Magic Lantern for the 600D/T3i is finally here!

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