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Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D with 12 MP and 720p HD Movie

Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D front side view

February 7th, 2011:
Canon Inc. has today introduced the Canon Rebel T3 (EOS 1000D in some countries) digital SLR. As an updated version of the Canon Rebel XS (EOS 1000D) announced in the summer of 2008, the Canon Rebel T3 incorporates a similar 12.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor.

The Rebel T3 receives a number of new features versus the Rebel XS including; a 9-point AF system, 63 zone dual metering, and now offers 720p HD movie recording.

Additional new features include updates to make the camera even more user-friendly than its predecessor, with a 'Basic +' mode (like on the higher end EOS 60D) that allows novice users to make adjustments to image settings with ease by following simple guides.

In automatic shooting modes such as Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Action and Night Scene, users can access a quick menu screen to make adjustments as per the scene’s ambience. When shooting in one of the Rebel T3's “Basic Zones” users can make adjustments as per the scene’s lighting or scene type. An easy-to-read menu lets you select an ambience setting from Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool, Brighter, Darker to Monochrome, while a Lighting setting allows users to select from Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light or Sunset.

Canon has also included a new Feature Guide on the Rebel T3 with an enhanced Quick Settings Screen that now includes detailed descriptions of camera settings. The Feature Guide is designed to help first-time users and beginning enthusiasts better understand each camera setting with descriptions and guided recommendations for when to utilize certain settings. Along with an explanation of camera settings and modes, the Feature Guide includes easy-to-understand directions of how to use particular settings such as aperture adjustment in Canon’s Creative Auto mode.

The Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available at the end of March, and will be offered in a kit with Canon’s new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $649.99. It will also be available in a second kit version with Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 DC III at an estimated retail price of $599.99.

•  Canon Rebel T3 Camera: Major Features
•  Canon T3 Camera: Press Release
•  Canon Rebel T3: Specifications

Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D SLR back

Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D Digital SLR Camera Major Features

  • 12.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor: Exclusively designed and manufactured by Canon to work in combination with its own DIGIC processors, Canon’s CMOS technology integrates advanced noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site, delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also contribute to longer battery life.

  • ISO 100-6400 for shooting from bright to dim light: With a broad range of ISO settings, the Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D enables shooting from dawn through dusk. With enhanced, low-noise high-sensitivity optimization, shooting in situations previously possible only with flash becomes as simple as point and shoot.

  • 720p HD movie mode: Shooting at 1280 x 720 at 30 (29.97) or 25 frames per second, HD video can be taken immediately through the EOS Rebel T3 camera's intuitive operation and layout. Parameters for white balance and picture style are already set — just grab and go. The Rebel T3 offers an HDMI port (cable optional) that allows direct connection to an HDTV.
  • Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D connections side

    2.7-inch LCD Monitor with Live View function: The EOS Rebel T3 features a 2.7-inch LCD monitor with 230,000 dot resolution and 170 degree wide viewing angle. The maximum brightness of the EOS Rebel T3 DSLR's LCD monitor is about 30% greater than its predecessor.

    The camera's Live View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the 2.7-inch LCD monitor. It's easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. You can even choose a grid overlay, to assist in architectural composition and landscape photography.

  • Capable of shooting up to 3 JPEGs or 2 RAW images at 3 fps: The EOS Rebel T3 can shoot up to 3 frames per second (fps) for up to approximately 2 consecutive RAW files or approximately 3 full-resolution JPEGs.

  • iFCL Metering with 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor: The iFCL system uses focus, colour and luminance information to determine consistently exposed shots. All focus points provide distance information to the metering system to determine the location of the subject and allow the algorithm to weight the exposure accordingly.

    The Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D featres a metering sensor with 63 zones, compatible with all nine AF points. Typically, metering sensors are more sensitive to red subjects which can lead to overexposure. The Rebel T3 counters this with the dual layer sensor, which has one layer sensitive to red and green light and one that is sensitive to blue and green light. The metering algorithm then compares the level of the two layers and adjusts the meter reading accordingly.

  • Canon Rebel T3 metering system

    Since the Rebel T3 metering sensor has a color measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimized; the Rebel T3 gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes, such as in a theater or concert hall.

    This makes the Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D ideal for scenes with extreme difference in brightness such as brightly lit scenes or backlit scenes; the camera balances exposure of the main subject at the background, and exposures are not overly influenced by bright areas in the shot.

  • User friendly Creative Auto Mode: For beginners looking to expand their photographic horizons, the EOS Rebel T3 offers Creative Auto mode. While basic settings are based on full automatic operation, shooting guides on the LCD screen enable you to make corrections based on simple to follow guidelines. In essence, with Creative Auto mode, you can learn about photography while taking great photographs.

  • Quick Control Screen: The EOS Rebel T3 DSLR's Quick Control screen gives you instant access to the most common settings, all in one place. It's an easy way to quickly confirm or change settings while you're shooting. The Quick Control screen is particularly useful when you're shooting from a tripod or monopod, with the camera at eye level, because it eliminates the need to view the LCD data panel on top of the camera while changing settings.

  • Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D top view

  • Auto Lighting Optimizer (ALO): Auto Lighting Optimiser analyses the image and selectively adjusts the brightness to achieve a more even result. For example, when a person is backlit, ALO detects the face and increases its brightness to ensure a more pleasing image.

  • Highlight Tone Priority: With Highlight Tone Priority the dynamic range of the highlight tones is extended. The gradation between 18% greys (standard exposure) and the highlights are improved, reducing loss of detail in highlights. This enables a picture with a large proportion of highlights, such as a brightly-lit bride in her wedding gown, to show greater detail in the white and grey areas of the photo, making the image more attractive and natural.

  • Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D Digital SLR: Press Release

    February 7th, 2011 – Canon today unveils the new Rebel T3– the Digital SLR (DSLR) for consumers who want to take the first step on their journey to outstanding still images and HD video. Featuring many technologies developed for more advanced models, and functions which make it even easier to capture fantastic images straight out of the box, the Rebel T3 helps you to have fun with your photography and impress your friends with amazing portraits, landscapes or creative shots.

    As your skills develop, the Rebel T3 grows with you. As the gateway to Canon’s world-famous EOS System, the Rebel T3 lets you experiment with more than 60 different lenses and other accessories including Speedlite flashes, to explore the world of photography.

    Advanced imaging made easy
    Compact and lightweight, the Rebel T3 is a highly versatile DSLR that’s easy to carry with you, allowing you to capture any moment in stunning quality. When a scene lends itself to video as well as stills, 720p HD video capture is easily accessible via the dedicated movie function on the mode dial.

    Never miss a moment of the action as you frame your image easily and accurately through the newly-designed, bright optical viewfinder, offering 95% coverage of the scene. Alternatively, use Live View to see how different shooting modes will affect the final image on the large rear screen.

    You’ll be able to take great images as soon as you start using the Rebel T3. A Feature Guide in the menu system offers a brief description of each key camera setting and its effect, helping beginners to learn about their camera as they use it.

    Basic+ and Creative Auto remove any confusing technical terms, using plain language to describe settings and their effect on the final image. Apply a different ambience to a scene, with Basic+ adjusting exposure, white balance and image processing settings according to easy-to-understand pre-sets based on the creative intent or lighting type. Alternatively, make your image lighter, darker or blur the background to create more interesting results with Creative Auto, which takes all the confusion out of achieving the desired effect.

    Shoot and share anywhere
    The Rebel T3 also makes it easier to shoot and instantly share your images and HD video with friends and family. The large 6.8cm (2.7”) LCD screen features a sharp 230k-dot resolution and wide viewing angle, making it easy to review the day’s shoot immediately. Alternatively, sit back and enjoy the big-screen image playback by connecting the Rebel T3 directly to an HDTV via HDMI, using the TV remote control to scroll through images and enjoy your own high-quality video.

    Thanks to support for Eye-Fi Connected Functions[1], Rebel T3 users can wirelessly transfer their images to a home PC or bypass this stage completely and upload images and video direct to an online sharing account like the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY or Flickr – inspiring everyone to share special, fun and creative photography.

    From beginners to pros, the EOS system is used the world over
    Designed as a user-friendly, powerful, entry-level DSLR, the Rebel T3 features an impressive specification to support the image quality and performance promised by the Canon and EOS brands.

    A 12.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor enables A3 size images to be recorded or cropped for exciting compositions, without compromising on image quality or print size, while DIGIC 4 image processing allows you to freeze the action with high-speed shooting at 3 frames per second.

    Low light subjects can be captured with minimal noise and without resorting to using a flash thanks to a sensitive ISO range of 100 – 6400, and the fast, accurate nine-point autofocus (AF) system ensures the subject is in focus no matter where they may stand in the frame. The Rebel T3 also uses the same iFCL metering system developed for the semi-professional EOS 7D, ensuring all subjects are well-exposed, even in the most challenging lighting conditions.

    The Rebel T3 will be available with a new addition to Canon’s range of EF lenses. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II is a new kit lens that offers Rebel T3 users the flexibility to shoot everything from sweeping landscapes to portraits. A lightweight construction means it’s easy to carry, and Canon’s acclaimed optical Image Stabilization offers a 4-stop advantage to ensure sharp images at maximum zoom and when shooting in low light. The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II will succeed the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS in Canon’s current lens portfolio.

    Canon Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D with flash up

    Canon Digital Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D SLR Specifications

    Image Sensor 22.0 mm x 14.7 mm CMOS
    Effective Resolution Approx. 12.2 megapixels
    Sensor Cleaning Self Cleaning Sensor Unit not included

    (1) Manual cleaning
    (2) Dust Delete Data acquisition and appending
    Image Processor DIGIC 4
    Focal Length Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens
    Focusing TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
    AF Points 9-point all cross-type AF (f/5.6 at center: Dual Cross Sensor)
    AF Working Range EV 0 - 18
    AF Modes (1) Autofocus

    One-Shot AF
    Predictive AI Servo AF
    AI Focus AF (Switches between One-Shot AF and AI SERVO AF automatically)

    (2) Manual focus (MF)
    AF Point Selection Automatic selection, Manual selection
    Selected AF Point Display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD monitor
    AF Assist Beam Intermittent firing of built-in flash or emitted by optional dedicated Speedlite
    Metering Modes 63-zone SPC TTL metering with selectable modes

    Evaluative metering (linkable to all AF point)
    Partial metering (approx. 10% of viewfinder at center)
    Center-weighted average metering
    Metering Range EV 1.0 - EV 20.0 (at 23C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
    AE Lock Auto AE Lock: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved. Manual: By AE lock button
    Exposure Compensation 5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
    Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) 2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
    ISO Range Auto, ISO 100 - 6400 (in whole-stop increments)

    In Creative Zone modes, the maximum ISO speed (ISO 400, 800, 1600, 3200, or 6400) for ISO Auto can be set.
    With C.Fn-5-1 (Highlight tone priority), ISO 200 or higher will be set.
    No ISO speed expansion.
    Shutter Speed 1/4000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec.
    1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
    Settable in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.
    White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, Custom (Custom WB)

    White balance correction: 9 levels
    Blue/amber direction or magenta/green direction possible
    Custom white Balance Yes, 1 setting can be registered
    White Balance Bracketing +/-3 levels in single level increments 3 bracketed images per shutter release.

    Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias
    Viewfinder Pentamirror
    Coverage: Approx. 95%
    Magnification: Approx: 80%
    Eye-Point: Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)
    Dioptre: -2.5 to +0.5 m
    Focus Screen: Fixed
    Viewfinder Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmittance: reflectance ratio of 40:60)
    Depth of Field Preview No depth-of-field preview button (Enabled with C.Fn-8-5 and pressing SET)
    LCD Monitor 2.7-inch (Screen aspect ratio of 4:3), approx. 230K dots

    Coverage: Approx. 99%
    Viewing Angle: Approx 170
    Brightness: Adjustable to one of seven levels

    Grid Display

    (1) Grid 1: Pair of vertical and horizontal lines
    (2) Grid 2: 5 vertical and 3 horizontal lines
    Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters) 9.2
    Built-in Flash Coverage Up to 17mm focal length (35mm equivalent: 27mm)
    Built-in Flash Recycle Time Approx. 2 seconds
    Flash Exposure Compensation Up to 2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
    Flash Exposure Lock Yes
    External Flash Compatibility E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites
    Shooting Modes (1) Program AE (program-shift possible)
    (2) Shutter-priority AE
    (3) Aperture-priority AE
    (4) Manual exposure
    (5) Automatic depth-of-field AE
    (6) Full Auto
    (7) Flash Off
    (8) Creative Auto
    (9) Program AE with ambience selection
    (10) E-TTL II autoflash program AE
    Picture Styles Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
    Image Processing Peripheral illumination correction: Helps correct for lens vignetting (dark corners)
    Auto Lighting Optimizer: Enhances shadow detail under contrasty lighting. Three levels are available, and Off
    Colour Space sRGB and Adobe RGB
    Drive Modes (1) Single shooting
    (2) Continuous shooting
    (3) 10-sec. self-timer
    (4) 2-sec. self-timer
    (5) Continuous shooting after 10-sec. self-timer (2 to 10 shots)
    Continuous Shooting (1) JPEG: Max. approx. 3.0 fps
    (2) RAW: Max. approx. 2.0 fps
    (3) RAW+JPEG: Approx. 0.8 fps (averaged value)
    Maximum Burst (1) JPEG: 830 shots
    (2) RAW: 5 shots
    (3) RAW+JPEG: 1 shot
    Live View Mode Yes
    Live View Focusing Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)


    Contrast-detect and Phase-detect (Quick AF) modes
    Still Image File Type JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.30 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)

    RAW: RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)

    Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
    RAW+JPEG Simultaneous Recording Yes
    Image Size (1) Large: Approx. 12.20 Megapixels (4272 x 2848)
    (2) Medium: Approx. 6.30 Megapixels (3088 x 2056)
    (3) Small: Approx. 3.40 Megapixels (2256 x 1504)
    (4) S2: Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1920 x 1280)
    (5) S3: Approx. 0.35 Megapixels (720 x 480)
    (6) RAW: Approx. 12.20 Megapixels (4272 x 2848)

    Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
    Dedicated Live View / Movie Record button Yes
    Movie Size 1280 x 720 at 30 (29.97) or 25 frames per second
    MPEG-4 Movie format
    Folders New folders can be manually created and selected
    File Numbering (1) Consecutive numbering
    (2) Auto reset
    (3) Manual reset
    Custom Functions 10 Custom Functions with 32 settings settable with the camera
    Histogram Display Brightness: Yes RGB: Yes
    Highlight Alert Yes
    Menu Languages 25 Languages

    English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
    Interface High Speed USB
    Video output (PAL/ NTSC) (integrated with USB terminal)
    Direct Print Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
    Removable Media SD card, SDHC card or SDXC card
    Supplied Software ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
    Digital Photo Professional (RAW processing)
    PhotoStitch, EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture)
    Picture Style Editor
    Battery 1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E10

    Battery Life:

    Viewfinder shooting = Approx. 700 shots with 50% flash
    Liveview shooting = Approx. 220 shots with 50% flash
    Battery Power AC Adapter Kit ACK-E10 (optional)
    Battery charger LC-E10
    Dimensions 129.9 (W) x 99.7 (H) x 77.9 (D) mm
    Weight Approx. 495g (CIPA testing standard, including battery and memory card)
    Optional Remote Control Shutter Release No wireless remote switch available
    Compatible with Remote Switch RS-60E3 (cable)
    Supplied in the Canon Rebel T3 Kit EOS Rebel T3 Body
    EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (In standard kit)
    Eyecup Ef
    Wide Strap EW-100DBIII
    USB Interface Cable IFC-200U/500U
    AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
    Battery Pack LP-E10
    Battery Charger LC-E10
    EOS Digital Solution Disk and Instruction Manuals "Great Photography is Easy" Booklet and "Do More with Macro" Booklet

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