Gear Review: Canon EOS Rebel T3i

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Upgrade to a DSLR for spectacular photos

Using my Canon t3i
I know that we constantly preach traveling light around here, and for many years I contented myself with bringing a teensy-tiny Canon PowerShot point-and-shoot camera with us on trips. It’s extremely light weight, fits in your pocket, takes great photos and has impressive zoom and video features. As a matter of fact, I was completely satisfied with it for years. Until I fell in love with a DSLR.

Yup. I cheated on my PowerShot. It started as a simple flirtation. I worked at a travel marketing agency and I’d use the “big camera” to take professional photos for work. Sure, it was a little heavier, but it was faster, the colors were richer, and I could play with the depth of field with precision. Pop on another lens, and boom — I could zoom right in on the action. I was head-over-heels. Soon I was visiting camera stores and checking out camera bodies and wide angle lenses. I was trolling Amazon for deals in the wee hours. I was insatiable.

So I pulled the trigger. I made room in my carry on for a Canon EOS Rebel T3i, and I’ve never been happier. We used it on a trip to the Netherlands & the UK this fall and our photos were able to truly capture the vibrant autumnal color of these beautiful places. Take a peek for yourself:

See what I mean? I can’t go back to the point-and-shoot. Unless it’s using Instagram on my iPhone. But that’s a whole other love affair.

PS – Canon has recently come out with the the T4i if you need more pixels 🙂

Specs:

  • 18 megapixels
  • 100-6400 ISO
  • 3.7 fps Burst Shooting
  • LCD monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video With Manual Exposure
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards & USB 2.0
  • Live View & Intelligent Auto Scene Mode

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Last updated: February 19, 2014