Sep 08

The Canon Rebel T3 DSLR Camera – Is It A Best Buy?

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Canon Rebel T3 DSLR Camera Review

Canon Rebel T3 DSLR Camera

Canon Rebel T3 DSLR Camera

I am what you might call a hobbyist photographer. I know what some of the basic photography terms mean (stuff like ISO, F-stop, and shutter speed, etc.) and I do enjoy photography very much.  I started using an old-school SLR camera about thirty odd years ago (a Nikon FE SLR), and bought my first digital camera only about seven years ago.  Up until recently, my digital photography experience had been limited to small point-and-shoot cameras like the Kodak Easyshare C195 Digital Camera.(which is excellent at what it does and is one of my Froogalism Top Picks).

What I Use The Canon Rebel T3 For

The birth of my daughter three years ago rekindled my dormant interest in photography in a big way.  I wanted to upgrade and started to do my research.  I wanted to have better picture quality and more options (like being able to take pictures of moving objects like my daughter swinging on a swing).  My research (and a great sale) directed me towards the Canon Rebel T3.  I have owned it for approximately one month now.  Here are my thoughts.

Overall Impressions of the Canon Rebel T3

This camera takes beautiful pictures in a variety of shooting conditions, it is lightweight, it has fully automatic and manual settings, and it is simple to use.

Body Quality

The Canon Rebel T3 has a plastic body. While plastic camera bodies seem the norm nowadays, using a plastic body camera is something new to me.  The Nikon FE that I used for years had a solid metal body and I became accustomed to its weight and solidness.

With that being said, The Canon Rebel T3 feels as solid as I imagine that you could make a plastic body camera feel.  It feels solid and well-constructed and does not feel cheap.

The only thing that seems to be missing is a rubberized hand grip.  All of the competing makes and models that I tried out did seem to have a rubberized hand grip and I cannot figure out why Canon did not include one on this model.  I can still grip the camera securely, and it does not feel like it will slip out of my hands, but a rubberized hand grip feels even better.  A relatively minor issue, but something to consider nonetheless.

Picture Quality

The Canon Rebel T3 takes beautiful pictures. I am not an amazing photographer by any means, but using this camera makes me look like I know what I’m doing.   I have taken pictures in low-light settings and high-light settings.  I have taken macro close-ups and motion shots of my daughter swinging on a swing.  In each of these settings, the colour and clarity of the pictures is what I consider to be excellent.  The Canon Rebel T3has provided me exactly the level of upgrade I was hoping for (much better than point-and-shoot but not professional grade or cost).


There are both fully automatic and manual settings on the Canon Rebel T3.  The automatic shooting modes include fully automatic, portrait, landscape, close-up, sports, and night portrait.  The camera also has an HD movie mode.  These presets are very convenient and easy to use.

The option of manually setting the shutter speed and aperture allows for more creativity and control when using the Canon Rebel T3.  You can also focus manually as well.

Menus and Buttons

The Canon Rebel T3 is very easy to figure out and to navigate.  Each shooting mode has on screen instructions that are easy to understand.  The layout of the buttons is easy to navigate and the buttons are easy to push.


The Canon Rebel T3 is fun, easy to use, and takes beautiful pictures. It would be an excellent choice for anyone who wants to upgrade from a simple point-and-shoot camera but who does not need or want to jump to professional level quality and price.  The Canon Rebel T3 earns a coveted 5 star rating and is a recommended product at froogalism.com.

What do you think about the Canon Rebel T3?  Are there even better alternatives?  Please feel free to leave a comment below.

Here is a link for more detailed information about the Canon Rebel T3.

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Author: Jason Milburn Google

Frugal dad – focusing my money and energy towards happiness and the things that matter most since around 1985.

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