I run down the main differences of the two cameras.

It depends who you are, this comparison is more about video than pictures, but if you are photographer first that uses a lot of remote flash than I would go with the Canon T3i 600D because of the built in flash transmitter.

OK now that we have eliminated the photographers for you people that shoot video the decision becomes a little harder.

Very interesting; watch the comparison at the beginning at full screen and then look at the aliasing on my sweatshirt on the left (T3i), why is the T3i worse?

First off the sensor is exactly the same, I have been testing this for a month now and I have not seen any difference at all in image quality.

Depending on where and when you look there is $100 to $200 difference between the two, with the T3i being more expensive.

The first major difference is the flip out screen. At first I was like oh I might break it, but I have come to really love it. Low shots are great, so much easier when using a slider on the ground. If you like to wear it around your neck and have zipper on your jacket it can protect the screen from getting scratched! The specs on the T3i and T2i for the LCD monitor appear to be almost identical except for the angle of view which the T3i has 10% bigger than the T2i, for the past month I have noticed that the T3i screen looks slightly better.

If you are not a hacker, meaning you are not comfortable with items like upgrading your camera’s firmware then the T3i is for you because of the manual audio level controls, if you are comfortable with this hack and using beta software that will sometimes ruin a shot because Magic Lantern just stops recording the the T2i might be for you.

Manual zoom is kind of cool, but to be honest I would rather use the right lens for the job instead of a quality hit.

Snap shot video which is new on the T3i, I am a little baffled by this half baked idea Canon came up with, it is like they are trying to compete with imovie on the iphone buy assembling small clips and editing them in camera, that is kind of cool but it is not even close to the iphone interface and you can upload it from your camera so to me it is a worthless feature.

Find Prices on the Canon T3i 600D or the Canon T2i 550D.

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  • Very good job Doug! I had considered the T3i, but the “added” features did not sway me.. So for right now, the T2i is still my DSLR of choice!

  • Dave, que buena comparación. Creo que has dado justo en los puntos claves, como siempre con un lenguaje sencillo, directo y completo. Esas son las diferencias y realmente depende de las preferencias y presupuesto que cada quien tenga.
    Soy un nuevo seguidor de tus publicaciones. Por ahora solo comentaré en español debido a que “apesto” escribiendo en inglés.
    Muchas gracias y hasta la próxima!

  • BTW, acaba de llegar mi nueva t3i, que por encargarla de Japón realmente llegó como Kiss X5 !!!!

  • Excellent. Your lighting is good too….nice backlighting. What lights did you use for this?

  • Nice comparison, Dave!
    Your ‘target audience’ is first time buyers, and the dilemma is T2i or T3i. You don’t cover the question whether it is worth upgrading from T2i to T3i.
    Personally, I don’t think it is worth upgrading. There isn’t much of an upgrade in technology, except for the swiveling screen. For ‘regular’ T2i owners, only upgrading to the 60D (or the 7D) would be the sensible thing to do.

  • With Magic Lantern I’ve had Err70 a lot. It seems to be when the camera is hotter though.

    It started during a gig that I was recording – it was hot.
    I live in the UK, so its never really hot, and it was fine for a while after that.
    Holiday in Florida – walking around with sun beating down – I got Err70 a lot.
    Back home – never had Err70 again.

  • Hello Dave!!!

    Is it possible to you campare the Canon EOS 600D with EOS 60D?

    Thanks Dave!

  • Hi, great website, I can see myself coming back here often!

    Quick question: since Magic Lantern now (allegedly) works on the T3i, and the difference in price between the T2i and T3i (on amazon UK at least) is only £50, would you recommend the T3i (or indeed either of the two) to a complete newbie? Which is easier to learn on, in your opinion?


  • 10 minutes ago

    Hi ! Dave

    Im from hungary my english is very poor,sorry for that.

    I have a question .

    I want buy a canon 550d or 600d , i look your test 550d vs 600d,and i suprize the 600d much SHARPER !!!

    You use the same lens ,same settings ?
    why have so big diferent on you pulover i can see much more detailed ?!

    Can you make similar longer video test from this to camera please ?

    I want use for make a short movie ,so its important wich is the sharper.

    I’ve seen many video from you ,good like for the future. 🙂

    Thank you !

  • Nice analysis Doug!

    I should mention that the Magic Lantern group has some very early work started on ML for the T3i (600D). I was actually a bit dismayed after buying the T3i at first because ML only existed for the T2i, but soon we should have access to the extra features that Magic Lantern provides once they get over the technological hump.

    The ML feature that matters most to me is the Q-scale setting, which gives you better video compression control. Nothing sucks more than having a great camera sensor taking your images and then crunching it down with artifact-laden H264 compression. Mona Lisa on a postage stamp anyone?

    Of course ML has scores of great other features like a mini zoom preview (great for focusing) and automatic rack focus but I’m sure those curious will look into it!

  • @james i would look around you can get the 550d for much cheaper the amazon price is expensive. check out digital rev as well as warehouse express.

  • @Anthoy (Anthony?) Thanks, I have been shopping around and I have found a 550d for £400! Not really sure I can justify spending £200-300 more just for a swivelly screen…I may regret it one day but I feel that money would be better spent on another lens or mike.

  • Dave, i’ve been watching your videos and really appreciated them. keep on the good work… one thing that i wanna ask you is ‘how is the overheating issue between the T2i and T3i?’ Have you done some tests? if not, would you do it? because now i own a T2i and i’m thinking to get my second cam, still consdering will it be 60D or T3i. thanx a bunch for your repond.

  • thanx its really help full, t3i is the best camera than t2i,there is no much defference between them but 4 features added its enough to buy t3i
    1.Flip Lcd
    2.audio adjestment
    3.wireless flash
    4.movie zoom 3-10x

    Better to buy t3i………..


  • I’ve had the T3i since October. Initially, I was going to get the T2i, because there really isn’t any difference in image quality. But then I was having a hard time shooting low angle shots are self-portraits, so I switched to the T3i. The difference in price wasn’t astronomical. I’m glad I did now, because the wireless flash control and the manual audio gain have been really helpful.

    If you already have a T2i, I wouldn’t upgrade. You can get audio gain control from Magic Lantern. So it’s really about the wireless flash and the articulating screen. If you’re a strobist, eventually you will move on to a wireless transmitter, but this is a good the in-camera system is good for beginners like me.

    Of course, all this will be moot when the T4i comes out, which should be any day now.

  • Being from Sydney AUS, I have wanted to buy a t2i for the Magic Lantern because i didn’t want to risk it on my 60d having 5 year extended warrantee.

    It appears now, t2i(550d) is pretty much no longer available for purchase!

    t3i is a good choice 🙂

    Thanks Dave for your work,

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