Canon Fires A Shot Across The Bow Of The Entry Level Market

Canon unloads with both barrels by announcing two new DSLR cameras for the entry level market.  Canon has announced the Rebel T3i and T3 (EOS 600D and EOS 1100D outside the US) as contenders in the very competitive entry level DSLR market.

The Canon Rebel T3i is an update to the T2i sharing the same 18mp APS-C sensor and 9 point auto focus.  Updated on the T3i is an articulating video display and a 63 zone metering system.  Canon also tossed in built in wireless flash control.  Unfortunately everything has a cost.  All this extra punch has cost a bit of viewfinder size in the T3i.

The Rebel T3 replaces the T2 boasting a 12mp sensor, 720p video recording, and HDMI conectivity.  The image processor is the DIGIC IV.

The T3i should be available in March 2011 with a  suggested retail price of $800.  The T3 is scheduled to be available at the end of March 2011 for a body only price of $600

You can read the full press release here

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