Canon gently updates its entry-level dSLR and accessories lineup

For the first time in ages, the company announces a new model at the bottom of its dSLR line, the EOS Rebel T3, along with a modest update to the T2i at the top, an iteration of its kit lens, and two enhanced low-end flash units.

The Canon EOS Rebel equipped with the new 18-55mm IS II kit lens. Lori Grunin/CNET

With today's product announcements, Canon bookends its sub-$1,000 dSLR lineup with two new models--the entry-level EOS Rebel T3 and the slightly more advanced T3i--as well as introduces an updated version of its 18-55mm kit staple lens and two enhanced low-end Speedlite flash units. Rather than introduce new dSLR models at bargain-basement prices as Pentax and Sony tend to do, Canon traditionally lets its slightly higher-end models gradually fall in price until they're the de facto entry-level models. But its current starter, the EOS Rebel XS, and which the T3 will replace, has been around since the summer of 2008 and even Canon must think it's looking a bit dowdy compared with competitors that, while old, aren't quite that old. Especially since the more expensive Nikon D3100 has overtaken it in sales. The T2i, however, is still quite competitive and selling well; Canon plans to keep that model in its line at a cheaper price.

With the cameras, Canon is also rolling out an update to its current 18-55mm IS kit lens; the new IS II version basically adds a potential extra stop of image stabilization, from a maximum of 3 stops to 4.

Here's an overview of Canon's sub-$1,000 lineup, including the outgoing Rebel XS.

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Canon EOS Rebel T3i (with 18-55mm IS II Lens)

The Bottom Line: For the money, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a great choice for dSLR videographers--though the cheaper T2i can still suffice if you don't need the articulated LCD--and it's a solid choice for creative still shooters. But though the image quality and general shooting performance are top-notch, if you're upgrading to capture sports, kids, or pets, the T3i may not be able to keep up. / Read full review

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Canon EOS Rebel T3i (Body Only)

The Bottom Line: For the money, the Canon EOS Rebel T3i is a great choice for dSLR videographers--though the cheaper T2i can still suffice if you don't need the articulated LCD--and it's a solid choice for creative still shooters. But though the image quality and general shooting performance are top-notch, if you're upgrading to capture sports, kids, or pets, the T3i may not be able to keep up. / Read full review

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Canon EOS Rebel T3 (with 18-55mm IS II lens)

The Bottom Line: Though it's a perfectly fine entry-level camera, there are better options for the money than the Canon EOS Rebel T3. / Read full review

About the author

Lori Grunin is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. She's been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 1988.

 

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