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Canon dresses up Rebel T3 with new colors

It's the same entry-level digital SLR, just painted a different color.

Canon, perhaps taking a page from Pentax's playbook for its entry-level K-x, has made its EOS Rebel T3 available in three new color options as well as basic black. You can pick from red, brown, and metallic gray bodies with a standard black 18-55mm kit lens.

The cameras are otherwise the same as the original black version, featuring a 12-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 2.7-inch LCD with Live View, full HS video capture, and 3fps continuous shooting. The price is currently reduced--regardless of color--through July 30 for $549.99 after a $50 instant rebate.

With so many people upgrading from point-and-shoots to digital SLRs, it makes sense that you'd want to add some color variety to this category. And as one of readers pointed out to me awhile back with the Pentax K-x, it actually makes street photography easier because it looks more casual. However, it's for that reason I can see snobby camera enthusiasts not taking anyone using a red dSLR seriously. What do you think? Would you buy a blue, orange, or purple dSLR?