Canon's Rebel T3i/EOS 600D is the successor to the entry level Rebel T2i/EOS 550D, yet combines some of the sophisticated features of the higher-end EOS 60D and EOS 7D models in an easy-to-use package.
For point-and-shoot camera users stepping-up to a DSLR the Rebel T3i/EOS 600D's Scene Intelligent Auto mode offers scene analysis and optimized settings. It also offers a range of creative filters including grainy black and white, soft focus, toy camera, and miniature effect.
The picture resolution matches that of the 60D and 7D, and the new camera also offers Full HD 1080p video recording, although a lower frames per second (fps) rate of 3.7fps (the 60D attains 5.3fps; the 7D 8fps).
The vari-angle 3-inch LCD screen is a familiar feature on DSLRs, but the screen on the Rebel T3i/EOS 600D also rotates (as with the 60D, but not the 7D), making it even more convenient when holding the camera above head height or at an awkward angle, when using Live View to compose a shot.
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