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- Canon EOS Rebel T3
- We've finished putting Canon's T3 through our testing procedures, and were surprised by the results.
Canon T3 Digital Camera Review$599.99
The T3 rendered motion fairly well, with its major issue being trailing across the frame. In our motion test this is most visible in the train's face and the monochrome pinwheel. There is little signal interference or aberration visible in the rest of the motion, however, despite the video being just 720/30p. Given that this is Canon's first sub-$600 DSLR with HD video, it's not a bad effort. More on how CamcorderInfo tests motion.
The T3 offered very smooth motion, right in line with what we saw with the other cameras in our comparison group. There's not much choppiness to be found in these DSLRs. There is, however, still serious issues with rolling shutter and ghosting. The 720/30p video on the T3 doesn't do it any favors in this department, though artifacting is not much of an issue. The T3i had more artifacting, though less ghosting and trailing.
The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens on the T3 proved to be very soft in our still resolution testing and that holds true here. The camera and kit lens could manage just 450 lw/ph of horizontal sharpness, and 500 lw/ph vertically. The combination also created a pronounced moire effect with pretty obvious chromatic aberration at the highest spatial frequencies. More on how CamcorderInfo tests video sharpness.
Low Light Sensitivity
The Canon T3 required 12 lux of light to record an image that registered 50 IRE on a waveform monitor. This isn't particularly sensitive, but it's a low enough amount of light that in most practical situations that don't involve the inside of a dark bar, you'll be able to record usable images.