Canon EOS Rebel T3 (1000D)
A replacement camera for XS
Many companies take the following approach when they want to sell a gadget. They don’t present a new model costing very few bucks. Instead they let high-end products have a drop in their price. Until they can actually be considered as entry-level practically. Canon is in the same league as those manufacturers who do this. Their EOS Rebel T3 (1000D) is a replacement for the previous Rebel XS. It has brand new offerings. Pics look good, but when we tested the product for this review we felt like something was missing. Let’s see if we are wrong to consider this as Canon’s least inspired camera.
We’ve seen a powerful trend lately of manufacturing gadgets with thin and light bodies. But the EOS Rebel T3 does not conform to this fashion. Canon left its latest creation in a clunky design. But for us, that isn’t a con. It shows that durability is more important than a flimsy pretty face. This model has a rubberized grip which feels nice to the touch; and also has the role of not letting the camera escape from between your fingers and fall. But the one con which will jump at you and continue to affect your using the cam is its very cheap feel. Plastic, after all, has this nasty effect. Not always, but still.
Even though the material will make some of you retreat to other cameras, this version’s control layout is tons functional. And oh so simple and straightforward. There are only four buttons for navigation purposes. But they don’t offer much in terms of tactile feedback.
The EOS Rebel T3 (1000D) gives a good performance when you want to snap pictures. And we mean it, especially since the price of this cam is in the affordable range. Performance of midrange sensitivity is what made us want to explore the device more in this test. When we reached ISO 800, photos could still be used after we took them. Even if they started to look grainy. After we hit ISO 1,600 pics appeared soft. Photos taken when ISO is 3,200 are not brilliant; they get hot pixels and color noise shows its ugly side.
JPEG processing was a pro. Canon is well-known for having killer JPEG processing. Results were phenomenal.
Color reproduction is another of the many pros of this EOS Rebel T3 (1000D). Until, that is, you sit in areas with plenty of shadows. Because then, white balance becomes way too cool to be approved of. Sharpness tends to become too accentuated; saturation, as well. But then again, exposure and metering are kept at good levels in the pictures taken for this review.
Sharp content delivered
This camera has a 18-55mm lens. Its importance is heavy, because it delivers content that looks very sharp. If you feel that it’s too sharp, you can dial it back. There was no purple effect when we looked more attentively.
As for burst speed, it is no champion. Time between turning the camera on and taking a photo is 0.5 second. Continuous shooting is 2.9fps. Good light delivers results in 0.4 second (0.6 second when light sucks). Subjects that run around are not shown correctly in the end results. Live Mode autofocus was bad. The small viewfinder is a major losing point. That and it features the worst magnification ever. Spot metering is a no-show.
The Canon EOS Rebel T3 (1000D) will definitely lose in a competition with what’s currently on sale. So yes, this camera is indeed Canon’s least inspired model.