Your Guide to Buying a Canon Rebel T3

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Your Guide to Buying a Canon Rebel T3

The Canon Rebel T3 is an entry level camera released in 2011 and since commended for its good image quality, solid build, and friendly design. The Rebel T3 was improved significantly from its predecessor, the Rebel XS, with more advanced features and a solid battery life.

Shopping online is a quick and easy way to acquire a Canon Rebel T3, with eBay being a website where an extensive choice and reduced deals can be found.

Specifications of the Canon Rebel T3

For those interested in the facts and figures for the Rebel T3, the table below details some of the basic specifications. Compare these with similar camera models for a clearer viewpoint on its performance level.




12.20 Megapixels

Sensor size:


Kit Lens:

3.00x zoom
18-55 mm
(29-88mm eq.)


Optical / LCD





Max Aperture:



5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in.
(130 x 100 x 78 mm)


24.8 oz (702 g)
includes batteries, kit lens

Strengths of the Canon Rebel T3

The T3 is not a top-of-the-range digital camera but for the reasonable selling price, the model is more than worth the investment. Reviews have noted the simple layout and control system will mean even novices find the camera easy to operate.


It has a strong, conventional build and offers the traditional old-school camera feel that many budding snappers look for. It isn't too bulky so even those with a small grip can operate it, unlike some larger cameras.

The low grade plastic-feel of some entry level cameras is avoided with the Rebel T3; it feels robust, sturdy, and yet lightweight in the hand. The shape and contours make the camera comfortable to hold, with the rubbery-coating on the back side adding to the easy-grip feel.


In terms of its performance, the Rebel T3 performs well compared to similar models within the same price bracket. The sensor resolution of 12.2 megapixels leads to high quality pictures, whilst the current-generation DIGIC 4 processor also means that operating the camera is more efficient and noise suppression is reduced.

Colour reproduction is excellent and images come out sharp. The different styles available are commended also, such as the ‘standard picture' and ‘neutral' options. Shooting pictures is relatively quick, although taking continuous frames for fast-moving images is quite poor.


A nine-point autofocus system allows users more options to increase the efficiency of their pictures, with a single f/5.6 cross-type point at the centre of the array. In addition, an +/-5 EV exposure compensation range, Highlight Tone Priority mode, and adjustable Auto Lighting Optimization function make the Rebel T3 a very capable camera model.

The Creative Auto Mode makes using the camera simpler for novices; it allows the user an easy way to adjust the exposure, resolution, flash, and drive mode. Additionally, the Feature Guide installed by Canon within the T3 makes operating the camera less complicated for new users; text appears on the screen for a brief time explaining about the current option selected.

Video Mode

Recording videos is a standard feature for most modern-day cameras and the T3 is no exception. Its capabilities are fairly basic however, although the final quality will be more than acceptable for the average user. Videos have a high definition resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, at either 25 or 30 frames per second.


The Canon Rebel T3 should come with certain accessories and add-ons when purchased brand new. This is important to consider, especially when buying from independent sellers on eBay or if the camera is second-hand. With the camera itself, the following items should also be included:

- EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens

- Front and rear lens caps

- Body cap

- Eyecup Ef

- Wide Neck Strap EW-200D

- Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack LP-E10

- Battery pack cover

- Battery charger LC-E10 or LC-E10E

- Power cord (if bundled charger is LC-E10E)

- Camera basic instruction manual

- Camera instruction manual CD-ROM

- Software instruction manual CD-ROM

- EOS Digital Solution Disk CD-ROM

Buying the Canon Rebel T3 on eBay

As noted previously, eBay has plenty of T3 models listed within its pages both from home and abroad. It is a site where different options can be used to narrow down a search and pinpoint the perfect item:

· To begin a search on eBay, type in ‘Canon Rebel T3' from the home page and enter the Cameras category from the left-hand side of the page. Choose the Digital Cameras section for T3 models, whilst further options includePhotographic Accessories, Filters, and Lenses.

· The Advanced search page provides more specific ways to identify the preferred camera, price range, and condition. Selecting the cameras located in Australia only is a good way to eliminate higher postage costs and cut down on the delivery time.

· Read the description of the T3 closely, looking out for the add-ons that are supposed to be included with the purchase as noted above. eBay provides the chance to contact the seller so use this facility to guarantee a safe and secure purchase.

· If worried about overspending the search the eBay Deals part of the website as a way to find some potentially lucrative offers. Look within the Cameras section for the Canon Rebel T3.


Canon has released a very efficient and easy-to-use camera model with the Rebel T3; it compares well with similar models in the same price range. Features are accessible, the design is attractive yet sturdy, and gripping the camera is also comfortable.

Many designs are available online and in particular eBay. Keep an eye out for any possible deals as sellers are constantly using the site to offload their goods.

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