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Key Features

Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3i Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3
CMOS Sensor 1 APS-C APS-C APS-C
Total Pixels Approx. 19 million Approx. 18.7 million Approx. 12.6 million
Maximum Resolution (effective pixels) 5184 x 3456 5184 x 3456 4272 x 2848
Storage Media 2 SD/SDHC/SDXC Card SD/SDHC/SDXC Card SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
High Speed USB Interface 3 x x x
Canon EF Series Lens Compatibility 4 EF and EF-S EF and EF-S EF and EF-S
LCD Monitor 5, pixel count 3.0" Vari-angle 1,040,000 3.0" Vari-angle 1,040,000 2.7" 230,000
DIGIC Image Processor 6 DIGIC 4 DIGIC 4 DIGIC 4
Live View Function 7 x x x
E-TTL II Flash Compatability 8 x x x

Key Features

Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3i Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3
EOS Integrated Cleaning System 9 x x  
TTL Full-Aperture Light Metering 10 63-zone Evaluative
6.5% Partial
2.8% Center spot
Center-weighted average
63-zone Evaluative
9% Partial
4% Center spot
Center-weighted average
Pre-flash (E-TTL II)
63-zone Evaluative
Approx. 10% Partial
Center-weighted average
Pre-flash (E-TTL II)
Focus Control 9-point Automatic, Manual 9-point Automatic, Manual 9-point Automatic, Manual
Auto Lighting Optimizer 11 x x x
Picture Style Technology 12 x x x
Full HD Video Recording 13 x x  
Built-in Wireless Flash Transmitter 14 x x  
Electronic Level 15 x    
Shutter Speeds 1/8,000 to 30 sec. + bulb 1/4,000 to 30 sec. + bulb 1/4,000 to 30 sec. + bulb
Sensitivity (ISO equivalent) Auto, 100-6400 and 12800 via Custom Function Auto, 100-6400 and 12800 via Custom Function Auto, 100-6400
Dimensions (approx. W x H x D) 5.7" x 4.2" x 3.1" 5.2" x 3.9" x 3.1" 5.1" x 3.9" x 3.0"
Weight (approx.) Excluding Lens, Battery and CompactFlash Card 23.8 oz. 18.2 oz. 17.4 oz.

Canon EOS Digital SLR Feature Explanations:

1 - CMOS Sensor
Canon's CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range. The Canon APS-C size sensor measures 22.2 x 14.8mm, and there's an effective 1.6x increase in the lens's marked focal length when attached. CMOS sensors can also be fabricated to full-frame 35mm dimensions, an important consideration for photographers who wish to use their lenses without a conversion factor. Lauded by the best in the business, Canon's CMOS sensors deliver outstanding resolution and signal purity, making them ideal for the most critical photographic applications.

Taking advantage of its own proprietary technologies, Canon develops and produces its own CMOS sensors. Unlike CCD sensors, CMOS sensors convert and amplify signals before they are transferred to the image processor, enabling them to produce exceptionally clean image data and reduce power consumption by as much as 90%. Data transfer speeds are increased by using multi-channel signal paths that dramatically improve the camera's responsiveness. Canon's CMOS sensors incorporate a unique on-chip noise reduction technology to deal with both fixed pattern and random noise. In addition, a multilayer low-pass filter is placed in front of the sensor to isolate false colors that the sensor may detect. Then, the DIGIC Image Processor processes the image to eliminate those colors while retaining full detail.

2 - Memory Card Image Storage
EOS Digital SLRs use popular SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Compact, inexpensive and available in increasingly large capacities, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards are a perfect complement to the EOS DSLR's compact and lightweight body design.
3 - High-Speed USB Connection
The pace of image transfer is accelerated (when used with a USB 2.0 compatible computer, printer or other peripheral) thanks to the inclusion of a High-Speed USB 2.0 port. The USB 2.0 port is backwards compatible (at no increased speed) with computers featuring standard USB 1.1 connections.
4 - Canon EF Series Lens Compatibility
Compatibility with over 50 lenses in Canon's celebrated EF lens lineup, from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto, is a major advantage of owning these EOS Digital SLRs. Canon's professional L-series lenses have received worldwide acclaim from professionals. Like other EOS Digital SLR cameras, the EOS Rebel XSi and XS are compatible with Canon EF lenses, plus Canon's EF-S series lenses that are manufactured specifically for APS-C sized digital sensors such as the one in the EOS Rebels.
5 - LCD Monitor
The EOS Rebels have large, bright TFTs LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and a viewing angle of 170 degrees. It's perfect for Live View Function composition or viewing camera settings like AF, ISO, Metering, AF Point selection and flash options.

A first for any EOS, the EOS 60D features a bright, high resolution, flip-out Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor for shooting at a variety of angles. By easily switching between low and high angles, the EOS 60D freely enables angle adjustments even if the camera is mounted on a tripod or has a battery grip attached. With 1,040,000 pixels for spectacular detail, the advanced, smudge-resistant monitor includes high transparency materials plus anti-reflective and water-repellant coatings to provide clear and bright viewing. Superb for reviewing, editing and deleting photos or composing new images in Live View function, the Vari-angle Clear View LCD monitor is also the perfect means for accessing camera settings like ISO, metering modes, AF Point selection, the horizontal Electronic Level and flash options.

6 - DIGIC Image Processor
Developed to maximize performance between capturing and recording stages of digital photography, Canon's DIGIC 4 and DIGIC III chips use advanced signal processing technologies to dramatically enhance image quality and deliver a more intuitive, responsive camera. The DIGIC 4 and DIGIC III Image Processors work in concert with Canon's CMOS sensors to achieve even higher levels of performance. Signal processing algorithms work with the multi-channel signal from the sensor and the high-speed DDR-SDRAM buffer to deliver significantly improved camera response. Power consumption has been further reduced for even longer battery life. Color reproduction, noise reduction in low light situations plus reproduction of fine detail also have been significantly improved.

In addition, the latest DIGIC 4 Image Processor speeds up all operations making a number of intensive features possible, such as Face Detection Live mode, HD movie recording and lighting and lens peripheral optimization.

7 - Live View Function
Canon's spectacular Live View shooting is now available through most of the EOS Digital models. Live View Function, where the photographer can compose and shoot directly from the camera's LCD is an indispensable feature for creative photography in any number of situations. It enables the photographer to zoom in and navigate the composition 5x or 10x normal size, while enabling critical focus and allowing more attention to detail. Users can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for architectural photography. In the studio, Live View Function can be used remotely (via a computer) through the camera's USB connection, or wirelessly if the optional Wireless File Transmitter is used.
8 - E-TTL II Flash Compatability
Compatibility with the E-TTL system is a major advantage for advanced amateurs, because it opens a world of creative options. E-TTL stands for Evaluative Through-The-Lens flash exposure control, and requires the use of an EX-series dedicated Speedlite. E-TTL uses a pre-flash fired in the instant between the depression of the shutter button and the raising of the reflex mirror. The system uses the camera's own evaluative metering sensor to analyze and compare ambient light exposure values with illumination reflected from the subject by the pre-flash. With this data, it calculates and stores the flash output required for optimum exposure of the main subject (according to the AF-point that has been selected), while maintaining a subtle balance between the foreground and background. Flash photography is consistently natural and properly exposed, despite less-than-perfect lighting situations.

Though still compatible with all EX-series Speedlites, the smarter E-TTL II captures the subject as a plane and ensures that images containing various colors and levels of reflection are captured accurately and optimally. The system compares the ambient light with the reflected pre-flash off the subject reported in all metering zones and selects the areas with a small difference to be weighted for flash exposure calculation.

This system also eliminates or under weights areas with large difference recognizing them as an extremely reflective object in the background or as a highly reflective subject, smartly ensuring it by considering the distance information data provided from compatible EF lenses. The system similarly prevents over-exposure when photographers lock focus and recompose the shot by considering the flash output level calculated according to the broader distance. The camera also allows users to select an average metering pattern by using its customs function settings.

9 - EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Canon has designed an Integrated Cleaning System with a Self Cleaning Sensor Unit customized to each EOS Digital SLR camera that combats stray dust that can enter the camera when changing a lens or when out in the field. The front surface of the sensor's IR-cut / Low-pass filter cleans itself automatically with ultrasonic vibrations every time the camera is turned on or off. Removed dust adheres to material around the filter to ensure it stays off. With DPP, dust missed by the cleaning unit is captured by Canon's Dust Delete Data Detection and can be erased from the image file.
10 - Selectable Light Metering
The Canon EOS Rebel XS offers 35-zone evaluative metering, partial metering and center-weighted average metering. The EOS Rebel XSi features a spot meter, which analyzes 4% of the composition, plus center-weighted average metering and partial metering for accurate exposure no matter the situation.
11 - Auto Lighting Optimizer
The Auto Lighting Optimizer automatically corrects image exposure to ensure accurate brightness and contrast. It can actually brighten areas of the composition while maintaining highlight details and accurate exposure in others, or darken areas of composition while maintaining brightness and shadow details in others. This remarkable feature is available as both an automatic feature in Full Auto and Creative Auto shooting modes, and can be used and fine-tuned in other modes. This feature can be applied to RAW images in-camera with 4-level settings.
12 - Picture Style Technology
With the myriad features and settings available, even the best photographer might occasionally have doubts as to whether all of the camera settings are optimal for the shot. Canon's ingenious Picture Style feature comes to the rescue, providing a number of user-friendly presets, including standard, neutral and landscape, giving the ability to fine-tune the images the camera produces. They enable the photographer to make optimal choices based simply on the type of shooting. These presets can be used in much the same way one would use different types of film, and more can be created using Canon's included Picture Style Editor Software. Individual camera settings -- such as sharpening, contrast, color tone, and saturation can be overridden if need be.
13 - Full HD Video Recording
Select EOS DSLRs feature 1920 x 1080 Full HD video capture and offer the enhanced image quality, smooth frame rates and adaptive exposure compensation necessary in professional movie-making tools. By shooting video with an EOS DSLR, it's simple to take advantage of the image quality and characteristics intrinsic to DSLRs, resulting in richer, more detailed and more diverse images. The large sensor found in EOS DSLRs means more high quality pixels plus the potential to shoot at higher ISO sensitivities without loss of detail.

EOS Digital SLRs increase shooting flexibility for the videographer in that they allow for full use of Canon EF and EF-S lenses, including wide-angle, macro, super-telephoto, tilt-shift and fisheye, providing a wealth of focal lengths, depth-of-field and other creative shooting options once reserved for still photography. All Live View AF features can also be used in shooting video, and playback modes are available in-camera, with sound. Combined with their size, image quality and flexibility, EOS DSLRs with Full HD video capture are superlative all-in-one, multimedia image-capturing tools.

14 - Built-in Wireless Flash Transmitter
The EOS 60D and Rebel T3i help make elaborate lighting setups simple. They feature an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter that can serve as a driver for a number of Speedlite flash units, making sophisticated lighting setups wireless and simple.
15 - Electronic Level
The EOS 60D sports an incredibly useful electronic horizontal level meter, displayed in the viewfinder, as well as on the LCD panel and on the monitor. Not only is this helpful when framing elaborate compositions, it's particularly useful in maintaining a discrete presence in places where a camera mounted to a large tripod may draw unwanted attention to the photographer.

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