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Bought the T3i ended up with the 60D

The hunt for a new camera started months ago when my husband said he needed HD video for a project he’s working on. But instead of going out and buying any ol’d HD video camcorder he suggested I look at upgrading my Canon XSi that way we both get something amazing. Um yes!!!

I started to think about what I wanted in a new camera… the first thought is higher ISO! Shooting indoor shots or even out door shots for that matter I always need more light. Since I wasn’t buying a new lens my thoughts turned to higher ISO.

My search started with Canon T2i, T3i, 50D and the 60D. I didn’t spend any time researching the 7D simply because of the price.

The Canon 50D was quickly ruled out since it didn’t feature HD video. The choice between the T3i and the T2i wasn’t to tough either. Here are the stats I found important between the two:

Canon T3i priced at $659.00 (just the body)

  • 18MG CMOS (APS-C) Sensor; DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • ISO 100-6400 (Expandable to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • FPS 3.7
  • Articulating monitor – If you are shooting at different angles
  • Built in Wireless Flash Transmitter

Canon T2i priced at $579.00 (just the body)

  • 18MG CMOS (APS-C) Sensor; DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • ISO 100-6400 (Expandable to 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • FPS 3.7

To me the articulating monitor and the built in flash were enough for me to want the T3i. There have been plenty of times when I focus on something and then slowly lift the camera above my head hoping the subject was still in the frame. Plus I own the 580EX II Speedlite flash so if I wanted to make it a slave I don’t have to buy a transmitter.

Now the Canon T3i vs. 60D

These two were a little harder to decide between. Both are amazing cameras in my opinion.

Canon T3i priced at $659.00 (just the body)

  • 18MG CMOS (APS-C) Sensor; DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • ISO 100-6400 (Expandable to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • Articulating monitor – If you are shooting at different angles
  • Built in Wireless Flash Transmitter
  • FPS 3.7
  • Shutter Speed 4000
  • Only the center AF point is a cross type

Canon 60D priced at $869.00 (just the body)

  • 18MG CMOS (APS-C) Sensor; DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • ISO 100-6400 (Expandable to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • Articulating monitor – If you are shooting at different angles
  • Built in Wireless Flash Transmitter
  • FPS 5.3
  • Shutter Speed 8000
  • All 9AF points are cross Type

The frames per second, shutter speed and the fact that all 9 points were cross types is what stood out to me on the 60D. The 60D had a few more features that were fun like the in camera photo editing, an electronic level, slightly longer battery life. Still both were in the running and I kept going back and forth between the two. As for HD video there was no hard choice there as far as I can tell they are equal in the video department. Then one day on Amazon the T3i was on sale for $659.00 original list price is $799.00 so I bought it!

When the camera arrived in the mail I played with it that night and my husband said “You don’t have the wow factor” I did love the camera and it felt exactly like my other camera. It had everything I wanted, but he was right, and if you don’t have the wow factor than you probably bought the wrong one for you. I had held both cameras in the past and I loved the way the 60D felt in my hands. I liked the fact that when I turned it on I wasn’t 100% sure what to do.

Once I purchase something I try not to look back at the price so in my warped view the 60D now only cost $200 which seemed like a great deal. So… I bought the 60D and sold the T3i. I was going to just return the T3i to Amazon, but I still felt the price was a super deal for the Canon T3i. I thought I would ask a friend of mine who loves cameras as much as I do. She took the camera for a few days to think about it and showed up on my doorstep on day two with a check, she loved it! And why wouldn’t she, right!

In my opinion both are amazing cameras very similar in many ways. But I guess the deciding factor for me was the 60D felt right. Which is kinda of a strange reason, but it felt like it was the camera for me. Plus when I take a picture of that water fall in the bright sunlight I can crank up my shutter speed!

Now I am the proud owner of the Canon 60D, I am almost done reading the manual which I would recommend to everyone. There is plenty of information in that little book I forgot about. Always good to go back and review!

If you’re having a hard time deciding between the T3i vs. 60D feel free to email me. It is a hard choice….

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2 Responses to “Bought the T3i ended up with the 60D”

  1. Thanks for thinking of me. 😉

    Posted by Erika | November 23, 2011, 2:58 am
  2. I’m so excited for the both of us! Think of all the dark rooms we can photograph at 6400 ISO now! Sweet!

    Posted by admin | November 25, 2011, 6:49 pm

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