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Canon 350D vs T3i

The Canon EOS 350D (called Canon XT in some regions) and the Canon EOS Rebel T3i (labelled Canon 600D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2005 and February 2011. Both are DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The 350D has a resolution of 8 megapixels, whereas the T3i provides 17.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 350D
versus
Canon T3i
Canon 350D Canon T3i
Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
8 MP, APS-C Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
no Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-1,600 ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800)
Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
1.8 LCD, 115k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive)
3 shutter flaps per second 3.7 shutter flaps per second
400 shots per battery charge440 shots per battery charge
127 x 94 x 64 mm, 540 g 133 x 100 x 80 mm, 570 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 350D and the Canon EOS Rebel T3i? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon 350D and the Canon T3i. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The 350D can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the T3i is only available in black.

Size Canon 350D vs Canon T3i
Compare 350D versus T3i top
Comparison 350D or T3i rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon T3i is notably larger (11 percent) than the Canon 350D. Moreover, the T3i is markedly heavier (6 percent) than the 350D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 350D nor the T3i are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. In this particular case, both cameras feature the same lens mount, so that they can use the same lenses. You can compare the optics available in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

Concerning battery life, the 350D gets 400 shots out of its NB-2LH battery, while the T3i can take 440 images on a single charge of its LP-E8 power pack.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 350D 127 mm 94 mm 64 mm 540 g 400 n Feb 2005 899 i
2.
 
Canon T3i 133 mm 100 mm 80 mm 570 g 440 n Feb 2011 599 i
3.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
4.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749 i
5.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649 i
6.
 
Canon T6s 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649 i
7.
 
Canon T5i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649 i
8.
 
Canon 650D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849 i
9.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599 i
10.
 
Canon T4i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849 i
11.
 
Canon T2i 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 530 g 440 n Feb 2010 699 i
12.
 
Canon 500D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 520 g 400 n Mar 2009 799 i
13.
 
Canon 450D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 524 g 500 n Jan 2008 799 i
14.
 
Canon 30D 144 mm 106 mm 74 mm 785 g 750 n Feb 2006 1,399 i
15.
 
Canon 400D 127 mm 84 mm 65 mm 556 g 370 n Aug 2006 799 i
16.
 
Canon 20D 144 mm 106 mm 72 mm 770 g 700 n Aug 2004 1,499 i
17.
 
Canon 300D 142 mm 99 mm 72 mm 649 g 400 n Aug 2003 899 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The T3i was launched at a markedly lower price (by 33 percent) than the 350D, which puts it into a different market segment. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the T3i is 1 percent bigger. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.6. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Technology-wise, the T3i uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 4) than the 350D (DIGIC II), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 350D and Canon T3i sensor measures

With 17.9MP, the T3i offers a higher resolution than the 350D (8MP), but the T3i has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.31μm versus 6.41μm for the 350D). Yet, the T3i is a much more recent model (by 5 years and 11 months) than the 350D, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units.

The resolution advantage of the Canon T3i implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the T3i for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 17.3 inches or 65.8 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 13.8 inches or 52.7 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon 350D are 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm for good quality, 13.8 x 9.2 inches or 35.1 x 23.4 cm for very good quality, and 11.5 x 7.7 inches or 29.3 x 19.5 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon EOS 350D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel T3i are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-12800.

350D versus T3i MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. Of the two cameras under consideration, the T3i has a markedly higher DXO score than the 350D (overall score 5 points higher), which will translate into better image quality. The advantage is based on 0.3 bits higher color depth, 0.7 EV in additional dynamic range, and 0.3 stops in additional low light sensitivity. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 350D APS-C 8.0 3456 2304none21.810.8637 60
2.
 
Canon T3i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.5793 65
3.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.3971 78
4.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.0919 71
5.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.0915 70
6.
 
Canon T6s APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.0915 70
7.
 
Canon T5i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2681 61
8.
 
Canon 650D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2722 62
9.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.2827 65
10.
 
Canon T4i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2722 62
11.
 
Canon T2i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.5784 66
12.
 
Canon 500D APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.5663 63
13.
 
Canon 450D APS-C 12.2 4272 2848none21.910.8692 61
14.
 
Canon 30D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.510.8736 59
15.
 
Canon 400D APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none22.111.0664 62
16.
 
Canon 20D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.911.0721 62
17.
 
Canon 300D APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.010.8544 55

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The T3i indeed provides for movie recording, while the 350D does not. The highest resolution format that the T3i can use is 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The 350D and the T3i are similar in the sense that both have an optical viewfinder. The latter is useful for getting a clear image for framing even in brightly lit environments. The viewfinders of both cameras offer the same field of view (95%), but the viewfinder of the T3i has a higher magnification than the one of the 350D (0.53x vs 0.49x), so that the size of the image transmitted appears closer to the size seen with the naked human eye. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Canon 350D and Canon T3i in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 350Doptical n 1.8 115 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon T3ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
3.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon 750Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon T6soptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon T5ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon 650Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon Mnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
10.
 
Canon T4ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon T2ioptical n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
12.
 
Canon 500Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.4 Y n
13.
 
Canon 450Doptical n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
14.
 
Canon 30Doptical Y 2.5 230 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon 400Doptical n 2.5 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
16.
 
Canon 20Doptical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
17.
 
Canon 300Doptical n 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
The T3i has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies. In contrast, the 350D does not have a selfie-screen.

The 350D writes its imaging data to Compact Flash cards, while the T3i uses SDXC cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 350D and Canon EOS Rebel T3i and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 350DY-----2.0---
2.
 
Canon T3iYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon 77DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
4.
 
Canon 750DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon 760DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon T6sYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon T5iYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
8.
 
Canon 650DYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
9.
 
Canon MYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon T4iYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon T2iYstereo-Y-mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon 500DYmonomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon 450DY----mini2.0---
14.
 
Canon 30DY-----2.0---
15.
 
Canon 400DY-----2.0---
16.
 
Canon 20DY-----1.1---
17.
 
Canon 300DY-----1.1---

Both the 350D and the T3i have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The 350D was replaced by the Canon 400D, while the T3i was followed by the Canon T4i. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon 350D and the Canon T3i? Which camera is better? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS 350D:

  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in February 2005).


Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel T3i:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (17.9 vs 8MP), which boosts linear resolution by 50%.
  • Better image quality: Scores markedly higher (5 points) in the DXO overall evaluation.
  • More dynamic range: Captures a broader range of light and dark details (0.7 EV of extra DR).
  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 4 vs DIGIC II).
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 1080/30p video.
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.53x vs 0.49x).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 1.8") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 115k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (3.7 vs 3 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (33 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 5 years and 11 months of technical progress since the 350D launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the T3i is the clear winner of the contest (13 : 1 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

350D 01:13 T3i

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 350D and the Canon T3i place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the 350D or the T3i perform in practice. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 350D..80/100+ +o.. Feb 2005 899 i
2.
 
Canon T3i3/5o77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599 i
3.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..82/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
4.
 
Canon 750D5/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749 i
5.
 
Canon 760D5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649 i
6.
 
Canon T6s5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649 i
7.
 
Canon T5i....76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649 i
8.
 
Canon 650D4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849 i
9.
 
Canon M3/5+..4/54/5 Jul 2012 599 i
10.
 
Canon T4i4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849 i
11.
 
Canon T2i..+ +77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2010 699 i
12.
 
Canon 500D..+ +74/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799 i
13.
 
Canon 450D..+ ++ +4/54.5/5 Jan 2008 799 i
14.
 
Canon 30D..+ ++ +o.. Feb 2006 1,399 i
15.
 
Canon 400D..+ ++ +o4/5 Aug 2006 799 i
16.
 
Canon 20D....+ +.... Aug 2004 1,499 i
17.
 
Canon 300D....+ +.... Aug 2003 899 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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    Specifications: Canon 350D vs Canon T3i

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 350D Canon T3i
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2005 February 2011
    Launch Price USD 899 USD 599
    Sensor Specs Canon 350D Canon T3i
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.2 x 14.8 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 328.56 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.7 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 8 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3456 x 2304 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 6.41 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 2.42 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability no Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,600 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC II DIGIC 4
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 60 65
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.8 22.1
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 10.8 11.5
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 637 793
    Screen Specs Canon 350D Canon T3i
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.49x 0.53x
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 1.8inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 115k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Swivel screen
    Shooting Specs Canon 350D Canon T3i
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s 3.7 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy50 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium CF cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    Connectivity Specs Canon 350D Canon T3i
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port no MIC socket External MIC port
    Wifi Support no Wifi no Wifi
    Body Specs Canon 350D Canon T3i
    Battery Type NB-2LH LP-E8
    Battery Life (CIPA)400 shots per charge440 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 127 x 94 x 64 mm
    (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in)
    133 x 100 x 80 mm
    (5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 540 g (19.0 oz) 570 g (20.1 oz)

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