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Canon 4000D vs T3

The Canon EOS 4000D (called Canon T100 in some regions) and the Canon EOS Rebel T3 (labelled Canon 1100D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in February 2018 and February 2011. Both are DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The 4000D has a resolution of 17.9 megapixels, whereas the T3 provides 12.2 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Canon 4000D versus Canon T3
Canon 4000D Canon T3
Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor 12.2 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/30p Video 720/30p Video
ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800) ISO 100-6,400
Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
2.7 LCD, 230k dots 2.7 LCD, 230k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
3 shutter flaps per second 3 shutter flaps per second
500 shots per battery charge700 shots per battery charge
129 x 102 x 77 mm, 436 g 130 x 100 x 78 mm, 495 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 4000D and the Canon EOS Rebel T3? 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

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon 4000D and the Canon T3 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon 4000D vs Canon T3
Compare 4000D versus T3 top
Comparison 4000D or T3 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon T3 is somewhat smaller (1 percent) than the Canon 4000D. However, the T3 is markedly heavier (14 percent) than the 4000D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 4000D nor the T3 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.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons 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 4000D 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
2.
 
Canon T3 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 495 g 700 n Feb 2011 449 i
3.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
4.
 
Canon T100 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
5.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549 i
6.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 206 g 235 n Jan 2017 529 i
7.
 
Canon 1300D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449 i
8.
 
Canon 1200D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449 i
9.
 
Canon T5 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449 i
10.
 
Canon 100D 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549 i
11.
 
Canon 700D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649 i
12.
 
Canon G1 X 117 mm 81 mm 65 mm 534 g 250 n Jan 2012 799 i
13.
 
Canon T4i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849 i
14.
 
Canon 1100D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 495 g 700 n Feb 2011 449 i
15.
 
Canon 550D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 530 g 440 n Feb 2010 699 i
16.
 
Canon 500D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 520 g 400 n Mar 2009 799 i
17.
 
Canon XS 126 mm 98 mm 65 mm 502 g 500 n Jun 2008 449 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 retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The 4000D was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 11 percent) than the T3, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. 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. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its 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 T3 is 3 percent smaller. 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.

In terms of chip-set technology, the 4000D uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 4+) than the T3 (DIGIC 4), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 4000D and Canon T3 sensor measures

With 17.9MP, the 4000D offers a higher resolution than the T3 (12.2MP), but the 4000D has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.31μm versus 5.15μm for the T3). However, the 4000D is a much more recent model (by 7 years) than the T3, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixels.

The resolution advantage of the Canon 4000D implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the 4000D 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 T3 are 21.4 x 14.2 inches or 54.3 x 36.2 cm for good quality, 17.1 x 11.4 inches or 43.4 x 28.9 cm for very good quality, and 14.2 x 9.5 inches or 36.2 x 24.1 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon EOS 4000D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, which can be extended to ISO 100-12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel T3 are ISO 100 to ISO 6400 (no boost).

4000D versus T3 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The Overall DXO ratings for the two cameras under consideration are close, suggesting that they provide similar imaging performance. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-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 4000D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.4695 63
2.
 
Canon T3 APS-C 12.2 4272 2848720/30p21.911.0755 62
3.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.91009 71
4.
 
Canon T100 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.4695 63
5.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.41041 79
6.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.912.5522 65
7.
 
Canon 1300D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p...... ..
8.
 
Canon 1200D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.3724 63
9.
 
Canon T5 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.3724 63
10.
 
Canon 100D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.3843 63
11.
 
Canon 700D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2681 61
12.
 
Canon G1 X 1.5-inch 14.2 4352 32641080/24p21.710.8644 60
13.
 
Canon T4i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2722 62
14.
 
Canon 1100D APS-C 12.2 4272 2848720/30p21.911.0755 62
15.
 
Canon 550D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.5784 66
16.
 
Canon 500D APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.5663 63
17.
 
Canon XS APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none...... ..

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the 4000D provides a higher video resolution than the T3. It can shoot video footage at 1080/30p, while the T3 is limited to 720/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The 4000D and the T3 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%), as well as the same magnification (0.50x). The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Canon 4000D and Canon T3 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 4000Doptical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon T3optical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon T100optical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon 200Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon G9 X Mark IInone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 8.2 Y Y
7.
 
Canon 1300Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon 1200Doptical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon T5optical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon 100Doptical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
11.
 
Canon 700Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon G1 Xoptical n 3.0 922 Swivel n 1/4000s 1.9 Y Y
13.
 
Canon T4ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon 1100Doptical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon 550Doptical n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
16.
 
Canon 500Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.4 Y n
17.
 
Canon XSoptical n 2.5 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 4000D and the T3 write their files to 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 4000D and Canon EOS Rebel T3 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 4000DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
2.
 
Canon T3Ystereomono--mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon 2000DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon T100Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon 200DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
6.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
7.
 
Canon 1300DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon 1200DYmonomono--mini2.0---
9.
 
Canon T5Ymonomono--mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon 100DYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon 700DYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon G1 XYstereomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon T4iYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
14.
 
Canon 1100DYstereomono--mini2.0---
15.
 
Canon 550DYstereo-Y-mini2.0---
16.
 
Canon 500DYmonomono--mini2.0---
17.
 
Canon XSY-----2.0---

It is notable that the 4000D offers wifi support, while the T3 does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

The 4000D is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Canon. In contrast, the T3 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the T3 was succeeded by the Canon T5. 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 4000D and the Canon T3? Which camera is better? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.


Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS 4000D:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (17.9 vs 12.2MP) with a 21% higher linear resolution.
  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 4+ vs DIGIC 4).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (1080/30p vs 720/30p).
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 59g or 12 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced segment (11 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 7 years of technical progress since the T3 launch.


Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel T3:

  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (700 versus 500) out of a single battery charge.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in February 2011).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the 4000D is the clear winner of the match-up (8 : 2 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.

4000D 08:02 T3

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 4000D and the Canon T3 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 specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the 4000D or the T3. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera 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 4000D..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
2.
 
Canon T3..80/10069/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2011 449 i
3.
 
Canon 2000D..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
4.
 
Canon T100..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
5.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549 i
6.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II4/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 529 i
7.
 
Canon 1300D4/5o73/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449 i
8.
 
Canon 1200D3/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449 i
9.
 
Canon T53/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449 i
10.
 
Canon 100D4/5+78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549 i
11.
 
Canon 700D....76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649 i
12.
 
Canon G1 X5/5+76/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2012 799 i
13.
 
Canon T4i4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849 i
14.
 
Canon 1100D..80/10069/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2011 449 i
15.
 
Canon 550D..+ +77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2010 699 i
16.
 
Canon 500D..+ +74/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799 i
17.
 
Canon XS..82/100+ +3.5/54.5/5 Jun 2008 449 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Canon 4000D vs Canon T3

    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 4000D Canon T3
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2018 February 2011
    Launch Price USD 399 USD 449
    Sensor Specs Canon 4000D Canon T3
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.0 x 14.7 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 323.4 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 26.5 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 17.9 Megapixels 12.2 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 4272 x 2848 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.31 μm 5.15 μm
    Pixel Density 5.39 MP/cm2 3.76 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 720/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 12,800 ISO no Enhancement
    Image Processor DIGIC 4+ DIGIC 4
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 63 62
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.9 21.9
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.4 11.0
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 695 755
    Screen Specs Canon 4000D Canon T3
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.50x 0.50x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.7inch 2.7inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon 4000D Canon T3
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s 3 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon 4000D Canon T3
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Body Specs Canon 4000D Canon T3
    Battery Type LP-E10 LP-E10
    Battery Life (CIPA)500 shots per charge700 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 129 x 102 x 77 mm
    (5.1 x 4.0 x 3.0 in)
    130 x 100 x 78 mm
    (5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 436 g (15.4 oz) 495 g (17.5 oz)

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