Each new Rebel has very slight differences, described in the side by side comparison. However, the difference between the Rebel line and the 60D can be significant depending on what type of photography you are into.
Especially if you are into action, like kids and sports.
"Body construction - yes, the material is the same, but the Canon 60D is environmentally sealed while the Rebel is not.
Shutter speed - the T3i's fastest shutter is 1/4000 which is only half the speed of the 60D [1/8000], plus it has a sync shutter speed for flash of 1/200 sec compared to 1/250 sec. These two shutter speed differences can be significant depending upon the lighting of a particular shot.
Continuous Shooting Rate - again the Rebel does not match up here at only 3.7
fps with a buffer of up to 34
JPEG images vs 5.3
fps with a buffer of 58
JPEGs. This is quite significant if you are shooting action shots.
Focus - Both models have a 9-point auto focus system, however the system is not the same. In the 60D all 9 points are cross-type auto focus points
. Not so with the T2i in which only the center point is a cross-type
focus point. This can make a big difference in the way each camera handles auto-focus.
Video - there is one thing that the Canon Rebel T3i has which the other camera does not. It is a digital zoom feature that allows 5x or 10x zooming while making movies. This means a 50mm lens can act like a 500mm lens without degrading the quality.
There are some other differences between these two digital SLR cameras, including , viewfinder magnification, and battery life.
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