Canon T3 Digital Camera Review$599.99
Ease of Use
Buttons & Dials
The button design on the T3 reflects the changes in philosophy from Canon since the XS was released. The buttons are not dedicated round lumps, but shaped indentations that flow together nicely. There is a dedicated live view/record button, as well, and all the controls are now placed on the right side of the camera's backside to ease single-handed operation. There are actually no buttons at all that require a second hand to operate, as even the flash release has been moved to just behind the control dial. The buttons offer less travel than the previous round versions, but they have a nice audible click and there's enough separation that pressing the wrong one is a rare issue.
Effects, Filters, and Scene Modes
The Canon T3 has a variety of color profiles that are available, as well as three user-defined settings that can be saved and called upon easily. These profiles are accessed by pressing the "Q" button on the rear of the camera, accessing a list of the major color modes, along with sliders for adjusting each.
The menu is the same tabbed setup we've come to expect from Canon. We like the tabs because they do not require vertical scrolling to see extra options, and they are color coded to indicate whether the page affects shooting, playback, or custom settings. The T3 also offers a custom "My Menu" tab where users can deposit any of the menu settings onto a single tab for easy access. There is no dedicated help button, though, so some novices may feel the menu is more complicated then they are used to at first.
The T3 does not include much for a printed manual, offering just an 80-page quick start guide that goes over functions and settings that will be basic for anybody who has used more than a basic point-and-shoot in recent years. The camera does come with the same extra learning materials on macro and stabilized photography that we saw with the T3i. They're basically extended sales pitches for accessories from Canon, but they do have some good tips that will help beginners understand the interplay of equipment, scenery, and photography more.