Canon EOS Rebel 3Ti Camera After 5 Years [Story & Review]

A glacier and mountains in the distance with a large body of water in front.

The Story

I was working for +Princess Cruises as a seasonal youth DJ on a scenic cruise through Glacier Bay when all of a sudden I was greeted with the massive Margerie Glacier. My eyes lit up, and the first thing I said was "CRAP! I got no camera!" The next week we ported in Juneau, Alaska and I rushed out to the nearest camera store that had anything decent for capturing landscapes. My first purchase was the Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR which was an excellent choice, but after five years of pictures, tutorials, and airport terminals, I started noticing some areas of the camera I had issues with or just outgrew. Let's check it out in the review.  

The Review (Pictures below)

Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera (discontinued by manufacturer). 

The Cons

  • The menu screen and options can get complicated, I'm still learning everything till this day. 
  • The camera strap provided was hard on my neck over time. I purchased a sling from +BlackRapid.   
  • It would have been nice if the battery compartment release lever was not located near the tripod socket. When I mounted the camera on a tripod with a larger release plate, It overlapped the release lever making the battery inaccessible. 
  • The camera does not take the best pictures in low light. The higher the ISO, the higher the grain. Which was expected.   
  • I was limited to 12 minutes of video because of the kind of SD card I was using. I'm still really not sure why. I was using a 64 gig Lexar SD card. If anyone has more information on this, please leave a comment below. 
  • The shutter is too loud, it was tough to capture wildlife at a closer distance. 
  • The camera is much too bulky as a carry-on between airport and cruise terminals. 
  • It's almost impossible to check if your photo is blurry after capturing it in the LCD monitor. Even after zooming in using the magnify button, I still was never sure until I got to my desktop.
  • RAW mode buffers slow in sports mode, which was expected. 
  • When in auto mode the built-in flash always pops up in great lighted areas.  
  • The internal mic is below average. 
  • When using an external mic, I found the camera's audio recording capabilities was no good. I recorded all audio separately, then re-aligned it with video production software. 
  • I found over time that objects through the viewfinder eyepiece display was slightly off center when comparing it with the digital image. This was more evident in close-ups. 
  • The flash can be too harsh at times. No big deal. 

The Pros | Benefits

  • The camera takes great landscape pictures
  • The mode dial turns great, there hasn't been any sort of loosening since I bought it.  
  • This camera has been through airport security multiple times, cruise terminals, overhead bins, put in a Tupperware container and checked on airplanes, dropped and lightly rained on for more than half an hour. Its durability has been tested over and over again. 
  • The factory lens of 18-55mm still takes great images. 
  • The image stabilizer works excellent. 
  • The battery lasts a long time even after five years and still charges pretty quick.   
Would I repurchase it or recommend it to a friend?
I wouldn't purchase this model, I would try something smaller from +Canon Canada Inc.

Yes, I would recommend the Canon EOS series to a friend. This is a great beginner camera.

Canon EOS Rebel 3Ti Camera - A three picture collage of the hot shoe, mode dial and 18-55 mm lens.
Canon EOS Rebel 3Ti Camera - A three picture collage of the mirror, lens mount and EF-S 18-55 mm lens.
Canon EOS Rebel 3Ti Camera - A four picture collage of the LCD monitor, mode dial, main dial and cross keys.
Canon EOS Rebel 3Ti Camera - A four picture collage of the battery compartment release lever, tripod socket, card slot and terminal cover.

To sign off, I'm leaving you with a field test video of the original Canon Rebel released over a decade ago. The video is by Chris and Jordan from +The Camera Store. (No affiliation) 

My 5 Worst Cruise Photography Mistakes


I purchased a DSLR camera, and without realizing it, I started capturing pictures at a lower resolution. If possible, get to know your device and set your image quality to the highest. It's well worth it.


I always neglected my SD card in my laptop after backing up photos. Double check that you have all the memory you need BEFORE you leave your cabin.


When it came to image descriptions, I forgot most of the information from the locations. If available, photograph historical plaques and tour guide pamphlets for later reference.


Larger objects didn't look that large when I got to the photo viewer. Look around for smaller familiar subjects to help compare with size.


My cabin only had one visible US power outlet which made it difficult to charge all my devices efficiently.

My 5 Worst Cruise Photography Mistakes (Infographic)
My 5 Worst Cruise Photography Mistakes (Infographic)

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