Canon EOS 850D vs Canon EOS Rebel T3

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 850D and Canon EOS Rebel T3. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Canon.

Canon EOS 850D were released 2020 and Canon EOS Rebel T3 was released 2011. That is a 9 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 850D 2020
Canon EOS Rebel T3 2011

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Canon APS-C") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 850D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Canon EOS Rebel T3 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 850D has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Rebel T3 has 12,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 850D 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Canon EOS Rebel T3 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848

Canon EOS 850D has a 97 % larger resolution than Canon EOS Rebel T3. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 850D has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Rebel T3. Canon EOS 850D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Canon EOS Rebel T3 has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 850D 100-25600
Canon EOS Rebel T3 100-6400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 850D
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel T3

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 850D can shoot up to 7,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel T3 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 850D 7,5
Canon EOS Rebel T3 3

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 850D and Canon EOS Rebel T3 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 850D weighs 515 gr (equal to 1,14 lb) which is 4% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel T3 and its 495 gr (or 1,09 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 850D 515 gr
1,14 lb
Canon EOS Rebel T3 495 gr
1,09 lb

Canon EOS 850D vs Canon EOS Rebel T3 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 850D and Canon EOS Rebel T3, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Name Canon EOS 850D Canon EOS Rebel T3
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Release Year 2020 2011
Release Date 2020-02-12 2011-02-07
MSRP 749 USD 499 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 4272 x 2848 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 12,2 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 8 DIGIC 4
Image
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 6400
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 45 9
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fixed
Screen size 3 2.7
Screen dots 1040000 230000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.82 (0.51 35mm equiv.) 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 0 N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Frames per second 7,5 fps 3 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 4 meters 9 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Partial
Exposure Compensation 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
Motion JPEG
H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
1280 x 720
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth)
Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (via wireless remote or smartphone) Yes (E3 connector)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 850D
Canon EOS Rebel T3
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 800 shots 700 shots
Width 131 mm 130 mm
Height 103 mm 100 mm
Depth 76 mm 78 mm
Weight 515 gram 495 gram