Canon EOS Rebel T3: is this super cheap DSLR still worth a shot?

Canon EOS Rebel T3 with kit lens against a light blue background
(Image credit: Canon)

At first glance, the Canon EOS Rebel T3 (aka the EOS 1100D) may not look like much to write home about. 

Launched in 2011, and only packing a 12.2MP sensor APS-C sensor, the Canon EOS Rebel T3 is a dinosaur even compared to today's beginner cameras. But there's one thing that makes it stand out: the price. I've seen it going for as little as $59 online in the US, and it can be had for the same equivalent prices elsewhere in the world. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.