Auto-Focusing on the Canon T3i?

If you own the Canon T3i and want to use it for vlogging – good luck. It’s a great crop sensor DSLR even to this day, but its capabilities on the video side are lacking. The camera doesn’t have true auto-focusing, but there’s sort of one way around that. Check out my latest video below to see the re-focusing capabilities on the T3i during live shooting.

Vlogging With The Canon T3i in 2019?

The Canon T3i/600D came out way back in 2011. Can it still be used to make videos in 2018 and beyond? The short answer is yes. But it really depends on how you’re using it. If you want super crispy video or photos, it takes a lot of work to do that on the T3i compared to a newer camera. Even with the best lighting conditions, external microphone and a great lens, the technology just can’t compete to a camera released in the last couple of years.

Specific to video, the T3i maxes out at 24 or 30 frames per second at 1080p. That’s still high enough quality for YouTube videos, but without the option to shoot at 60 FPS or 120 FPS, the T3i really lacks in terms of slow motion potential (crucial for beautiful b-roll). Nowadays, the comparable entry-level Rebel-series camera today is a T7i, with advanced auto-focus, more megapixels, and a DIGIC 7 processor.

If you already have a T3i and are just getting into YouTube, the camera should hold up in the short term. But as soon as you can afford to upgrade, look at options like the T7i or even the SL2, both of which offer superior video performance over the T3i. If you’ve got more money to spend, look at the 6D Mark II or a 5D Mark IV. Both options shoot excellent still photos and have solid video, too. However, if you aren’t in the Canon camp, competitors like Sony and Panasonic are turning out great mirror-less video cameras that support 4K, 120 FPS, and advanced stabilization.

Check out the video below, then let me know what you think about the T3i or other entry-level DSLRs and video cameras.