The Canon Rebel T5 is one of the latest entry-level DSLR from Canon. Given the brand name, it’s likely that beginner DSLR buyers will gravitate toward it. It is priced attractively, a full $100 which is less than the Nikon D3300.  It lags behind the D3300 in image quality, video options, and burst shooting.

The Rebel T5 is not as small or light as the Nikon D3300. It measures 3.9 by 5.1 by 3.1 inches and weighs 1.1 pounds.  This beginner DSLR is a little lighter at 15.2 ounces. It is the 3.9-by-4.9-by-3-inch frame is just a bit smaller all around. The included lens weighs 7.1 ounces, just a bit more than the 18-55mm lens that ships with the Nikon.

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Canon EOS Rebel T5: Build and Handling

If you want a minuscule SLR, you’ll want to look at Canon’s EOS Rebel SL1. It measures 3.6 by 4.6 by 2.7 inches and weighs 14.4 ounces. If you are buying on size alone, don’t count out a mirrorless model like the Sony Alpha 6000 with 2.6 by 4.7 by 1.8 inches weighing 12.1 ounces. It squeezes an image sensor of comparable size into a smaller and lighter body.

Canon EOS Rebel T5: Viewfinder

Like most entry-level DSLR, the T5 uses a pentamirror viewfinder to direct light from the lens to your eye. This best beginner series is lighter and less expensive to produce than traditional glass pentaprism designs.  But it sacrifices some size and only brings 95 percent of the frame to your eye.

If you are moving up towards a compact camera, you will likely not find a lot of wanting from the Canon T5’s viewfinder. However, if you were weaned on older 35mm DSLRs, you’ll notice that it’s a bit small in comparison.

Canon EOS Rebel T5: Image Quality

The Canon T5 has a fixed rear LCD which is 3 inches in size and features a 460k-dot resolution. That’s what you’d expect from an entry-level compact DSLR.  The majority of DSLRs feature sharper displays featuring pack 921k dots into the exact space. It is excellent for use with Live View and for reviewing photos that you’ve captured in the field.

It is not as crisp as a sharper display when you are zooming in on any image that you have captured to confirm that you have nailed focus. Of current models in this class, the only other DSLR camera with a low-resolution display include the Sony Alpha 58, Canon T5i and SL1, Nikon D5300 and D3300, and the Pentax K-500 and K-50. All these features show with at least 921k dots.

If you’re not too picky, however, you’ll actually be satisfied with images as big as ISO 3200 (though the quality will depend upon light and scene content). There is a lot of photo noise and hot pixels above that — the white dots you get in dark pictures.

Otherwise, the colors in the default settings look attractive, so if you prefer anything a bit more specific, you should change them.

For casual, spur-of-the-moment shooting, the video quality is OK, but in low light, there is a lot of picture noise.

Canon EOS Rebel T5: Specifications

MSRP$549.99 (with 18-55 F3.5-5.6 lens)
Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 4
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points9
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.8× (0.5× 35mm equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range9.20 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, E-TTL II)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye
Continuous drive3.0 fps
Self-timerYes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Partial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 images at -/+ 3 steps)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25 fps)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (E3 connector)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)500
Weight (inc. batteries)480 g (1.06 lb / 16.93 oz)
Dimensions130 x 100 x 78 mm (5.12 x 3.94 x 3.07″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by USB cable and PC)

Canon EOS Rebel T5: Conclusion

You just can’t blame Canon for not changing much over the years in the beginner-friendly Rebel series. With this line, the camera maker seems to have hit a chord; Canon’s Rebel T3i still ranks as one of the industry’s most successful DSLRs. Canon brings incremental increases in the picture and video quality with the T5, but we are struggling with more advanced functionality such as Wi-Fi capability. When shooting footage, we also wish the T5 gave faster focus.

The $600 Nikon D3300 can be considered by those looking for improved autofocus, which captures videos of the same resolution at a better frame rate (60 fps) and displays no shutter roll. On clip length, however, the Nikon has a bulky 10-minute limit. The mirrorless NX300 from Samsung packs fast autofocus phase-detection for live streaming and movie capturing, which these two DSLRs lack. But in low light conditions, its active noise suppression blurs out detail.

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