Canon EOS Rebel T5 (1200D) Review

Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens

Canon's Rebel T5 DSLR is a solid camera for those looking to take a dip into semi-pro photography, but video focusing could be better. Very good image quality with great color accuracy; Lightweight and compact design; Great value for the money; Canon EF-S mount provides access to a vast array of lens options; Feature Guide and Creative Auto helps new users.

The Canon EOS Rebel T5 is one the latest entry-level DSLR from Canon. Given the brand name, it’s likely that beginner DSLR buyers will gravitate toward. 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.

Canon T5 Build and Handling

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 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.

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.

Viewfinder on Canon T5

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 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 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 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.

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