The 18-megapixel Canon Rebel T5i is the same beginner DSLR camera as its predecessor the Rebel T4i, Rebel T5, and Rebel T4i. Canon T5i comes with a few key changes. It has a new kit lens and real-time viewing of creative filter effects.
Check Out: Best Lenses for Canon EOS Rebel T5i
This entry-level DSLR spots an improved Mode dial and a revamped rubber grip. All of which might not sound like enough to warrant a brand new model name. Canon wanted to solve an issue that plagued the T4i. Thus, there was a need to replace it with a new flagship Canon T5i Rebel model.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i: Build and Handling
Seen from any angle, the Canon T5i seems the same as the T4i. Its only noticeable difference is the new design name badge. The new Canon T5i grip looks and feels just the same as that on the previous model. It’s ergonomic, reasonably comfy, and surprisingly robust for a beginner DSLR camera.
In addition to the slightly tuned grip material, Canon has also upgraded the overall texture of the Canon T5i’s camera body. It now sports a coarser, almost gritty feel. You now find this entry-level camera is easy to grip. It’s reminiscent of the finish on Canon’s professional DSLRs.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i: Viewfinder
A nice, new touch on the Canon Rebel T5i is the ability to preview in real-time. You can view what your image will look like. That is if you decide to apply one of Canon’s seven Creative Filters in live view mode. The ability to do this before you take the shot. Thus, it makes it much easier to get the look you’re after. Most of the filters on this best beginner camera do reduce the live view frame rate noticeably. However, none does so enough to make framing difficult.
The Canon T5i’s creative filters include Soft Focus, Art Bold Effect, Grainy B/W, Fish-Eye Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Water Painting Effect, and Miniature Effect. All these are available only for JPEG shooting. When you enable raw or raw+JPEG capture, the creative filters are locked out in the menu system.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i: Image Quality
The best beginner camera functions almost precisely the same as the older model. It boasts an 18-megapixel, APS-C CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 5 image processor. You can fire off a lab-measured 4.9 frames per second in continuous shooting mode.
The Canon T5i’s sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 12,800. It goes higher up to 25,600 when in H mode. This entry-level DSLR has a fast-focusing dedicated phase-detect AF system. It uses nine all-cross-type points.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i: Specifications
|MSRP||$899.99/£849 with 18-55mm STM|
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Body material||Stainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber|
|Max resolution||5184 x 3456|
|Other resolutions||5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||18 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||19 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||RGB Color Filter Array|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||25600|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||by built-in flash|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Lens mount||Canon EF/EF-S|
|Focal length multiplier||1.6×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||Clear View II TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.85× (0.53× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||13.00 m|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Continuous drive||5.0 fps|
|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 Bracketing||Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)|
|Format||H.264, Motion JPEG|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (HDMI mini)|
|Remote control||Yes (RC-6 connector)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||440|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||580 g (1.28 lb / 20.46 oz)|
|Dimensions||133 x 100 x 79 mm (5.24 x 3.94 x 3.11″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (by USB cable and PC)|
|GPS notes||via GPE2|
Canon EOS Rebel T5i: Conclusion
A very capable and compact camera that creates high-quality photographs is the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. It has a robust range of features and provides all the power needed by enthusiast photographers while supplying less advanced users with automatic hand-holding options.
It creates images of a somewhat comparable nature to those of the Canon Rebel T4i, but our studies indicate that they are a little noisier.
Once again, the Rebel T5i highlights the advantages of shooting raw images instead of JPEGs as being able to adjust the removal of noise and sharpening to the particular conditions yields better quality performance.
On the vari-angle touchscreen, though some can laugh, we suggest don’t knock it until you’ve experienced it. It’s incredibly sensitive and imagination is encouraged. On a lot of other applications, we are getting increasingly accustomed to touchscreen power, so it seems strange that Nikon has not yet used the technology in a DSLR.