Canon EOS Rebel T5i Review

The 18-megapixel Canon Rebel T5i is the same beginner DSLR camera as its predecessor the Rebel T4i. Canon T5i comes with a few key changes. It has a new kit lens and real-time viewing of creative filter effects.

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.

Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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 T5i Build and Handling

Seen from any angle, the Canon T5i seems the same the T4i. It’s 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.

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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.

Viewfinder on Canon T5i

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 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 fast-focusing dedicated phase-detect AF system. It uses nine all-cross-type points.

Canon EOS Rebel T5i Specifications

Price
MSRP$899.99/£849 with 18-55mm STM
Body type
Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialStainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
Sensor
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions5184 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:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 5
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayRGB Color Filter Array
Image
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 compliant)
  • Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
  • RAW: 14bit RAW
  • Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampby built-in flash
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points9
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeClear View II TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.85× (0.53× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual (Stills and Movie)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie)
  • No Flash
  • Creative Auto
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Close-up
  • Sports
  • SCN
Scene modes
  • Night Portrait
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • HDR Backlight Control)
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range13.00 m
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10)
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • 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 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI mini)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (RC-6 connector)
Physical
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)440
Weight (inc. batteries)580 g (1.28 lb / 20.46 oz)
Dimensions133 x 100 x 79 mm (5.24 x 3.94 x 3.11)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by USB cable and PC)
GPSOptional
GPS notesvia GPE2

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The Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i is an upgrade to the 650D almost in name only, but still combines very good image quality with a comprehensive, well-designed touchscreen interface. AF performance in live view mode and video is an improvement over early Rebel DSLRs, but still lags behind mirrorless options.

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