Canon EOS Rebel T5i Camera Review
The Bottom Line
Before giving the review on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i camera, I cannot help mentioning the biggest issue with the T5i: the fact that this camera is too much identical to the EOS Rebel T4i. The design is almost the same. Even the features and the specification list are extremely similar.
Therefore, a person who owns a Canon EOS Rebel T4i may not need to upgrade it to the Rebel T5i.
However, the owners of the old Canon Rebels may be strongly attracted by the T5i. There quite a few improvements from the two previous models: the T2i and T3i, including the capacity to set the ISO setting up to12800 in manual modes and you can shoot up to 5 frames per second in the burst mode (up from 3.7 fps with the T3i). There is an inclusion of an updated processor from the Rebel T5i in which you can the Rebel T5i in the faster way over the T3i. There are also several scene mode options which improve the shooting in automatic modes and you can make use of the touch screen capabilities. Both of the above aspects help less experienced photographers use the camera easily.
There are a lot of great features with this camera and this is an outstanding DSLR camera for beginners. But the price is slightly higher than with the SL1 or the T3i. And I am not sure that the improvements can be equivalent for the additional price. If the purchasing price is under the MSRP of $899.99 just for the camera body, this camera is worth your consideration.
Summary of the Canon EOS Rebel T5i Camera
- The resolution is 18.0 megapixels
- Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
- The 3.0-inch LCD has the 1,040,000-pixel resolution
- The image size is 5184 x 3456 pixels at maximum
- The camera uses a rechargeable Li-Ion battery
- The dimensions are 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches
- The camera weighs 18.5 ounces (without battery and memory card compartment included)
- The image sensor is APS-C one using the CMOS technology which is measured 22.3 x 14.9 mm (0.88 x 0.59 in.)
- A HD 1080p movie mode is supported
- The performance levels are extremely fast in Viewfinder mode
- The image quality is outstanding in all shooting situations
- There are two format options: RAW and JPEG
- High resolution LCD features touchscreen and is articulated
- It is a well built camera
- Good upgrade option for older Canon Rebel owners
- Almost identical to Canon Rebel T4i
- Battery life needs to be better
- Shutter lag is prominent in Live View mode
- No built-in Wi-Fi option
- Large camera body may cause people to consider Rebel SL1instead
Detail Review of the Canon EOS Rebel T5i Camera
The image quality is very outstanding with the T5i with the 18 megapixel resolution. The model uses an APS-C sized image sensor which uses the CMOS technology. The images are very sharp and the colors are also accurate. There are three image formats that you can select, including: RAW, JPEG, or RAW + JPEG.
In addition, you will see special effect filters included with this camera. This is a jump from a point and shoot model to this entry-level DSLR. With those effects, you can shoot black and white photos or use miniature effects, for instance.
The image quality of photos shot in low light conditions is also good with the Rebel T5i. Except the case that you select the highest ISO settings, you won’t see noise in RAW images. Even when you can make use of the built-in popup flash or attach a more powerful external flash through the hot shoe, the images are all good.
There was an inclusion of the DIGIC 5 processor with the Rebel T5i. This processor is the latest Canon processor model and it contributes to the very good performance when you shoot photos. (While the DIGIC 4 processor appeared in the T3i, the DIGIC 5 processor was also used in the Rebel T4i already).
The response times are very fast when you use the Rebel T5i’s optical viewfinder and shooting photos in Viewfinder mode. There is almost no shutter lag. The delays from shot to shot also don’t appear as well. In addition, in the Viewfinder mode, you can make use of a fast 5 fps burst mode at full 18MP resolution. Both the starting speed and autofocus is very fast when you select this mode.
When you frame your image on the LCD screen during the use of Live View mode,, you will encounter a shutter lag and shot to shot delays due to the way the T5i has to manipulate the mirror inside the camera to activate Live View mode. The battery will drain more quickly than average when you select the Live View mode or get access to the LCD’s touch screen frequently. This is a bit disappointing. The battery life will be adequate if the Viewfinder mode is primarily used. You can also add a battery grip to this model for more power.
You will be very pleased with the performance of the 18-55mm kit lens which I included with my test model. A kit lens has created photos of better image quality than most other lens, so Canon should be commended for providing a nice kit lens with the T5i. This really adds to the value of this camera kit.
Some advanced photographers may feel as if Canon has paid much attention to the design of the Rebel T5i’s LCD screen. This LCD is articulated and does bring helps for the photographers who are looking to take self-portraits or to use a tripod with the model.
The resolution of this 3.0-inch LCD is more than 1 million pixels, so the images are very sharp. However, some experienced DSLR photographers would seldom want to use the LCD to frame photos because they may encounter some performance issues in Live View mode as discussed earlier. There included a touchscreen capability with the T5i, which will help less experienced photographers make the transition to this camera. Still, this feature is an aspect that may not be attractive to advanced photographers.
One area where the performance of the touchscreen LCD is great is when the Quick menu screen with the Rebel T5i is used. With this screen, you can get full access to all of the camera’s settings on one screen only with some buttons right on the screen that you can select using the touchscreen.
The size and organization of the buttons is very nice, which helps you feel comfortable to use the camera. The camera has included a mode dial in which it is very to select the shooting mode that you want. This T5i camera is a bulky model that may not attract everyone. That’s why I’d at least give the Canon Rebel SL1 a look, because it is far smaller than the T5i while an only slightly lesser set of features is maintained.