- Editor's Rating
- Good still and video image quality
- 5 fps continuous shooting rate
- Quick write speed with appropriately high performance memory media
- Light and compact
- Lacks weather sealing of one direct competitor
- 95% viewfinder coverage makes precise image framing problematic
- Seems to clip highlights a bit more than competition
Quick TakeLike the T4i, the T5i model has some of the same specs: 18 MP, 5 FPS, and full HD video. So is it worth a second look? Maybe!
The Canon Rebel T5i is the latest DSLR from the company and the new flagship model of the Rebel line, a refresh coming just 10 months after the T4i was released. The two models have almost identical specs including an 18-megapixel resolution and DIGIC 5 processor, among others. The T5i is priced at $750 as body only, $899 with the 18-55mm STM lens and $1099 with the 18-135mm STM lens, at the time of the review.
The T5i has a rounded rectangular body and a deeply sculpted hand grip. It’s 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches, putting it on the smaller end of DSLRs. It weighs 27.5 ounces with an 18-55mm lens attached to the body. Consumers with large hands should test the camera before purchasing it, as the small size can create difficulties in handling. The top of the camera houses the shutter button, main dial, ISO speed button, power switch and mode dial. All other controls are on the back on the device. The camera also features touch controls on the LCD screen, including menu functions, ISO and autofocus among others. There is a remote control sensor for wireless remote operation of the camera.
DigitalCameraReview found the T5i’s menus to be intuitive. The shooting modes are categorized into three zones; basic zone (auto, flash off, portrait, landscape, sports, etc.), creative zone (aperture and shutter priority, program auto, full manual exposure), and movie shooting. The camera has a 3-inch TGT liquid crystal monitor with a 1.04 million dot composition and seven levels of brightness. The tiltable screen has 180 degrees on the horizontal, and 270 on the long axis. DCR noted the screen is difficult to use in bright outdoor light. The T5i also has an optical viewfinder, which DCR said is a “pleasure to use” and is on par with other viewfinders in its class.
DCR noted the T5i has a quick start-up time and shot-to-shot times. DCR also noted the autofocus is good, but drops a bit in low light situations, which is to be expected. The battery life is listed at 550 shots using the viewfinder and 200 using the live view LCD monitor. DCR tested the camera with the EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens and noted it produced fair images at wide angle, but there are some soft corners at telephoto. DCR also found purple fringing at wide angle, but noted the action of the zoom ring is very smooth.
Overall video quality is “quite good,” according to DCR. DCR found when using the “auto” mode, the colors on images were too deeply saturated and more vivid than in real life, while images were also a bit soft. The T5i outputs images at 72dpi, which DCR notes will cause most users to need to resize images before printing. DCR was pleased with the auto white balance and was comfortable producing images up to 1600 ISO.
Overall, DCR called the Canon Rebel T5i a “nice little camera with no glaring weaknesses.” DCR was impressed with the still and video image quality and size and weight of the device, but saw room for improvement in the viewfinder coverage and lack of weatherproofing. In the end, DCR noted the T5i will please users looking to shot in auto and manual modes and makes a good camera for consumers using a DSLR for the first time.