The Canon Rebel T5i Review

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The Canon Rebel T5i becomes the “new flagship model” from the Rebel line. Canon fans be excused if they are imbued suddenly a strong sense of déjà vu as the former rebel flagship, the T4i, was available for the first time just 10 months ago If this quick turnover did not resonate with the Canon fans certainly did with me -. when I reviewed this site Rebel T2i back in 2010 he was coming to the market 10 months after the T1i insignia. Barely a year later I became the T3i review, so never say that Canon is sitting on their hands when it comes to updating the upper end of the Rebel line.


Canon T5i

“Update” may be too strong a word for the T5i. A quick look at the main specifications from the last two shows that cameras are virtually identical: 18 megapixel resolution, DIGIC 5 processor, identical outer dimensions (but T5i is about 1.8 oz lighter), the same coverage display five FPS maximum shutter speed, full 1080 HD video, identical areas of natural and extended ISO range, the same basic system AF, viewfinder coverage and compatibility purpose. The list goes on and basically went blind comparing specifications between the two cameras, since I’ve never gotten a T4i hands, but it’s safe to say that there is nothing significantly different between the two chambers. Unless, of course, consider any of the following significant (and thanks to Laura Hicks site editor to discover these differences in your hands to preview T5i earlier this year in a show Canon):

“The T5i has an autofocus system CMOS hybrid redesigned in order to accommodate the new STM lenses being released. Taking advantage of the technology of step (STM) motor, these autofocus lenses eliminate sounds by tracking silence it. The T5i has a dial enhanced mode and the scene modes in live view. The T5i have “real time” display of creative filters. All adjustments can be made ​​at the time of exposure rather than post-processing after the image has been taken. The T5i now has a digital zoom in movie mode. The T5i has a new texture / finish. Moreover, allergy problems, which were originally present with rubber grip T4i, have also been eliminated. “ While it may be a simplification, when considering a camera purchase involves a particular camera or model then it is usually wise to go with the latest technology (ie, the successor camera), assuming the absence of any reason weight not to. With such strikingly similar sets of features and specifications of the decision to go for a front T5i T4i rather may come to cost.

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A body T4i currently being offered by Internet providers reputable $ 799, the T4i with 18-55 mm EF-S lens, the same seller is $ 749 (thanks to a reduction of $ 150 to early July), and the STM 18-135mm lens $ 999. The T5i is currently in the MSRP: body only for $ 750; STM kit lens 18-55mm for $ 899 ($ ​​1 off) and STM 18-135mm kit is $ 1099. The T5i uses SD / SDHC / SDXC memory media and Canon includes an eyepiece, battery and charger, camera strap, USB interface cable, CD-ROM and an instruction manual printed for the camera.

Build and Design

The Rebel T5i follows the current design philosophy DSLR with rounded rectangular body covered by long / pentamirror built-in flash housing and a handle deeply carved into the front right of the camera. Camera dimensions are approximately 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches, placing it towards the smaller end of the size spectrum DSLR, shoot weight of our review unit (battery, memory card) with lens 18-55mm was 27.5 ounces.

The camera itself is made in Japan, aimed at Taiwan. Materials, fit and finish seem appropriate for the price level Ergonomics and Controls As is typical DSLR falling toward the smaller end of the size spectrum, the little finger of the right hand had nowhere to go, but curl up under the camera body. The tip of my trigger finger a little further down the shutter button and requires some slight relocation of feeling good. There was enough for the fingers of the shooting hand in the space between the handle and the tube lens space. The handle area and thumb rest on the right front and rear camera are covered with something sticky rubber material that promotes a firmer grip. The left side has the same material as the brilliant, but generally left hand shot does not contact him.

The T5i balances perfectly with the 18-55 kit lens. As with any DSLR body falling toward the smaller end of the spectrum, people with large hands should try before you buy. The center of the top of the camera has a hot shoe and microphones with built-in mounting flash, the top right is occupied by the shutter release, main dial, knob of ISO speed, power switch, and dial.

Much of the rear chamber is dedicated to monitor articular arranged horizontally from left to right on the top rear of the body are menu and information buttons, button diopter viewfinder, watch live button video recording, shot AE / lock / FE lock button, and AF point selection / magnify button. Arrayed vertically to the right of the screen from top to bottom is a button for opening the exposure compensation button rapid control and white balance settings, selecting a Picture Style, drive mode selection and AF operation selection crossed keys surrounding a setting button. Below this range are deleted and playback buttons, arranged horizontally. Access to the storage card memory on the right side of the camera, while the left houses connections for an external microphone and HDMI digital / output connections.

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The LCD monitor is a touch panel that can be operated with the fingers touching the icon Quick Control makes the Quick Control screen to appear and display the icons of the operations that can be possible by touch control, as the establishment of the menu functions, ISO, metering method, image size, autofocus method, settings and flash compensation, Auto Lighting Optimizer, white balance, exposure compensation settings and picture style. Depending on the shooting mode elected at the mode dial, some or most of the above functions are not available.

The T5i also has a touch shutter built-in performance monitor that is available in any shooting mode. You can change touch shutter by pressing the Live View and check the icon touch shutter at the bottom left of the screen – the fast shutter is disabled activate it by pressing the icon (setting touch shutter can also activated via the internal menu). Once the Touch Shutter is activated simply touch anywhere on the monitor screen (except the touch shutter icon) to set the focus and the camera takes the picture once it has focus.

There is a remote sensor for wireless remote control camera on the front of the grip, but its location means that wireless operation can only be performed with the operator standing at the front of the camera, unlike some competing cameras in the class sensor features facing the front and back. Menus and Modes Menus T5i are about what you would expect from a DSLR entry-level/midrange: detailed but fairly intuitive and is not as daunting as those found in a professional model camera. Menu tabs and items that appear differ depending on the shooting mode and Canon widely individual groups T5i shooting modes in the Basic Zone and Creative Zone shooting movies categories.

The Basic Zone modes include Smart Auto scene, Flash Off Creative Auto, portrait, landscape, close-up, sports and special options of scene modes and Creative Zone modes include traditional DSLR aperture and shutter priority, automatic and fully manual exposure program. Options for recording video speaks for itself, but it’s probably more accurate to call it as Live View shooting video and still images can be captured in this way. Canon provides a quick visual cue to help distinguish between basic and creative ways of shooting area – the Creative Zone modes are enclosed within a silver stand in the mode dial while the video recording mode is accessed by moving the switch on and off on the white icon film camera. Something more about the mode dial is a Basic Zone mode.

Canon T5i


In the Basic Zone modes offer a menu of a page trigger a menu page Live View shooting, playback menu and three two-page setup menu page. Creative Zone Menus are more complex: a menu of shot three pages, one page of the Live View shooting menu, menu reproduction of two pages, four menus and page setup menu of a page “my settings menu “. With the camera live view, there is a three configuration pages, two pages from Live View shooting menu, menu reproduction of two pages four menu page settings and configuration menu my menu. The picture shows a line out the basic configuration menu of creative area.

If you look closely you will notice the first three camera icons at the top of the screen has a small point or points adjacent to it, indicating page 1, 2 or 3 in the shooting menu.’s Fourth icon Camera is a little different icons in the shooting menu, which indicates the menu live viewing. pages playback menu is indicated by the play icon and the corresponding points, icons key mean configure menus and star icon represents the “my menu settings” menu. horizontally can scroll to the right or left of the menu pages and up or down between the elements of any individual page with the corresponding cross appropriate key. items individual on the menu can then be selected for the setting button, which makes other options shown.

Here’s a more detailed shooting options T5i glance:

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  • Scene Intelligent Auto – a fully automatic mode with the camera analyzes the scene, establishing the optimal settings and adjust the focus automatically detects whether the subject is still or moving. The user has little in the way of input available, in addition to the image quality.
  • Flash off – a fully automatic mode with the camera analyzes the scene and establish the optimum settings available without flash. Using a tripod in dark conditions and recommended user input is mostly limited to the quality of the image.
  • Creative Auto – a fully automatic mode that gives users the ability to change the depth of field, drive mode, flash trigger and overall feel of the image. The default value creative self is the “standard setting”, the user can switch to intense, soft, warm, intense, fresh, bright, dark or monochromatic variations. The atmosphere, depth of field, drive mode and flash shooting settings are displayed as icons on the touch screen when the quick control button or icon on the Quick Control screen is pressed. User inputs otherwise are limited primarily to the quality of the image.
    • Portrait – a fully automatic mode the camera sets the settings to blur the background and make the human subject stand out while softening skin tones and hair. User inputs are mainly limited to the quality of the image or the establishment of rules and variations, as described in Creative Auto.
    • Landscape – a fully automatic mode the camera is set with vivid blues and greens, and very sharp images, user input is mostly limited to the image quality and settings / variations described in Standard Creative Auto.
    • Close-Ups – a fully automatic to photograph flowers or other small objects close mode, the camera sets most settings and other user inputs are mainly limited to the image quality and settings / variations described in Standard Creative Auto.
    • Sports – a fully automatic mode optimized for shooting moving subjects, user inputs are mainly limited to the image quality and settings / variations described in Creative Auto norm.
    • Special Scene Mode – a fully automatic mode that gives the user the opportunity to select night portrait, night scene manually, or HDR shooting options control backlight, user inputs are mainly limited to the quality of the image in control mode HDR light background, but the fit / standard variations described are available at Creative Auto night portrait or night scene manually.
    • Program AE – an automatic mode with the camera set the shutter speed and aperture, but gives the user the possibility to set different combinations of shutter speed and aperture manually, the user has a wide variety of inputs otherwise.
    • Aperture priority – the user sets the lens aperture and the camera sets the shutter speed, the user has a wide variety of additional entries.
    • Shutter priority – you set the shutter speed, the camera sets aperture and user has a wide variety of additional entries.
    • Manual – User sets shutter speed and aperture and has a wide variety of additional entries.
    • Movie – NTSC video capture in x (Full HD) and 30 frames per second or 24 1920 1080, 1280 x 720 (HD) at 60 frames per second and 640 x 480 (SD) at 30 frames per second. PAL Video Capture 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) and 25 or 24 frames per second, 1280 x 720 (HD) at 50 frames per second and 640 x 480 (SD) at 25 frames per second. Movie format is MPEG – 4 AVC / H. 264 variable bit rate, linear PCM audio. The maximum recording a movie clip is 29 minutes 59 seconds, however the internal temperature of the camera may cause movie shooting to stop before it has reached the maximum recording time.

Canon T5iCanon T5i Display / Viewfinder The TFT liquid crystal display 3 inches in T5i has a composition of about 1.04 million points and is adjustable to seven levels of brightness. Hinged on its left edge, the monitor can be rotated horizontally through 180 degrees of travel and rotated along the center of its longitudinal axis through 270 degrees, allowing its use as either a level of waist or overhead visor. Despite his ability to articulate and adjustable for brightness were times when the monitor is used in bright outdoor image composition or revision were difficult. This problem is exacerbated by the use of touch screen functions simultaneously monitor the spots produced by the fingertips. Monitor coverage is approximately 100%. Canon T5iCanon T5i The pentamirror eye level viewfinder provides approximately 0.85 x magnification and 95% coverage in the horizontal and vertical planes. This degree of coverage means that objects at the edges of the image that are not visible in the composition of the image will be visible when the final image is actually captured, what should frame a little harder. The display has a built-in diopter adjustment to compensate for different degrees of sharpness view. In practice, the viewer was nice to use and definitely on par with other viewers cameras in this class. Performance Canon T5i   Shooting Performance The T5i starts immediately after power – while there is a delay in the second division to work actively monitor the focus points in the viewfinder appear to be active before and was able to get off a first shot in about 0.75 seconds . A single shot to shot times are basically as fast as you can press the shutter button, reacquire focus and shoot again. Acquisition times autofocus are comparable to other cameras in the class with good light and, as expected, left a little in the dark. The built-in flash acts as a focus assist lamp only if implemented – there’s a dedicated assist lamp per se approach. Continuous shooting speed is displayed as 5 frames per second, Canon claims that the T5i can handle this rate of 30 frames of fine JPEG images using a memory card 8GB UHS-1. I shot the camera using a 32 GB Lexar 600x SDHC Memory and Camera produced 16 images in the frame rate of 5 per second before sitting down to around 3 per second frame rate seemed content to keep indefinitely. Canon also claims June 3rd, RAW or RAW / JPEG Fine combinations can be captured at full speed and our review unit met both figures. I can reset the camera to default and tried everything I could think of settings, but I just could not get the T5i to produce the 30 shot burst at full speed considered by Canon. What I managed to do at any given combination of settings on the camera that caused him to take three shots in what looked like full speed and then drop down to about 2.5 or 3 frames per second is achieved. I tried to take values ​​out and change things, but to no avail – I never found out what exactly stopped the camera up. Restore camera settings to default brought speed and I was able to enter additional settings that wanted to include in the process of capturing images without affecting the speed continuous burst. If you’re the type who likes to tinker with camera settings and find you knocked continuous shooting performance of the camera I suggest saving time and go directly to a reset followed by addition of the values ​​that are important to you. Write times for 16 JPEG image burst were pretty good, about 3.5 seconds; 6 RAW images took about 4.5 seconds. The flashing lamp indicates that the script file is in process, but Canon put in probably the worst place in the bottom right of the camera back where the hand completely obscures fires. The T5i fire before completely clean buffer, but the location of the access lamp means you have to change the pulling grip for your status. The T5i seemed to do a good job focusing on the celebration of moving subjects during continuous shooting, perhaps in part due to the fact that the nine AF sensor are cross type AF to maximize efficiency. A lens more like the kit lens 18-135mm would have provided a more severe test on more distant subjects like surfers, but no complaints in any event, with continuous autofocus performance T5i. The operation menu of the camera autofocus is short: having options One Shot, AI Focus or AI Servo. A vaccine, like its name suggests, provides the focus for a single shot. AI Focus One Shot AF starts like but if the camera detects the subject moves converted to AI Servo. AI Servo, of course, is for moving subjects. Canon T5iCanon T5i The built-in flash T5i shown as having a guide number of 43 feet at 100 ISO, this translates into a flash range of about 12 meters at wide angle and 7.5 meters at telephoto. These ranges can be increased by setting the ISO sensitivity increases. Recycle times found in the flash to be quick, usually well below the 3 second time reported by Canon. The camera displays a notification of “busy” with a beam in both the viewfinder and the monitor while the flash is recycling, and the camera does not shoot with the flash deployed for a period of recycling. Battery for T5i listed as 550 pictures using the viewfinder and 200 shots in Live View. Performance Target The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens supplied with the STM T5i outbreaks equivalent to 35 mm 29-88 mm focal range due to the crop factor of 1.6x sensor camera. Here’s a look at the two ends of that zoom: Sample Images Canon T5iSample Images Canon T5i

The lens is marked with delineations in 18, 24, 35 and the focal points of 55mm and seems to be building material in large composite part. Neither the camera or lens is resistant sealed.’s Goal seemed fairly evenly sustained in Wide Angle Throughout the plot, telephoto corners seemed to be a little softer. There is some barrel distortion at the wide angle lens that disappears as the lens is zoomed in the range of 26-27 mm, and other distortions observed towards the telephoto end of 55mm.

There was a fair amount of lateral chromatic aberration (purple fringing) at the wide angle end of the lens in the border areas of high contrast in the worst case, with a thorough analysis, were evident in 100% magnification. There is a function correction of chromatic aberration in the T5i user that can be activated and this did a very good job of correcting this defect. The people who shoot this goal often in the wide-angle end to be well served to enable the correction of chromatic aberration as default. The lens shows some lateral chromatic aberration at the telephoto end, but the amount was miniscule compared to the wide-angle and difficult to detect until they reached extensions 200 or 300%. The action of the zoom ring was soft and required approximately 60 degrees of rotation for a zoom lens end to the other. The focus ring is light as a feather touch. Close focusing distance of this lens is just under 10 inches which gives the lens a good ability to close. Although not a true macro lens offering a 1:1 reproduction ratio, you can get very close to some of the tiny objects. Here’s a look at a Navajo turquoise bracelet and industrious bee pollen filled in a cactus flower:

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Video Quality Video quality was quite good at T5i – and STM lens was as good as advertised not to introduce noise autofocus in video soundtracks. Microphones camera may be susceptible to wind noise, but there’s a wind filter feature that user can be activated. The acquisition initially focus can sometimes take 2 or 3 seconds, and on several occasions a little more, but once the AF T5i automatically adjusts to changes in the focusing distance pretty quickly (and no doubt quietly). The initial focus is set by pressing the shutter button while capturing video requires pressing the button to start video recording or stop video capture Live View /. Complete a full push the shutter button after setting the focus on video mode results in a single still image being taken. The video record button Live View is ideally situated for easy activation with the thumb of the shooting hand and camcorder starts and ends imaging immediately after entry with this button.   The default video capture method approach is the + side tracking, but also flexible area – multiple and flexible area – individual options. Face tracking + detects and focuses on human faces; flexi-multi zone automatically selected to 31AF points of great extension to use for the approach and the flexibility of using one single area AF point to acquire focus. In practice, I found the default and flexi-area multiple methods took a long time to acquire the focus, while the flexi-single zone was always a little faster. If I was shooting video regularly with flexi T5i only area AF would be my method of choice for capturing video, if for no other reason than that the process going faster. Canon T5i   Conclusion The Rebel T5i is the flagship of the newly introduced Rebel line, but with a set of features and specifications of much resembles its predecessor. If a modified, real-time display of creative filters AF system, a digital zoom and movie mode dial adjustments and scene modes in live view, along with a new exterior finish T4i send hordes of owners running their nearest Canon dealer remains to be seen. The camera produces good quality video and still image, has the bells and whistles that users who want to point and shoot can only have his way while more experienced operators have a number of settings to configure camera performance to suit to taste pretty well automatic. Autofocus performance is quite good, the ISO performance is competitive with other cameras in the class and the camera can shoot five frames per second for several seconds and then clear the buffer quickly with an appropriate memory card for high performance. External controls allow access to ISO, white balance, auto focus, image and style options unit shooting mode, a little more flexibility than is typical with a DSLR entry level. A touch screen monitor and control buttons provide quick access to a number of other shooting functions and camera settings, but at the cost of deposit stains on the monitor that degrade its utility in some bright outdoor conditions. Like the Nikon D5200, which I recently reviewed, the T5i Rebel is a nice little camera with no obvious weaknesses. The viewfinder offers 95% coverage makes precise framing of problematic images, and like the Nikon T5i has no timestamp. That puts both chambers at a disadvantage compared with the Pentax K-30 and appears to shorten T5i highlights a little more than others if high contrast scenes are filmed. If you own a T4i may not be enough incentive to switch cameras this time, but if you are moving to a DSLR for the first time, the T5i Rebel is not a bad place to start looking. Pros

  • Good video and image quality
  • 5fps continuous shooting rate
  • Fast writing speed with adequate memory support high performance
  • Lightweight and compact


  • Timestamp lacks a direct competitor
  • Coverage 95% Viewfinder makes precise framing the problematic image
  • It seems cut out a little more than the competition

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