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Fast to begin and shoot. 4fps shooting. Compact. Sharp, articulated touch LCD screen. Nearly silent video auto-focus when combined with STM lenses. Excellent image details at high ISO. Fast auto-focus.Video auto-focus is choppy when using non-STM lenses. Small pentamirror view-finder. Limited burst shooting when in Raw mode.The Canon EOS Rebel T5i camera is basically the same as it's predecessor, and it is still an excellent performer.

Initially, the EOS Rebel T5i appears almost the same as it’s predecessor, the T4i. Looking closer you would notice they are almost identical. Apart from a few cosmetic variations and minor distinctions in firmware, the T5i is merely a re-badged T4i. That is not necessarily a bad thing; they are both very good cameras. The back LCD is hinged, sharp, and touch sensitive, and the 18 mega-pixel sensor is proven. For entry-level D-SLR, we still prefer our Editor’s Choice the Nikon D5200 which performers better with higher ISO settings.


Design and features

The T5i measurements are 3.9 by 5.2 by 3.1 ins (HWD) and it weighs 1.1 lbs without the lens. Though the contending Pentax K-30 is a bit smaller at 3.8 by 5.1 by 2.8 ins, it is heavier weighing in at 1.4 lbs. This is a result in part to it’s pentaprism view-finder which is made of solid glass, and is brighter and larger than the pentamirror present in the T5i. Users who are used to the large view-finders in the older 35mm SLRs will probably feel that it is lacking, but if you are used to the rear LCD of a point and shoot view-finder it may not bother you.
Experienced photographers require a camera that offers quick access to the shooting settings. The Canon’s T5i mode dial, which is found next to the power button, provides access to several scene modes, that setup the camera to be able to take macro, sports, and landscapes images, among others. In addition the dial also allows you to use automatic, shutter priority, aperture priority, program, as well as manual shooting modes. additionally there are a variety of scene modes provided, which will make those who are upgrading from a compact camera more comfortable.

The T5i’s control layout functions well, although it feature just one control dial. The Pentax K-30 is among the few mid-range D-SLRs which have two control dials. The T5i’s dial is located up front, behind the shutter release. The ISO control button is also found on top, but the majority of the controls- white balance, exposure compensation, drive mode, auto-focus, as well as JPG settings-are found on the back. There also is a depth-of-field preview button, located next to the lens. When you hold it down it will close the lens iris to the current setting , this will help you get an idea regarding how much of the image is going to be in focus; but it is located in an inconvenient spot that needs you to move your thumb off the lens barrel to activate.
The Q button can be found on the rear of the camera. It shows a touch sensitive menu on the LCD that allows you modify shooting settings. Tapping an icon once will open up a dialog informing you what the feature does; touching it a 2nd time allows you go deeper to change the setting. You can also disabled this Feature Guide from the menu, but if you use the camera’s buttons instead of the LCD screen to navigate the Q menu, the Guide will never appear.
The display alone is very bright and sharp, due to a 1040k-dot resolution. It Is situated on an articulating arm, so you can view it from different positions; above, face forward (self portraits), or behind. The active focus area is displayed on the LCD, when shooting in Live-View mode. You can move it just by touching the screen.


Performance and conclusionscanon

The T5i can begin and shoot in merely 0.5-second, has a 0.1 second shutter lag, and can take shots at 4 fps, just shy of Canon’s official 5fps claim. How long can it keep up this pace will depend on your file format of choice—when shooting Raw, it is restricted to 7 shots at that speed, and when shooting JPGs it keeps up the pace for 39 shots.
When utilizing the optical-finder, the T5i focuses very fast. In good lighting it can bring a very out of focus shot and take it into sharp focus in 0.2 second, but in dim light this slows down to 1.4 seconds. When utilizing Live-View, the camera needs about 0.8 second to focus and shoot in sufficient light, however struggles when dark. If you prefer to use Live-View, you’ll experience much better performance with the Sony a65.
The T5i can record video in QuickTime format at 1080p24, 1080p30, 480p30, or 720p60 resolution. The video recording looks excellent, and also the camera focuses constantly while recording, a lot similar to a camcorder. Although it performs this much faster than many other traditional SLRs, it isn’t as quick as a set-mirror model similar to the Sony Alpha 65. By using a STM lens the focus is silent and smooth. However, by using non-STM lens like a lot of those in the present Canon selection, the focus is a little choppy and it is quite audible. A mic input is available, so you are able to connect a microphone to help you improve sound. There is also a mini HDMI output, a wired remote control, as well as a mini USB data port. SD, SDXC , and SDHC memory cards are also supported.
The video auto-focus is rather speedy and smooth for a D-SLR, but you will have to use a STM lens to really make the most. There are only three of these available at this present time, which is the reason we continue to recommend the Sony a65 for video. It makes use of an EVF instead of an optical-finder, but produces fast auto-focus all of the time, as well as smooth transition between shooting making use of the rear LCD and finder. We discovered that overall the Nikon D5200 offers the best balance of price and features in this class, even though being hindered by a less than ideal optical view-finder. It remains our Editor’s Choice for D-SLRs valued under $1,000.



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