Buy the Canon EOS Rebel T5i for upgraded performance
If you choose your camera depending upon model numbers then the new Canon EOS Rebel T5i is a recent addition. Feature-wise this is an upgrade of the T4i, but performance wise it is almost the same. This flagship model of the Rebel category of Canon was announced long back on 21st March 2013. It has hit the marketplace recently in the last month. The Canon lovers will be puzzled as the previous model T4i was first introduced in the market just 10 months ago. This shows that Canon is continuously upgrading the top end of the Rebel line. In many ways, this is similar to the older Canon EOS Rebel T5, which we have thoroughly reviewed and tested.
The term refreshed is not apt in the case of the new T5i. If you take an overview of the key specifications of the T5i you will find many things in common with the T4i. The features like 18mp resolution, the exterior measurements, DIGIC 5 processor, 5 FPS shooting speed, viewfinder area, lens compatibility, 1080p full HD video recording, expandable ISO range, and the basic AF system are almost the same as the T4i. The list will go on, but you will never find many dissimilarities between the two cameras. While buying a camera which is a follow on of a previous model it is a sensible decision to choose the one with the latest technology updates. The new Canon EOS Rebel T5i body is available over the internet at just $549 and with the 18-55mm lens kit, the cost is $599 (on Amazon).
Body and dimensions
This new model from Canon follows the design of the common DSLRs which has a somewhat rectangular body that is incorporated by a built-in flash. There is a strong sculpted handgrip placed at the right front of the body of the camera. Its dimensions are 5.2×3.9×3.1 inches respectively. Along with the memory card, battery, and the 18-55mm lens, the camera weighs about 27.5 ounces. The fit, finish, and the materials appear to be appropriate at the price.
At the top center of the camera, there is a hot shoe along with buttons for built-in flash and microphones. The shutter button, ISO setting button, the mode dial, the main dial and the power switch are placed at the top right side. A major portion of the back of the camera is taken up by the articulating monitor. Along the top rear of the camera, there are the info and menu buttons, the viewfinder adjustment knob, the live movie capturing button, the AF point magnifying button and AE lock button. At the right side of the monitor, there is the aperture compensation button, white balance configuration button, quick control button, the drive mode selection button, the picture effect selection button, a setting button and the AF function operating button. Below this section lies the erase and the playback buttons placed horizontally. On the right side of the camera, there is the memory card slots and connection for the HDMI output and the external microphone.
The picture quality is clean and the hues are bright when set at ISO 800 which is the best thing about the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. The tonality of the videos captured at low light is worth appreciating.