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Canon EOS Rebel T5i Review

Even though the Canon EOS 650D was the first DSLR to have a touchscreen, the company decided to include the touch controls in addition to, rather than in place of, the button and dial controls.

This helps broaden the camera’s appeal, making it appealing not only to amateur photographers upgrading from a touchscreen smartphone or small camera but also to more experienced photographers. Canon claims that this has contributed to the camera’s impressive market success.

Despite this, the company has opted to replace the Canon EOS 650D with the Canon EOS 700D, also known as the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. This decision was made after less than a year. It is located immediately below the Canon EOS 60D, the beginning of Canon’s “enthusiast” range. It shares its position at the very top of Canon’s “consumer” lineup with the Canon EOS 600D.

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Canon EOS Rebel T5i Build Quality

Both the EOS 700D and the EOS 650D appear to have been manufactured using the same mold by Canon. The only discernible difference between the two camera bodies is that the mode dial on the EOS 700D is slightly different from the mode dial on the EOS 650D.

The icons on the Canon EOS 700D are raised rather than painted, and the dial has a finer texture around its edges. Because this dial of superior quality may be turned in either direction through a full 360 degrees, you do not have to turn it in the other order to access the required functions.

When you run your touch down the surface of the two cameras, you’ll notice that they have slightly different textures. The Canon EOS 700D has a bit more grainy feel to it, but this is in a positive sense. Rubberized coatings continue to be placed over the finger and thumb grips, providing a solid purchase.

Canon EOS Rebel T5i Performance

It should not come as a surprise that the Canon EOS 700D and the Canon EOS 650D can resolve the same level of detail, as they share the same sensor. Additionally, the image quality of these two cameras is quite comparable to one another.

Although noise is well controlled over the whole sensitivity range, as you might anticipate, photos captured with higher ISO levels do have some colored speckling apparent in them.

Intriguingly, our laboratory testing has shown that the Canon 700D produces photographs with a little higher noise level than the Canon 650D when the sensitivity is between low and medium. Canon likely made this modification to the picture processing to bring out a little bit more detail.

The Canon 700D can produce high-quality photographs straight from the camera, complete with a wealth of information and colors that are pleasing and natural. As is customary, the best results are obtained from raw files processed with care.

Canon EOS Rebel T5i Image Quality

Throughout the test, the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T3i generated photographs of an exceptionally high standard. It is recommended that you shoot in RAW format for the best possible results, and you should consider getting a lens other than the 18-55mm IS zoom lens we used for testing because it does not do the camera credit. The resolution is the very best in its category.

Considering the pixel density, the noise management is likewise quite impressive. If you want to achieve more detail with less chroma noise, shooting in RAW is the way to go instead of shooting in JPEG. This is especially true if you intend on taking a lot of images with a high ISO.

We think the colors are a touch on the muted side, but this isn’t anything that can’t be adjusted in-camera by playing around with the different Picture Styles or by making your own.

We captured significantly more highlight information in high-contrast scenes by setting the camera to the Highlight Tone Priority mode. This would not have been feasible without the camera’s ability to avoid underexposing the mid-tones and shadows.

The built-in flash did not result in any instances of red eye, and the nighttime shot turned out well. In general, a solid camera performance that, compared to some of its other rivals, possesses noticeably fewer pixel units.

Canon EOS Rebel T5i Specs

Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialStainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
Sensor
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 5
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayRGB Color Filter Array
Image
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File formatJPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 compliant)Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),RAW: 14bit RAWDigital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaSelective single-pointSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampby built-in flash
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points9
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeClear View II TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.85× (0.53× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgram AEShutter priority AEAperture priority AEManual (Stills and Movie)Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie)No FlashCreative AutoPortraitLandscapeClose-upSportsSCN
Scene modesNight PortraitHandheld Night SceneHDR Backlight Control)
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range13.00 m
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10)
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI mini)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (RC-6 connector)
Physical
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)440
Weight (inc. batteries)580 g (1.28 lb / 20.46 oz)
Dimensions133 x 100 x 79 mm (5.24 x 3.94 x 3.11″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by USB cable and PC)
GPSOptional
GPS notesvia GPE2

Canon EOS Rebel T5i Verdict

The Canon 700D is a compelling and adaptable camera that produces high-quality photographs. It offers an extensive feature set and allows all the flexibility that expert photographers demand while giving choices for automatic hand-holding for consumers with less experience.

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