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conclusion:We're mixed

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Canon's entry-level cameras have always been solid contenders in the DSLR market but, while the new T5 maintains the same level of quality, previous generation cameras still on sale offer better performance for a lower price.

The interface on Canon cameras is often touted for being very user friendly and intuitive. That hasn't changed with the T5, which Digital Trends finds "very easy to use." However, this price point means Canon made some compromises with the body in trading metal for plastic, and The Digital Picture says that while the T5 is just "not as well built" as higher-end counterparts, it still has "a solid, high quality feel." For capturing photos the T5 neither excels nor falls short, with TrustedReviews saying "the images are exceptionally clean."

If the T5 had been released alongside the T5i the extra features on the T5i wouldn't have just justified purchasing it over the less expensive T5. But now, a price drop or two has leveled that playing field, making the more fully-featured T5i a better investment over the stripped down T5.

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CNET Jul 21, 2014

While it's a perfectly fine camera when you're making the jump from a point-and-shoot, there are better choices than the Canon EOS Rebel T5.

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6.0
PC Mag May 22, 2014

The Canon EOS Rebel T5 sports an attractive price tag, but you can get a better entry-level SLR for a little bit more money.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 19, 2014

The Canon EOS 1200D holds enough weight to keep the entry-level DSLR market relevant, although with compact system cameras adding an additional option it's not as cut and dry as it once was.

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TrustedReviews Apr 17, 2014

For an extraordinarily competitive price you get a lot of solid under-the-bonnet features like superb native ISO performance, a solid metering system and a sensor with a nice fat megapixel count.

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Photography Blog Apr 7, 2014

The EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 is a well-built, easy-to use DSLR camera that delivers great image quality, and comes complete with a stabilised standard zoom lens for less than £450 / $550.

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Engadget Feb 14, 2014

With 9-point autofocus, you can expect some sluggish focusing: many DSLRs have 20 times the number of focal points. Once the camera does latch onto a subject, you can expect DSLR-quality shots.

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CNET Apr 2, 2014

There's nothing particularly groundbreaking about the T5, and in many respects it is trumped on specs by its competitors. But for the most part, it does the job that's required of it, taking photos and videos without needing any prior knowledge of SLRs.

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Pocket-Lint Feb 12, 2014

With the 1200D you get a sturdy, albeit plasticky in appearance, build that delivers decent performance when using the viewfinder. If the thought of using an optical viewfinder is a deterrent to you then this probably won't be the camera for you.

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T3 Feb 12, 2014

The Canon EOS 1200D looks like a great starter camera for those who are looking at investing in a DSLR for the first time, or even those that have only relied on their smartphone camera up until now.

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TrustedReviews Feb 12, 2014

On first impressions, there’s no denying the potential of the EOS 1200D in the entry-level DSLR market. Canon has made several key improvements to the camera’s specification, while the accompanying EOS Companion app is sure to be a hit with those new to DSLRs.

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TechRadar Feb 12, 2014

Anyone who has ever used a Canon DSLR before will easily be at home here, while those who haven't shouldn't find it too difficult to pick up and get the most from it.

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What Digital Camera Feb 12, 2014

As entry-level cameras go, the 1200D looks like it's shaping up to be an excellent choice. We were really impressed by the competitive price, particularly in light of some of Canon's other offerings like the 1100D, which were maybe just a little more expensive than they should have been.

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Stuff Feb 12, 2014

This is an update to the 1100D, and physically it doesn’t look much different. It’s almost exactly the same size and has a very similar look - standard DSLR with a few curves added. Like the 1100D it’s light and fairly plasticky in comparison to heftier mid-range cameras.

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