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If you go purely by model numbers, the T5i is an upgrade over the T4i, but when you look at performance there isn't much here to warrant calling it an upgrade. As to be expected from Canon, the T5i takes good photos, with Digital Photography Review noting its "high image quality with good balance between detail and noise." Digital Camera Review also felt the T5i did well in the video department, saying it was "quite good." From the outside much hasn't changed, and Photography Blog says the T5i and T4i look "virtually identical." They also say that in spite of its smaller size and narrow grip, "the size and shape of the grip proved not to be too much of an annoyance." The major change with the T5i is the lens that Canon ships with the kit, and as it stands, it doesn't do anything to drastically increase image quality over the T4i. All told, the T5i is still a solid entry-level performer, but for those who already have the T4i, or even the T3i, there is no reason to rush out and upgrade.

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Critic reviews

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    7.2
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    8.0
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    8.0
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    8.0
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    7.9
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9.0
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    10
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    8.0
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    10
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    8.0
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8.0
CNET May 27, 2013

While the Canon EOS Rebel T5i is -- almost literally -- the same solid camera as its predecessor, it's starting to lag frustratingly behind the competition in some ways.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Jun 10, 2013

The Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i is an upgrade to the 650D almost in name only, but still combines very good image quality with a comprehensive, well-designed touchscreen interface.

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7.0
PC Mag Jun 6, 2013

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is essentially the same camera as its predecessor, and it's still a solid performer.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 28, 2013

The imaging is great from a camera that's a pleasure to use and approachable for those beginners who want it to do everything for them, through to those looking to use the manual controls it has on offer.

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9.0
TechRadar May 20, 2013

The Canon EOS 700D is a very capable and versatile camera that produces high quality images. It has a comprehensive feature set and affords all the control expected by enthusiast photographers while providing automatic hand-holding options for less experienced users.

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9.0
What Digital Camera May 9, 2013

For new users though looking at their first DSLR, then the Canon EOS 700D is one of the best options out there. It's a very polished and refined camera that, while it may not excel in every area, will deliver the good across a range of shooting conditions.

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8.0
TrustedReviews May 20, 2013

The Canon 700D is an excellent DSLR at a good price. It's not a massive step-up from the 650D, but anyone looking to upgrade from an older model should have it high on their shortlist alongside the smaller Canon EOS 100D.

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8.0
T3 May 20, 2013

OK, so it may lack some of the bells, whistles and sheer physical heft of models further up the range, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing and all the essentials are here after all.

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8.0
DigitalCameraReview Jun 12, 2013

If you're a T4i owner there may not be enough incentive to change cameras this time around, but if you're moving into a DSLR for the first time, the Rebel T5i isn't a bad place to start looking.

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9.0
Photography Blog Jun 18, 2013

While the EOS 700D / Rebel T5i may not advance the mass-market EOS camera in any way, it is at least cheaper and comes with a better lens, and just as importantly its main rivals haven't overtaken it, making the EOS 700D / Rebel T5i still deserving of our Highly Recommended award.

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First Looks

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Engadget Mar 21, 2013

We ... had a chance to check out Canon's new Rebel T5i, which ... is virtually identical to its predecessor, the T4i. The body finish is slightly different and there's now an option for an 18-55mm STM lens kit, but besides a few mode dial tweaks ... there's really nothing else to speak of here.

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Digital Photography Review Mar 21, 2013

The only real changes are that the 700D offers real-time preview of Creative Filters in Live View mode, includes a redesigned new mode dial that turns 360 degrees, and has a new 'upmarket' body finish.

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CNET Mar 21, 2013

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you: the only significant difference between the now-discontinued Canon EOS Rebel T4i and its replacement, the T5i, is the price and the kit lens options. There are some small enhancements, including a new finish ... But ultimately, it's the same camera.

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Imaging Resource Mar 21, 2013

The Canon T5i doesn't feel so much like a replacement for the T4i -- although it is exactly that -- but a minor upgrade that has been released mostly to take advantage of the new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens and to step away from the rubber grip problem of its predecessor.

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Reviewed.com Cameras Mar 21, 2013

Minor, iterative updates are nothing new, and Canon is hardly the first company to make minor updates to a popular model and call it a day. That said, there is something truly galling about the T5i getting a whole new badge and model number without so much as a token spec update.

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Consumer Reports Jun 3, 2013

Although this Rebel has a lot to offer, you may decide to buy the nearly identical Rebel EOS T4i, if it's still available in your area or online; it might be cheaper.

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TechRadar Mar 21, 2013

Existing users of the Canon EOS 650D shouldn't feel too put out by the fact that the camera has already been replaced, since the key internal factors, most notably the sensor and the processor, remain exactly the same. One interesting factor here, though, is the new kit lens.

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