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Canon EOS Rebel T5i

Canon EOS Rebel T5i

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81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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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.
81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

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HigeHosi
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
SteveBush
This new camera is originally projected as alternative of T4i. In other words,...read more
90
PWilkinson
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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90
HigeHosi
05.11.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
SteveBush
10.02.14
This new camera is originally projected as alternative of T4i. In other words, it is the same compact, quick and still camera that comes with a touchscreen, simplifying EOS learning curve, image review & configuration. Though, these are indeed superior movie cameras, still their motion tracking feature for video which is a great improvement after the DSLRs lags behind mirror-less bodies.HandlingAll the Rebels come with 3 handling features: Small grips (DSLR), buttons (instead of dials), and several added functions that allow the user to use camera away from his face.Some specific adjustments are not there when compared with 60D & 70D. In place of thumb wheel, there are buttons in Rebel for activating basic functions such as exposure compensation. Besides, there isn’t any top LCD, hence to change white balance or to check the settings one has to boot the rear screen. For the direct AF point selection, there isn’t any 8-way pad or joystick. However, the cameras of higher level allow easy and fast correction of settings without taking the eyes off and missing the moment.In fact, with touch control, it shows everything in its rear screen which substantially makes the EOS learning curve low. Its touchscreen is just like any modern smartphone with high responsiveness. Besides, adjustable functions, such as focus point, exposure, are just a tap away. However, while adjusting the LCD, the camera will not be ready. With the help of its feature guide, you could learn how to use most of its options.Phone gestures, for example, swiping, pinch zoom, are the picture review system’s parts that allow checking the focus instantly and in an easier way than any non-touch EOS body available. Besides, in the Live View mode, the Focus is touch-enabled that allows the user to tap and focus on static objects in the frame without manipulating 9-point AF system.Since, there isn’t any protective weather sealing in kit lenses and the body, make sure not to use it in the rain without the cover. It has popup flash feature, but using it as the primary light won’t give you better results. Its rear LCD can be rotated almost parallel to its body at 3600. Besides, you can even turn it in such a way that it faces the body for storage or better protection.Stills QualityIts sensor is almost identical to T2i/T3i/T4i/60D/7D/SL1, and the dynamic & noise range is almost same. However, noise in JPEG is cleaner than T5i & T4i. We can expect results that are up to ISO 3200. If compared with other cameras, Nikon D5100 is little better while Sony A65 is little inferior. It is more about a couple of solid stops that are far better than the usual point-and-shoot.Except for JPEG, only shooting mode like HDR or multi-shot NR, Raw gives you optimum results through this camera. However, the JPEG isn’t flexible enough and post-production creates most of the appeal of several photographs. Besides, raw shooting even allows you to reschedule decisions, such as noise reduction, distortion, sharpening, white balance, tone curves, exposure, etc., which are responsible for distraction while catching the moment.HDR merges the 3 shots which have been taken in quick succession. Besides, the automated result saves the highlights in a natural and fine manner, but not better than the Highlight Tone Priority enabled raw file. If you wish to use the SNS-HDR program to process on your own, then you need to manually adjust exposures since AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) is limited to just three shots (-2EV to +2EV).The Multi-Shot NR merges four shots for creating a single one that has lesser noise. Besides, you could even adjust your very own starting ISO. However, the effects wouldn’t be clear till ISO 800. At higher ISO, 1.5 stops are better, but if the camera is over a tripod or you are able to lean on IS lens, then it’s better to lower ISO and shoot longer. With handheld sequences or Handheld Night Scene, the auto-alignment feature has limitations.Stills ActionThis specific camera comes with the very same phase-detect AF unit (all cross type 9 points) and has almost the same rate of frame (5 fps versus 5.3 fps) like the 60d which is great for capturing moving objects. However, the raw doesn’t buffer. Holding the shutter down while in a continuous mode, it would take 6 raw, 4 raw + JPEG till 30 JPEGs to slow down, which is hardly a second of continuous raw shooting that’s quite lesser, when compared to 16 raw frames of 60D. However, the difference is crucial if you are trying to shoot a specific moment. Apart from this, the T5i with its latest USM lenses has a substantially high hit rate of 50%+ in moderate to brighter conditions. The higher tier cameras are the 7D and 5D III.A Good Digital Video Camera or Digital Movie Camera?The video in T5i is cleaner, crispier and less in contrast in comparison to other point and shoot cameras. When it comes to stills, with right lenses you can get creamy backgrounds and subject isolation that looks professional enough. In other words, what really matters is the focus. However, while using it for first time, your obvious reaction would be like "Why everything is so blurry?"In T5i, the video mode’s autofocus is a key upgrade. Prior to T4i, the DSLRs of Canon had very slow contrast-detect AF through manual focusing aids. Hence a lot of adjustments were needed to be made with rear LCD to get the things done, or one had to go for custom firmware. However, with "Hybrid AF", such problem has been solved. With non-STM lenses, it is quite slow and inaccurate and does not work properly outside the center of frame, or in a dim light. Besides, it is not capable of tracking things which are faster than caffeinated sloth. However, the only good thing is that it isn’t manual focus.Practically speaking, if you wish to film children playing soccer, then with DSLR quality, there are 3 options: Pre-focus, stop lens down for getting more field depth, and staying perpendicular to action. However, you can go for mirror-less cameras which could keep up.The videos in Canon are in MOV format (H.264 compression). However, the processing is quite intensive and implementation isn’t efficient. You need a superior computer with quad core that has a lot of space (350 MB/min at 1080p/30), along with fine video editor like Sony Vegas, Apple iMovie, etc. You will get better results with right white balance, custom tone curve with sharpening, color & low contrast.Make sure not to shake while taking a shot because unstable things over 50mm will prevent you from taking smooth footage. However, by transcoding to the editable format and utilizing anti-shake features of Vegas, Virtual Dub, Premiere with Deshaker, you can fix it later. Hence go for primes, since the 2 kit lenses are more stabilized. Besides, they are even STM that allows them to focus through stepper motor which is usually quieter and better than USM.Most of the stabilized lenses with full frame are audible in audio tracks since they are the non-STM lenses focusing mechanisms. Moreover, you also have to tolerate finger movements, dial clicks & wind noises that reduce the quality of the sound. T5i can record CD quality stereo tracks (48 KHz 16 bit), but the baffling and isolation with integrated stereo Mic is the real problem. However, the easiest alternative would be to attach external Mic (battery powered) to flat hot shoe in shock mount. Two of the most popular ones are from Rode and they cost around 250 bucks. On the other hand, H1 stereo recorder from Zoom can be camera mounted too, and is quite cheaper.This article comes from my website best-dslr-camera-guide.com and contributes to Engadget, hope to be useful for you.
 
90
PWilkinson
08.20.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget

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