Canon T5 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Canon EOS Rebel T5 (EOS 1200D)
Resolution: 18.00 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
Kit Lens: 3.06x zoom
18-55mm
(29-88mm eq.)
Viewfinder: Optical / LCD
ISO: 100-12800
Shutter: 30-1/4000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in.
(130 x 100 x 78 mm)
Weight: 16.9 oz (480 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $550
Availability: 03/2014
Manufacturer: Canon
18.00
Megapixels
Canon EF, EF-S APS-C
size sensor
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Canon T5 -- Initial Impressions

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Canon's previous entry-level DSLR offering, the Rebel T3, has decidedly become a bit long in the tooth after being released all the way back in March 2011. Thankfully, Canon hasn't forgotten about its beginner and entry-level DSLR users with the introduction of the Canon Rebel T5.

Sitting below the Rebel T5i in their product lineup, the aptly-named Canon T5 provides some notable upgrades to the T3 both inside and out. While not as significant an upgrade as when Canon jumped from the Rebel XS to the Rebel T3 in 2011, the T5 does offer improvements to both still imaging and HD video recording capabilities.

Image Quality. The most significant upgrade to the Canon T5 is the boost in resolution thanks to an 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, up from 12.2 megapixels. Combined with the same DIGIC 4 image processor as the T3, the T5's improved sensor is said to produce better images in low-light situations. The ISO range has been expanded from 100-6400 with a new extended high ISO of 12,800. In contrast, the Rebel T3 topped out at ISO 6400.

HD Video Recording. The second significant upgrade to the T5 are the improved HD video recording capabilities that now include Full HD 1080p resolution at a variety of frame rates (30p, 24p and 25p), while the T3 was limited to 720p. The T5 also has 720p HD video at the faster 60/50p frames for better fast action videos. The Canon T5 allows for manual control of exposure and focus for video recording as well as proving basic in-camera editing functionality.

By default, the Canon T3 only autofocused prior to starting a video recording. However it did have slower Live and Face-Detect single-servo autofocus that used contrast-detect AF that was prone to noticeable hunting as it tried to acquire focus. We don't have specific information regarding the video AF features of the T5, so we can only speculate that it brings over the same contrast-detect system from the T3.

Canon T5 Review -- Front view

Get a grip. The last notable change to the T5 is an exterior upgrade. Unlike the T5i (and the other Rebel Txi models before it), the T3 did not have a rubberized grip covering on the handgrip or thumbrest. This has now been rectified with the Canon T5, and should make the camera all the more comfortable and secure in your hand.

Other features. The other specs and features of the Canon Rebel T5 remain largely unchanged from its predecessor, although there are a few minor button placement tweaks in this newer camera. The T5 carries over a similar 9-point AF system with one central cross-type AF point, and a 3fps continuous shooting burst performance spec. The T5 is capable of continuous shooting for up to approximately 69 JPEGs or 6 RAW files. The Canon T5 does however provide both a size and resolution boost to its LCD monitor with a 3.0-inch 460K-dot panel, up from the 2.7-inch 230K-dot LCD in the Canon T3.

Canon T5  Review -- Rear view

Like the other Rebel-series cameras, the T5 also includes a wide variety of creative scene modes and special effects for both photos and video, such as Toy Camera, Fisheye and Miniatures effects. The Canon T5 will not only help guide entry-level shooters with shooting mode guides that explain certain features and camera settings, it also includes photo retouching and editing guides to help add effects and other post-processing tweaks to their images in-camera.

Availability. The Canon Rebel T5 is set to be available in March 2014 as part of a kit configuration only with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens at an estimated retail price of US$549.99 (about $50 less expensive than the T3's initial MSRP).

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