• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Canon T3i advantages over Canon T5i

  • Higher effective ISO
    793 vs 681 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More kit lens zoom
    7.5x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking

Canon T5i advantages over Canon T3i

  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More cross-type AF points
    9 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    2 years vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    791g vs 1031g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    15 vs 9 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Good grip; Full HD video recording; Swiveling LCD; Very fast autofocus; HDMI output.

  • Slow frame rate for sports shooting; Tendency to overexpose in bright sunlight; Live View AF is slow; No microfocus adjustment.

  • Excellent image quality; 9 cross-type AF points; Stereo microphones; Built-in touchscreen; Multi-shot modes; Improved kit lens; Even more affordable.

  • Little-changed from the earlier T4i; Slow Live View and video autofocus; High ISO performance is unimproved; Below-average battery life; No dedicated AF illuminator.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T4i

Canon T3i
Canon T4i
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $630
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • More kit lens zoom

Compared to Nikon D7000

Canon T3i
Nikon D7000
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Less expensive
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon T5i
Nikon D7000
  • $630
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax K-5

Canon T3i
Pentax K-5
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon T5i
Pentax K-5
  • $630
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $687
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon T4i

Canon T3i
Canon T4i
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $630
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • $650
  • APS-C
  • More kit lens zoom

Compared to Nikon D5200

Canon T3i
Nikon D5200
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • More kit lens zoom
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon T5i
Nikon D5200
  • $630
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $564
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
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