• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • $774 Average Retail $900 MSRP
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • $1199 MSRP

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The essential equation to understand this matchup is:

Canon T4i - grip problem + lens upgrade = Canon T5i

Read on for more:

A little while after release of the Canon T4i, reports emerged that some grips turned white and could cause mild allergic reactions. Canon traced the problem to a type of zinc present in the rubber of some grips. Rather than fix the issue with the T4i and keep the model name, Canon distanced itself from the T4i by replacing it with a new but nearly identical model, the T5i.

If you find a T4i on fire sale and don't mind the potential grip issue (it only affected some T4i cameras), it might be a viable choice. There really are precious few improvements in the T5i over the T4i and bargains are always nice.

The chief benefit to the T5i is the new 18-55mm STM kit lens, with an advanced stepping motor that significantly improves autofocus speed. Other than that, you'd be hard pressed to spot a difference beyond minor features like support for real-time display of creative filter effects in live-view mode.

Let's be honest though: the decision is pretty easy: buy the T5i. The cameras are nearly identical, but the T5i gives you an AF boost thanks to the kit lens and peace of mind that you won't end up with the white-grip-of-allergic-reaction.

Advantages

Canon T5i over Canon T4i

  • Newer
    17 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

Canon T4i over Canon T5i

  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    7.5x vs 3.1x
    Zooming is easier than walking

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D5200

Canon T5i
Nikon D5200
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $743
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
Canon T4i
Nikon D5200
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $743
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony A58

Canon T5i
Sony A58
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $473
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon T4i
Sony A58
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $473
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon SL1

Canon T5i
Canon SL1
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $643
  • APS-C
Canon T4i
Canon SL1
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $643
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Pentax K-50

Canon T5i
Pentax K-50
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $587
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon T4i
Pentax K-50
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $587
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon T5

Canon T5i
Canon T5
  • $774
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $525
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
Canon T4i
Canon T5
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $525
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Newer

Review Excerpt

  • 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.

  • Excellent image quality; 9 cross-type AF points; Stereo microphones; Built-in touchscreen; Multi-shot modes.

  • Slow Live View and video autofocus; High ISO performance is unimproved; Below-average battery life; No dedicated AF illuminator.

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