• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • 75.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Sigma DP3 Merrill advantages over Canon T5i

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.00 vs 4.30 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Canon T5i advantages over Sigma DP3 Merrill

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 440 vs 97 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    18.0 vs 14.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.8 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    15 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    4.8 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

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

User reviews

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Buy the Canon T5i

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.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T4i

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Canon T4i
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $475
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $480
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • $475
  • APS-C
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony A57

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Sony A57
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Canon T5i
Sony A57
  • $480
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax K-5 IIs

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T5i
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $480
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $850
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A58

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Sony A58
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher-res screen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Canon T5i
Sony A58
  • $480
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Pentax K-500

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Pentax K-500
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Canon T5i
Pentax K-500
  • $480
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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