Reviews and Problems with Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i
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Canon EOS Rebel T5i review
24 December 2013
Conclusion: Recommending the T5i for still photography is a no-brainer. It’s easy to use, takes quality images and has enough technical headroom so you can spread your creative wings if you care to. Movie quality is just OK, however; perhaps we’ve been spoiled by the 70D, which we had just finished testing before taking on the T5i. Focusing is still an issue for most DSLR video and the T5i is no exception, although there’s a definite improvement over other Rebels.
Pros: Fine 18MP still images, Helpful vari-angle touchscreen, 5 fps burst mode
Cons: Build quality not the greatest, Video focusing improved but issues remain, No wireless connectivity
Summary: Much like the smartphone market, the camera market has gone through quite a bit of change over the last few years and while many photographers have opted for Micro Four-Thirds and Mirrorless cameras, there are still a large number of photographers who rely on digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras as they still prove to be the most versatile devices that produces incomparable image quality.
Pros: Stereo microphones, Good image quality, Easy-to-use Touchscreen interface, Plenty of creative filters
Cons: Slow autofocus in live view and video, Always on ISO 400 when using flash
Summary: In conjunction with the release of a few more EF-S STM series lenses back in March (2013), Canon also announced the new flagship model to its entry-level EOS Digital Rebel DSLR series, the T5i . For those who know about last year's popular T4i , the T5i appears to offer little improvement, save for a few extra Creative Filters, which stylize still frames and videos, and a slightly different Mode Dial, adding the ability to select a specific Scene Mode -- like Handheld...
Pros: Image quality is very high, Extremely fast performance in Viewfinder mode, Very fast start-up, Articulated, high-resolution LCD is nice feature for shooting with a tripod, Touchscreen LCD makes it easy to control camera for beginners, Ports included for both HDMI and microphone, Full HD video output is good, When paired with STM Canon lens, autofocus is quiet when shooting video, Noise is minimal in JPEG up to ISO levels as high as 3200, Both RAW and JPEG options avai...
Cons: Not enough improvements from Rebel T4i, Autofocus works too slowly in Live View mode, creating significant shutter lag, Although autofocus in video mode is improved from past Rebels, it's still slow, Autofocus illuminator lamp only works when the flash is engaged, Camera's on-screen menus should have been reworked to take advantage of touchscreen, No Wi-Fi capability, Battery life could be better, especially in Live View mode, Battery will drain quickly when shooting ...
Summary: With its excellent balance between price, performance, size and image quality, the Canon EOS 700D is a camera that fits in perfectly with its market segment by offering a competitive and very attractive by Photographer’s fans, but budget-conscious. The picture quality is excellent, both photos and videos, and responsiveness of the camera (in terms of AF and burst) is very satisfactory for an instrument of this price.
Summary: While the Canon EOS Rebel T5i is -- almost literally -- the same solid camera as its predecessor, it's starting to lag frustratingly behind the competition in some ways.
Pros: The Canon EOS Rebel T5i retains the great articulated touch-screen implementation that's optimized for video, and delivers the same excellent photo quality and solid video as its predecessor. Plus the performance is slightly improved.
Cons: The phase-detection autofocus system is feeling its age and competitors have caught up with the Live View performance. The tiny autofocus points in the viewfinder also remain annoying to use, and the feature set remains lackluster.
Summary: The Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i is an upgrade to the 650D almost in name only, but still combines very good image quality with a comprehensive, well-designed touchscreen interface. AF performance in live view mode and video is an improvement over early Rebel DSLRs, but still lags behind mirrorless options.
Pros: Comprehensive touchscreen interface that is intuitive and efficient, High image quality with good balance between detail and noise reduction in JPEG output, Good subject tracking AF in viewfinder shooting mode (compared to mirrorless competition), 5 fps with ample buffering in JPEG-only mode, Very responsive operation, with menu access available even when buffer is full, Good-looking video output with manual exposure and audio controls, Built-in lens correction for vi...
Cons: Slow 'hybrid AF' performance in live view and video modes (compared to mirrorless competition), Slightly higher noise levels than its peers, Default dynamic range lags a bit behind its peers, Using flash with Auto ISO enabled results in ISO 400 even in bright light conditions, Cannot configure common live view and movie mode options independently, AF illuminator integrated into flash (must have flash engaged to use it), Shorter battery life than other DSLRs in its class
Summary: When compared to the best entry-level DSLRs, the Canon Rebel T5i has some weaknesses in image quality. Aside from this flaw, however, the T5i is a very good camera. It offers a well-designed video mode and silent lens for filming as well as unique beginner-friendly features like intuitive touchscreen controls that facilitate learning. These features make the Canon Rebel T5i an excellent choice for budding videographers and photographers.
Pros: A touchscreen display makes adjusting exposure settings simple.
Cons: An older sensor produces only average image quality.
Summary: Canon’s latest flagship Rebel remains as a great choice for an entry-level DSLR. Compare it with Nikon’s D3200, and you’ll face a choice between the Nikon’s greater resolution (2710 at ISO 100) and higher noise (Unacceptable noise levels by ISO 3200) and the Canon’s lower resolution, lower noise, and 1-fps faster bursts. The Rebel T5i also focused faster than the Nikon at every light level in our test.
Excerpt: I'm going to do a lot of "borrowing" in this review. And I'll start off by borrowing the opening line from both the Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D DSLR review and the Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D DSLR review :