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
Excerpt: The powerful Canon EOS Rebel T5i doesn't offer a large number of improvements over last year's Rebel T4i, but if you have an older Canon Rebel DSLR camera, the T5i is going to give you a great set of features for the price.
Excerpt: 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...
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: The Canon Rebel T5i (aka 700D outside the US) follows the solid Rebel T4i , which followed the solid Rebel T3i , and so on. The thing about about the Rebel series in the recent iterations is that it seems like Canon is getting rather lazy and predictable with its flagship cameras in the Rebel lineup.
Conclusion: The Canon Rebel T5i was always going to be a controversial camera. With so little changed, you can understand why photographers would react with some confusion. Seen in light of the handgrip issues Canon faced with its earlier T4i -- which the company was quick to fix, we might add -- the followup makes sense as a relatively straightforward rebranding, however. That Canon also took the opportunity to swap the 18-55mm kit lens for a newer STM variant is good news.
Pros: Less expensive than the camera it replaces, 18-55mm STM lens is very quiet, and above average image quality for a kit lens, Solid body with no panel flex or creak, Good ergonomics, as we've come to expect from the Rebel line, Touch screen is great for settings changes and selecting a focus subject, LCD monitor is bright and resistant to fingerprint smudges, Tilt/swivel for monitor is great for shooting from unusual angles, Image quality very similar to T4i, as expecte...
Cons: Only one control dial, LCD monitor is a bit glossy for our liking, Dynamic range not as good as competing models, though HTP helps, Auto and Incandescent white balance very warm in tungsten lighting, Higher than average distortion from the 18-55mm STM lens, Moderately high to high levels of chromatic aberration from 18-55mm lens at wide angle, though camera can correct for it, Shallow buffers with raw files, Hybrid CMOS AF is slower than rivals, hunts like regular con...
Excerpt: If you are in the market for a reliable and versatile entry-level DSLR camera , the Canon Rebel T5i presents some remarkable features, tools and technologies that can help you along the learning curve to pro-style photography in short order. This digital SLR camera has built-in intelligent modes that check the environment you are photographing and adjust things accordingly so you pictures turn out great every time.
Pros: The ISO ranges are extensive on this entry-level DSLR camera.
Cons: You do not get live chat as a customer support option.
Summary: Conclusion The Rebel T5i is the recently introduced flagship of the Rebel line but with a feature set and specifications largely reminiscent of its predecessor. Whether a modified AF system, real-time viewing of creative filters, a digital movie zoom and tweaks to the mode dial and scene modes in live view along with a new exterior finish will send hordes of T4i owners running to their nearest Canon dealer remains to be seen.
Conclusion: While some may scoff at the vari-angle touchscreen, we say don't knock it until you've tried it. It's extremely responsive and it promotes creativity. We are becoming increasingly used to touchscreen control on a range of other devices, so it seems odd that Nikon hasn't yet employed the technology in a DSLR.