Canon EOS T5i review: This entry-level DSLR is particularly great for video
28 September 2013
Summary: Adjustable swing-out display has touchscreen for easily navigating shooting options, even in sunlight. But the Live View focus, flash cycling, and general navigation feel sluggish by comparison.
Pros: Display swings out for capturing a variety of angles, Great image quality
Cons: Live View focus seems sluggish, Some physical controls are awkward to navigate
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.
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, Ver...
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 co...
Canon EOS 700D ( with18-55mm and 55-250mm IS STM lenses)
24 May 2013
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.
Conclusion: The Canon EOS 700D doesn't break new ground for this class of camera, nor is it a huge change from the 650D before it. If you own the previous camera, there's little reason to upgrade: it should be the excellent 70D that you set your sights on.
Pros: Hybrid AF system boosts live view and video focusing speeds, great quality stills from low ISO range, great combination of traditional buttons and touchscreen controls
Cons: Small buffer means burst shooting is limited, image noise at high ISO settings, it's a repackaged 650D