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Canon T5 Review

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Thierry Lyles

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On February 12, 2014
Last modified:February 12, 2014


This is another great addition to the Rebel series by Canon. This camera is perfect for the beginner or enthusiast thanks to Canon's easy to use feature guide. Excellent image quality paired with stunning 1080P HD video, the T5 is a really good deal.

Canon has just announced the newest addition to their entry level lineup, the Canon Rebel T5. You can preorder it now, and it will ship March 28, 2014. One question you may have is how it compares to the competition or other entry level DSLRs by Canon?

For the most part, the Canon T5 does not offer anything new. In fact, it is thee simplest camera from the Rebel series that is still in production. But do not let that stray you away from this camera. It is an awesome little camera for anyone looking to get into photography, the occasional enthusiast, or just to use around the house for family gatherings. This is the perfect camera to upgrade to from a point and shoot and the price point, at only $549.00 as a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm IS II lens is amazing.canon-rebel-t5

The Canon T5 does have its fair share of great features. It features a high-performance DIGIC 4 image processor and an 18 megapixel CMOS image sensor. The T5 can also shoot full HD video and it still holds the excellent video quality of previous Rebel models. The 9 point autofocus system will ensure ultra sharp focusing at all times. Keep reading for a full detailed Canon T5 review.

Image quality
The Canon Rebel T5 can capture some excellent images. There is no doubt about that. If you are a beginner or enthusiast, this camera will blow you away. The same goes for the HD video. The camera packs an awesome 18-megapixel CMOS sensor. This is plenty of camera to capture pictures with great clarity and detail. The 18 MP sensor gives you the ability to print large pictures no problem. As previously stated, the Canon Rebel T5 is equipped with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. This is not ‘new” technology per-say. However, it allows the camera to operate quickly and reproduces color beautifully. This camera has an effective ISO range of 100-6400 and expandable  up to 12,800. This won’t mean much to the average consumer, but having a broad ISO range will allow you to capture great images in all types of lighting scenarios.DIGIC-4-image-processor

The T5 is fully compatible with Canon EF and EF-S lenses . This is a great feature in Canon DSLR’s. You have the ability to expand your lens line up very easily and can do so affordably. If you are going to be taking a lot of portraits I would highly suggest the “nifty-fifty” otherwise known as the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. This is one of Canon’s most popular lenses and aids in producing super sharp images while getting a smooth silky background. At only $99.44, it is a no brainer to pick this baby up. Paired with the T5, it will take your images from an “average” look to a more “high quality” look with not much effort involved.

Video quality
The video quality is excellent. This camera can shoot 1080p HD video no problem. Capturing video is super simple with the T5. Simply press a button and you are ready to go. Thanks to Canon’s easy to use interface, consumers will also be able to edit their own video within the camera. The T5 also has a ‘Video Snapshot” feature which allows you to shoot short video clips (of 2, 4 or 8 seconds) and then combine them automatically into one video. This is an ideal feature for events, parties, or sports.


Movie Recording Size Total Recording Time
(approx. min.)
File Size
(approx. MB/min.)
8GB card 16GB card
Full HD (1920×1080) 30fps (NTSC) 22 44 330
25fps (PAL)
24fps (NTSC, PAL)
HD (1280×720) 30fps (NTSC) 22 44 330
60fps (PAL)
30fps (NTSC) 92 184 82.5
25fps (PAL)


Design and Features
One of the things enthusiasts will like most about the Canon T5 is the ease of use thanks to Canon’s user friendly Feature Guide. The guide helps to explain the specific functions of the built in features. The guide is super easy to follow and gives you tips along the way. It is extremely valuable when trying to figure out the best shooting mode or what functions to use.
canon-rebel-t5-featuresCanon’s Scene Intelligent Auto Mode allows you to easily use all of the T5’s features and technology to effectively capture perfect images in the simplest for. The SIAM is a combination of the Joining Picture Style Auto, Automatic Lighting Optimizer, Automatic White Balance, Autofocus, and Automatic Exposure. This mode can easily detect faces in a picture or moving objects and can change settings automatically to accommodate any scenario.

Overall, the Canon Rebel T5 is a great little camera. It has all of the features I would look for in an entry level camera. Sharp images and high quality video should not be a problem to achieve for anyone thanks to Canon’s easy to use feature guide and technology packed DSLR’s. This is a must have if you are an enthusiast looking to purchase a DSLR or a beginner looking to learn photography. I would suggest this to a friend. You can pick up a kit complete with the Canon Rebel T5 Camera, an EF-S 18-55 IS II lens, and accessories for $549.00 here.

I hope this overview of the Canon Rebel T5 was of help to you. Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

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