Canon EOS Rebel T5 Preview

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Canon has announced its newest entry-level DSLR, the EOS Rebel T5. Some of you will obviously know the EOS Rebel T5i, which was released last year. Much like the T3 versus the T3i, the T5 represents a stripped down version of the T5i, or possibly even the SL1

With the T5, you're getting the exact same 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS image processor, Full 1080p HD video recording with manual controls and in-camera editing, a dynamic 100-6400 ISO range, numerous Creative Filters (like Toy Camera, Fisheye, and Miniature Effect), and compatibility with all EF and EF-S Canon lenses. 

However, the T5 features the older DIGIC 4 image processor (versus the newer, speedier DIGIC 5), a 3.0-inch LCD display that is not a vari-angle, a slower 3 frames-per-second Continuous Shooting (versus 5 or 4), and a less sophisticated 9-point AF (AutoFocus) system incapable of taking extra advantage of Canon's super quiet STM lenses (at least, this feature was not highlighted in the press release).

But, if you're willing to make these sacrifices, the T5 kit (see below) will save you $350 over the T5i. That's a lot of money to put towards a nicer lens, especially for a learning tool like a beginner-level DSLR. And since the T5 is clearly an entry-level camera, there are a couple extra features, like Basic + and Creative Auto modes, or the Features Guide, that will not only teach newer users how to get the most out of this DSLR, but takeover to automatically optimize settings for all sorts of shooting conditions.

Canon EOS Rebel T5 Features:
  • 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC 4 image processor
  • 3.0-inch LCD Display
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording
    • Full Manual Control
    • In-camera Editing
  • ISO 100-6400
  • 9-point AF (AutoFocus) system
    • including one center cross-type AF point
  • 3 frames-per-second (fps) Continuous Shooting
  • Creative Filters, including:
    • Toy Camera
    • Fisheye
    • Miniature Effect
  • Basic+ and Creative Auto
  • Features Guide (for first timers)
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S lenses

Canon EOS Rebel T5 will be available in March (2014), bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II kit lens, for an estimated $549.99 MSRP.

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