Canon EOS Rebel T5 Review

Review posted 08/06/2014

Quick Take
  • All shooting modes produce accurate exposures and overall pleasing images
  • Live View shooting allows for compact-like point-n-shoot capabilities
  • Good overall performance
  • Great overall image quality
  • Pop-up flash is always ready if you need it
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD is easy to see in most lighting conditions
  • Captures great Full 1080p HD videos
  • Compatible with all EF and EF-S lenses
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • Hot Shoe allows for additional power from an external flash unit
  • High Speed USB and HDMI output
  • Competitively priced
  • Lacking the versatile and useful convenience features like WiFi
  • No continuous AF shooting videos
  • LCD does not tilt or swivel
  • Only 1 command dial on the camera body
  • No external audio input
  • No built-in Image Stabilization
Bottom Line
The Canon EOS T5 is a compact and affordable entry-level dSLR. Only featuring the basics of what a camera needs, it performs well where it counts, and is a simple camera to use; making it great for anyone that wants to explore photography. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
In February of this year, Canon announced their 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
  • SD card slot
  • Li-ion battery pack is good for up to 600 shots (using the OVF)

The Canon EOS Rebel T5 will be bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II kit lens, with a MSRP of $549.99 US. See our best price box at the top right of this page to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • EOS Rebel T5 Body
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens
  • Eyecup Ef
  • Battery Pack LP-E10
  • Battery Charger LC-E10
  • Wide Strap EW-300D
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • EOS Digital Solution Disc & Software Instruction Manual CD
  • Camera Instruction Manual

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