Features & Controls

As with all Canon EOS dSLR cameras, the Rebel T5 sports the EF/EF-S mount system. This system allows you to use all EF and EF-S lenses with this camera.

Capturing your images is an 18-Megapixel, APS-C sized CMOS imaging sensor. The sensor works with a DIGIC 4 image processor to create the T5's high resolution photos. The processor also controls the automatic shooting functions and allows the camera to shoot at up to 3fps in burst mode.

The autofocus system on the T5 is a 9-point system with a cross-type center point. This system gives the T5 an incredibly fast and accurate AF system for an entry-level dSLR, which helps ensure you have the best chances possible to capture that perfect image.

Above is the T5 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS standard zoom lens that we are using for this review. This lens has a 35mm equivalent of 29-216mm, providing an excellent zoom range for everyday use. Optical image stabilization has also been incorporated into the lens to assist you in low-light and handheld image capture.


On the side of the lens you will find these two switches, one to turn the I.S. on or off and the AF/MF switch. Both of the switches are very sturdy and very hard to switch by accident.

Canon's EF and EF-S lens collection is one of the best and largest in the world, assuring you that you will be able to find the specific lens designed for any shooting situation that you may find yourself in.


To assist you in your low-light shooting, Canon has included a pop-up flash unit. This flash will pop-up automatically when needed, if the camera is set to auto flash, or can be raised by pressing the flash button on the top of the camera.

  • Approx. 9.2/30.2 (at ISO 100 in meters/feet)

One option for composing your images is the built-in, eye-level optical viewfinder. It provides approx. 95% frame coverage and has -2.5 to +0.5 m-1 diopic adjustment. One thing that the OVF is missing is an eye sensor. Instead of the LCD turning itself off when you put the camera up to your face, the LCD will turn off when you half-press the shutter release.

Your other option for framing is the 3.0-inch, 460k dot LCD screen. This screen shows approx. 100% field of view, but uses a contrast detect AF system to shoot with, which is much slower than the phase detection system used with the OVF. When not using the LCD to shoot in Live View mode, it can be set to show the camera's shooting information. The brightness can be adjusted to accommodate just about any lighting conditions.


Hidden on the left side of the camera are the input/output ports for the camera. At the top is the remote control terminal for a remote shutter release. In the middle is the High Speed USB port, used to transfer images to a computer or direct printing. At the bottom you will find the HDMI output, allowing you to view your images and HD videos on any HDTV with an optional HDMI cable.

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