The top of the camera is incredibly simple for a dSLR. On the far left, you have the hot shoe for attaching an external flash unit or video light. On the right side you have the shutter release at the top, command dial, flash button and mode dial. On the right side of the mode dial is the camera's power switch.
On the back of the camera you will find a very easy set of controls as well. To the far top right are the index and zoom buttons for viewing your images on the 3.0-inch LCD. The next button is a combo button, depending on the shooting mode that you are in. In most modes pressing it allows you to use the command dial to change the exposure compensation. In manual mode, this is the way that you adjust the aperture, since the command dial originally works to adjust the shutter speed. Next are the DISP. and Quick Menu buttons. The 4-way controller allows you to navigate and set items in the menu systems. It also works as a shortcut to the ISO, AF, WB and burst/self-timer settings. Along the bottom you will find the Menu and playback buttons.
Storing your images takes place on a SD/SDHC/SDXC type memory card. A faster card will allow better performance from the camera's burst shooting and HD video capabilities. We recommend using at least a Class 10 card. The camera is shown here with the Sony UHS-1 32GB SDHC memory card that was used to test the camera.
Powering the EOS Rebel T5 is a 7.4V, 860mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery (LP-E10). This battery is capable of providing enough power to capture approx. 600 images without the flash or 190 images using Live View without the flash. That, or it allows for up to 1 hour and 15 minutes of continuous video recording. Also included with the camera is the quick charger shown above, which makes it easy to keep a spare battery charged and on hand at all times.