First, a confession: I’m a Nikon shooter. However, the first digital camera I ever really learned how to use was a Rebel T2i (was a film shooter prior to that). I have had a soft spot for the Rebel series ever since, despite being currently married to a D800. They are fantastic cameras and the T5i is no exception but, to be honest, it just isn’t at all exceptional when compared to its 2012 predecessor, the T4i.
In comparison to the T4i, the T5i…
- Maintains the same 18.0 megapixel CMOS sensor as its predecessor, the T4i.
- Maintains the same hybrid sensor that allows for that smooth and quiet continuous auto focusing in STM (STepping Motor) lenses.
- Adds Scene Mode to the modes dial. Also, the mode dial spins all the way around. Small change, but nice.
- Maintains the exact same LCD menu as in the T4i.
- Changes how one accesses the different Scene Modes. I feel it is now slightly more difficult on the T5i. On the T4i, you can select HDR Backlight Control, Handheld Night Scene and Night Portrait on the dial itself. On the T5i, the dial must be set to SCN and then you have to navigate between the above-listed scenes using a combination of the Q-button/print button and the scroll wheel. Boo to that. My personal theory for why they set it up this way is that now firmware updates can include new Scene Modes without the dial being considered out-of-date in its labeling. If Scene Modes are your thing then this could prove exciting for you.
- Maintains the exact same menu, info, and Live View buttons. Back panel navigation is the same and so is the ISO button. If you ignore the dial wheel then the cameras are identical.
- Maintains same 1080p video, mic, and 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touch Screen.
- Maintains same 9 Point All Cross-Type AF System and ISO (100-12800, expandable to 25600).
- Supposedly you can preview and apply a Creative Filter at the point of shooting but I haven’t been able to figure out how. From my perspective, applying a Creative Filter behaves exactly as it does for the T4i. Happy to be enlightened on this.
- Marginally heavier–20.5 ounces compared to the T4i’s 19.2.
- Remember that weird thing where some of the T4i’s grips turned white? That won’t be happening to the T5i. Right, Canon?
My final take:
I would argue that people are a little more excited for the new kit lens these come with than for the camera itself. The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is fast and quiet and the STepping Motor is super handy when using auto-focus while recording a movie. Fortunately, if you already have a T4i you can simply rent the new lens from us on its own!
So what good is this camera? For a T4i owner, not much. It is about $100 more than the T4i was last year (body only) and it just doesn’t seem worth the upgrade. But if you’re getting tired of your older Rebel this T5i is certainly great and the T4i may continue to go down in price as a result of this release. If you are a T3i owner, click here to see our quick video comparison between the performances of the T3i and T4i.
Right now the T5i is only marginally more to rent than the T4i so it is worth testing out for yourself. Below are my test images comparing the T5i with the T4i (video tests to come later). As you can see from the images below, these cameras are pretty much at parity.
As a Rebel lover, I would love to see your images taken with any Rebel/Kiss camera.
Please feel free to link to your work in the comments below!
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