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Canon EOS Rebel T5i review

Canon's first touchscreen DSLR gets an upgrade

Canon EOS Rebel T5i review
The Canon EOS Rebel T5i replaces the Rebel T4i

Our Verdict

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is a very capable and versatile camera that produces high quality images. It has a comprehensive feature set and affords all the control expected by enthusiast photographers while providing automatic hand-holding options for less experienced users.


  • Sensor records lots of detail
  • Comprehensive feature set
  • Responsive vari-angle touchscreen
  • High quality video


  • No new sensor
  • LCD attracts fingerprints
  • No Wi-Fi
  • Lags behind others for dynamic range and signal to noise ratio

Although the Canon EOS Rebel T4i (Canon EOS 650D in the UK) was the first DSLR to have a touchscreen, Canon sensibly decided that the touch controls should be in addition to rather than instead of the button and dial controls.

This helped widen the camera's appeal, making it attractive to novices upgrading from a touchscreen smartphone or compact camera, as well as enthusiast photographers. As a result, according to Canon, the camera has sold very well.

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Nevertheless after less than a year, the brand has decided to replace the Canon EOS Rebel T4i with the Canon EOS Rebel T5i, also known as the Canon EOS 700D. It sits alongside the Rebel T3i (UK version Canon EOS 600D) at the very top of Canon's "consumer" lineup, just below the Canon EOS 60D that starts its "enthusiast" range.

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However, the new camera only makes a few upgrades on the model it replaces.

The vast majority of the Canon EOS Rebel T5i's specification is the same as the Rebel T4i's. For example, the 18 million pixel APS-C sized sensor and the 14-point Digic 5 processor are the same. It also has the same hybrid autofocus system with nine-point, all-cross type phase detection points.

As before, the sensor has pixels that are used for the phase detection part of the hybrid autofocusing system that is available when using Live View mode or shooting HD videos.

Canon EOS 700D review

When the Hybrid AF is in action, it uses the central pixels to inform the phase detection part and get the subject close to sharp - from then, the contrast detection steps in to get it into full focus. This means that you can use the camera handheld. Canon claims that the performance of this system when one of the new STM lenses is mounted has been improved.

Like the Rebel T4i, the Rebel T5i can shoot at 5fps, and the sensitivity can be set in the native range ISO 100-12800, which can be expanded to ISO 25,600 if necessary. This makes it a pretty versatile camera, capable of shooting in a wide range of situations.

One of the biggest changes brought with the new camera is that the impact of the Creative Filters (Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Fish-Eye, Art Bold, Water Painting, Toy Camera and Miniature Effect) can be previewed on the screen when shooting in Live View mode - just as you can with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (known as the Canon EOS 100D in the UK) and the Canon EOS M.

Canon EOS 700D review

However, these are still a JPEG-only option, so you can't have a "clean" raw file recorded with the JPEG. If you want an unfiltered image as well as one with the effect on, you need to apply the filter post-capture using the Canon EOS Rebel T5i's post-processing options.

Alternatively, the Rebel T5i has the usual array of Picture Styles (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome) as well as Auto, in which the camera selects what it calculates to be the appropriate option automatically, plus it can apply three user-defined styles.

All of the preset options can be adjusted to taste and can be used when shooting raw as well as JPEG files.

Canon EOS 700D review

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i has also been designed to have a more expensive feel, with a textured coating and a 360-degree mode dial added. The latter means it can be twisted all the way around, rather than reaching a point where it stops and has to be twisted back again.

The Canon EOS Rebel T5i/Canon EOS 700D has a full asking price of US$749 / £619.99 / AU$849 body only or US$899.99 / £749.99 / AU$999 with the new 18-55 STM lens.

This means that it goes head to head with the 24 million pixel Nikon D5200, which was announced at the end of 2012.