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Canon EOS T5 review: Entry-level DSLR offers basics and value, but not much more

Melissa J. Perenson | Oct. 15, 2014
A budget camera that gets you started with taking great pictures, but its interface and design are less appealing than those of the more capable Canon T5i.

Like the T5i, the T5 has a nine-point auto-focus. With just those nine points, I felt a bit limited in range when attempting to creatively frame images. Adjusting focus was easy: Tap the focus button at the top-right corner, then use the scroll wheel at top, or the four-way buttons at bottom, to cycle among the focus points. (For more focusing flexibility, you'll need to step up to the $1199 (body only) Canon EOS 70D, which comes with a 19-point auto-focus sensor.)

Live View focus was the most frustrating--here, the camera often needed more time to lock in than a modern-day smartphone would. To enter Live View, just tap the button on the back of the camera, to the right of the viewfinder (the same button you'll use to activate video recording). To adjust the focus point in Live View, you have to use the buttons at the back, a tedious process.

The T5 lacks the capture speed of the T5i. It can only capture up to 3 frames per second, which may suffice for capturing different facial expressions at a party, for example, but isn't as good at shooting fast-moving sports.

At ISO 200, the T5's images looked very close to those I got from the T5i. The camera only supports up to ISO 3200, which is fine since you won't really want to go beyond ISO 800. Beyond that, you start seeing more noise and a reduction in sharpness and detail, though ISO 1600 may be work for your needs. I captured pleasing images at all focal lengths. Colors looked accurate, with good sharpness and detail. As with the T5i, I noticed some shots tended toward a brighter exposure. Canon says you can expect to get about 500 shots or so on the battery.

Bottom line
The Canon EOS Rebel T5 is relatively inexpensive and does take care of the basics. But I'd suggest stepping up to the more expensive T5i for a more satisfying experience.


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