6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Canon EOS Rebel T5: Canon's entry-level dSLR does the job

About Video Transcript

First Look: Canon EOS Rebel T5: Canon's entry-level dSLR does the job

3:00 /

This basic dSLR doesn't stand out from the competition.

The best thing I can bring myself to say about Canon's cheapest entry-level DSLR, The EOS Rebel T5 is that it's not bad for its price class. I'm Lori Grunin, Senior Editor at CNET, and this is a Canon EOS Rebel T5. In this camera Canon repackages all the technology from the old Rebel T3I in the body and with the bare bones features of the T3. So the camera seems new, but really isn't. It does feel comfortable to grip. And the control and menu layout is logical and easy to pick up. There's nothing particularly notable about the design. All entry levels of DSL are basically the same in this respect. But, there are couple of significant drawbacks. The view finder is small and deem. The smallest in its class in fact, with tiny hard to see focus points. unfortunately, the focus points have become a standard at this price. And the LCD isn't much more usable. It's highly reflective, and I found it extremely hard to see in sunlight. It's also relatively low resolution, so it's hard to tell if your shot's in focus when you're zoomed in. And shooting in live view mode, which is the mode that's most similar to using a point and shoot, is slow and clunky. And that's doubly frustrating given the somewhat inconsistent performance of the autofocus system. Especially in dim light. Thankfully regular shooting is pretty fast. And it's tested burst frame rate of 3.1 frames per second should be okay for active kids and pets. But the autofocus system during burst shooting is kinda hit and miss. And sadly, it's battery life is significantly shorter than it's predecessor the T3. Image quality's solid, but not quite as good as a same priced competitor like the Nikon D3200. The tonal range is a little narrower, which means you lose detail in blacks and highlights at lower ISO settings and in brighter light. Than the D3200. And that affects video quality as well. Which is fine for short clips, but not terrific. Still, most people will be fine with the images. Colors are bright, saturated, and pleasing. And there's a setting if you more accurate. The results. The feature set is better thana the T3s but not nearly as good as the now similarly priced T3i. Like the T3i, it has an eighteen Megapixel sensor and a nine point auto-focus system, with a fixed three inch LCD that's slightly larger than it's predecessors. Overall, it's a fine camera. But the old 33i which currently cost the same is significantly better. And the 9con G3G200 is also a relatively better bargain. First time DSLR user, will probably be happy with it, you just wont be getting the best camera available for your money. I'm Lory Grinnell and this is the Canon EOS Rebel [MUSIC]

New releases

Bird-watching Apps
1:01 February 27, 2015
Now is a great time to get outside to observe your local bird populations. After all, spring is when birds are migrating and mating....
Play video
I, 3D camera robot
2:24 February 26, 2015
Qualcomm's robot is just one tool to test and develop exciting new camera features for smartphones and tablets. CNET's Jessica Dolcourt...
Play video
Apple's official Spring Forward event happens March 9
5:48 February 26, 2015
Look for the Apple Watch and more to be featured at Apple's latest event. Emoji's finally bring racial diversity and will the Apple...
Play video
Zyro, a drone you can play tennis with, Ep. 193
4:49 February 26, 2015
This week on Crave we explore the short history of Nintendo Toasters or Nintoasters, discover a mumified munk inside an ancient statue,...
Play video
Net neutrality battle gears up for Round 2
4:26 February 26, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of enforcing Net neutrality rules to regulate Internet providers. But the...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 136: Bionic reconstruction, a real armored Batsuit and more
26:40 February 26, 2015
On today's show, we talk about three Austrian men who volunteered to have their hands amputated for science, a Philadelphia student's...
Play video
Apple's event could be time for more than a Watch
3:00 February 26, 2015
The "Spring Forward" March 9 Apple event could hold some surprises in store, the FCC votes in favor of Net neutrality rules, and ToeJam...
Play video
What's new on Netflix and Amazon for March 2015
1:51 February 26, 2015
March was made for marathoning. Find out what's going online and offline right here.
Play video