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

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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]

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