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Canon EOS Rebel T5i: Same as it ever wasWhile the Canon EOS Rebel T5i is -- almost literally -- the same solid camera as its predecessor, it's starting to lag frustratingly behind the competition in some ways.
The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is in many ways identical to its predecessor the T4i. Canon updated the camera pretty much to be able to ship with the new ware 18mm to 55mm STM lens, that's optimized for video and auto focus and it's a lot cheaper than the 18 to 135 mm version, they debuted with the system. There's some small enhancements. It's got a new finishing grip, the Mode dial now rotates 360 degrees and there's an additional C mode, and now you can do real time shooting with creative filters and preview them in live view. Oddly, I also found the buffer handling much better doing continuous shooting for improved burst performance. So, really, the T5i missing the upgrade over the T4i, it's just a replacement in the product line. While very light weight, I still find the rebel body a little plasticky feeling. The Canon slowly working out the designed kinks. The 360- degree Mode dial rotation is nice, although with the Movie mode on the power switch, it's not as critical as it used to be. And the more I used the touchscreen, the more I like it. It's very responsive and the interface is well designed especially for shooting video. On the other hand, I still really hate the tiny auto focus points in the new finder. You can't see them until you pre-focus. In which point you realize that you're looking too high or too low. Nikon switched to AF areas for the D5200. Now, it's your turn Canon. Also I'm still not crazy about the flat buttons. The came tends to disappoint on the features front as well. It's got the basics you'd expect from a $700 body but that's a lot of modern options like GPS or wireless. There's also missing interesting traditional features like time laps, multiple exposure and into volumeter. The performance is about the same as the T4i but I found it could maintain a fast clip at burst shooting disco disco round compared to the T4i's slow down after just a few shots. Contrast auto focus with the 1855mm STM lens seems only to be marginally faster than the standard 18mm to 55mm lens. And with improvements in competitors contrast AF systems, Canon's special lens requirement starting to look even less appealing. A lot of people are happy with the T4i and this is pretty much the same camera, albeit with a cheaper kit entry price point. It's a good option but so is the D5200. And I actually think that the D5200's video is a little better. On the other hand, I think the T5i has a better shooting interface for video. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Canon EOS Rebel T5i.