Slightly younger than its fellow Japanese competitor, Canon is the only optical instruments manufacturer with a reputation that matches Nikon’s. Built over decades through quality offerings ranging from cameras and lenses to calculators and other precision equipment. The Canon EOS Rebel T5 continues this tradition by offering users a powerful 18MP entry-level DSLR camera that is supposed to provide a versatile range of options for budding photographers. In particular, Canon claims that when this sensor is applied with the 9-point autofocus, excellent continuous shooting and famed DIGIC 4 processor, the T5 s capable of providing images exceeding that of most entry-level DSLRs in terms of naturalness, depth of field and overall image quality.
Technical Features Of The Canon EOS Rebel T5
What You Will Learn "Contents"
- 18MP CMOS (APS-C) image sensor for high-quality imaging.
- DIGIC 4 processor for rapid and accurate color reproduction.
- The range of scene modes for advanced users, Intelligent Auto Mode for beginners seeking quality photography.
- 3fps Continuous Shooting and rapid and accurate Auto-Focus for capturing fast-moving scenes.
- 9-point Auto-Focus with Center-cross type AF point combines normal and high-accuracy focus for achieving excellent clarity based on available ambient light and aperture.
- ISO 100-12800 range provides sufficient creative options even in low-light conditions
- Crisp and smooth FullHD video recording with Video Snapshot feature
Setting Up the Camera
As one would expect of a high-quality DSLR camera from a reputed brand, the package comes with the camera body, an EF –S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens, the battery pack and accessories like the lens cover, the strap, the interface cable and a battery charger. The charger, as users noted, is something Nikon refuses to provide with its cameras and this provides Canon buyers a slight price advantage.
Once you have unpacked these components and checked them for any signs of damage, you can start setting up the camera by –
- Take the strap and attach it to the strap inlet at the side of the body.
- Notice the protective cover on the battery. Remove this cover and place the battery on a dry surface not exposed to direct sunlight.
- As mentioned above, the unit comes with a battery charger. Remove the cover of the charger’s battery compartment.
- Slide the battery into the compartment till it is snug. If your charger unit is the LC-E10, you should notice the charging prongs located at the back of the unit. Pulling them up extends them to a charging-ready angle. If you have the LC-E10E charger, you would have to connect the charging cable to a port on the charger.
- Power up the charger by connecting it to the wall powerpoint. A small LED above the battery compartment would glow orange. When charging is complete, it would glow green.
- While the battery is charging, take the lens and note the red and white markings on it.
- Align the red and white marks with those on the camera body and push the lens gently into the camera.
- Rotate the lens until it fits snugly.
- Once charging is complete, switch off the charger and take out the battery. Open the battery compartment of the camera body and place the battery inside.
- Before closing the compartment, place an SD card in the slot beside the battery slot. Close the compartment.
- Canon suggests that the average time taken for the battery to charge itself from nil to full is about 2 hours. Users suggested that it takes a little while longer for the first charge to be completed.
- While the T5 supports UHS-1 SD cards, the read/write unit in the camera itself is not compatible with the UHS-1 standard. Hence. UHS-1 cards would provide the same speed as the fast Class 10 cards.
Basic Operation and Photography
Many users have suggested that shifting from a point-and-shoot camera to the Rebel T5 is a simple procedure due to the similarity that the unit has with the point-and-shoot units offered by Canon. If you are not accustomed to Canon devices or to would like to gain a careful step-by-step knowledge of DSLR photography in order to make graduation to more complex operations easier, you could –
- Notice the AF lever on the lens. This lever allows the camera to decide the focus of the lens. Push this lever to the AF position (as opposed to MF or manual focus).
- Raise the camera to your eye level such that your left hand is holding the camera and lens and the right hand is maintaining balance by holding the right side of the camera body. Overall balancing should not be difficult since many users found the unit to be lighter than both the T3 and the T5i models.
- Instead of a power button, the T5 comes with a power switch that is attached to the mode selection wheel on the top right of the camera. Rotate the attachment (not the wheel itself) to turn on the camera.
- Once the camera has booted up, select the display language and set the date and time.
- Rotate the mode wheel/dial to the A+ symbol which stands for Intelligent Auto. In this setting, the camera sets all metrics based on the conditions available.
- Extend your left foot slightly to ensure adequate physical balance.
- Locate the subject in the viewfinder and adjust your posture till the subject is located within the 9 autofocus points.
- Press the shutter button halfway to be doubly sure that the focus is correct.
- Press the shutter completely to click the photo.
- Like in the Nikon D3300, the image is shown on the display for about 2 seconds after it has been clicked. To view it again, click the play button below the circular wheel-like control on the right side of the display. Use the left and right sides of the wheel control to cycle through images.
Advanced Controls and Scene Modes
Due to it being an entry-level DSLR camera, the features and modes offered are similar to that provided by the Nikon D3300. The performance of the cameras varies from one mode to another, however. Below we take a look at how the Canon EOS Rebel T5 fares when put to more rigorous tests –
- Low light photography – Most users noted that low light photography on the T5 was decent but not as awesome as some of the higher models such as the T5i. One user pointed out that this was perhaps due to the ISO range being 100 to 12800 on the T5 while it is 100 to 25600 on the T5i. However, other users pointed out that for its price bracket, the T5 did well compared to the older Canon D70 and was comparable to the D3300. One user suggested that the low-light capabilities of the camera fell somewhere between the older T3 and the T5i model.
- Macro Photography – Macro photography or clicking of rather small objects/animals, is perhaps the force of the T5. Most users admired the way the camera brought out the intricate details of the minute insects on plants, etc. Some users argued that the stock lens was not sufficient for bringing out the true potential of the camera and some went for costlier macro lenses to achieve the desired effects.
- RAW and JPEG imaging – Users found the continuous shooting modes to be especially admirable in both RAW and JPEG. However, some users warned that the DIGIC 4 processing engine was slightly older than the DIGIC 5 and this gave the T5i an edge over the T5 in situations requiring rapid and highly accurate photography.
- Megapixel and Zoom – Though somewhat less than the 24.2MP sensor of the Nikon D3300, the 18MP sensor proved to be sufficient for most users. A few users complained that zooming the images brought out some amount of noise, but except one user, this was not a deal-breaker for anyone.
Users also admired the simple zoom lens which allows users to rotate the dial to achieve the level of zoom they want. While they suggested going for a better lens if one really wanted to try long-distance shots, the camera and stock lens combination proved to be adequate for most users.
- Video Capture – Users ranked the fullHD video taking abilities of the unit at par with the older T3i, better than the T3 and inferior to the T5i. On both autofocus and manual focus, the videos tended to be smooth. Further, users were pleasantly surprised to find the Image Snapshot feature capable of piecing together 3-5 second clips of the same subject into an interesting video that brought out rather amusing results. One user suggested reducing the f-stop to 1.8 to achieve the best video capture results.
Some users complained that the 460K pixels on the T5 was inferior to the number offered by other manufacturers and this made the video appear somewhat dull. However, others pointed out that on a 3 inch display, the results weren’t too bad.
- Flash – Flash proved to be adequate for most users though a few had to get hold of external flashes in order to obtain the best results. Others found the inbuilt flash capabilities of the unit to be at par with far costlier models of both Canon and Nikon.
The Canon EOS Rebel T5 comes with a company warranty of one year that covers all malfunctions for the original purchaser. Accessories (lens aside) are not covered by any warranty.
- Good lens with decent DIGIC 4 image processing
- Powerful Sensor achieves excellent macro shots
- Light yet sturdy body for good portability
- Excellent autofocus and AF+ modes for beginners
- Remarkably good video capture with variety of lenses at lower f-stops
- Great battery life and quick charging time ensure hassle-free photography.
- GPS attachments supported
- Battery charger included among accessories
- No articulating/semi-detachable display
- Zooming photographs reveals some amount of noise
As the above comparisons show, deficiencies of the T5 such as lack of an articulating display and comparatively lower display resolution are more than compensated by the ability to offer excellent macro shots, admirable AF+ capabilities and operation procedures that are amongst the easiest in the world of DSLRs. Keeping in mind the price point and the range of models great job done by the 18MP sensor, these features suffice to allow this product to rank among the best entry-level DSLR cameras in the market.