STANDOUT FEATURE: 50% more megapixels for Canon’s base EOS model.
Canon EOS Rebel T5
Estimated Street Price: $549 (with 18-55mm IS II lens)
Canon’s new EOS Rebel T5 replaces the T3 as the entry-level model in the large EOS DSLR lineup, improving on its predecessor in a number of ways, including a 50% increase in pixel count, a more powerful processor, a bigger LCD monitor and higher-res video.
A version of Canon’s proven 18-megapixel, APS-C CMOS sensor is complemented by a DIGIC 4 processor to speed operation and optimize image quality. ISO settings run from 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800). While the T3’s 3 fps shooting rate dropped to 2 fps if RAW files were involved, the T5 can shoot RAW as well as JPEGs at 3 fps (in bursts of up to 6 RAWs or 69 highest-quality JPEGs).
While it shares its predecessor’s eye-level penta-mirror viewfinder (which shows 95% of the actual image area), the T5 has a larger, higher-resolution LCD monitor (3 inches vs. 2.7 inches).
Another improved area is video, where the new T5 can shoot 1080p full HD at 30, 25 and 24 fps, while the T3 was limited to 720p HD at 30 or 25 fps (the T5 can also do 720p at 60 and 50 fps, as well as 640×480 video at 30 and 25 fps). Videos are recorded in MOV format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression. Video Snapshot shoots several short clips and combines them into a single video file for easy sharing.
The T5 can use all EOS lenses, both EF full-frame and EF-S APS-C. Currently, these number more than 70, from an 8-15mm fisheye zoom to an 800mm supertelephoto, including several tilt-shift and 1:1 macro lenses. Dimensions are the same as the T3 (5.1×3.9×3.1 inches), but the new camera is a little lighter at 15.3 ounces (vs. 15.9). Both cameras use the same LP-E10 lithium-ion battery.