Sometimes you have to dig deep to figure out what’s changed in a new camera and that’s definitely the case with the Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D digital SLR. It’s nearly exactly the same as Canon’s previous Digital Rebel series flagship camera, the T4i / EOS 650D. The only difference I could find in the T5i press release and specs is the slightly changed mode dial, which now rotates 360-degrees. Luckily, my friend Chris Gampat at The Phoblographer outlined 4 differences between the T5i and the T4i, or I might have never discovered them – not that they are very significant. There’s the new mode dial, a new finish, and digital zoom in video mode. And the 4th difference isn’t even a change to the camera. It’s a new kit lens – the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Key Features & Specs:
- 18-megapixel APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor
- DIGIC 5 image processing
- 3-inch 1.04-million-dot tilt-swivel touchscreen LCD display
- Movie Servo AF – continuous auto focus in movie mode
- Sensitivity range: 100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode)
- 9-point auto focus system with all cross-type sensors
- 5 frames per second high-speed burst
- 1920 x 1080 full HD video at 30, 24, and 25 frames per second – 720p at 50 or 60 frames per second
- Built-in stereo microphone
Since the new Canon EOS T5i / 700D is really the same camera as the T4i / 650D – same 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, same auto focus, same full HD video, same tilt-swivel touchscreen LCD display – I suggest you read my T4i announcement article if you want to know more about it (Canon EOS Rebel T4i Intro). The important part of the T5i announcement is actually the introduction of the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. The new 18-55mm STM zoom is Canon’s the third STM lens, along with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom and the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake prime lens. The STM lenses were designed for DSLR video. Combined with Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF System and Movie Servo AF, introduced with the T4i, the STM lenses provide smooth, silent continuous auto focus in movie mode. The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom offers a more affordable STM kit lens option for Canon APS-C DSLRs equipped with the Hybrid CMOS AF System.
I would be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed with Canon’s T5i / 700D announcement – especially as it arrived on the heels of the impressive Nikon D7100 introduction. Canon has been tweaking the same 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor for almost four years now and it’s time for a real update. The image quality is now well behind the competition and they need to come out with something new and worthy to keep up their reputation. Their current pro-level DSLRs (Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 1D X) are excellent but the entry level and prosumer crop sensor digital SLRs are long overdue for a new sensor.
The Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens are scheduled to be available next month (April, 2013). The T5i will come in a kit with the new 18-55mm STM zoom lens for US $899.99, with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom for $1099.99, or body only for $749.99. The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens will also be available alone for $249.99. If you don’t care about the T5i’s minimal updates, you can now find the T4i selling for $650. That’s $200 less than the price it was introduced at, and it’s a hell of a deal – especially since it’s pretty much the same camera as the T5i.