The Canon Rebel T5i is the exact same thing as the T4i (650D) and T3i (600D), which means that it is obsolete, over-priced garbage that should have hit the digital dumpster a year ago and not have been re-warmed in the technological microwave for a second time.
So, that out of the way, if you need to see why the T5i sucks so bad, just go here and see how virtually the specifications of the 2-generation old camera are the same as on the one introduced last week. Going beyond the numbers, let's continue.
For starters, Canon has shoved an archaic sensor into the camera: the same 18mp chip that the company has used in its sub-frame dSLRs since 2009. Yes, while it is nice to see Canon reining in the pixels, seeing them do it with a
sensor soon to celebrate its 4th birthday is not good at all, especially with other manufacturers developing new chips.
Another point of irritation: less than 100% viewfinder coverage. Sure, a 95% viewfinder would have been passable a few years ago, but this is 2013 and people are demanding (and companies are providing) 100% coverage, even on consumer-grade models.
Other, smaller points to complain about are many, too. For starters, the T5i only has a 1/4000th second top shutter speed, which is sure to bother some people, as well as a slower than other Canons flash sync speed, too. Oh, yes, and Canon still has no AF assist lamp on the T5i (or anything else for that matter)!
As for what's new, well, I'm still trying to figure that out. So far, the only upgrades I can determine with certainty are an updated nameplate, box, and manual.
The good news is that all is not bad by any means as the old T3i, essentially the same thing, is still available for about $250 less than the T5i, with even greater discounts to be found on factory refurbished models.
Bottom line: don't buy a T5i.
If you feel that you must have a T5i, according to Canon, it will sell starting in April for $899.99 when bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit, and $1,099.00 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit.
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