Canon’s big news this week was the unveiling of its teeny-tiny SL1—the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR—but the company also made another, much quieter announcement: the introduction of the Rebel T5i. For all intents and purposes, the T5i is last year’s model, with a few very minor additions. But it’s still exciting nonetheless. I finally might pony up the dough for a DSLR.
While Canon’s T4i was revealed back in June 2012, the camera is still relatively new—this isn’t like the smartphone market where companies churn out flagship iterations every few months. What we have here is the excellence of the T4i upgraded with a more premium build, and new features that cater to the filter-loving crowd. There are seven creative filters in total that can now be previewed in real-time, supplemented by Canon’s creative shooting modes.
The same 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with DIGIC 5 processor is onboard, and ISO ranges up to 12800 (expandable to 25600), while continuous shooting speed sticks to 5fps. In addition, the T5i keeps the same 9-point autofocus system with all cross-type points, and the handy 3-inch swiveling touchscreen.
The T5i also retains all of the T4i’s 1080p Full HD video recording, as well as the Hybrid CMOS AF system and Movie Servo AF—there’s also a brand new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, which promises for silent and fast focusing when you’re shooting those YouTube tech review videos. In fact, this will suit would-be YouTubers just fine indeed.
Just like the SL1, Canon’s new T5i will be available starting in April—no exact date yet—and retail for $750 (body only), $900 with the new 18-55mm kit lens, or $1,100 with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (probably the better option).