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CanonEOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens
 
4.7

(based on 161 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (117)
  • Easy to use (106)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (93)
  • Large clear LCD (87)
  • Image stabilization (85)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (15)
  • Short battery life (11)
  • Poor in low light (8)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (86)
  • Landscape/scenery (86)
  • Travel (71)
  • Video (62)
  • Low light (58)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (44), Casual photographer (42), Semi-pro photographer (19), Photography student (12), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (112), Yes (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Great Basic DSLR with Some Limitations (Mostly Autofocus)

I tend to focus too much on the "bad" in reviews. So before I get to that, don't hear me saying this isn't a good camera. For the price...Read complete review

I tend to focus too much on the "bad" in reviews. So before I get to that, don't hear me saying this isn't a good camera. For the price point, for the size, for the intended market, it actually is a great camera. It's a solid upgrade from other Canon Rebel cameras, with a very convenient tilting touch screen, accessible buttons, and very good battery life. Photo quality, overall, is very good - I hope my images can demonstrate its capabilities. Video quality is also pretty good - though again, there are limitations.

I used this camera to learn photography - an understanding of which I believe I can at least claim to a solid prosumer level. I learned photography because I work at an advocacy nonprofit and run all our social media campaigns and blogs and I needed to capture our work in a way that would translate for that medium - not just photos of events and programs, but mid-quality documentary style video interviews of our clients and volunteers.

Design-wise, I have almost no complaints. It's a great entry level option with a solid build and intuitive layout. I'll focus more on the performance.

Let's start with still images:

Once shooting in the manual mode, the camera performs well. The scene and automatic modes are fine, but don't expect vast image quality improvements over, say, your iPhone 6, without you know what you're doing. Well exposed images are a bit grainy, but not so much that it be taken out without much detail loss in Lightroom. Colors are pretty, and I've gotten some really beautiful, sharp photos from the T5i - including some that have been circulated around the country from our nonprofit work. Low light (high ISO) performance is not incredibly, excessively grainy - just don't expect it to work wonders.

But low light was hard to shoot in because of the camera's main trouble for me - it's autofocus abilities. They are just inconsistent. Now, I shouldn't expect much with the few autofocus points provided, but still, it's been the thing that holds me back most. This problem remained despite the lens used, even when I stuck on some mid-priced primes. At night, or even in a lamplit room, the camera often hunts without success for 3-4 tries before it gets it right. Using the "Live View" mode (aka aiming the camera with the screen) makes this problem much worse. And I found selecting the focus point cumbersome on screen - not worth the time.

As far as video goes, the quality is really nice - a definite step up from your handy cam. You'll need an external mic for any kind of sound quality, but that's to be expected. Again, the videos I've made for my work have tens of thousands of YouTube views and look very nearly professional (after a hefty dose of Adobe Premier). My only complaint, predictably, was with autofocus. Okay - autofocus isn't for video. But if you're not a pro, manual focus is hard to nail consistently at the wide apertures that are nice for interviews. Even for a seated subject, the camera would occasionally decide to hunt for focus in the middle of a shot for no discernible reason. This is an easy fix - use manual. But still...

AGAIN: THIS IS A GOOD CAMERA! It's just not the perfect camera. But looking at the competition, I'd still buy it again for the same purpose. And you can't really ask a whole lot more.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A good start but frustrating after a bit

After several years of ownership, I find this camera to be more and more difficult to use in clutch situations. Outdoors, no problem. Indoors, you are in trouble! 1. White balance....Read complete review

After several years of ownership, I find this camera to be more and more difficult to use in clutch situations. Outdoors, no problem. Indoors, you are in trouble! 1. White balance. If you are shooting in natural light indoors, you will have to be careful about color temperature or get overly warm colors. I am tired of fiddling with WB!2. Exposure and dynamic range. In tough lighting situations, the camera from an iPhone will easily outperform the T5i, which will most likely blow out results.3. HDR - no chance! Again, an iPhone easily out performs this camera.4. Noisy shutter. In any indoor situation, the shutter will draw attention to you. 5. Autofocus. In crowds, you will have to use the center sensor or risk focusing on some guy's bald spot. The autofocus has no face detection and is primitive by any standard.6. Flash support. Use a speedlight, you will get pretty good results indoors. But you will need to get an expensive Speedlight and use the tilt feature. In summary, technology has moved on but this camera is a good 5 or 6 years out of date and hopelessly behind. A beginner or point and shooter will not get good indoor or flash results. Fine for landscapes, car shows, air shows, outdoor portraits. But most users will get better results with a point and shoot or phone.

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4.0

Good starter camera.

By Hux

from Texas

Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

If you are looking to start photography as a hobby this is a solid camera to start with. Relatively inexpensive and comes with a decent kit lens. It does have simple features and can even be a great back up for a pro. If you want to learn this is the one.

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5.0

Love this camera

By hannah

from Florida

Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

I got this as my first camera and I love it so much. It's really nice especially since it's way cheaper on this website!

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5.0

awesome camera

By vladimir lopez

from ft lauderdale

About Me Photography Student

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

      This camera is an awesome entry level DSLR it has been easy to use for both my wife and I. It is allowing us to learn more about photography and take great pictures without all the frustration.

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      • No

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      5.0

      EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens by Canon

      By KB

      from Boone, NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

        I love this camera. My husband has the same camera and I have coveted it since the day he got it. It's great!

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        • No

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        4.0

        solid camera for students

        By Waldrip

        from Castle Rock, Co.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

        This is a good camera for students to learn about photography. The T5i manual controls allow students to learn about shutter speed, aperture and ISO. The cameras video capabilities are average but suitable for student projects.

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        5.0

        Really nice camera!

        By Michele

        from Tucson

        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

        Gave it to my daughter for her photo journalism class.

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        5.0

        Canon ES rebel T5 I

        By Count Thomas

        from Nyc

        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

        The staff at BNH were very knowledgeable and courteous they guide me to a product that would be appropriate for my needs and they were right I've been enjoying this camera since the minute I took it out of the box

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        5.0

        Great quality, great photos, easy to use

        By Youth media educator

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance

        Cons

        • Kinda Loud

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

        I run a youth media program, and got this to document our workshop. So far we have found it to be so easy to use that even our students can take amazing photos with it. It has a good heft and is easy to hold. The different audo pre-sets are great, and it's pretty easy to manually set the ISO, F-stop and more when it's not in auto.

        I was also considering the SL1 but decided on the T5i because of its sturdiness, flip-out screen (great for angled shots and video), and better autofocus abilities. I also purchased a 40mm prime lens to go with the camera, and I'm very happy with it.

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        4.0

        Great upper-end starter camera!

        By Nickname

        from Saginaw, MI

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

            I purchased this camera as an upgrade to the point-and-shoot for the Marketing department of a small to medium sized business. Having a small amount of knowledge of Canon DSLRs helped out, but the camera is pretty user friendly. It takes very nice pictures! One reason that we purchased this model is because of the video capabilities, and it has definitely impressed. A great value if you are shopping in this price range!

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            5.0

            BUY IT REFURBISHED

            By @suvees on youtube

            from CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Quiet
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

            I've been making youtube videos for almost a year and a half, and finally decided to make the investment from my point and shoot to a nice dslr. The T5i is perfect for starters and video makers who want easy autofocus at a good price. If you have studio lights the quality improves from 1 to 100 real fast. I bought mine refurbished, and it came almost brand new. I saved a whopping $ I think. I was a bit worried that the auto focus would be loud in live view, but it is not! I can't even hear it focusing.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Beyond Expectations

            By Mitch the skier

            from Manchester, NH

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Touch Screen
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good For Sports
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Pretty much anything
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

            I have wanted a good-quality camera for a long time. I was attracted to this because it seem like a high-quality camera with a decent price tag. When I received it, I was very pleased with many features, especially the handy swivel touch screen. Also, the iso noise was much lower than I expected which is a big plus. The placement of the buttons is helpful as well, specifically the iso button by the shutter which allows me to change the iso while still looking through the viewfinder. The burst mode is handy for sports. I would recommend this camera to any person whether he/she is a photo enthusiast or a semi-professional photographer.

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            • No

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            5.0

            very nice

            By Jonas

            from Stuttgart, Germany

            Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

            perfect camera for beginners

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            4.0

            Great camera

            By R

            from California

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                Great camera! Awesome for both filming and photographs

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                • Yes

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A solid performer

                By Craig645

                from Naples,Fl

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                  Although the marketing is for the advanced amateur, this camera is truly a workhorse of a system. The advanced light optimizer works great as does the HDR function for a more balanced no flash option. I especially like the ability of the camera to be able to fire remote canon flashes such as the 430EX, fully utilizing the auto exposer functionality.

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                  4.0

                  Great Picture

                  By Viking News

                  from Kenmore, WA

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                    Use this for a high school news show. Awesome picture, sound works well with wireless mic, and fairly easy to use. We are very happy with this.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great camera when shot single-sensor focus

                    By piano tuner

                    from Brookings, OR

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Quiet
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                      I shoot professionally as an outdoor magazine and newspaper fishing columnist and I need at least four spot-on focus shots. I never have to worry about this with the T5i which is a one-shot wonder. When my Sony A 100 finally died, I took a chance on the T5i and haven't looked back. The autofocus is super fast and both the camera and the kit lens are extremely sharp. My only criticism is that the 9-point auto focusing system always renders out of focus shots. The easy remedy is to use only one focus point such as the middle sensor. This way all your shots will be tack sharp. It works great with the 430 EX II Speedlite Flash.

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                      5.0

                      Great, capable camera for the money

                      By sdwest

                      from IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                      • Especially With Zoom
                      • Noisy At High ISO

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                      If you want a point-and-shoot camera, you can get that much cheaper. It works incredibly well as a point and shoot, but this is a very capable high-tech semi-pro camera. Beautiful, swiveling, high-res display, touch screen to rival a smart phone and full-featured. Lightweight body, lightweight kit lens is also a bargain if purchased as a package. It does not have an adjustable autofocus like the 70D, but is tack sharp accurate right out of the box. A little noisy in low light with zoom and no flash, but fine for 4 X 6 prints, or times when flash can be used. Beautiful HD video too. Would surely buy this camera again at the $ kit price. FUN!!

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                      5.0

                      My First DSLR Didn't Disappoint!

                      By AstroN8

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                      • Noisy At High ISO

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                      I purchased the T5i in the summer of 2014, right before my daughter was born, so I could capture her first days. I had never used a DSLR before, so the first few weeks were spent shooting full-auto and JPEG only. The pictures weren't great (saved mostly by the wonderfully high resolution), but that can be attributed to my complete lack of skill at the time. That changed as time went on ...

                      The camera is very intuitive and perfect for beginners like me. Settings are easy to adjust and fine tune on the fly and the LCD screen is beautifully clear. The tilt and swivel feature of the screen is also a huge plus for someone who gets creative with the camera in tight spaces or low to the ground. The autofocus is quick and locks on nicely to the target and continuous shooting is very reliable (you'll get 6-8 shots in before it needs a few-second break to buffer). Perfectly adequate for fast-moving targets.

                      The camera is still used a lot at home, but its primary use is at the airport (specifically on the ramp with the aircraft). The images are sharp, clear and vibrant and don't require a lot of tweaking with the RAW files. But the latter depends on personal preference anyway. The shutter is noisier than the higher-end DSLRs like the 5D Mark III or 7D Mark II, but it's not loud by any means.

                      The video quality is crystal clear and vibrant. I shoot in 1080p at 24 FPS, so the footage comes out looking like it was shot for the cinema. Couldn't be happier with it.

                      The only downside to the camera is that it doesn't perform well at high ISO, so don't expect anything great at night unless you've mounted the camera to a tripod and have it shooting long exposures at a low ISO, in which case it will work beautifully.

                      All in all, I couldn't be happier with my first DSLR. It's yielded tremendous results both personally and professionally from poster prints of airliners to wedding videos for friends. I'd happily recommend this model to anyone looking to get into photography, or even hunting for a second body to add to their arsenal.

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                      4.0

                      A Great Basic DSLR with Some Limitations (Mostly Autofocus)

                      By Scotty the Nerd-Jock

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                          I tend to focus too much on the "bad" in reviews. So before I get to that, don't hear me saying this isn't a good camera. For the price point, for the size, for the intended market, it actually is a great camera. It's a solid upgrade from other Canon Rebel cameras, with a very convenient tilting touch screen, accessible buttons, and very good battery life. Photo quality, overall, is very good - I hope my images can demonstrate its capabilities. Video quality is also pretty good - though again, there are limitations.

                          I used this camera to learn photography - an understanding of which I believe I can at least claim to a solid prosumer level. I learned photography because I work at an advocacy nonprofit and run all our social media campaigns and blogs and I needed to capture our work in a way that would translate for that medium - not just photos of events and programs, but mid-quality documentary style video interviews of our clients and volunteers.

                          Design-wise, I have almost no complaints. It's a great entry level option with a solid build and intuitive layout. I'll focus more on the performance.

                          Let's start with still images:

                          Once shooting in the manual mode, the camera performs well. The scene and automatic modes are fine, but don't expect vast image quality improvements over, say, your iPhone 6, without you know what you're doing. Well exposed images are a bit grainy, but not so much that it be taken out without much detail loss in Lightroom. Colors are pretty, and I've gotten some really beautiful, sharp photos from the T5i - including some that have been circulated around the country from our nonprofit work. Low light (high ISO) performance is not incredibly, excessively grainy - just don't expect it to work wonders.

                          But low light was hard to shoot in because of the camera's main trouble for me - it's autofocus abilities. They are just inconsistent. Now, I shouldn't expect much with the few autofocus points provided, but still, it's been the thing that holds me back most. This problem remained despite the lens used, even when I stuck on some mid-priced primes. At night, or even in a lamplit room, the camera often hunts without success for 3-4 tries before it gets it right. Using the "Live View" mode (aka aiming the camera with the screen) makes this problem much worse. And I found selecting the focus point cumbersome on screen - not worth the time.

                          As far as video goes, the quality is really nice - a definite step up from your handy cam. You'll need an external mic for any kind of sound quality, but that's to be expected. Again, the videos I've made for my work have tens of thousands of YouTube views and look very nearly professional (after a hefty dose of Adobe Premier). My only complaint, predictably, was with autofocus. Okay - autofocus isn't for video. But if you're not a pro, manual focus is hard to nail consistently at the wide apertures that are nice for interviews. Even for a seated subject, the camera would occasionally decide to hunt for focus in the middle of a shot for no discernible reason. This is an easy fix - use manual. But still...

                          AGAIN: THIS IS A GOOD CAMERA! It's just not the perfect camera. But looking at the competition, I'd still buy it again for the same purpose. And you can't really ask a whole lot more.

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                          5.0

                          A Really Versitile Camera

                          By Mark B.

                          from Plymouth Meeting, PA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Quiet
                          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                            From the second I dropped in the battery, this camera has been a joy to use. If you have ever used a Canon DSLR before, this will be a breeze. I normally use a 5D mark III but this little guy is brilliant one to have. It is by no means a point and shoot, and is much closer to the "big boys" than I was first lead to believe. When you put a nice lens on this thing, the photos and videos you get are terrific. Great for anyone who knows what they are doing and not much of a learning curve for those who don't.

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