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

(based on 167 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (125)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (119)
  • Easy to use (108)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (94)
  • Large clear LCD (88)
  • Image stabilization (86)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (16)
  • Short battery life (11)
  • Poor in low light (8)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (88)
  • Landscape/scenery (88)
  • Travel (72)
  • Video (63)
  • Low light (59)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (45), Casual photographer (42), Semi-pro photographer (20), Photography student (12), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (113), 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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5.0

I would order this camera again!

By elkotno

from Phoenix

Verified Buyer

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

Great service

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5.0

The ever dependable Rebel

By Carl

from Texas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Noisy At High ISO

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

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

This is my 3rd Rebel (and 2nd T5i), so not much to say other than these have always been a nice balance between economy and professional abilities. I shoot predominately video and it's easy to use, intuitive and quite versatile for the price. Slowly add a collection of solid lenses and audio gear and you have a respectable and affordable video production hub. And as always, I trust these type of purchases with one seller only, B&H.

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  • No

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5.0

Best Camera I've ever bought

By goat

from America

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

Seriously a great camera. Couldn't be more happy with it. Eat your heart out, Nikon.

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4.0

Simple yet Versatile

By stefanpgh

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife photos

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

    Purchased this camera for use in a laboratory setting for a research group to document visual results. Coworkers vary from no experience to moderate experience beyond point & shoot, but all were able to learn how to capture suitable images very easily and liked the extra features over the previous group camera.

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    5.0

    Great camera

    By Liza82

    from Georgia

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

    I love canon. This was an upgrade from my older model. I love that it does video

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    5.0

    Canon rebel T5i

    By Souchi

    from Bronx ny

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

    Im loving my camera. It has multi functionalities and the quality of the picture is perfect.

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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!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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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          • No

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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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          • No

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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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              • No

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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

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • 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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                    • No

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