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

(based on 183 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (137)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 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

 

Good for the price

I was loaning a T5i from the school all the time for assignments, so already knew what I was getting myself into. I use this camera primarily for video, but also use it...Read complete review

I was loaning a T5i from the school all the time for assignments, so already knew what I was getting myself into. I use this camera primarily for video, but also use it for stills as well since I'm taking both photo and video classes. It's a good camera to get if you are on a budget. I think it gets a little too sensitive to ISO noise, I'm finding grain when I go over 800. My first year in film school we used the XF100, but we are now using these in the advanced classes since they force you to learn proper exposures. Because of that, it's a great camera to learn on and it makes you appreciate the better stuff more. If you are a student learning and on a budget, it's a great camera. Keep in mind though, it is a DSLR so you will also want to invest in a tascam if you want to be able to better monitor your audio while in the field.

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5.0

I would buy this again.

By Mike

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very nice camera.

 
5.0

I will always buy Canon products and use B&H.

By Joyce

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This was a wonderful purchase. The camera is amazing. I can't wait to learn to use it on the manual settings...it is easy to use (on automatic), takes amazing pictures. But more than that...I received wonderful service when I got in touch with B&H. The package arrived promptly...the camera case is perfect...the packaging was just enough to keep everything safe. Packed wonderfully...everything was there and in perfect condition. Thank you so much....I will always use B&H.

 
4.0

Great purchase

By Shannon

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Bought the camera a week before my trip and received it quickly with time to spare! I never had a DSLR camera before so I was nervous not having any prior experience but I found the camera easy to use and was definitely able to learn on the go. It sounds silly but I do recommend skimming or reading the manual as it does have many helpful tips. Only thing I wish I knew prior is you need a tripod for taking pictures on manual mode with a long shutter speed, but that's not B&H's fault. Overall very happy with the product and that a memory card and carrying case were included! Hope to visit the B&H store and get some more pointer soon!

 
5.0

Perfect entry level camera!

By Joe

from Texas

Verified Buyer

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

Perfect entry level camera

 
5.0

Still an amazing camera.

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

My company uses this for their youtube channel and use them until they burn out. It works really well for what we need and we've never ran into any major issues with them.

 
5.0

Lives up to the hype.

By Will

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love! Great camera. Durable. Perfect for one embarking into photography with quality and utility in mind.

 
5.0

Good upgrade for me

By Noah

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I'm an aspiring filmmaker. I decided to upgrade from my cheap camcorder to this DSLR to improve the quality of my filmmaking. So far, I love it! It's awesome and perfect for me. I also use it for photography and the quality of pictures are awesome.

 
4.0

Love my new camera

By Steve

from Undisclosed

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

Great camera and easy to setup. B&H got it to me in a day

 
5.0

Great camera for the price

By Sunny

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I'm new at videography, and my teacher recommended this camera. It's pro enough to get great results.

 
4.0

Good camera. I would buy it again.

By Lynn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good camera.

 
5.0

Great deal!

By Quentin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Purchased this camera as a gift for my son who is an aspiring graphic designer. Very pleased with the purchase.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Change settings to get the best performance!

By Edgar

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

This camera takes absolutely amazing pictures if you optimize it. Here are a few suggestions to help you get the best performance, especially if you are a beginner.

1. The AF works well but if you let the camera autoselect the focus point, something in the picture will be in focus but not necessarily what you want. Instead, switch to single point focus. Use the center point to focus on the exact spot you want and then recompose the picture with the focus locked. Alternatively you can move the single point to a different AF point if there is one close to where you need it. I usually don't do it this way because it's faster to use the center point and recompose the picture while keeping focus locked.

2). Switch to back button focus. If you're not good at holding the shutter halfway down to lock the focus, go into the Custom Functions menu (C.Fn) and select setting 6, "Shutter/AE lock button". Change to option 1, "AE lock/AF". Now the shutter button will lock exposure when held halfway down, and the AE lock button on the back will activate autofocus (AF). This separates the AF operation from the shutter operation. You then press the (new) AF button on the back just once to focus on the precise point you want and then you can recompose the scene or take multiple shots without the camera refocusing on a different spot each time you press the shutter.

3). Indoors, Canon cameras often produce skin tones that are too red under incandescent lighting and too green under fluorescent light. They set the saturation too high because they are going for "rosy cheeks". First, for indoor shots I recommend the Standard style. Customize it by reducing the saturation setting by one notch. To do this, after choosing the picture style, press "Info" Detail Set and reduce the saturation setting by one. Press Set/OK when finished. I also do not use the "auto lighting optimizer" or the 'highlight tone priority" settings because although these will sometimes give good results, you're better off making these adjustments yourself in post.

4). Instead of shooting JPEGS, switch to RAW and you will get the best performance out of your camera and lens system. "Develop" your images using the free Canon Digital Photo Professional software, which has settings to reduce or eliminate lens distortion, color aberration, peripheral illumination (vignetting) and color blur. Trust me, Canon knows their lenses better than anyone else (including Adobe), so for the best possible performance, use the Canon software. After you have processed your RAW image in DPP4, you can bring it into Lightroom or another program for further tweaking. The kit lenses are better than you might think.

5). Limit the auto ISO speed to 1600 or 3200 at most. This option is in the third shooting menu under ISO Auto. Anything over 3200 is going to look pretty noisy. If you really must shoot with a higher setting, you can always switch off auto ISO and choose the setting manually. I use "normal" for High ISO speed NR.

That's it. I hope you will find these tips useful. Enjoy your T5i!

 
5.0

Great Entry Camera

By Turtle

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

If you are looking for something simple to use that is reliable and can be used in many different ways than this is the camera for you.

The only con this thing has is if its on a larger tripod then you have to take the camera off to change the battery.

 
5.0

Great camera

By Abaas

from Kampala, Uganda

Verified Buyer

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

It is very useful for me. I am training journalism students so it works well for both photography and videos

 
5.0

Great Value

By Hank

from NC

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

Love the camera and service for B&H

 
5.0

A nice mid range cam

By Matt

from Florida

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

Obviously not top notch pro level, but not novice either. Great camera. If you want to save money by getting a cheaper model, don't do it! Spend the extra cash to get this! Much more intuitive and better features. Love mine

 
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

 
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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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.

 
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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