Canon T6i (750D/760D) Rumors and Speculation UPDATE

Updated with Specs (Feb 5, 2015)UPDATE - Images of the 760D(T6i) (Feb 4, 2015)First we are getting a 750D, This will probably be the Canon T5 replacement)Screenshot 2015-02-04 19.15.44Screenshot 2015-02-04 19.15.52

  • 24.2MP CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 processor
  • Finder penta mirror. Field of view 95%, magnification 0.82 times, the eye point 19mm
  • AF 19-point cross-type. Center F2.8 corresponding dual cross
  • 7560-pixel RGB-IR photometry sensor. 63 zone TTL metering
  • ISO100-12800 (extended with 25600)
  • The shutter speed is 30 seconds -1/4000 seconds (Flash Sync 1/200 sec)
  • Continuous shooting 5 frames / sec.
  • LCD monitor 3 inches 1.04 million dots. Vari-Angle
  • Built-in guide number 12 flash
  • New hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Video Full HD 30fps
  • Wi-Fi · NFC (Compatible with new Base Station)
  • Remote control by smartphone and tablet
  • Battery LP-E17
  • The size of 131.9 x 100.7 x 77.8mm
  • Weight 555g (CPA criteria). 510g (body only)

Now the Canon T6i or 760D Screenshot 2015-02-04 19.15.30 Screenshot 2015-02-04 19.15.24 

  • 24.2MP CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 6 processor
  • 7560 pixel RGB + IR photometry sensor
  • AF 19 points
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Dynamic tracking continuous shooting in live view
  • Top LCD panel
  • Intelligent Viewfinder
  • Vari-angle LCD monitor
  • Wi-Fi · NFC (Compatible with new Base Station)
  • Remote control by smartphone and tablet
  • Creative modes including HDR movie

New photos from DCIRecent Canon P&S releases and the new connect station from Canon have given us some clues on the new Canon T6i (750D/760D). In a promo video a new DSLR is shown, I have a few screen grabs to share.Screenshot 2015-01-17 18.30.09 copyHere you can see just a corner of the DSLR and if we take a closer lookScreenshot 2015-01-17 18.29.59 copy We see a top LCD and a lock switch. Both items have never before been seen on a xxxD or Rebel series DSLR. This could be very interesting and might mean they are ditching the top dial.  Or maybe the just moved it to the other side similar to the xxD line.  Everything else looks like a Rebel back there and Canon Rumors has confirmed that this is the next Rebel.  Last year I blogged about the T6i and thought that they might go mirrorless, I no longer believe that is true and while I do suspect that at some point in the future the Rebel line will be a mirrorless system it seems to early and Canon has given us no other indication that this will be the switch.Screenshot 2015-01-17 18.30.22Just one more shot of the front - very little to see here as the hands do a spectacular job of hiding anything of interest.  We do know that this next DSLR will work with the connect station from CanonUPDATE  Feb 4, 2015 - Camera will be called T6i/760D Skipping 750D to avoid confusion with Nikon's D750.So the name confusion - Looks like the T6i replacement will be 760D but there will be a 750D that will likely be the T5 replacement (barebones entry level DSLR)

  • Full HD movies, MP4 format, HDR movie, automatic shooting modes (EOS 760D )
  • 24.2MP sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processor
  • ISO 100-12,800 range
  • Flicker Detection technology
  • 5 fps continuous shooting mode
  • 19 cross-type AF point system
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III
  • Rear Quick Control Dial (EOS 760D )
  • Creative movie modes (EOS 760D )
  • Wi-Fi and NFC

Note: Hybrid CMOS AF III is NOT the same as dual pixel AF.Below are my predictions for this camera before the list above was released.Rumors suggest a release just before the CP+ Show scheduled for mid February. So what DO I think the next rebel specs will be?

  • 20.2 MP Sensor (Same as 70D)
  • Dual Pixel AF system (also same as 70D)
  • Wifi and NFC(for use with Connect Station)
  • 1080p at 60 FPS
  • 9 cross type focus points
  • Digic 6
  • Articulating Touchscreen (sensitivity mode touchscreen similar to Canon Sl1)

What did I think the specs for the Canon T6i would be last year? Read about the possible mirrorless T6iI'd love to know your thoughts.  Leave a comment or sound off on my Facebook Page

Nikon D5300 vs Canon T5i - Differences Explained Simply


My Bullet points touch on what matters. Do not get stuck on numbers - the difference in focus points 39 vs 11 or the megapixels 24 vs 18. Both sound like a big difference but in day to day, real world use they do not matter.

Nikon D5300 Strengths

  • Excellent image quality- very sharp when using a good lens
  • Excellent Auto and flash setting - nice consistent exposure
  • GPS and Wifi built in.  See Weaknesses of the D5300.
  • A great number of scenes, filters, effects and robust HDR. This includes "fun features" like selective coloring and miniature video mode - Watch my video introducing the fun features of the D5200 & D5300 (they are the same in this respect)
  • Can shoot 1080P at 60fps - if you want to do slow mo this allows for full HD at 1/2 speed (30fps)

Suggestion - Buy the 35mm f/1.8 with the D5300 and you have the most portable package with excellent low light quality. You do sacrifice some convenience but gain incredible sharpness, quality and the ability to create those images with blurred background.  More lens recommendations for the Nikon D5300Nikon D5300 Weaknesses

  • User interface is cluttered and at times overwhelming
  • No Touchscreen - this can make menu navigation clunky and it does make changing focus in live view tedious
  • Live view focus is slower and no silent lenses available for auto focus during video
  • No focus motor which means there are some lenses that won't auto focus with your camera. There are plenty of lenses that will auto focus but it does make shopping for lenses a little more confusing and it is easier to end up with lenses that are manual focus only.
  • Slight greenish tint to many images indoors
  • GPS is quirky and if you are not careful you can completely drain your battery
  • Aperture changes in live view are at times blocked - you need to exit live view to change aperture
  • Sold with the 18-55 (newly redesigned but still not great) lens - SOFT.  Buy with 18-104 or review my lens recommendations above.

Watch my complete review of the Nikon D5300Buy the D5300 From Amazon | B&H | Adorama

Canon T5i (700D) Strengths

  • User friendly with a responsive and excellent touchscreen
  • Sold with 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM, both are very good starter lenses
  • Live view focus is faster and with STM lens it is smooth and silent making for easy video capture
  • Live view exposure simulation is quirk free - it just works and is excellent for learning- you can change aperture during live view
  • Wireless flash control
  • Less lens confusion, all current Canon lenses will auto focus with the T5i and a greater number of deals and savings on Canon lenses - more sales, rebates and refurbished store.
  • Canon colors are warmer and tend to look better(to me) right out of the box

Canon T5i weaknesses

Full Canon T5i (700D) ReviewBuy the Canon T5i (700) from Amazon | B&H | Adorama

Final Word - As an all around photo and video machine I really like the T5i - it provides that smooth and silent auto focus for video, is very user friendly while offering very good image quality and provides room to grow as a photographer.

The D5300 provides excellent image quality at the expense of user friendliness but does provide some power if you go digging through the menu. It also has to be given high marks for excellent auto pics- just point and shoot. Avoid the 18-55. The 18-140 is fine but if you are thinking about buying this camera and not planning on also purchasing the 35mm f/1.8 you are missing out.

Considering spending $1000+ on the Nikon D5300? Also consider the Canon 70D which is about the same price and offers all the benefits of the Canon - see my D5300 review for more comparison.

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$300 Savings on the Canon 70D and T5i Cameras

Amazon has dropped the price of the 70D and the T5i and with a little know-how (see the video below) you can pile on tons of free extras that are heavily discounted(many free after the discount) and end up with a camera and a load of goodies all for free. It is important to note that these items all need to be purchased from Amazon, not 2rd party vendors selling via Amazon. The complete shopping list is below the video70D Start Here -Add the 70D and desired Lens to Cart.Add  Canon 70D CameraAdd 18-55 Lens, The 18-135 STM does not give you as big a discounted bonus (which lens to buy?)Add LP-E6 BatteryAdd Dolica MonopodAdd AmazonBasics Camera CaseAdd 32GB SD CardAdd 16GB SD Card (some have reported success adding multiples of this card and Amazon discounts each time, giving you up to 4 free SD Cards with camera)See what else I recommend buying with the Canon 70D and T5i Cameras

Canon 70D Review vs Canon T5i (700D) Review & Differences Explained

Full Text Review of the Canon 70D below video

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Discussion separated into three areas- body, features and performance,

Body/Styling 70D vs T5i(700D)

  • 700D smaller, lighter about ½ LB less - which works out to about 30% lighter

  • 70D feels more solid in the hand - slightly more to grip and deeper

  • 70D offers pentaprism viewfinder which is bigger and brighter than the pentamirror in the 700D

  • Top LCD lets you see various camera settings at a glance plus top row of buttons provides for quick changes and two dials gives you access to shutter speed and aperture in Manual mode.  700D shares dial for shutter speed and aperture and extra button press to switch between function

  • Custom mode on dial to save and return to commonly used settings

  • Auto modes all accessed through SCN on the dial, cleaner more professional dial options

  • Dedicated back auto focus button
  • Bigger battery gives more than 2x battery life over the 700D

Features of the 70D vs T5i (700D)

  • 19 cross type focus points and dedicate AF mode button with quick selection between modes and point selecting vs 9 cross type points on 700D

  • 70D offers dual pixel focusing in live view - fast, accurate and rarely makes mistakes. Using with touchscreen for very impressive almost cinematographic results.  700D autofocus is capable but in live view it isn’t impressive, slower and more likely to hunt for focus. 700D needs STM lens for smooth focusing, 70D is smooth with virtually all modern lenses. STM still useful for that silent autofocus.

  • 70D burst mode 7 fps with a big enough buffer for actually getting a serious burst.  Also offers a lower speed burst and quiet shutter mode at two speeds.  700D offers 5 frames per second with a smallish buffer, you really only get a 1-2 seconds of that burst rate, faster if shooting JPEG instead of RAW

  • HDR ( both have backlight control but 70D also offers a more robust HDR with control over the exposure latitude and style.

  • A pile of additional image features offered by the 70D- Multi exposure shot(additive or average), Bracketing at various exposure settings and select from 2-7 shots in sequence, raw image processing in camera - shoot only RAW but produce JPEG files in camera, ⅓ stop ISO, detailed control over AF tracking , Auto focus micro adjustments have returned to the 70D - REJOICE!, max shutter speed at 1/8000 second allows you to shoot at wider apertures under bright sun and multiple size raw files.

  • Additional Video features offered by the 70D same frame rates as 700D but offers high and low compression, digital zoom and time code settings for better sync between cameras
  • WIFI feature built into 70D - download images to mobile device or camera or activate live view and shoot remotely - no video and when connected to mobile device will only pass 1920 x 1080 images. T5i does not offer WIfi but you could use an Eye-Fi card to transfer files to mobile device or computer.

Performance/Results Canon 70D vs T5i (700D)

  • Day to day shots/video files - very little difference between these until the light levels drop cleaner files from the 70D at 1600 and above. Difference is noticeable but not huge

  • Slightly better on board flash exposure from the 70D.  700D still too bright though it can be adjusted.

  • Feature or performance - video focus tracking the 70D is excellent makes for easy camcorder like focusing - if you are a parent that wants one device that will capture both video and stills without lots of work on your part - the 70D is the camera to get.

Final Thoughts -Both these cameras are capable of producing excellent images and video. What you need to decide as you watch my review/read the points below - are you willing to carry around the extra weight and spend the extra cash for the additional features of the 70D (and there are loads of them!)  I will have more to say about the 70D soon and share more testing samples and video - for now check out the links below for additional helpful information.Additional Helpful Videos

Canon 70D Wifi Demo -

Canon 70D Digital Zoom Demo -

Editing RAW files on G+ -

Canon 70D SD Card and Buffer Test -

Canon T5i(700D) - Everything you want to know


Picture of a Canon T5i Coming Soon

My Series of how-to Videos using the Canon T5i and T4i


T5i(700D) Information

Amazon Free Accessories - Get a 16GB SD Card and SlingBag with your SL1, or T5i purchase.

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Q: Should I buy the T5i to replace my aging camcorder?A: Maybe - Camcorders are still easier to work with, focus faster and you can get a nice 1080P camcorder for less Sony HDRPJ260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom, 16 GB Embedded Memory and Built-in Projector  What you don't get with a camcorder is excellent low light capabilities that the T5i offers and the lovely blurred backgrounds you get shooting with the larger sensor at large apertures. Not to mention all the lenses Canon has to offer and of course an excellent camera capable of taking photos, none of the camcorders can take even close to a comparable photo at this time.  You now have the option of the 70D from Canon which does offer camcorder like focusing power with an incredible high quality sensor. More about the Canon 70D.Q: I have a canon T3i, should I upgrade?A: Review the T3i vs T5i post above.  The T5i is a nicer camera but doesn't offer a ton of new features that will make you a better photographer or produce much higher quality photos. The one caveat is the new 18-135 STM lens is excellent and buying the T5i with the 18-135 kit is a good value and one of the first longer range "walk-around" lenses that I can highly recommend.Q: I don't understand the difference between the auto focus during video of the T3i and the T5i- can you explain this simply?A: Most DSLRS have a mirror that bounces the light coming into the camera up to the viewfinder and the big brains of the camera(responsible for focusing), when you go to take a photo the camera focuses(very quickly) and then the mirror flips up(this usually is louder than the actual shutter) and the light hits the sensor and you have a photo.   In live view or while filming (basically the same as live view) the mirror is flipped up and stays up, this blocks the big brains from being part of the focusing and as a result the camera focuses much more slowly as it uses the littler brain connected to the sensor and can only do it when you ask the sensor to focus, it is not capable of continuous AF.  You also have the option of letting the mirror flip down for a second, refocus, and continue filming. This does cut off light to the sensor for a moment and interrupts the video.    Canon has made changes to the sensor, it is now a hybrid CMOS sensor that basically has a bigger brain and is capable of continuously auto focusing while filming without flipping down the mirror or being very slow about it.Q: Is the T5i fast enough for sports photography?A: The T5i is now up to 5.3 FPS - Frames Per Second, Shooting RAW you can only get six shots before the buffer needs to clear.  My direct experience with the T3i was that this buffer really took time to clear, especially if you were shooting RAW.  JPEG gives you almost 22 shots before the buffer is full.  So, you hold the shutter down for one second and you get 6 shots and can't take any more for several seconds.  In the world of sports (except maybe your child) this is not fast enough and the buffer does not clear fast enough.  If you are serious about sports the 60D or 70D is an option or buy  7D - used would be just fine and at $1000 a great deal for a serious camera. Watch my video that details burst mode shooting with the Canon T4i/T5iQ: Is the T5i the best camera in its class?  A: Really hard to answer this one - And you probably need to really define the "class" you are talking about.  The T5i is an excellent camera with lovely features but it isn't really a game changer (I know that this doesn't directly answer the question)  And there are now loads of options.  I am still Canon biased, you are buying into a huge ecosystem - tons of excellent lenses (Canon Recommended Lenses (by budget)), oodles of accessories and quality control plus customer service that is really only matched by Apple.    When I am shooting weddings I am always keeping an eye on the guests and what they shoot with and Canon is still champ in numbers but cameras like the Sony NEX series and Olympus Pen are certainly on the increase.  A strong alternative is the Sony a65 or the Nikon D5200Q: Can I use my old Canon lenses with the T5iA: You can use your old lenses with the t5i, unless they are really old.  If they have the designation EF or EF-S they will work just fine with your T5i.Q: What SD Card should I get if I am going to be shooting videoA: You want the SanDisk Extreme 16GB SDHC Flash Memory Card It is fast, reliable and affordable, you do NOT Need the ones labeled Video, they don't offer anything different and the SanDisk Extreme works perfectly for video and photos.  If you will be shooting LOADS of video with the canon T5i grab the 32GB versionQ: If I am primarily interested in video - is the T5i or the D5200 a better dslr for videoA: The T5i is easier to work with but the D5200 is excellent in lower light and allows clean/uncompressed HDMI out. Two downsides to Nikon D5200 1. can't change aperture during video or even when live view is turned on.  2. Kit lenses on the Nikon stink and you really need to shoot with a better lens.  Primes are great option, so is the SIgma 17-70 C.  My review of the Sigma 17-70C.Q: Earlier Rebels could only film for 12 minutes, What is the movie recording limit on the T4i?A: The limit is now 29min and 59seconds.  With a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E8, the total movie shooting time approx. 1 hr. 40 min. at room temperature and approx. 1 hr. 20 min. at lower temps. Remember that each 20 minute clip at 1080P is going to be nearly 10GB.  A complete list of recording limits of the T2, T3i, T4i, T5i and D5200.Q: Should I buy a spare battery? and if so third part or canon?A: I would buy a spare, battery life is good -about 500 shots-  but it is always nice to have a spare around and I might even say essential if you plan on shoot lots of video.  Buying the Canon Brand LP-E8 for the T4i (same battery used for t2i and t3i) is safest but there honestly is little chance anything bad will happen from using a 3rd party battery other than it might not last quite as long.  Though in my experience with the Rebel XT 3rd party batteries were just fine.Q: How is the Canon T5i Touchscreen? Do you accidentally press it with your nose?A:  The Canon T5i touchscreen is excellent, this isn't a cheap resistive screen we have seen on other P&S cameras, rather it is a screen very similar to the Apple iPhone and iPad screens we all know and love - it is fast, responsive and for now Canon still offers physical buttons for all the controls so you the touchscreen's use is entirely optional, though I think you will find it a much faster and more intuitive way to change settings. - Video Demo of the Touch Screen. In over a year of use of the T4i/T5i screen I have not once accidentally activated the screen.Q: Will EF Lenses work on the Canon T4i?A:  YES - EF and EF-S lenses work on the Canon T4i. EF-S do NOT work on full frame cameras like the 5D Mark II and III. My list of Canon Recommended lenses.Have a question not answered here? Leave it in the comments on on facebook at Liking this page will also put you in the running for the future giveaways.  Did you know I just gave away $600 in prizes!  

Canon T5i vs 60D vs 70D

How does the Canon T5i stack up against the 60D and 70D?

Pros of the 60D and 70D bodies

  • Top LCD screen and slightly more accessible button layout for quickly adjusting settings
  • Bigger slightly more robust body
  • Slightly Faster FPS with a little larger buffer, longer burst shooting
  • Faster Max shutter speed at 1/80000 of a second
  • Pentaprism viewfinder = brighter/larger
  • Longer battery life

Additionally the 70D offers (70D Pros)

  • A newly designed sensor - 22MP and better low light capabilities.
  • Camcorder like auto focus when used with any Canon lens - Silent AF during video if using 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM lens
  • WiFI for streaming live view or sharing images to smartphone/tablet
  • Micro focus adjustment - pro level feature that lets you align lenses and cameras for maximum sharpness
  • Multiple compression levels for H.264 video
  • Touchscreen

Canon T5i Pros-Over the 60D

  • Continuous Auto focus during video (silent when paired with new STM lenses 40mm or 18-135)
  • On board Stereo Mic
  • Newer Digic Processor = higher ISO capabilities & in camera HDR
  • Touch screen
  • Smaller - more easily portable

-Over the 70D

  • Smaller - more easily portable
  • Cheaper with 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM lens


70D 70D Pro
  • A newly designed sensor - 22MP and better low light capabilities.
  • Camcorder like auto focus when used with any Canon lens - Silent AF during video if using 18-55 STM or 18-135 STM lens
  • WiFI for streaming live view or sharing images to smartphone/tablet
  • Micro focus adjustment - pro level feature that lets you align lenses and cameras for maximum sharpness
  • Multiple compression levels for H.264 video
  • Touchscreen
  • Top LCD screen and slightly more accessible button layout for quickly adjusting settings
  • Slightly Faster FPS with a little larger buffer, longer burst shooting
  • Faster Max shutter speed at 1/80000 of a second
  • Pentaprism viewfinder = brighter
  • Longer battery life

Price- Body Only $1199 | with 18-55 Lens | with 18-135 Lens $1549

60D Pro
  • Top LCD screen and slightly more accessible button layout for quickly adjusting settings
  • Slightly Faster FPS with a little larger buffer, longer burst shooting
  • Faster Max shutter speed at 1/80000 of a second
  • Pentaprism viewfinder = brighter
  • Longer battery life

Price- Body Only $599 | with 18-135 Lens 

T5i Pro
  • Continuous Auto focus during video (silent when paired with new STM lenses 40mm or 18-135)
  • On board Stereo Mic
  • Newer Digic Processor = higher ISO capabilities & in camera HDR
  • Touch screen
  • Smaller - more easily portable

Canon T5i (Best Prices on Amazon)

 The 60D has been out for almost four years, announced August 2010. The 70D began shipping at the beginning of September 2013. The T5i and 60D share the same sensor.  At low ISOs the image quality and noise levels should be virtually identical.  The 70D has a new 22MP sensor with improved low light capabilities. All cameras have articulated LCD screens of the same size but the T5i and 70D have touchscreens with the 70D being slightly improved, very little real world difference there.   Looking through the viewfinder the 60D/70D has pentaprism which means a brighter viewfinder, The 60D/70D also uses the larger LP-E6 batteries which effectively doubles battery life, 60D/70D gets nearly 1100 shots per battery, the T5i is around 500.  You also get higher FPS and shutter speed with the 60D/70D, 6fps/7fps and 1/8000 second versus 5.3 with the T5i and a larger buffer on the 60D/70D gives you a few more shots at those higher speeds. 60D/70D is a bit bigger and a bit more rugged with a top LCD screen. The 70D allows for micro focus adjustment - a pro level feature that lets you align lenses and cameras for maximum sharpness. 70D also has new dual pixel focus for camcorder like focus with any canon lens during video.  Silent focus if you use one of the STM lenses. 70D also has Wifi for connecting to live view via smartphone or tablet and accessing images for sharing.Summary - If you are getting paid to shoot you should consider the 60D or 70D, longer battery life, slightly more ergonomic design and button layout plus the top screen LCD allow you to shoot more efficiently.  The 70D is expensive but provides some of the best crop sensor images possible at this time and if you want camcorder like focus with the quality of a DSLR there is no better option than the 70D.  If you are a parent or amateur the smaller size of the T5i is a bonus, best camera is the one you will have with you most of the time and the STM lenses paired with the T5i do a decent job of auto focusing, just not quite as good as the new 70D. 

Best lenses for the Canon T4i/T5i and 70D

What lens should I get for the Canon T5i?If you haven't bought your Canon T5i(700D) yet you need to decide if you want the 18-55 STM or the 18-135 STM lenses. Often the 55-250 is sold in a bundle with the 18-55 STM too.    This video should help you decide if the 18-55 or the 18-135 is best for you.The 18 - 135 STM lens is excellent and when purchased with the Canon T5i, a good value, that makes the T5i with 18 - 135 kit the an excellent value If you are the type that desires one lens to do most of your shooting.  If your budget is tight go ahead and get the 18-55 kit, the kit lens is fine to start with and as you shoot you will learn what is important to you and you can begin to look for lenses that will fill that gap.  Update: New video- Recommended lenses for Canon DSLRS.And spend some time learning about lenses and what all those acronyms mean.Q: Can I use L lenses on the Canon T5i?A: Yes - L lenses are Canons professional level lenses and are EF mount.  All EF and EF-S lenses work on the Canon T4i, T5i and 70D.Q: Can I use EF-M lenses on the Canon T4i, T5i and 70D?A: No - EF-M only fits on their small mirroless Canon EOS-M camera.  EF-M lenses will not fit on the DSLRS.

Nikon D5200 vs Canon T5i(700D): Difference Explained Simply

 VideoThese two cameras are very similar in size and shape. You may want to put your hands on both to see what feels nicest. Additional sample videos 

What the T5i has that the D5200 doesn't:

  • Touch screen - use is optional as all physical buttons are still present but it does allow access to all features of the camera in quick and efficient manner.
  • Silent Auto Focus during video when paired with the 18-55 STM or the 18-135 STM lenses.  Nikon also offers full time AF but does not have a silent lens.
  • Wireless Flash Control - ability to fire external flashes that are not attached to the camera
  • The ability to adjust your aperture during live view - Useful for learning and a depth of field preview button
  • Shooting in various aspect ratios 1:1, 4:3, 3:2. 16:9 but only when shot through live view
  • A bit more space on the back of the camera for larger hands.
  • Built in focus motor - the T5i will auto focus with all EF and EF-S lenses. D5200 lacks focus motor which limits lens selection - this is not nearly as big a deal as it was a few years ago, Nikon has released plenty of lenses that will AF with the D5200.

What the D5200 has that the T5i doesn't:

  • Faster focusing brain with 39 AF points - Focus performance was occasionally slightly faster through the viewfinder and in live view.  T5i has 9 focus points but the Nikon's general operation is slower and I have missed action shots with the D5200 that I caught with the T5i.
  • Below 1600 ISO the two cameras perform similarly, above you start to see a difference with less noise and more detail out of the Nikon D5200
  • More megapixels 24 vs 18 - not nearly as big a difference as it looks on paper.  (Illustration coming)
  • Small flashlight for low-light auto focus assist. T5i has flash that pops up and annoyingly strobes.
  • More shutter modes - a slow burst 3FPS versus normal 5FPS(same as T5i) and a Quiet Shutter that doesn't sound much quieter.
  • 1080i at 60fps. T5i only offers 1080p at 30fps. At the 60 frame rates the video is interlaced and cropped, quality is OK but not really worth using..
  • Additional Scene Modes and effects and a more robust HDR feature.
  • Wireless dongle accessory($60) makes it easy to use phone as live viewfinder/remote and download photos to phone/tablet.
  • Built in intervalometer for shooting time lapse - though it is limited and basic and possible buggy too.
  • A retouch menu with a several more options.
  • A few quirks: aperture changing, tendency to lean greenish though it can be argued that the Canon leans redish

Canon T5i vs Nikon D5200 Summary:

If you were to just count the bullets Nikon would get a fairly clear K.O but not every bullet is worth the same weight and it depends on your needs and use case.  Both cameras produce excellent images in a variety of conditions.  If I had to pick highlights for each -On the Canon T5i side I would mention that user friendly touchscreen which makes the whole camera a bit simpler to operate and the pairing with the 18-55 STM or the 18-135 STM that provides silent and smooth auto focus during video -this is a very family friendly feature and makes this an all around photo and video machine.On the Nikon D5200 side I would mention the ISO performance and general feature richness of the camera.Another Item worth mentioning - Nikon's track record of customer service is a bit less than stellar, they have had a few camera models in recent years shipped out with serious issues that they denied for way to long and their general average repair time is often several times longer than Canon.  I really haven't heard of any customer horror stories with Canon, although they too have shipped cameras with problems they seem to deal with the issue quickly enough and fairly.So which should you buy?  You are going to make the best pictures with the camera you are most comfortable using and I think for many of you this will be your first DSLR and that friendly touchscreen and user interface of the Canon is worth lots.  If you are willing to work a bit harder it is *possible" to get better photos out of the Nikon but I don't think for many of you that it is worth the quirks and in my opinion the more difficult operating system.Would you like a personal recommendation? Leave me a message on my Facebook page or a comment below letting me know about you, what you like to photograph and where you hope to be as a photographer in a year or two.


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The Canon Rebel SL1 (100D)

sl1Follow all SL1 News on FacebookAlong with the barely updated Canon T5i (700D) Canon announced the Rebel SL1, a slimmed down version of the T4i and now T5i cameras.It is the internals of the T5i/T4i with a few differences

  • 80% coverage of AF in Live View, this is an increase and should make live view focusing better, not necessarily faster, just better.
  • 4fps - max of 7 RAW and 28 JPEGs, this is down from 5fps with 10 RAW in the T4i/T5i
  • 9 focus points but only the center focus point is cross type.
  • Creative filters can be display in real time during live view shooting
  • Background blur display in live view ( I too am curious to know more)
  • New Scene Modes- Kids, Food and Candlelight (not present in T4i or T5i)

CanonSL1Externally the camera has a few difference

  • Mono mic
  • Non-articulating LCD screen
  • Multi purpose buttons surrounding the multi purpose SET/Q menu - on the T5i and T4i the button surrounding the set menu are all labeled and the Q button is different.
  • Camera does retain all other buttons found on the T4i/T5i cameras.
  • It is smaller, a good bit smaller, paired with the 40mm STM lens, this will be quite the tiny powerhouse.

Available at the end of April - $799 for SL1 with 18-55 STM lens | Body only  Not sure which will be right for you?  The T3i, T5i or the SL1?   Send me an email.  You can also leave me a message on my FB Nice giveaway starting soon, follow my FB page to be notified.

Canon T5i vs T4i (Explained Simply)

Quick Facts - Very little has changed. T5i will be available in late April with an 18-55 STM kit lens.

Ask me if you have any questions. Seriously, if you have a question shoot me an email or use the little chat widget. 

Have a question? send me an email, I respond to most emails in less than 12 hours.  You can also leave me a message on my FB Nice giveaway starting soon, follow my FB page to be notified.What the T5i has that the T4i doesn't

  • Sold with an 18-55 STM kit lens. The T4i is only sold with standard 18-55 kit and the 18-135 STM kit.
  • A mode dial that rotates 360 degrees. The T4i dial has a gap and a stop.
  • Creative filters can be displayed in real-time (as you take the photo) T4i only offered creative filter application after you took a photo.

* Silent Af only possible with the STM lenses, the 40mm(only kinda silent), the 18-135 STM and the NEW EF-S 18-55 STM.Images coming soon but really the two cameras are nearly identical inside and out.

Canon T5i Body only: $749.99Body+18-55 STM IS Kit: $899.99Body+18-135 IS Kit: $1099.99 Canon T4i Body only: $648.99Body +18-55mm IS II: $699.99Body +18-135mm IS STM: $799 (Bundled deal w/ 55-250)

Thoughts- With the recent price drops the T4i with 18-135 is an excellent value that probably won't last, I hear that the T4i will be phased out and the T3i will be sold as a cheaper alternative, side by side with T3i coming soon.

Canon T5i vs T4i vs D5200 and more

Entry to mid level DSLRs Compared

Update 3-25-13: I have now been using the D5200 and the T4i side by side for over two months - I have been a Canon shooter for many years and I will probably stay a Canon shooter for many years but the more I use the Nikon D5200 the more I see it as superior to Canon's current(T4i) AND upcoming cameras(T5i). I still see value in the T4i with 18-135 STM as a very nice family friendly machine that does both photo and video in a friendly and approachable way but the D5200, fairly consistently, gives better results. When the light levels drop- the results are noticeably better AND you get more features like intervalometer & Wifi control through dongle.  You do have to put up with a few quirks of the D5200 and it generally feels a bit slower in the hand BUT if image quality is your ultimate goal the D5200 is a better camera.

This table compares the Canon T5i(700d) with last years T4i (650D) and several competitors.I am here to help - Feel free to give me a shout, there are no stupid questions about camerasRound up of all T5i information (coming soon)Honestly the chart below is only so helpful - I have other more helpful post outlining the differences in plain speak.

Note - T5i specs are based on rumors from Canonwatch, Canonrumors & DCI- Specs will be updated when cameras are announced March 22

Canon T5i vs Canon T4i vs Canon T3i vs Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D3200

t5iT5i (700D) t4i_angleT4i (650D) Canon T3i(600D) d5200 Nikon D5200 Nikon D3200
Quick Thoughts Minor upgrade over T4i -User friendly, responsive camera with touchscreen control and silent AF during video when paired with 18-135 STM. Now sold with 18-55 STM too and wider AF area for video focus. User friendly, responsive camera with touchscreen control and silent AF during video when paired with 18-135 STM. Serious entry level camera w/ articulated LCD and even more room to grow Feature packed camera with excellent sensor (video comparison with t4i) Serious MP count in this DSLR w/ solid video options including AF while filming equal a stellar option, excellent sensor.
MP 18 18 18 24 24
ISO range 100-25,600 100-12,800 expandable to 25,600 Auto - 6400 (12800) Auto - 6400 expandable to 25600 Auto - 6400 Expandable to 12800
Number of Focus points 9 focus points, all are cross type 9 focus points, all are cross type 9 focus points, center cross type 39 focus points, center 9 are cross type 11 focus points, center is cross type
Continuous Drive (fps) 5 5 3.7 5 4
Max Burst
LCD Screen Articulating 3" 1,040,000 dots Touchscreen Articulating 3" 1,040,000 dots Touchscreen Articulating 3" 921,00 dots Articulating3" 921,000 dots Fixed 3" 921,00 dots
Viewfinder Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage
Full Time AF while Filming? YES YES NO YES YES
Movie Mode 1080p 30/25/24 fps720 60/50 fps640 60/50 fps 1080p 30/25/24 fps720 60/50 fps640 60/50 fps 1080p 24fps720 30/25/24640 x 424 24 1080i 60/50fps, 1080p 30,25,24fps 720 60/50fps 424 30/25fps 1080p 30,25,24fps  720p 60,50fps, 424p 30, 24
Max Recording Limit 30 mins 30 mins (see recording limits for more info) 30 mins (see recording limits for more info) 20 Mins 20 Minutes
Microphone Stereo Stereo Mono Stereo Mono
Ext Mic Jack YES Yes Yes Yes Yes
IS In Lens In Lens In Lens In Lens In Lens
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Nikon F Mount Nikon F Mount
Battery Life 470 shots 440 shots 500 shots 540 shots
Weight 580g 530g 570g 506g 505g
COST (body only) $649 $518 ~ $499
Cost (Kit lens) $799 (1199 w/ STM lens) $578 $896 $699