I remember my first car. It was a beat up Toyota that my father gave me. It was the quintessential practice car, allowing me to perfect my driving, while also sparing me from too much heartbreak when I get into minor accidents here and there. In some ways, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is like that 1991 Toyota.

There is nothing fancy about the Canon EOS Rebel T5, but it does the job of helping you learn how to take good photographs. Or at least, it makes it easier for you to have better photos for your Instagram. Plus like your first car, you would probably own the EOS Rebel T5 for two or three years, before trading it up for another camera.

The Canon EOS Rebel T5: What You'd Love About It

As an entry-level camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 does not have any groundbreaking features. It is nothing to rave to your friends about. It does, however, allow you to take great photos without having to worry too much about settings.


This camera's target market are newbies, and this is obvious because of the design and the stripped down features. For one, this camera is very handle measuring only 5.10 inches wide, 3.93 inches high, and 3.07 inches thick. At less than 500 grams, it is lightweight as well.

If you are new to photography, you would probably shoot your photos using your camera's auto mode more often than not. For this reason, you would love the Scene Intelligent Auto Mode feature of the EOS Rebel T5. No more fiddling with the settings, the camera figures it out for you. You can take the best photos without knowing anything about exposure, lighting, white balance, and focus.

However, if you want to learn to fiddle with the knobs and buttons, you can also do that with the Rebel T5. The Rebel T5 even guides you through its many features. You see will see the directions on the screen, allowing you to learn about the different modes, function, and features offered by your camera. The EOS Rebel T5 comes with five filters for your still photos. You can apply a grainy black and white effect, or use the miniature option to make your shots more dramatic, distinctive and eye-catching.

Specifications And features

Rating And reviews

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How it Compares to Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens
  • 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with DIGIC 4 image processor
  • EF-S 18-55mm IS II standard zoom lens expands picture-taking possibilities
  • 3-inch LCD TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor for easy viewing and sharing

The Canon EOS Rebel T5 has a lot of competition from other known camera brands. While looking at this camera separately, it is easy to be impressed by its specifications. But how will it compare when viewed side-by-side with other entry-level cameras from its toughest competitors?

Nikon D3400 w/ AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (Black)
  • Snap Bridge Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 24.2mp dx format CMOS sensor
  • Expeed 4 image processor

The Nikon D3400 is a highly recommended camera for those who are just beginning to dabble in DSLR photography. It has a light and small body but delivers speedy performance, great video and image quality, and excellent raw processing. This camera also has a built-in guide mode and easy to understand controls that makes it very straightforward. 


Compared to the EOS Rebel T5, the Nikon D3400 is slightly smaller with dimensions of 4.9 inches wide and 3 inches deep. It is also lighter at only 445 grams. The Nikon D3400 beats the Rebel T5 regarding the number of effective pixels: 24.2 million against 18.0 million. The EXPEED 4 processor is also faster than the DIGIC4. At the time when these cameras were released, the EXPEED 4 was the latest Nikon processor, while Canon opted to use the DIGIC 4 when the DIGIC 5 was already out. Nikon also has a frame advance rate of five fps, vs. only three fps for the Rebel T5. You could even get better night photos from the D3400 with its ISO 12800 light sensitivity.


Like the Rebel T5, the Nikon D3400 also has an onscreen guide, a plastic body, and an IAS-C sensor. However, it has a slightly bigger sensor size than the Canon camera. Further, the display also measures 3-inches but with Nikon's screen had twice as many dots as the T5's (921,000 vs. 460,000).

Sony a68 Translucent Mirror DSLR Camera (Body Only)
  • Wide area 79-point Phase Detection “4D Focus” AF system, 24.2MP APS-C sensor for astonishing image quality with fine...
  • SteadyShot INSIDE In-body image stabilization for every A-mount lens, Full HD XAVC S movie recording 30p/24p up to...
  • Large 2.7” tillable, 460K dot LCD screen, Up to ISO 25,600 for clean low light images with low noise, Top display,...

The Sony Alpha a68 is a newbie-friendly camera that is notable because of its focusing system, which allows you to get perfect shots even with moving subjects.


Buyers of the Alpha a68 recommend this camera for its 79 autofocus points, excellent image quality, and ease of use. However, some people complained that the help screens were not that helpful and the cheap plastic feel it has.


Compared to the EOS Rebel T5, the Sony Alpha a68 is bulkier and heavier. It is the better choice if you want to shoot in low light conditions with a light sensitivity of up to ISO 25600. Further, it has the Bionz X processor that has improved algorithms for image processing. This processor is what you'd find on the company's latest models, and can handle 16-bit processing and can process ten frames per second.


The DIGIC 4 on the Rebel T5 can only handle 14-bit RAW images. The Sony camera also has a bigger CMOS sensor than the EOS Rebel T5. It does, however, have a smaller display at only 2.7 inches that fits in 460800 dots. Because of this, the LCD screen needs improvement as images look washed up on the comparatively smaller display.

Pentax K-S2

Pentax K-S2 20MP Wi-Fi Enabled Weatherized SLR Body Only (Black)
  • 20 MP AA filter less APS-C CMOS Sensor w/ISO Speeds up to 51200
  • In camera Wi-Fi with dedicated Wi-Fi connect button/dedicated "selfie" mode
  • Large High-Resolution 3 inch variable angle swing out LCD Monitor (921K Dots)

The Pentax K-S2 is yet another beginner's camera that delivers excellent quality for your photos and a weather-proof build. It has a sizable viewfinder, as well as an excellent range of features, including a semimanual mode, A-HDR mode, and Wi-Fi connectivity.


Amazon customers rated it highly because of the accurate and fast autofocus, silent shutter, and excellent image resolution. On the other hand, negative comments scored this camera because of reliability issues such as the aperture motor failing only after a year of use, as well as having photos that are severely underexposed. There are also concerns about its video quality, with CNET describing it as "poor."


Compared to the Canon EOS Rebel T5, the Pentax K-S2 has a larger viewfinder and a higher resolution at 20 megapixels. It also has a bigger APS-C sensor than the Rebel T5. The Pentax camera can give you up to ISO 51200. It also has some features that you cannot find on the EOS Rebel T5, such as focus peaking, a tilt-swivel display, in-camera image stabilization. It also has more connectivity options such as built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and an external microphone jack.

Canon EOS Rebel T5: The Pros and Cons

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The Canon EOS Rebel T5 has everything you have loved from Canon's entry-level cameras. It has the same quality that you can expect from the Japanese brand, plus the same intuitive and user-friendly interface.

Among its competitors, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 has the most budget-friendly price tag, yet it offers the same specifications and features as far as the basics are concerned. At that price, however, you should expect some tradeoffs. For one, it uses a fiberglass-reinforced polycarbonate resin and carbon fiber enclosure, instead of metal.

Overall, however, you get the same photo quality as other beginner's cameras from other manufacturers. The lower price is because the Rebel T5 uses an older DIGIC 4 processor, whereas the other brands mentioned here have a more advanced and faster processor. Nevertheless, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 can handle most shooting conditions. The quality does suffer if the subject is moving fast or if the lighting is very dim.


You might want to consider that the EOS Rebel T5 does not offer full autofocus when you are recording a video. The shutter is also noisy, and there is no jack for an external microphone.

An Excellent Camera

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There is no doubt that the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is an excellent camera. Going back to the driving analogy, the EOS Rebel T5 could easily be your first car. It is reliable enough, and it gets the job done. Additionally, it does not involve too much commitment on your part, as far as your budget goes.

If you want to replace your point and shoot, or if you are still learning the fine art of photography, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is a solid buy. The biggest draw of the Canon EOS Rebel T5 is its ease of use. 


If you do not mind spending a little more, then you should get the Nikon D3400 with its 24-megapixel resolution and excellent specs overall. Or if you do not plan on shooting a lot of videos, you can consider the Pentax K-S2, with a better set of features and specifications, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity.

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