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Besides a few updates, Canon’s new Rebel T5i is anything but groundbreaking

canon-eos-rebel-t5i-1Check out our review of the Canon Rebel EOS T5i digital camera.

If you’re wondering what’s different about Canon’s new flagship EOS Rebel DSLR, the T5i, from its predecessor, the T4i, there isn’t a whole lot to report. The slight enhancements include a new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens variation, creative filters with real-time viewing on the LCD, an improved mode dial that rotates 360 degrees and includes a scene mode, movie digital zoom, and a different exterior texture and finish. Otherwise, the T5i is nearly identical to the T4i in features and performance. Canon told us that the T4i will be removed from the lineup, while the existing T3i and T3 models will remain as entry-level models. (Last year, Canon had to recall the T4i due to issues with the front grip that could turn white and cause skin irritation; perhaps this is why Canon has been so quick to give the T4i the boot.)

If you aren’t already familiar with the T4i, let’s revisit some of the specs that you’ll see in the T5i. The T5i uses the same 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor as its predecessor. It’s not a new sensor, but Canon uses it in the higher-end 60D and 7D, so it’s nothing to sneeze at. The T5i has an ISO range of 100-12,800, continuous shooting at 5 frames per second (with nine all dross-type autofocus points), and a 3-inch flip-out Vari-angle LCD that’s touch sensitive.

The T5i can record video at Full HD 1080p (30 fps), and the Hybrid CMOS AF System allows for continuous autofocusing of a moving subject. Thanks to the stepping motor in the kit lens, the lens autofocus quietly, which is important when you’re recording audio.

While the T5i has the same dimensions as the T4i (5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches), it’s slightly heavier (20.5 ounces versus 18.3, body only). The camera uses the same battery, which is rated at 550 shots.

If you’re an existing T4i or even a T3i user, there are no compelling features for you to upgrade (unless you’re using it for video, which makes the T5i more attractive than the T3i). The T5i is scheduled for an April release, priced at $750 (body), $900 (with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens), and $1,099 (with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens).

The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens will also be sold separately. This lens will list for $250 when it comes out in April.

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