As far as the hardware goes, one major brand is really not all that different from another major brand, because they pretty much all use the same hardware. I think what separates one major brand from another the most is the product build quality and product support. Read up on reviews that address those issues. It's why I chose Canon.
As far as features go, I agree with the opinion that you'd want a 64-bit processor, preferably an Intel, IMHO. You will also want more memory and hard drive capacity than what comes with most basic PC packages. Most starter packages offer just 4GB of memory. To process photos efficiently, you don't want no less than 8GB.
I'd say that you'd want at least I TB of storage on your hard drive, preferrably with the addition of a mulit-TB archival storage for you photos. There are some very economically priced, multi-TB network storage devices. I use Western Digital network storage, and tend to shy away from relying on USB storage devices for achival use.
The Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D delivers 18 megapixels of professional grade image quality in a compact, lightweight,feature-filled, easy-to-use body that carries a very affordable price tag.These are the qualities that have anchored the flagship Canon Rebel model in the top-selling DSLRs category for years and will do the same for the Rebel T5i.
The bigger reason for my heavy borrowing (mostly from the T4i review) is the similarity of the T5i to the T4i.The T5i is practically the same camera as the T4i.The "upgrade" is more marketing-related than feature-related.After talking to Canon and using other sources, I have created a list of the changes/upgrades in the Rebel T5i from the Rebel T4i:
I recently reviewed the new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens and indeed found it to be a solid upgrade (primarily in the AF system)from the previous kit lens (the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens).I don't see a new kit lens justifying a new camera model as the 18-55 IS STM could certainly have easily packaged with any other camera already available, including the T4i. But you must buy the 18-55mm STM lens separately if you purchase the T4i.
The Rebel T5i, otherwise named "Kiss X7i" in Japan and "700D" in Europe/Asia/Oceania, is the 10th 3-character Canon Digital Rebel model (including the Rebel SL1/100D).Including the low-end Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D andCanon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D, the T5i/700D is the 12th Rebel model produced by Canon.
The Rebel T5i has received the identical sensor and imaging pipeline present in the T4i.You can see the T5i's resolution by viewing the Canon EOS T4i/650D image quality using the site's tool.On that page, you can compare this image quality with other Canon DSLRs.The recent 18mp APS-C (1.6x) cameras including the T4i, EOS M and Rebel SL1 have sharpness increased by default.
Click on the color block image below to view a pair of image comparisons between several current-at-review-time DSLR cameras.This comparison was previously featured on this page, but later moved to its own page to avoid (especially for mobile users) the large file download required.
While these comparisons are primarily designed to show noise (and color), you can see the obvious differencein the T5i/T4i's sharpness compared to the other APS-C bodies including the T3i.As I said before, I welcome the increased sharpness, but increasing sharpness often increases the visibility of noise.You will see this when comparing the T4i to 60D.
The set of T4i Sharpness=0 results were processed with a sharpness setting of 0.These results are very similar to the T3i's results, both in terms of sharpness and noise levels.Essentially, the T5i/T4i's image quality matches the T3i's when the same amount of sharpening is added to both.The T3i has great image quality, so matching this image quality is very good.
In-camera noise reduction is standardly available in EOS DSLRs, and noise reduction is of course also available during post processing.The bottom three rows of results in the comparison above (and below) show examples of T4i noise reduction.All three NR examples utilized the Standard Picture Style in-camera with the default sharpness setting (so that the RAW NR results would match the JPG NR results).The default sharpening applied to these results examples the destructiveness of sharpening (look for halos around the low ISO color block examples).The noise reduction process is also destructive - I usually apply only light NR in my noisier images.
Multi-Shot Noise Reduction is new for EOS - and I was quite excited to see how the merging of multiple (four) exposures taken in afull-frame-rate burst could be used to reduce image noise.The concept makes a lot of sense.The bottom two NR examples provide a direct comparison with the standard NR and the Multi-Shot NR.There is definitely improvement with MS NR - a full stop or more at some ISO settings - including lower ones.
Some of the downsides to Multi-Shot Noise Reduction include:MSNR is currently available only with JPG output - I want this feature to be added to DPP for RAW capture - perhaps as another HDR preset?Multi-Shot Noise Reduction will not be so useful with moving subjects.Long exposure NR must be off to enable MSNR.The T4i reverts to Standard NR in Basic zone modes, during video recording, in Bulb mode and when the camera is powered off.Flash is not supported in MSNR mode.And the camera remains "busy" for a brief period of time after the 4 shot burst - while processing the merged image.
Use the figures above to get a rough estimate of the size card you need.Of course, the JPG file format is significantly more storage space efficient and has selectable levelsof image quality that also can adjust space requirements downward dramatically.My advice is to shoot RAW and buy lots of memory - it is cheap and the cards are useful for temporary archiving and backup use.
Overall, the Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D's image quality is impressive - good enough for professional-grade projects.I don't have any complaints - especially for the price of this camera.As I said back in the T3i review - it was not many years ago that we could only dream about this image quality -and would expect to pay many times the T4i's price for lower image quality.
Proper exposure is important for a quality image and to this end, the T5i inherits the first-seen-on-the-EOS-7D63-zone iFCL (Intelligent Focus, Color, Luminance) Metering System that takes focus, color, illumination and data from all 9 AF points into account when establishing the proper exposure.Metering modes are available: Spot, Evaluative, Partial and Center-weighted.
I've said it many times - if the shot is OOF (Out of Focus), the best image quality in the world is not going to save it.AF performance is very important (unless you are using manual focus of course).The Canon EOS Rebel Series DSLRs typically get Canon's entry-level AF systems (a sacrifice made to achieve the low price),but even entry-level Canon AF is still very good compared to other camera types.The biggest enhancement in the T4i was a new AF system which the T5i has now inherited.
The T5i shares the T4i and 60D's AF sensor (above) that includes 9 cross-type AF points in a diamond pattern with a high-precision dual-cross center point that isactivated when an f/2.8 max aperture or wider lens is mounted.The cross type AF points are sensitive to lines of contrast in two directions (instead of one), allowing AF to lock focus much faster in certain conditions.
Prior to the flagship Rebels receiving the 9 cross-type AF points was the Rebel T3i with 8 horizontal-line-only sensitive AF points and a cross-type center point.With an f/2.8 or faster/wider aperture lens, the T3i's center point also functions with greater precision.
In AI Servo mode, all Canon DSLRs attempt to predictively focus the attached lens at the precise location the subject will be at the moment the shutter opens.The ability to accurately focus-track a subject rapidly approaching the camera is a differentiator between camera models.The faster a subject is approaching the camera and closer the distance is, the more taxing the situation is on AF -and the more out of focus shots you will likely experience with the even best lenses mounted.Canon's 1-Series cameras and the 5D III have the most advanced AF systems at review time.They are faster and far more sophisticated/configurable AF systems -if your income is depending on you getting the shot, these are the models you need to be using - a huge number of non-pros are using these models as well.The 7D and 70D also have better AF systems.
When evaluating the T4i: I was hopeful that the T4i's new AF system would bring significant change in the AI Servo AF department,but in the live action testing I did using the center focus point only, my results were not so exciting.Even a child running a steady speed at distances well beyond frame frame-filling proved difficult for the T4i andCanon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens I was testing with.There are an infinite number of AF situations to throw at a camera, but subjects moving parallel to the sensor plane typically pose much less of challenge for a camera.Shooting at narrower apertures results in more DOF that better-hides AF precision issues.Starter lenses tend to have these narrower apertures at even their widest aperture settings.
Hybrid CMOS AF uses the CMOS imaging sensor for both contrast (typically slow) and phase-difference detection (typically very fast) autofocusing methods simultaneously to provide fast and smooth (important for video) focusing.Included as part of the Hybrid CMOS AF system are phase detection AF points embedded within the image sensor itself.
One Shot Live View focusing remains available, but Continuous AF in Live View is the feature recently added to Canon DSLRs and is what is needed for the relatively new video AF (called Movie Servo AF).The T5i has an improved Live View AF algorithm promising better and supposedly quieter performance over the T4i.Continuous AF is also available in still capture mode - to keep the lens pre-focused for quick image capture. 041b061a72