Canon Rebel SL1 vs Canon Rebel T5i

Winner
Canon Rebel SL1

100

Canon Rebel T5i

97

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
600 ms startup delay
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm)
Thin
Thickness
2.7"
Light-weight
Weight
407 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T5i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel SL1.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T5i.

competitors

Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$290 - $549 body only

$345 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Lowest price Cheaper
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$785 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Much larger

Canon Rebel T5i Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$290 - $549 body only

$345 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

Size Smaller
Lowest price Cheaper
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$394 body only

$473 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$785 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Focus points More focus points
Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

discussion

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Gunny (4:58 AM, March 12, 2015)
Right now these cameras (camera body only) can be purchased for T5I $379.00 with free shipping and the SLI for $349.00 and no free shipping. So which camera would you buy if they are the same price. I have 4 Canon lens rated at excellent and one lens that came with a Rebel Camera that is sort of Okay but I keep it for the grand kids to use. I used the Japanese version of I believe the 70 for 2 years and I never did understand all the things it would do and trying to decide whether to purchase the 5TI or the SLI or step up higher. I minored in film photograpy-yes I actually attempted to explain the various films to people when I was receiving my last cancer treatment.
 
dane (4:52 PM, October 13, 2014)
That $200 price from NEWEGG at the top of the article is only for an accesories kit, NOT the T5i camera.
 
Avatar for Tyrone Shoelace Tyrone Shoelace (0:32 PM, June 27, 2014)
How can the SL1 be rated for lower noise if they have the same megapixels, the same size sensor and the same ISO rating?
 
Avatar for Zorro21c Zorro21c (5:10 PM, December 20, 2013)
One thing that people get sucked up into weatherproof of higher end cameras, but I would use my common sense and not taking my expensive camera out in rainy and cold weather. company advertised weatherproof camera body but not on lenses. The shrinkages are not the same at below freezing temperature of thick body vs thin film and glass sensor, mirror, this will make all the joins and glue parts wobbled, and dirt particles will sneak in. Cars are weatherproof but do get moisture condensation on glasses. Just think about it.
 
Avatar for Sourav Tantubay Sourav Tantubay (10:32 PM, October 31, 2013)
You are right! SL1 has an HDR option. So the only difference between the 2 is Flip Out Screen and cross type auto focus points (other than weight and dimensions).
 
AP (2:29 PM, September 06, 2013)
Doesn't the SL1 have an HDR option under the SCN mode?
 
Avatar for Jim Mitchell Jim Mitchell (5:07 AM, May 14, 2013)
No it doesn't. The pictures aren't to scale, so the SL1 appears to be larger which is misleading. The flip-out viewfinder definitely is on the T5i.
 
Louie de Mo (6:00 AM, March 29, 2013)
The sl1 pic has a flip out screen when it shouldn't