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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T5i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.7"
 
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Advantages of the Canon SL1

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Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 843 ISO vs 681 ISO
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The SL1 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Size Much smaller 117x91x69 mm vs 133x100x79 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Color depth Better color depth 21.8 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.1 more bits of color
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 63.0 vs 61.0
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Almost the same
Thickness Much thinner 2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Significantly lighter 407 g vs 580 g
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Around 30% lighter
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 600 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Canon T5i

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Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 440 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $199.95 vs $494.00
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The best price we've seen is $294 cheaper (2.5x less)
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              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SL1:380 shots
              T5i:440 shots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              SL1:11.3 EV
              T5i:11.2 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              SL1:21.8 bits
              T5i:21.7 bits
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              264 ms shutter lag
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection video autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SL1:4 fps
              T5i:5 fps
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              SL1:0.54x
              T5i:0.53x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SL1:63.0
              T5i:61.0
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1:843 ISO
              T5i:681 ISO

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              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T5i Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T5i.

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              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