Canon Rebel SL1 vs Canon Rebel T5i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Really small
Size
Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm)
Thin
Thickness
2.7"
Light-weight
Weight
407 g
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T5i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

Items often bought with the SL1 or T5i

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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.

differences

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
117×91×69 mm vs 133×100×79 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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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Weight
Significantly lighter
407 g vs 580 g
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Around 30% lighter
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
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
Slightly longer battery life
440 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$259.00 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (around 40% less)
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SL1$399.00
              T5i$259.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              264 ms shutter lag
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SL1380 shots
              T5i440 shots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              SL121.8 bits
              T5i21.7 bits
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              SL111.3 EV
              T5i11.2 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SL163.0
              T5i61.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              SL10.54x
              T5i0.53x
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1843 ISO
              T5i681 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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 slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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 slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel SL1.

              Canon Rebel T5i Competitors

              Advantages

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

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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