Updated (February 2015): Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T6i vs Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T5i vs Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T5i

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Canon Rebel T3i

58

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T5i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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Advantages of the Canon T5i

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
700 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.1x less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T5i's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
264 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The T5i's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
793 ISO vs 681 ISO
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The T3i has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Better image quality
65.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Size Large Help
              T5i133×100×79 mm
              T3i133×100×80 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              9
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              T5i264 ms
              T3i283 ms
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              440 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T5i12,800 ISO
              T3i6,400 ISO
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.53x
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T5i11.2 EV
              T3i11.5 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T5i61.0
              T3i65.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T5i21.7 bits
              T3i22.1 bits
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T5i681 ISO
              T3i793 ISO

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is much smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $849 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Canon Rebel T5i Competitors

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              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3i.

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              Judah (1:47 PM, May 30, 2015)
              Really because I haven't been impressed with the low light performance by the t3i, I've owned one for about a year now, and still only getting clean footage up to 800 iso
               
              shawn (4:26 AM, April 13, 2013)
              The rebel t3i has way less noise and better low light performance than a Nikon D3200 I know because I own them both! And Nikon's images are worthless if captured in low light! On a bright sunny day it takes great pics though!