Updated (February, 2015): Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T6i vs Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T5i vs Canon Rebel T2i

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Canon Rebel T5i

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

57

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T5i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

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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
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
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 (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The T5i's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The T5i's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$649.00 vs $799.00
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The best price we've seen is $150 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon T2i

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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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
66.0 vs 61.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
784 ISO vs 681 ISO
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The T2i has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Much smaller
129x98x62 mm vs 133x100x79 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.4" vs 3.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
252 ms vs 264 ms
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
530 g vs 580 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              440 shots
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              T5i11.2 EV
              T2i11.5 EV
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              T5i12,800 ISO
              T2i6,400 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              T5i61.0
              T2i66.0
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              T5i0.53x
              T2i0.54x
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              T5i21.7 bits
              T2i22.1 bits
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              T5i681 ISO
              T2i784 ISO

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is much larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T5i Competitors

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

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

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