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News: Canon’s New Rebel DSLRs Are Here!

By Matthew Saville on March 21st 2013

Canon has just announced their next generation of Rebel DSLR camera bodies, the Canon T5i and the Canon SL1.  Both cameras are built around a brand-new 18 megapixel sensor, which implies that the image quality will be noticeably better than both the 7D and the 60D.

(Thus far, there is no official word about a 7D mk2 or a Canon 70D, although rumors are “hoping” to see the 70D as early as next month…)

The Canon T5i has very similar specs to it’s predecessor, the Canon T4i.  Same number of megapixels, same ISO range, same FPS, same cross-type focus points, etc.) …so in essence, this is more of an update than an upgrade.   However The T5I is priced so attractively at $749 that it is hard to argue against it’s value!

The Canon SL1 has, again, very similar specs to it’s big brother, the T5I.  Essentially, it should deliver the same exact image quality and almost the same exact functionality, but in a far, FAR smaller package than any DSLR has ever done before!

The Canon T5i Specs, With Commentary

  • 18 megapixel CMOS (1.6x crop) sensor
    I’m glad they didn’t go crazy with megapixels and try to match/beat Nikon’s new 24 megapixel standard.  18 megapixels is perfect for all types of photography!
  • ISO 100-12800 native, ISO expansion available
    Incredible that a crop-sensor camera has native ISO 12800 these days.  Heck, even if you “throw away” the top two native high ISO’s and assume they’re un-usable, (which is a good rule of thumb with high ISO’s) …you’re still probably looking at a very, very clean ISO 3200, something that just a few years ago only full-frame cameras could do!
  • 5 FPS peak shooting speed
    Respectable (normal) for a beginner DSLR
  • 9-point autofocus, all points cross-type, Hybrid AF
    …Better than the full-frame 6D, with respect to the off-center focus points, (ouch!) …however I bet the 6D’s center AF point is still superior in low light.  But that’s not the main point.  The most exciting part is the hybrid AF system, which first debuted in the previous generation but is improved in this body…
  • 3″ Touch-Screen LCD display
    Articulated, touch-based autofocus, and multi-touch capable.  Nice!
  • 1080p video at 30 & 24 FPS, 720p video @ 60 & 50 FPS
    Still no luck with 1080p 60 FPS video in a “common” DSLR, oh well!
  • Special features such as HDR, Inteligent auto, and multi-shot noise reduction
    Wait, what?  Multi-shot noise reduction? Depending on how this feature performs in the real world, it could be really cool and extremely useful in low-light high ISO situations!

Availability

Pre-order the T5I body only for $749
www.BHPhotoVideo.com | www.Adorama.com | www.Amazon.com(coming soon!)

Pre-order the T5I and 18-55 IS EF-S for $899
www.BHPhotoVideo.com | www.Adorama.com | www.Amazon.com(coming soon!)

Pre order the T5I with 18-135 EF-S for $1099
www.BHPhotoVideo.com | www.Adorama.com | www.Amazon.com (coming soon!)

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The Canon SL1 Specs, With Commentary

  • 18 megapixel CMOS (1.6x crop) sensor
    I’m glad they didn’t go crazy with megapixels and try to match / beat Nikon’s new 24 megapixel standard.  18 megapixels is perfect for all types of photography!
  • World’s smallest and lightest APS-C (1.6x crop) DSLR camera body – 400g / 14 oz body-only
    This thing literally looks like it belongs in the mirrorless “EVIL” market, it’s soooo small.  Of course if you’re looking to pack light and save space on a long adventure or casual day out, this is very good news!  Now you have access to a killer 18 megapixel 1.6x crop sensor and the EF / EF-S lens mount, instead of having to buy all new lenses for an all-new mirrorless crop sensor system!
  • ISO 100-12800 native, ISO expansion available
    Ditto from the T5i:  Incredible that a crop-sensor camera has native ISO 12800 these days.  Heck, even if you “throw away” the top two native high ISO’s and assume they’re un-usable, (which is a good rule of thumb with high ISO’s) …you’re still probably looking at a very, very clean ISO 3200, something that just a few years ago only full-frame cameras could do!
  • 4 FPS peak shooting speed
    Not bad, for a beginner DSLR
  • 9-point autofocus, all points cross-type, Hybrid AF
    Ditto from the T5i:  …Better than the full-frame 6D, with respect to the off-center focus points, (ouch!) …however I bet the 6D’s center AF point is still superior in low light.  But that’s not the main point.  The most exciting part is the hybrid AF system, which first debuted in the previous generation but is improved in this body…
  • 3″ Touch-Screen LCD display
    The SL1’s touch-screen isn’t articulated like the T5i, unfortunately.
  • 1080p video at 30 & 24 FPS, 720p video @ 60 & 50 FPS
    Ditto from the T5i:  Still no luck with 1080p 60 FPS video in a “common” DSLR, oh well!
  • Special features such as HDR, Inteligent auto, and multi-shot noise reduction
    Ditto from the T5i:   Depending on how this feature performs in the real world, it could be really cool and extremely useful in low-light high ISO situations!

Availability

Pre-order the SL1 body only for $649
www.BHPhotoVideo.com | www.Adorama.com | www.Amazon.com(coming soon!)

Pre-order the SL1 and 18-55 IS EF-S for $799
www.BHPhotoVideo.com | www.Adorama.com | www.Amazon.com(coming soon!)

 

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 The Canon T5i vs SL1 vs EOS M

Here is an approximation of the size difference between these three “compact” DSLR / EVIL cameras:

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The EOS M is certainly the smallest, but honestly considering that (depending on your monitor resolution) this is almost a life-size representation; I’m very, very impressed by the compactness of the Rebel SL1.  Personally as someone who is already used to dragging around a DSLR, (and more importantly, as someone who is VERY used to having an optical viewfinder) …I’d consider the SL1 to be the new best choice for general photography, traveling, etc.

Hopefully, Canon’s new 18 megapixel sensor performs amazingly well in the real world!  So far the test images are looking decent enough! (Click HERE for DPReview’s sample gallery of the T5I)

Until next time, happy clicking!
=Matt=

Matthew Saville is a full-time wedding photographer at Lin & Jirsa Photography, and a senior editor & writer at SLR Lounge.

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See some of his latest wedding photography featured on: LinandJirsa.com

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