Canon Rebel T5i versus T3i: Who Won?
The T5i was released as a replacement to the Canon T4i. The T5i improved on the T4i by offering live previews of the Creative Filters features, and it also features a tweak to the mode dial that allows for more ergonomic use of the camera. While there were a few improvements made to the camera body, it is not dramatically different from its predecessor.
Following are the most important specs for each product...
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Canon T3i Overview
- 18-megapixel CMOS sensor
- standard ISO range of 100-6400 that extends up to 12800
- Contrast-detec autofocus
- 1080p video
- Built-in mono microphone
- DIGIC 4 processor
Canon T5i Overview
- 18-megapixel sensor
- standard ISO range of 100-12800 that extends up to 25600
- 9-point autofocus system,
- 1080p video
- Built-in stereo microphone
- Continuous autofocus in movie mode
- Touch screen display
- DIGIC 5 processor
ISO indicates a camera's sensitivity to light. The higher your cameras ISO settings, the more light it will pick up, which of course is ideal for low light situations.
For the vast majority of photographers, both cameras offer very similar performance. Up to ISO 1600 things look great. Beyond that, you'll notice a bit of noise creep in on both models, with the Canon T5i performing slightly better in this regard. If you take a lot of photos of rabbits running through dimly lit alleyways, go with the T5i. If you don't, you probably aren't going to notice a difference in performance between these two.
Both the Canon T5i and the Canon T3i feature articulating screens, which means that their viewscreens are essentially on a hinge so that they are movable. Some photographers prefer articulating screens for their flexibility, while others point out (rightfully) that they add extra bulk to the camera and are more fragile than a non-articulating screen.
The biggest difference between the T3i and the T5i is that the T5i has touch screen capabilities, which makes it a similar camera to use.
Who has got the better processor?
The Canon T5i has a hybrid CMOS AF sensor, whereas the the Canon T3i has a normal CMOS sensor. What this means is that the T5i can use both contrast-detect and phase-detect together in live view for superios subject tracking. This also helps to improve video performance.
Both the Canon T5i and the Canon T3i have great video capability. The biggest difference is that the T5i has a stereo mic, whereas the T3i has only a mono mic. Both have a 3.5 millimeter microphone input for use with external mics. You can not use this input with headphones.