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Canon announces entry-level Rebel T5 (EOS 1200D) and macro ring light

By dpreview staff on Feb 12, 2014 at 04:01 GMT
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There's a new entry-level camera in Canon's DSLRs lineup, and it's the Rebel T5 (EOS 1200D). This model replaces the Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) and features the company's familiar 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 processor, and 9-point AF system. The T5 also has a 3" LCD, 3 fps continuous shooting, and 1080p video recording. Canon also announced the MR-14EX II Macro Ring Light, which offers 'independent flash head operation, increased responsiveness and enhanced custom functions'. Both the camera and ring light are priced at $549, with the former including an 18-55mm lens.

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Press Release:

THE NEW, EASY-TO-USE CANON EOS REBEL T5 DIGITAL SLR CAMERA PROVIDES PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH HIGH IMAGE QUALITY AND FULL HD VIDEO CAPTURE

Ideal for Entry-level Digital SLR Users, the New EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Helps Users Confidently Capture Outstanding Still and Video Images

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera – the latest model in the company’s popular EOS Rebel lineup. The new camera provides entry-level photographers with an affordable way to take their imaging skills to the next level. Incorporating an 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and a high-performance DIGIC 4 image processor, the EOS Rebel T5 camera delivers improved functionality with the speed and high quality needed to create impressive images – even in low light.

The new EOS Rebel T5 DSLR camera offers users an extensive ISO range of 100–6400 (expandable to 12800) to accommodate shooting situations from bright natural outdoor lighting to dimly lit indoor settings. The camera can also automatically lock-in on moving subjects with ease using the EOS Rebel T5 camera’s nine-point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point). With help from the AI Servo AF, users can benefit from the camera’s outstanding autofocus capabilities. The new EOS Rebel T5 camera also offers a continuous shooting mode of up-to-three frames per second (fps) to help photographers capture the action at children’s activities, sporting events and more.  Images can then be easily viewed on the camera’s large three-inch LCD monitor.

“The EOS Rebel T5 camera is designed for entry-level DSLR photographers looking to expand their creative options and advance their photography skills,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The improved functionality of this new EOS Rebel camera will help them do just that as it intelligently guides users on how to pinpoint their perfect shot and capture high-quality images and videos worth sharing.”

Detailed, High-Quality Images
Photo enthusiasts can capture high-quality images that are true-to-life in color, sharpness and contrast with the EOS Rebel T5 camera’s 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and  DIGIC 4 image processor. Shooting is also made easy thanks to the EOS Rebel T5 camera’s Intelligent Auto mode that helps deliver expertly optimized photos and offers improved scene detection, especially useful for shooting at night.

The Canon Rebel EOS Rebel T5 camera is also compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses as well as other accessories like the new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II.  Ideal for close-up photography with EF Macro lenses, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II supports E-TTL wireless autoflash in conjunction with one or more Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash units. 

Full HD Video Capture
The camera’s Full HD Movie mode helps make shooting high-quality 1080p movies simple. Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS Rebel T5 enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features, as well as in-camera editing.

Intuitive Design and Full Creative Control
The new EOS Rebel T5 camera offers a full creative feature set – providing a variety of effects and settings to enhance photographs and video. Whether adding contrast for a more dramatic effect or boosting exposure for additional brightness, Canon’s EOS Rebel T5 camera will guide users on how to hone their photo editing skills and view their original photographs from a new visual perspective. The camera features fun, creative filters including Toy Camera, Fisheye and Miniature Effect enabling photographers to expand their creativity.

The EOS lineup is known for its easy-to-operate, intuitive camera models that deliver high-quality images. Canon’s latest DSLR camera offers advanced imaging features such as Basic+ and Creative Auto to direct entry-level photo enthusiasts through making camera setting adjustments. The camera’s built-in Feature Guide offers short descriptions of shooting modes, setting and effects for easy operation no matter what the shooting situation. This function is designed to guide and educate first-time users on the EOS camera settings, and will also intelligently provide recommendations while shooting in certain settings.

Availability   
The Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $549.99.

EOS Rebel T5 (1200D) specifications

Price
MSRP$549.99 (with 18-55 F3.5-5.6 lens)
Body type
Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialComposite
Sensor
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 4
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG
  • RAW (CR2)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points9
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.8×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Program
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range9.20 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, E-TTL II)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Continuous drive3 fps
Self-timerYes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Partial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 images at -/+ 3 steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25 fps)
FormatH.264
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (E3 connector)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)500
Weight (inc. batteries)480 g (1.06 lb / 16.93 oz)
Dimensions130 x 100 x 78 mm (5.12 x 3.94 x 3.07)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by USB cable and PC)
GPSNone
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Comments

Total comments: 164
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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (2 months ago)

For all those who incorrectly think that this is JUST a rebadged Rebel T3 (550D) please DONT !!!!

The T3 has the following advantages over the T5

- 1040k screen vs 460k screen (much more resolution).

- Larger viewfinder (0.87x mag vs 0.8x mag).

- Far more powerful built in flash (13m guide no vs 9 m guide no).

- 4 fps vs 3 fps

- Has a spot meter. The 1200 lacks a spot meter

- Lower price than the 1200.

That said the A1200 has many many advantages over the 550D.

- 480g vs 530g (Now you won't get tired of using the camera as its MUCH lighter than the 550D).

- Larger capacity (Shoots 60 shots more per charge than the 550D)

- MUCH MUCH higher model no (1200 vs a measly 550).

I think the 3rd point clinches it in favor of the 1200D.

Unless Canon changes the name of the 550D to 1250D, the 1200D wins over the 550D in my book as I don't think anyone would want to be caught with a lower end model like 550D when the 1200D is selling for the same price. (Sorry much cheaper price).

1 upvote
pacnwhobbyist
By pacnwhobbyist (2 months ago)

You must be referring to the T3i and not the T3. Because it does have the same bones as the T3. But you raise an interesting point about being able to pick up the T3i at the same price point as the new T5.

0 upvotes
Martin_PTA
By Martin_PTA (2 months ago)

It was the same with the Rebel T3 vs the T1i here in South Africa. Stock availability seems to lag release windows of some models at times making previous non-entry-level cameras a better buy than the latest most basic level model. I've advised a few first time buyers to take note of this possibility prior to making their purchase.

On a side note I'd think inclusion of a variant of the newer Digic5 processor may make a more compelling motivation for a new entry level camera over a higher level slightly dated model. Surely they can add it to a DSLR if it's already implemented in a range of their P&S models?

On the model number: You'd have to be crazy to be caught with an EOS 1D at 10x the price. I mean there isn't even an EOS 0D model below it ;-)

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
0 upvotes
zenit_b
By zenit_b (2 months ago)

Key question
Does it feature exposure bracketing ? Or have they stripped it out like Nikon have on their 3x00 range? If it's got the bracketing (for basic HDR) then it's probably a worthy upgrade option for people like me with older Rebels. No bracketing, no buy though......

0 upvotes
BaldCol
By BaldCol (2 months ago)

Read the specs above.. AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)

1 upvote
zenit_b
By zenit_b (2 months ago)

Cheers BaldCol ... I was trying to read this on a 3" phone so I appreciate you checking this out for us... my view then really is "whats not to like ?". This is just another generic rebel at another (probably low) price point. I have found the Rebel range excellent for what it is... just relieved they havn't tried to dumb it down too much (shame Nikon don't take the same approach)

0 upvotes
Luftbrenzer
By Luftbrenzer (2 months ago)

Reading all this comments on this camera makes me think you guys don't do much shooting unless you have perfect specs camera in your hands……….. Most photos never get printed anyway so that camera will do just fine for 80% of people that buy it and the 20% that wants something better will by another Canon so thair lenses don't go to waste………..

0 upvotes
new boyz
By new boyz (2 months ago)

18mp? Uh.. no further comment.

0 upvotes
BaldCol
By BaldCol (2 months ago)

and people wonder why the megepixel race will never die!

3 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

It's not about the MP of this sensor.
Its dynamic range and high ISO performance is way below all of it's peers. Only natural if you make no improvements in 5 years.

4 upvotes
AngryCorgi
By AngryCorgi (2 months ago)

Canon has now become the most boring digital camera manufacturer around.

4 upvotes
cinemascope
By cinemascope (2 months ago)

Beginner friendly / Entry level...
Always wondered what that really means.
Perhaps:
"You are a beginner so you must be poor also", or
"Expert photographers need to pay more of course", or
"Since you know no better, we've got the perfect thing for you", or
"All our products have annoyances, this one is targeted at you"

0 upvotes
BaldCol
By BaldCol (2 months ago)

"I'm not up my own ar*e and I don't read dpreview"

1 upvote
mailman88
By mailman88 (2 months ago)

Hey Canon, are you on drugs? The Nikon D5300 will eat your lunch and steal your wife.

6 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

Even the D3200/3300 will do that.........

0 upvotes
Jahled
By Jahled (2 months ago)

Just thought I would check out some camera moaning before I took the dog out for a walk

4 upvotes
Lan
By Lan (2 months ago)

Why did they bury the new Macro Ring Lite announcement in here?!?

3 upvotes
Hank3152
By Hank3152 (2 months ago)

Why not call it the T6? Will some not buy it because the T5 sounds like the less advanced version of the T5i (improved) which came out a year ago?

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
1 upvote
jeremyclarke
By jeremyclarke (2 months ago)

Canon has a special place in their lineup for extra-sucky Rebels. The original was the 1000D/XS, which was a junkier version of the 450D/XSi. Next was the 1100D/T3 which was a junkier version of the T3i. You can tell them by their European "D" names because they have an extra zero (indicating they are below the other Rebels on the XD->XXD->XXXD->XXXXD Canon hierarchy).

They use these cameras to reach a bargain-basement price for new cameras, and unlike normal models they keep producing them for a long time so that there's always a cheap option. As reference until now the T3 was still being sold new in stores, while the T4i was phased out almost immediately after the T5i was announced (though the T4i is a whole other story of it's own).

1 upvote
Arpad Lukacs
By Arpad Lukacs (2 months ago)

They sure needed a replacement for the 1100D and they placed this one beneath the 700D so it kinda makes sense. I think it's a mistake to not put a tilt-screen on the back, since that feature is really popular for entry-level buyers. Not a ground-breaking model for sure, but serves a purpose I guess.

1 upvote
aramgrg
By aramgrg (2 months ago)

You mean T2i?

0 upvotes
RichRMA
By RichRMA (2 months ago)

Another boring, dull, black, plastic DSLR. Canon is smart. Why not bring out a camera you did all the design work on 10 years ago, think of the savings!

1 upvote
Juck
By Juck (2 months ago)

They replaced the entry-level T3 with a camera that has 50% more pixels,,, better ISO performance,, better screen,,, better AF,,, better video. Don't you have anything better to do?

9 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

The problem is that the T2i which was pretty good in 2010 is a better camera. And you can pick that up for close to nothing these days.

In 2014 we expect more from an brand with vast capital like Canon.

1 upvote
z9z9z9z9
By z9z9z9z9 (2 months ago)

The replies in this thread really highlight the fact that "photography" and "collectors of photographic equipment" are two separate hobbies, and the overlap is apparently not that large.

If you gave a 70D to one person, and a T5 to a second, and put them in competition with one another, the person with the *slightest* edge in skill would win.

9 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

Not for sports, no. Despite skill being a huge thing for sports. 3fps is just not enough, and AF systems are not comparable.

2 upvotes
MustangJoe
By MustangJoe (2 months ago)

So I was at my local Chevy dealer yesterday and noticed that they had a Chevy Spark on the floor. I started shouting "this thing doesn't have 460 horsepower like the Corvette!" and "it can't even carry 2,000 pounds of cargo like the Silverado!" "What a useless vehicle!" I yelled to everyone in the place.

A salesman came over to me and asked me if I ever visited dpreview.com.

"Yes", I answered, "why do you ask?"

"Well, it explains a lot." he mumbled as he walked off to a different corner of the room.

18 upvotes
ncsakany
By ncsakany (2 months ago)

Well that's one lousy salesman. He should have proceeded to sell it to you anyway.

1 upvote
MustangJoe
By MustangJoe (2 months ago)

Since he knew that I visited dpreview.com he understood that I had no intention of ever buying a Spark but that I just enjoyed complaining about it.

9 upvotes
Thoughts
By Thoughts (2 months ago)

I would hand over to him a P45 form if i were his boss...:)

0 upvotes
Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (2 months ago)

Nice, but thing is that it's not going to compete with the heavyweights. It's not Spark vs Vette. It's not a T5 vs D7100. It can't even (spec wise) compete with Canon's own previous gen cameras. You shouted to that poor salesman for the wrong reason, I'm afraid.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

Did it also cost like a real car?

0 upvotes
Marty4650
By Marty4650 (2 months ago)

Laugh all you want but this camera will be a huge hit at Walmart, Target, Costco and Bestbuy.

It looks just like a real camera and will sell for less than a high end P&S.

9 upvotes
Donnie G
By Donnie G (2 months ago)

Marty, that's exactly the market it's targeted for. Same as Sony A3000 and similar. It will sell like crazy. The good news for those buyers is that the T5 will give them a huge bump up in image quality over their usual P&S purchases.

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Marty4650
By Marty4650 (2 months ago)

Canon might have a problem making them fast enough.

Walmart alone has 4,177 stores just in the USA. And every single one of them will sell this camera with kit lens. Imagine what happens if each store just sells one camera per day!

That's $1.5 million cameras a year, just from one chain. Now add in all the other big box stores, add in the stores overseas, then add in the stores that located in big cities that sell more than one per day.

Canon would be crazy not to keep updating their basic entry level DSLR. This one Canon model will probably create more revenues than every camera made by Pentax, Olympus, Fuji and Panasonic COMBINED.

3 upvotes
Donnie G
By Donnie G (2 months ago)

All true Marty. The basic Rebel has been Canon's best selling camera for years. Soccer moms and dads love em. No frills, simple to operate for any member of the family, great IQ when compared to typical P&S, looks like a pro camera, and like Ford's F 150 series trucks, the cameras have a long and enviable history of delivering the most bang for the buck. Every camera manufacturer out there has copied it, but none have had the success of the "Plain Jane" Rebel.

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Joseph Mama
By Joseph Mama (2 months ago)

Wait...DIGIC FOUR? As in, 3 years ago processor? Is this release from the right year?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

4-5 years ago processor.

2 upvotes
Zerixos
By Zerixos (2 months ago)

Ok, so this is just a 1100D with the also old 18mp sensor? They didn’t even bother to put in a new possessor.. This is just another way to get rid of their spare parts and to make some money on doing so.

3 upvotes
Howard
By Howard (2 months ago)

Ouch, another more-or-less-the-same camera with the same old 18MP sensor, don't we have enough of these already ?

1 upvote
PredatorsPrey
By PredatorsPrey (2 months ago)

Does the age makes the sensor or the image processor bad?
btw I wish they would make an 10-12 MP APS-C Sensor with much better low light performance.

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (2 months ago)

There is no redeeming quality about this camera what so ever.

2 upvotes
pacnwhobbyist
By pacnwhobbyist (2 months ago)

It has all the basic tools a hobbyist or casual photographer needs to make nice photos. Sometimes it's nice to shoot with a camera that's as straight-forward as this one is. If Canon can manage to shave about $100 off the asking price, as I mentioned before, I think it's worth the money.

3 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

Then why not just keep selling the t3i for that money.
Unlike the g1x mkII that canon really putted some effort in.

0 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (2 months ago)

Eventually all of the uninformed Canon shoppers will become informed and stop buying Canon cameras. Until then Canon will just continue fleecing the ignorant.

3 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (2 months ago)

Canon tried to sneak this camera in there because they thought no one would notice with their GX1 M2 announcement. Looks like a few people noticed both.

This is seriously a bad move for Canon.

2 upvotes
Marvol
By Marvol (2 months ago)

But DPR, don't you think this so-called "DSLR-like design" is getting a bit stale?

(to those who don't know what I'm on about, it's because DPR in their A6000 preview said they thought the "'NEX-like' design" was getting "a bit stale").

3 upvotes
Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (2 months ago)

Here's the real problem. Canon hasn't released anything interesting in the EF-S market in so long, so many people are anticipating they're going to release something big.

Then they release this. A camera with parts at least 6-10 years old...Digic 4, 9-pt auto focus. It is worse than the camera that they own that is more than 4 years old now.

Incredibly bad timing.

4 upvotes
ncsakany
By ncsakany (2 months ago)

Canon has lost it. Instead of innovating, they recycle parts and ideas from the past. This is the quickest path to irrelevance.

1 upvote
justmeMN
By justmeMN (2 months ago)

Right now, the T3 (1100D) is #2 in Amazon (USA) Best Sellers in Digital SLR Cameras. Smug enthusiasts love to put down bottom-of-the-line cameras, but they sell well. The T5 (1200D) will sell well too.

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
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brendon1000
By brendon1000 (2 months ago)

They sell well because of the Canon brand name. Nothing to do with performance. Unfortunately history has shown big companies fall due to complacency and lets face Canon is getting increasingly complacent of late. If you compare this camera to the 5 year old T3i, the T3i is actually better speced than this camera.

1 upvote
Donnie AI
By Donnie AI (2 months ago)

For the consumers this is targeted to I guess this camera is alright. Though obviously this is just production cost-cutting on Canon's side.

Most people don't delve or do research so as much as there are a lot of deals out there on Canon's older offerings, A lot would just take a trip to the camera store buy what's new, and what's popular.

For people who would be upgrading from a point and shoot, They would be more than happy with this product.

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

Well, there are point-and-shoots nowadays that will eat this thing for breakfast.

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Donnie AI
By Donnie AI (2 months ago)

I do agree that most advanced compacts nowadays are packed with features that a low-end DSLR lacks. But I mean for the price and future-proofing? I think a DSLR is still a better choice.

Unless a person just really prefers a point and shoot/advanced compacts over a DSLR, I still believe that for people who wants to step up their photography, One should still consider getting a DSLR may it be cheap and plasticky.

I think Canon is doing the best they can to bring the prices down to the masses to encourage more people to try out a DSLR, cause a lot of people are just not yet ready to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a good DSLR.

And as to being to compared to competitors bearing the same price range? That's a matter now of personal preference.

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Just another Canon shooter
By Just another Canon shooter (2 months ago)

I expected rhombus shaped pixels at least. We need innovations, Canon, taking pictures only is too boring!

2 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (2 months ago)

Smart business move by Canon to come out with a four year old entry level DSLR with new T5 name so clueless consumers will eat it up at Costco etc.

2 upvotes
BaldCol
By BaldCol (2 months ago)

... and thereby make money for Canon which is, after all, the point.

7 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

But it still sounds awfully like a fraud.

"Look, we have a new DSLR!"

But it is really a very old DSLR with some broken-off parts. Fraud.

0 upvotes
xfoto
By xfoto (2 months ago)

What year is this?

2 upvotes
007peter
By 007peter (2 months ago)

Year 2000. It would have been competitive 4 years ago

3 upvotes
kimsch
By kimsch (2 months ago)

Well I am happy!

I have a T2I and it is now current again! This means that it must be worth more now ;-)

3 upvotes
Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (2 months ago)

Come to think of it, that must be the greatest advantage of this camera, keeping previous buyers happy and content!

4 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (2 months ago)

Va-nilla.

1 upvote
MarshallG
By MarshallG (2 months ago)

What's with all the complaining? This camera is intended to be Canon's highest volume DSLR. They will stock these at every Wal-Mart, Costco and Target store. This model is intended to compete on a store shelf where price is king. Canon needs to cost down these consumer electronics models annually. That's just the business of entry-level cameras; no point in complaining that it doesn't meet the needs of the serious amateur or pro.

6 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (2 months ago)

The problem is that it is not the cheapest Canon DSLR and it is by far the worst.

4 upvotes
BaldCol
By BaldCol (2 months ago)

" by far the worst."
Glad you've had the opportunity to use one. Can you write us a full report?

1 upvote
Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (2 months ago)

I can, here it is (more or less):

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos550d/

1 upvote
Ben Ramsey
By Ben Ramsey (2 months ago)

Hey Gully, your real name wouldn't happen to Shia, would it?

0 upvotes
Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

This is the cheapest Canon DSLR. The recommended price is $549 with kit lens included, which is lower than the price for the SL1/100D at launch. Sure, the SL1 is cheaper today, but so will the T5 be in a few months.

3 upvotes
mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (2 months ago)

The SL1 comes with the much better STM lens and is available now.

0 upvotes
Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (2 months ago)

Come again Ben? My name anything to do with this?

--EDIT
Typo

Comment edited 25 seconds after posting
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Donnie AI
By Donnie AI (2 months ago)

I agree. Every item being sold has its targeted audience. Its so obvious that this camera is just intended for the average Joe who just wants to step from their point and shoot and continue their photography with a DSLR.

While its not a camera having a lot of decent features, I think its enough for someone just starting to help them decide if they are to take photography into an even higher level buy investing on higher end bodies/lenses or is just simply happy taking snaps and keeping a nice photo to remember.

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BaldCol
By BaldCol (2 months ago)

I think, as an entry level camera it looks quite good.

No-one is going to upgrade to this camera from any other DSLR because its is the bottom end entry level so comparisons with the previous model and other models in the Canon range are, to a certain extent, irrelevent.

Comparisons with other manufaturers are however very important as I guess a lot of people will be buying this as their first dslr and in many cases effectively choosing a system for life. I don't know enough about Nikon/Pentax and others to know how it compares.

4 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

Simply said the d3300 eats this. for breakfast in image quality.
And the k500 is far better specced with it's faster burst and larger brighter viewfinder.

The canon is the worst entry level by a fair margin.

0 upvotes
Shunda77
By Shunda77 (2 months ago)

But it's not April!!!! I don't get it.

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

People who want THIS should just buy the ancient t2i off ebay, they go for as little as $88 nowadays, and they will get a better camera (bigger viewfinder, much higher screen resolution, faster sequential shooting, ISO12,800, more powerful flash, stereo mic, infrared remote control, 8.1Wh LP-E8 battery instead of 6.36Wh LP-E10...)

Oh good old days when Canon actually tried to design something competitive... They have passed so long ago, but brand name power, totally undeserved today, still survives...

9 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

Wow, it is even worse than SL1/100D, which was worse than more than 4 y/o T2i and easily won The Worst DSLR of 2013!

Great, the year just started but we already know the winner of The Worst DSLR of 2014!

8 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (2 months ago)

Up until now it is the only DSLR launched this year. So it is also the best of 2014. Ofcourse de 645D II (2014) will be launched soon, so then it will loose one of it's titles.

0 upvotes
Just another Canon shooter
By Just another Canon shooter (2 months ago)

Technically speaking, it both is the best and the worst of 2014.

0 upvotes
Higuel
By Higuel (2 months ago)

HASSY WAS THE FIRST!!!

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (2 months ago)

First of all, Nikon D3300 was announced this year (Jan 7th), and it is already much better than THIS, so T5 is not the best even so far. I am sure there will be more DSLRs launched this year, and one of them will be the best of them (wasn't D4s as good as promised already?).
Meanwhile, T5 will stay the worst. Unless Canon decides to outdo themselves again and throw something out of T5 (is it even possible? it is as basic as they come).

3 upvotes
D1N0
By D1N0 (2 months ago)

Yes we Canon! Upgrade the label. People will buy it anyway because all the pro's use it......

2 upvotes
CarVac
By CarVac (2 months ago)

Why does a macro ringlight need to be radio controlled? What's the point off-camera?

(unless your extension tube bellows setup is too long for the cord to stretch...)

2 upvotes
steelhead3
By steelhead3 (2 months ago)

maybe as a commander?

0 upvotes
bluevellet
By bluevellet (2 months ago)

Blah

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
2 upvotes
andy816896
By andy816896 (2 months ago)

As far as I can tell you you can buy a better spec'd 100d for about the same money these days so what's the point...?

1 upvote
rjjr
By rjjr (2 months ago)

A little over a month ago I did just that. No regrets.

1 upvote
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (2 months ago)

Spot the difference .. please??

1 upvote
Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (2 months ago)

A forgotten robot must be stuck in the Canon factory, churning out the same camera for the last 4+ years. At least it was programmed to change name every year or so...

22 upvotes
BaldCol
By BaldCol (2 months ago)

Why so many complaints about DIGIC 4? Isn't the main difference between 4 and 5 the speed of processing. At 3fps Digic 4 will be more than able to cope. Why put in what is presumably a more expensive chip for no great benefit?

0 upvotes
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (2 months ago)

Considering it would only add a couple of dollars at most to the BOM you'd think they would have included it just for the marketing value. I suppose therefore it is a deliberate up-sell strategy: if you are savvy-stupid enough to insist on a Digic5 over a Digic4, then Canon will gladly sell you a T5i...

3 upvotes
Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (2 months ago)

A Toyota from the 90s would nicely cover most all your today's mobility needs. Entry level, basic equipment. Would you buy one as new today?

4 upvotes
BaldCol
By BaldCol (2 months ago)

Thats one of the most pathetic analogies I've read. Completely irrelevent.

I was querying whether installing the Digic 5 chip in this camera would make any noticable difference to it's perfomance.

4 upvotes
Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (2 months ago)

No no, not at all irrelevant. The query should be: what the heck is DIGIC 4 doing around in 2014? The 6 is here, it should be dead. The cost of producing the 5 should already have paid off and - in fact - be less than what was that of 4 when new. The car analogy makes more sense now?

1 upvote
BaldCol
By BaldCol (2 months ago)

Nope

1 upvote
Gully Foyle
By Gully Foyle (2 months ago)

I see... Well, just don't give up, it'll dawn on you eventually.

0 upvotes
Earthlight
By Earthlight (2 months ago)

The flash deserves its own headline. Where can I find more info on it?

5 upvotes
Earthlight
By Earthlight (2 months ago)

http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/news/canon_launches_new_macro_ring_flash.do?

0 upvotes
dedirg
By dedirg (2 months ago)

If this is not suit for me then 5d mark iii still in the market. No need for silly complain.. no one force me to buy this though :)

1 upvote
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (2 months ago)

lol!

0 upvotes
BeaniePic
By BeaniePic (2 months ago)

It's not the same 18MP sensor everyone. Please, please, read up on whats happening before you comment. Haven't been here for a while due to the lack of knowledge and understanding from commentators on this site. I'm leaving again....

1 upvote
thx1138
By thx1138 (2 months ago)

Oh please, cry me a river. No it's not technically the same, there have been minor changes since the 7D was released, but the IQ and DR and shadow noise are all basically unchanged over 4.5 years. Even worse they didn't even bother to give the 1200D a digic 5. Useless camera and every one should just look at the SL1 instead.

13 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (2 months ago)

Yes, the 650D and 700D had a few CDAF pixels
Guess how was their af performance

1 upvote
Nukunukoo
By Nukunukoo (2 months ago)

bye

2 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (2 months ago)

I praise Canon for putting in a CONSISTENT effort on sensor technology.
The same sensor from 550D to 1200D and everything in between. (ignore the 1000D and 1100D)

20 upvotes
pew pew
By pew pew (2 months ago)

props for canon marketing, make a pro DLSR that's really good, then make the entry level cameras with camera parts from 2010 and people will buy, because the pros use it.

10 upvotes
quiquae
By quiquae (2 months ago)

Since so many people here seem to be unclear on the concept, I feel compelled to point out the obvious:

If you have a DPReview account, the 1200D isn't for you.

Move along, nothing to see here.

29 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

The thing is Nikon makes decent entry levels.
The d3300 blows everything canon makes out of the water in terms of IQ. At least all crop sensor bodies.

Yet they still sell these easily. A brand like Pentax that makes a rather good k500 get's overlooked because it's a Pentax.
That it wipes the floor with this does not matter.

0 upvotes
Donnie AI
By Donnie AI (2 months ago)

I do agree about the D3300 beating this in every aspect. And as for Pentax I believe they make the best entry-level camera out there followed by Sony.

But I think why people consider getting Canon's entry-level offerings despite how low-end it can be is because of how its relatively easy to use compared to Nikon's offerings.

At the same time, I think Pentax needs to update their lens line-up as well as consider launching a Full Frame which I think is one thing why most veer away from the brand. Sony is catching up real fast and is making competition really tough for Canon.

Again this is just my opinion on it.

0 upvotes
BarnET
By BarnET (2 months ago)

Donnie.

That is an solid well informed opinion.
Pentax lens lineup isn't the best. However sigma still uses k-mount which bypasses the problem for beginners. Full frame requires new lenses with canon anyway. So the upgrade path does not take a hit besides an flash. Which still works without TTL.

1 upvote
nospeedlites
By nospeedlites (2 months ago)

Another boring launch by Canon. What was the difference between T5i and T4i? Pretty much nothing. Soon Canon is going to suffer the same fate as Sony.

0 upvotes
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