Let's pit the Canon EOS T5 vs. T5i
They are both built around an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor. The maximum image size produced by these sensors measure 5184 x 3456 pixels.
The exact size of these sensors measures 22.3 x 14.9 mm. Both systems have a similar 9-point AF system making the performance and output of the two cameras pretty similar. The similarities, however, ends about there.
These two systems are meant for two distinctly different segments of the market. While the T5 is a true entry level camera with features that would be reminiscent to the older EOS 1100D, a camera that it replaces; the T5i is the next generation of Canon’s Rebel series cameras.
Needless to say, there are many differences between the two systems. The T5i has the DIGIC 5 image processing engine. The T5, on the other hand, has the older DIGIC 4 image processor.
There are differences in the type of AF points as well. Let’s take a closer look at the features of these two entry level cameras from the Canon stable.
No difference in the image processor size. Both cameras have an 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor capable of churning out stills the size of 5184 x 3456 pixels. Both sensors measure 22.3 x 14.9 mm. The T5i supports 14-bits of information.
The T5i is the better of the two cameras in terms of image processing. It has DIGIC 5 image processing. Compared to the T5i, the T5 has the slightly dated DIGIC 4 image processing system. This does impact the continuous shooting speeds of the two cameras along with image processing and noise handling. The burst rate on the T5i is 5 fps. Compared to it the burst rate on the T5 is 3 fps.
Both systems come with the same shutter mechanism that has a top speed of 1/4000 of a second and a slowest of 30 seconds. There is also the bulb mode on both systems where you can keep the shutter open for as long as you may want. It is ideal for shooting light trails and other creative photography pursuits.
Both cameras are powered by evidently the same sensor. That means they both capture the same resolution RAW and JPEG frames – 5184 x 3456 pixels.
The T5i with its better image processor and distinctly better auto-focusing mechanism can shoot at a higher frame rate than the T5. At 5 fps compared to only 3 fps you get those extra two frames during crucial moments. 5 fps is not something that is out of this world, though. For sports, wildlife and in general other high action requirements you need a camera like the EOS 7D Mark II to really make enough frames. But at least 5 is better than 3.
Both systems are capable of shooting at full HD. Canon systems are probably the better of the available lot when it comes to shooting videos. While the T5 has a built-in stereo microphone with the option to use an external stereo microphone for better sound recording, the T5i has only a mono microphone.
Latest models like the 7D Mark II come with the dual-pixel CMOS auto-focusing system which has on-chip phase detection for accurate auto-focusing even when shooting videos. This is something that has been lacking in DSLR systems for long. These two systems, however, lack that advanced auto-focusing system. Both systems have what is the standard continuous auto-focusing (or continuous-Servo AF-C), single-servo (single-shot auto-focusing) and the manual auto-focusing.
However, what the T5i does have is a hybrid auto-focusing system. Though not as efficient as the dual-pixel CMOS auto-focusing system this is still a good system for an entry level DSLR camera. This system works in tandem with the newly launched STM (Stepping motor technology) powered lenses.
These lenses have a smoother auto-focusing performance compared to the slightly faster (and jerkier) auto-focusing performance of the older USM lenses). Some photographers have argued that the STM lenses are not conducive to fast action situations. This is because these lenses are slower. However, for video work their auto-focusing performance is perfect. For video work you need lenses that are smoother.
Both the T5 and the T5i have 9 AF points. But, where the T5 has only 1 cross-type AF point, which is the center one, all the AF points on the T5i are cross-type.
In addition to that, the center cross-type point of the T5i is a dual cross-type f/2.8 one. Dual cross-type increases the sensitivity of the sensor allowing it to focus more easily even in low light conditions.
Both systems shoot full-HD (1920 x 1080p) with 30, 25 and the more cinematic 24 fps. You can also shoot at a slightly lower resolution of 1280 x 720p HD but at a higher frame rate of 60 fps and 50 fps. This is ideal for shooting fast action when you need to play it back in slow motion for stunning effects.
Viewfinder and LCD screen
Essentially entry level cameras, both the T5i and the T5 has pentamirror powered viewfinders. Both offer only 95% frame coverage.
The T5 has a fixed 3” LCD rear screen with a resolution of 460k-dots.
Comparatively, the T5i has a 1040k-dots LCD screen that tilts and has touchscreen functionality. The ability to tilt gives the T5i additional creative edge over the T5. Plus, the ability to operate on a touch allows the camera to be controlled more or less like a smartphone.
Weight & Sizse: the T5i is heavier
The T5i weighs 525 grams, body only without the battery and the memory card.
The T5 comparatively weighs 434 grams. Thus, there is a good bit of difference between the two cameras in terms of weight.
While the T5 measures 5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1” vs the T5i measuring 5.2” x 3.9” x 3.1”.
Price: the T5i is more expensive
As on June 22, 2016, there is a price difference of $200 between the two cameras. The T5 being an entry level camera is priced at only $399 including free shipping on Amazon.
At that price, it would be tempting for first-time camera buyers to choose a DSLR over a point & shoot. The T5i being a slightly upper model is priced at $599 including free shipping on Amazon.
The two cameras are not targeted at the same segment of the market. Neither have they been priced similarly. While one is definitely an entry level camera with basic manual shooting features, the other one is a better, more robust camera with better features for shooting videos.
The T5i has a faster frame rate, better auto-focusing and better video making features. None of the cameras have weather sealing. Thus, none of them are any better than the other for professional sports or action photography.
If you are just getting started into manual photography and have a tight budget you could opt for the T5 and save the extra cash to buy good lenses.
If you are finicky about low light photography and would want to take advantage of the better AF system and or plan to shoot videos, you should buy the T5i. If you already have a Canon APS-C DSLR there is no point in upgrading to the T5i.
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