Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D 18MP Camera Specs and Review

Is the Canon Rebel T5 a good camera? View the specifications such as price, lens compatibility, and performance reviews below:


Bottom Line:

The Canon T5 is a basic camera for the beginner. But other Canon DSLR options such as the T5i and SL1 look to be better deals. Read below to find out the details below. The Canon T5 can be wireless to a certain extent by using Eye-FI SD cards, but does not have wifi built in. If you’re looking for a wireless DSLR then the 6D or 70D are some good options.


The Specs:

  •  1. The Sensor
    • Effective pixels: Approx. 18.0 megapixels
    • Approx. 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C)
    • CMOS sensor
  • 2. Compatible Lenses
    • Canon EF Lenses  (including EF-S lenses)
  • 3. Autofocus
    • 9 points
      • Cross-type at f/5.6 at center
    • Focusing Modes: Autofocus, One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF (Switches between One-Shot AF and AI Servo AF), Manual focusing (MF)
    • AF Assist Beam
  • 4. Video Features
    • MOV (H.264)
    • Recording Size and (frame rate in parenthesis):
      • 1920 x 1080 (29.97 fps / 23.976 fps / 25p fps)
      • 1280 x 720 (59.94 fps / 50 fps)
      • 640 x 480 (29.97 fps / 25 fps)
    • Maximum Length of Continuous Video Recording: 29 min 59 sec
  • 5. Image Features
    • RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording possible
    • (1) Large: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5,184 x 3,456)
      (2) Medium: Approx. 8.00 Megapixels (3,456 x 2,304)
      (3) Small 1: Approx. 4.50 Megapixels (2,592 x 1,728)
      (4) Small 2: Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1920 x 1280)
      (5) Small 3: Approx. 0.35 Megapixels (720 x 480)
      (6) RAW: Approx. 17.90 Megapixels (5,184 x 3,456)
  • 6. Performance
    • Continuous Shooting Speed: Maximum 3 shots/sec.
    • Start up time: Approx. 0.1 sec
    • DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • 7. Exposure Control
    • Program AE (Shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure (including Bulb), Scene Intelligent Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports, Night Portrait
    • ISO 100-6400
    • Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec., bulb, X-sync at 1/200 sec.
    • Picture Styles: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
    • Auto white balance
    • White Balance Correction, and White Balance Bracketing
  • 8. Interface
    • 3.0 inch TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor, approx 100% coverage
    • 7 levels of manual LCD brightness adjustments
    • Hi-Speed USB-standard mini-B terminal for personal computer communications and PictBridge.
    • Video Out Terminal:
      • (1) Video output: 1. 1080/60i, 2. 1080/50i, 3. 480/60p, 4. 576/50p
      • (2) HDMI mini OUT terminal: Type C
  • 9. Power
    • One Battery Pack LP-E10
    • AC power optional  with the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E10
    • Battery life with viewfinder shooting: 600 shots at 23ºC/73ºF or 500 shots at 0ºC/32ºF
    • Battery life with live view shooting: 190 shots at 23ºC/73ºF or 180 shots at 0ºC/32ºF
    • Battery life of movie shooting: Approx 1 hr 15 min at  23ºC/73ºF or 1 hr 10 mins at 0ºC/32ºF
  • 10. Body
    • SD card, SDHC card, SDXC memory card compatible
    • Viewfinder coverage: Vertical/Horizontal approx. 95%
    • Dimensions: 5.10 (W) x 3.93 (H) x 3.07 (D) in. / 129.6 (W) x 99.7 (H) x 77.9 (D) mm
    • Weight: Approx 16.93 oz. / 480g (CIPA) – 15.34 oz. / 435g (body only)
    • Built in flash
  • 11. Price
    • MSRP: $849.99

Canon EOS T5 Performance Review:

As always DigitalRev provides an entertaining and informative review of the T5 below:

Video review highlights:

  • An available EOS app makes it easy to learn the features and how to use the T5
  • Light but made of durable plastic that doesn’t break easily
  • Basic and not many buttons so it’s easy to use
  • Screen does not swivel so it’s harder to view the screen at different angles (like to take selfies of course)
  • SD card is in the same compartment as the battery. (The compartment is at the bottom of the camera which means that if your camera is mounted on a tripod, the SD card and battery may be inaccessible without first taking off the tripod mount.)
  • No touch screen so it’s not as intuitive to use for the beginner.  (A variangle touch screen is available in the t5i model.)
  • Focusing is a little bit slow
  • With a burst rate of only 3 frames per second, this wouldn’t be the best camera for action photography
  • For video, the 50fps frame rate allows for the ability to do some slight slow motion work. Full 1080p recording is a plus.
  • No microphone input but manual audio level adjustments are possible. Built in microphone is not quality.
  • Performs well enough in low light up to about 3200 ISO
  • The T5 is great for a first camera with all the basic functions but in the end Digital Rev recommends the Canon 100D/SL1 for about the same price since the SL1 has a more updated processor, faster burst rate, a better screen, and has a lighter body. For a review of the Canon SL1 click here.

If you’re looking for just a basic camera to get you started in the wonderful world of DSLRs, please consider purchasing the T5 using the link below to help support my site:

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You can also compare the T5 with the T5i (featuring a swivel touch screen), SLI /100D, or T3,

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